Michael J. Love
Rescue means exactly what the name implies. We are here to help any Collie or Sheltie that needs a new home. Rescue dogs are acquired in three wayspound, found, and owner turn-in. Pound animals are those that are picked up by, or turned in to, any SPCA, Humane Society, or Animal Control. Found animals are those found by someone who calls us and asks us to take the dog and help find its owner. If the owner can't be found, we then place the animal in a new home. Turn-ins are Collies or Shelties that have been turned in to us by their owners for any reason.
Once a dog becomes the property of C.V.C.S.R., it is taken to one of our vets for a complete physical exam, a heartworm test, a fecal float (stool) test, and in many cases, a complete blood workup to include liver, kidney, and thyroid tests. Any problems found during the examination are corrected. Dogs are then usually spayed or neutered if this has not been done, and they are brought back to our rescue kennel. All shots (DHLPP-CVL, rabies, and kennel cough) are updated as needed, including the booster shots. Dogs are all microchipped with the A.V.I.D. Identification FriendChip before being placed into their new homes.
Because this is only a temporary rescue home and not the dog's final forever home, some of the dogs we take in may be under treatment for minor to very serious health problems. This treatment requires time before they are back to full health and good looks. Their coats may be in need of grooming or their eyes may still be infected. Even though these dogs are available for adoption, you must remember that not all dogs coming into our rescue are going to look as good as Lassie on TV. All dogs are fully bathed and groomed before placement in their new forever homes.
Before any dog is made available for adoption, it will live with a C.V.C.S.R. staff family for a minimum of 7 to 10 days. During that time, we try to learn everything we can about the dog's behavior and habits. How does it get along with other dogs, with cats, and with children? Is it housebroken? What kind of training has it had? We try to see to it that every dog available for adoption over 1 year of age is housebroken and that it has learned at least some basic obedience: sit, stay, down, come, shake hands, and of course shut up. This is not always accomplished, but we do try. Once we have learned about the dog's temperament and behavior and have had the dog vet checked and altered, it is ready to be adopted. Along with our usual rescue dogs, I occasionally have a few breeder-donated, purebred, AKC-registered Collies and Shelties looking for a new forever home. Dogs available for adoption range in age from about 10 weeks to 9 years.
We usually advertise in various local papers to find people that would like to adopt one of our dogs. Every applicant must fill out an adoption application. We screen every applicant and do a home check before any adoption can be completed. If the applicant passes the screening process and the home is found to be suitable, the placement is completed. If not, the dog will not be placed into the home. We try hard to match the adopting family's lifestyle with the proper dog. Some dogs do well in a family with young children, and others would not fit in at all. Some dogs are very mellow, and others are very active. It would not be fair to either the dog or the adopting family to place a dog that is very mellow into a home where the people are always going 90 miles an hour; by the same token, it would not be fair to place a very active dog into a home with an older person or couple with a sedentary lifestyle. A few of the dogs do not care much for toddlers, and others don't get along well with other dogs or cats.
We want families that will take the dog into their hearts as well as into their homes. Of all of the breeds, Collies and Shelties are the most people-oriented. They live for one reason and one reason only: to please their owners. To leave a Collie or Sheltie outside all the time is very unfair. They need human contact to thrive and grow. Many breeds are fine if left outside all the time, but to be left in the back yard day and night and only played with for a short time daily is the worst thing a person can do to a Collie or Sheltie. They need lots of daily contact with people. Both breeds learn things very quickly and enjoy following commands from their owners. They are big show-offs, and when they are around people, they're in seventh heaven. All they ask for in return is food, water, and lots of love, which they return ten-fold. Once a dog is placed into its new home, we make periodic visits to see how the dog is doing.
If you are looking for a dog for protection, do not pick a Collie or a Sheltie. They do not make good attack dogs because they are very passive by nature and not aggressive breeds. If, however, you want a dog that will give you unconditional love and bring you a lifetime of smiles and companionship, then these are the breeds for you. Although they are not aggressive breeds, most will protect their owner(s) if they need to.
Even though we are called Collie & Sheltie Rescue, we also accept and place Collie mixes and Sheltie mixes. We do this because no matter what a Collie or Sheltie mates with, the offspring will always have the Collie or Sheltie temperament and disposition. Thats what most people are looking for anyway, and many people prefer a mixed breed rather than a purebred dog. We sometimes end up with dogs that are not normally found in a Collie/Sheltie rescue, because I'm a sucker for a sob story and can't say no.
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