Introducing the CBCR Dogs

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If you don't see a dog that was here last time you visited, check our Recent Adoptions  page.

Our Adoption Procedure

To adopt a dog, you will need to fill out an application and arrange for a volunteer to interview you in your home. You can apply by clicking on the Adoption Application button.

Our evaluation process stems from our desire that your new family member meet your expectations as closely as possible.

Our $225 adoption fee includes immunization. We also spay or neuter, unless the dog is deemed medically unfit for surgery.

"Activity Level" Categories

The following categories primarily refer to an individual dog's need for activity. Use them to locate listed dogs that fit your lifestyle and expectations. 

Available Dogs - Last Updated 27 Feb 15


Zoe - Coming Soon

Zoe is a sweet, snugly and petite 1 – 2 year old girl weighing 25 pounds. She likes riding in the car but can be timid and fearful when going to new places or meeting new people and 4-legged friends. With time and patience she is ready to investigate new places and meet new friends. She gets along well with her male foster brothers but sometimes tries to dominate other females. Zoe used to live outdoors and was afraid to come inside but she is learning that indoors is pretty comfy. She is very smart and learns quickly. It took only two days to potty train her and she is eager to learn new things. If there was a quick sitting contest she would surely be the winner. Zoe most likely never had her own toys and is just finding out that they can be fun and happily tugs with her foster siblings.

Zoe has an old eye injury which causes her right eye to have a cloudy appearance. She has a condition called iris bombe in which the iris of her eye has fused to the cornea. The vet says that while it won’t get worse, it is also not going to get better. She does have greatly decreased vision in that eye. This, however, does not stop her from enjoying life. She is playful, energetic and is generally in motion. Zoe will be spayed very soon and will most likely be available in mid-to-late March.

Zoe lying down
Zoe at the door

Zoe sitting    Zoe lying on the carpet

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Bailey - Coming Soon

Bailey is a pretty red and white five year old who weighs only 27 pounds. She traveled very nicely in the car from the shelter to her foster home. She is an easy foster and barks at a presence at the front door, including the wind. She is sweet and clingy but easily directed ("Sit" "Lie down here" "Go Away" "Go Outside" "Go Potty!"). Bailey is okay on a leash and is house-trained. She even ignores the resident cat!!

It will be awhile before she is available for adoption. In the beginning of March she will be spayed and have some teeth removed. She has an underbite, which led to some damage to her lower teeth, so those teeth will be removed. Once she has recovered from those procedures, she will start heart worm treatment. The heart worm treatment will take a month.

Bailey standing
Bailey with her head turned
Bailey standing facing camera
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Macon (aka Mako) - Adoption Pending

Macon has used his time in rescue with CBCR remarkably well. He had a rough start as a puppy, purchased to work cattle but initiated prematurely on a large, intimidating breed of livestock. Disappointed in his performance, Macon’s owner consigned him to a barren life in solitary, just when a young dog should be exposed to a variety of experiences.

Macon came to CBCR terrified of men, shy around people in general, and unschooled in niceties with other dogs. He huddled in a corner or in his crate in his first foster home, frightened of the man of the house.

During a year as an In-Board Scholarship with Teamworks dog training in Raleigh NC, Macon acquired a solid set of obedience skills and showed talent in Agility. Recently, he was transferred into a new CBCR foster home so that he could learn what it is like to be part of a household. At first, he employed his guarding instincts, driving other dogs and people away from treasured objects and trusted people. As time has gone on, Macon has felt safe and secure and has made friends with the resident Border Collie and regular visitors to the house. He is cautious but curious about men and boys and has shown willingness to accept their presence. He loves a leash walk and, seeing signs that a walk is in the offing (boots, hat, coat, leash), he offers himself as a ready companion by sitting on his foster’s feet and waiting for leash to be clipped on his collar. At mealtime, he trots confidently to his feeding station. When he must be confined to his crate, Macon accepts the command "Go to your room," and crates himself. He enjoys a bone or kong stuffed with peanut butter, and remains quietly crated for long periods of time, sometimes up to 9 hours per night.

Macon is a true athlete. He likes to fetch squeaky toys or a Jolly Ball. His bounding leaps over stone walls and high grabs of a bouncing ball are a delight to see. During down time, he particularly enjoys a good scratch up and down his rib cage and rump. He often chooses to be in the midst of family life, stretching out on the couch (if that is allowed) with a bone. His prey drive is far too high to be trusted with a cat or a rabbit, but his favorite play buddy is a little 15 pound puppy who comes for a play date twice a week.

Macon is a great car dog ("Ride in the Car?" "Yes!"), and will bravely accompany his foster on leash around a shopping center or residential park. He sometimes crouches low to the ground when strangers appear, but he has learned to alter his course or shelter in a safe location to avoid confrontation. From his safe place, Macon will soon venture out and explore a new person, eventually accepting a scratch on the neck or a treat. He is impeccably housetrained, has excellent recall, and is instantly responsive to his trusted people. He knows Come, Sit, Stay, Give Paw, Down, Drop it, and Go to Bed.

Recently Macon was Instinct Testing for Herding Drive. He performed beautifully with a group of sheep. He picked up "Come By" and "Away," in his first lesson.

This young smoothie, with his striking yin-yang split face could be a real asset to an active individual or family who wishes to interact with a bright, willing and very loyal Border Collie. Macon is looking for an owner who is interested in working with him with positive reinforcement training as he continues to discover that the world is not the scary place he first knew.

For more information on Macon, email Ellen Pearson in Pittsboro, NC at or call 919-933-9184.

Macon on a gather    Macon fetching

Macon running right side    Macon running straight on

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Important: Mattie will not be adopted to a household with a dog or a cat. She also needs a yard with at least a 6 foot sturdy fence.

Mattie has been waiting for a home to call her own for almost two years. CBCR rescued Mattie from an overcrowded shelter in SC. She was emaciated and her neck and paws were wounded scabs. She is now a beautiful, approximately four-year old, blue merle Border Collie. Mattie has been residing in a training and boarding facility for over a year now due to the fact that she has been overlooked for adoption because she needs to be the only animal in the household. But Mattie absolutely adores people and we know that she desperately wants and deserves her own family to love.

Mattie is loving, gentle and trusting with people. She is extremely smart and a quick learner and she loves to play. When Mattie was in a foster home she was extremely well behaved and completely house broken. She did not need to be crated. Although Mattie will not be able to live with other animals due to reactivity, she has undergone extensive professional training at the facility where she lives and she’s been trained to walk politely past other dogs on a Gentle Leader and her reactivity is under control on leash. Mattie needs a family who is prepared to still be active with her and has a tall (6 ft), sturdy fence. Mattie is athletic and would love to do Frisbee or agility for fun and mental and physical stimulation. She of course knows all the basic: sit, down, stay, come when called and walk on loose leash. This girl LOVES, LOVES her people and we know that right family is out there. We’re not giving up on Mattie’s dream to have her own family to love.

Mattie is currently an In-Board Scholar at Teamworks Dog Training in Youngsville, NC. For more information please contact Michele at

Mattie face shot   Mattie left side of face

Mattie sitting   Mattie laying on the floor

Important: Mattie will not be adopted to a household with a dog or a cat. She also needs a yard with at least a 6 foot sturdy fence.

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He is such a sweetheart that the Crossroads Veterinary Hospital technicians want to change this handsome boy’s name to Sweet. We call him Sweep, Sweeper, Pinecone Boy, Weed Eater, or Handsome. He is great at entertaining himself and us in the process. His favorite thing to do is watch the other dogs and shake a pinecone in his mouth. Occasionally he will leave his post and race over to a tree, jump up and grab a leaf. He is never without something in his mouth.

Sweep gets along very well with his large foster dog family but he is a little possessive of his food. Although he is not much for playing with the other dogs, he can be enticed occasionally. He prefers to focus on one dog and watch that dog’s every move, from a distance. He definitely has the obsessive/compulsive characteristic of the breed. Because of this trait, he will need a home that has the time to refocus his attention to more productive endeavors.

UPDATE: After several months in his foster home, Sweep has begun initiating play with several of his foster siblings. He is enjoying this new dimension of life!

When Sweep attended NCSU Veterinary Hospital’s open house, he attracted kids of all ages with his gentle manner. He lay down, closed his eyes and seemed to fall asleep as group after group came by and stroked his hair and talked to him. Because of his food possessiveness, he would need to be watched around children with food. He allows adult humans to remove his food but this may be an issue with young children.

Sweep was rescued from a SC shelter. When he entered the shelter, he had a puncture wound in his lower right leg and was limping. Initially, it was felt that the limp was due to this wound but after the wound healed, the limp persisted. Radiographs were taken and a dislocated elbow was discovered. Several veterinarians were consulted. The wound is an old one and the chance that surgery would successfully correct the problem is very small, might make it worse. An option is to amputate, but, right now, Sweep uses this leg, doesn't seem to be in pain, and isn’t hindered in the least so we will leave it alone. In the future, he may require an amputation.

Sweep’s recall has improved since he first arrived at his foster home. It seems that, in his past, coming when called did not lead to a good time. He now will come to us spontaneously just to say hello.

Sweep will not be adopted to a home with an invisible fencing system or any other shock type training system.

Sweep is being fostered in Durham, NC. If you are interested in this sweet boy who will serenade your clothes dryer, please contact Ann Miller for more information: or 919.682.6125, (prior to 21:00 please).

Sweep with daffodils

Sweep right side    Sweep left side

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Maverick sitting

Maverick - Available to experienced Border Collie owners

Maverick has done extremely well with his behavior modification training and is now accepting unfamiliar people much more easily. We are thrilled to see his progress. He has also become an extremely affectionate dog. Maverick is still only available to experienced owners that would commit to continuing with his training, but we are now much more confident that he will succeed with the right family.

Maverick is a purebred, ABCA-registered border collie who was surrendered to CBCR by his owners due to their lack of time to properly train/exercise him as well as his behavioral issues. Maverick is certainly not a dog for everyone. He is an extremely high-drive border collie (one may call him hyper), and is as intense as border collies can possibly get. He is obsessed with his ball, he'd play 24/7 if you let him) and also with herding his canine siblings (needless to say, to their discontent). At the same time, he is very insecure around people, and due to various reasons does not trust people outside of his immediate family. When he sees a "stranger," he reacts by barking, lunging and showing teeth, which can look pretty scary. By acting this way - most likely out of fear and insecurity - he only wishes to get away from something that scares him most (that is, new people).

Being so reactive towards people, it is almost shocking how good and affectionate he is towards "his" people, that is, his foster parents. He loves to be petted, would nudge your hand to get your attention and would lick your face before you fall asleep at night. Maverick responds to basic commands like "sit," "down," "come," "drop the ball," "go to bed." He will maintain a nice "stay" and will release on command. He is also mastering mat work and figuring out how to properly work with his foster parents during training sessions. A professional dog trainer has started Maverick on a behavior modification program and Maverick has actually made some good progress towards becoming less reactive to some of his triggers. However, he still has ways to go.

Maverick cannot be adopted to families with children or families that plan to have children; he would also not do well with someone who will spend only a couple of hours per day with him. Maverick requires lots of consistent, day-to-day exercise and his future family must commit to continuing with his behavior modification training.

We strongly believe that despite all the challenges, Maverick is 100% worth all the effort. There's a great dog behind his fearfulness and reactivity, and we just need to help bring this dog out. Besides that, nothing can feel better than see him stop playing with his ball, run towards you, give you a quick kiss on your face and run back to whatever he was busy with. Like this is his way of saying I can be really, really good - just give me a chance.

Maverick has been neutered, is up to date on vaccinations, crate and house-trained.

Maverick is being fostered in Durham, NC. If If interested in adopting this handsome, energetic guy, please contact Maverick's foster parents at with any questions.


Maverick with ball    Maverick sitting2

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Independent foster dogs are NOT in the CBCR program. They are dogs that are being independently fostered by a current CBCR volunteer. They may be any breed or mix of dog, not just Border Collies. Please use the contacts at the end of each dog's biography to obtain more information about the dog and the procedure for adopting him/her.

CBCR does not warranty any of the information provided about the following dogs. Should any issues arise, CBCR will not be held responsible. Fees requested and policies may differ from CBCR.

There are currently no Independent Fosters.

For more great dogs looking for homes, click here to visit our Courtesy Listing page.

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