Adopting a rescued Border Collie is a commitment for the rest of the dog's life, and keeping a BC may mean significant lifestyle changes for you and your family. We at MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue will work with you to identify the dog best suited to your home and situation, based on the dog's individual personality, temperament, and activity level.
Because our first responsibility is to our rescued dogs, and in order to ensure that the rescued dog has the best possible chance to succeed in its new home, we have developed an adoption process to get us the information we need to be sure your dog is a perfect match.
Adoption Application -- This will give us the basic information about you and your family and what kind of Border Collie you are looking for. This is used in step 2.
Phone Interview -- One of our volunteers will be in contact with you [ known as your PC; Personal Contact ] after we receive your application to talk with you and get to know you and your family. This isn't so much an interview as it is getting to know your lifestyle, activities, family members, other pets, experiences, and many other things. This is an open conversation, a time for you to be relaxed and talk about yourself!
Vet Check -- After the phone interview your PC will contact your vet to follow up on your pet's medical background. We make sure the animals were kept up-to-date on shots, heartworm prevention, and any other medicines that were prescribed by your vet. You will need to contact your vet to release this information to us.
Personal Reference Check -- We talk to at least one personal reference. Your personal reference helps us get more familiar with your lifestyles, and your family. They aren't necessarily vouching for your as a pet owner, but more drawing a picture of your family from an outside look. Please choose someone that has dogs, or dog experience as they will need to know you more at that level to help us the most.
Home Visit -- This is the last step of our adoption process. One of our volunteers will set up a time to meet you, your family, and your residence pets. This is our final chance to get to know what kind of Border Collie is going to be the best for you. Please choose a time when all family members will be home to ask questions and discuss the upcoming new companion. The volunteer that comes will more than likely bring a Border Collie with them to help the both of you visualize your new companion.
After all the information is gathered, the application is sent on to MBCR's Board of Directors for final approval. Once the application is approved, then we can finalize which dog in rescue will be a good match.
Once the right Border Collie is found, the adoption will take place. At this point you will be working with the foster home. The adoption fee is $250, made out to MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue and given to the foster home at the time of adoption. The foster home will mail the check with the adoption contract to the Treasurer. MBCR dogs are up-to-date on all shots, heartworm tested, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. The adoption fee helps offset the expenses incurred while the dog was in foster care.
Please keep in mind that we cover 5 states and receive applications from all over our territory, many are all interested in the same dog. So, the applications must be complete and thorough so the right home can be chosen between the applications submitted. If you are not chosen for the original dog you were interested, do not despair. We have new Border Collies coming in all the time and the next one could be your perfect match.