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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 2 Oct 15



Ref got his name while we were watching football. He kept walking in front of the TV so we called him "The Ref". He is a wonderful boy despite the fact that he is completely blind. He gets along with all other animals, cats and dogs, loves all people young and old. Ref loves to be in your lap cuddling and snuggling. It doesn’t take him long to map out his surroundings so that he doesn’t bump into anything.

He would do best in a home that understands his needs. For example, keeping all furniture in one place, so that he knows where everything is, a path of rugs are helpful to get him from his crate to the front door or kitchen. He would also do best in a home with few steps. He navigates the front two steps up onto the porch but a flight of stairs would be an issue.

Ref is very quiet. I have heard him bark when playing with other dogs but never in his crate or at anything else. He loves to play with a tennis ball. It’s fascinating to watch him as the ball gets away from him. He uses his senses and finds it quickly.

He will come with a Halo harness for going outside the home. This acts as a "walking stick" for him to keep him from running into things. Ref is a LOVER and a very quick learner. He is crate trained and will "pace" when he needs to go out for a potty. He is happiest just being with you and sitting and snuggling, but he really wants to be in your lap.

Ref is being fostered in the Charlotte area. For more information on Ref, contact his foster mom Debbie at 704-281-9115 or at

Ref with his Halo
Ref looking up with his Halo
Ref with his head turned
Ref right side Adoption Application
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Meet the lovely Liam! This gorgeous boy is an absolute love! He was picked up by animal control as an emaciated, parasite infested stray, and at some point in his past has had his left rear leg amputated - likely from a car related injury. He wasn't neutered and was HW positive. He weighed 32 pounds and should probably be close to 50. Despite everything he remains gentle, loving and happy. Liam was rescued from the shelter by a volunteer who cared for him until CBCR had a foster space. His HW treatment will finish in early November, with six weeks of exercise restriction to follow. Liam is otherwise healthy, parasite free, a good weight (he's 45 pounds and could gain a couple more). He's about two years old. He loves to go for walks, ride in the car, hang out with the folks and play ball (forbidden for now). He is now neutered, house trained, crate trained, good with other dogs and so appreciative! There are no kids here, so we don't know about that. He'd likely be fine. He has been known to chase a cat with glee. His handicap is no problem, though he's not going to be an agility competitor or herding guy. Great listener and companion! One of my favorite foster dogs, ever!

Liam is being fostered in the Asheville area, and will remain in the foster home until HW treatment is complete. For more information, call 828 749-3617 or email Jan at

Liam sad face
Liam full body
Liam will it ever stop raining
Liam will it ever stop raining2 Adoption Application
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Bran is a handsome, healthy, happy go lucky 6 month old hound mix. He has no aggression issues, is crate trained and is quiet once he is in his crate. He walks on a leash, and is ready for basic obedience lessons with other dogs around. He is exuberant when seeing new dogs and thinks everyone is eager to be his new BFF. He should not go to dog parks as some dogs will not tolerate his eager attempts to socialize. He does not have a strong prey drive and plays well with larger dogs. He would do well in a family that is active with older children who will enjoy the rough and tumble play he enjoys. He will do well with larger stable dogs as he respects the hierarchy once it is established. I do not know how he is with cats. He must have a fenced in yard. An electric fence is not a suitable option for him. He would be a phenomenon in Noseworks and tracking.

Bran is currently fostered in Durham, NC. For more information on Bran, please email Judy at

Bran in the grass
Bran running Adoption Application
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Ellis is feeling great now that all his medical problems have been treated. Ellis hasn’t had a lot of joy in his life so it’s nice to see that each new day gives him more happiness. He now has a smile on his face and his tail is always in motion. Ellis is a high energy boy and gets really excited when he gets ready to go outside or gets a new toy. He’s a pretty strong fellow so he probably would do best in a house with no children or older teenagers only (13+). Ellis has not had a lot of freedom in his life and sometimes gets so excited he steps on your toes and runs wildly. He might knock down small children.

Ellis is still fearful of going new places and meeting new people. I don’t know if that will ever resolve but he has learned that he is safe at home and is finally starting to play with his foster siblings and has allowed a couple of new people to come and hang out with him. He could live with or without other dogs but he might do best if he has a well socialized confident dog friend that will help him venture out more into the world. Ellis has not been exposed to cats but does seem curious about birds and reptiles. He loves to go on car rides and jumps right in the car. He will also take walks but can get startled sometimes by loud noises and erratic movements.

Ellis enjoys toys but sometimes gets confused about which items are proper toys. He might think a rag or shoe looks fun and start carrying it around. He will choose toys over these items so they need to be available for him. He has not destroyed any items and will quickly drop the item when you tell him, "Ellis, no". For this reason, it would be best if Ellis is able to have someone supervise him when he is playing. He will crate and has learned to excitedly sit to come out of the crate. After the first few minutes of excitement, he does seem to settle down and will gladly sit down to a toy or rawhide. He also really likes to sit by you on the couch.

It doesn’t seem that Ellis had ever lived indoors before. When he arrived he did try to mark in some areas. Since that time he has been neutered and crated for some time while he was going through heartworm treatment. He now stays out of the crate for extended periods with no problems although I do take him out somewhat frequently. He has never gone to the bathroom in his crate and will cry if he needs to potty while he is crated.

A home with fencing would probably be best for Ellis so that he may be able to experience the freedom of play with security. If you feel that you can provide Ellis with exercise and security without fencing we can certainly discuss it.

Ellis seems to crave attention and will sometimes push on you with his head to get attention. He wants to be petted and seeks it out but still is a little stiff when he actually gets it. He has recently decided that he enjoys belly rubs and will allow those he trusts to scratch him. He needs someone who has the patience and understanding to deal with a dog that was likely abused in some way and takes time to trust. I think it really takes him a couple of weeks to decide if a person is "ok" or not. He could also benefit from basic training for confidence building. He seems to enjoy doing basic things like "sit" and "down" for treats and will readily learn new things for that person that he trusts. He does seem to bond with women more quickly than men but has adjusted to everyone here.

Ellis is learning to walk more slowly on his leash without pulling and has made good progress unless startled. When he does pull we simply stop walking and call him back and he comes right away. He seems to have a good recall. He got out the door one night when he was excited to go out and I simply called him and he came back to be leashed. He doesn’t seem to fear things like thunder or sweepers. He has never shown any kind of aggression towards dogs or people. However, loud voices or swift movements may frighten him. Since he does enjoy getting attention and treats, I think he would progress even further out of his shell if his new parents will continue positive reinforcement basic training. Ellis has come a long way in his journey and you can see that he very much likes the life of a dog that isloved. He loves being close to people he knows and being indoors. Ellis will be a wonderful companion for someone who wants to help a dog blossom using patient caring and training.

If you would like to know more about Ellis please contact his foster mom by emailing Ellis is currently located in Charlotte, NC. Visits are welcome but it is very difficult for me to travel at this time.

Ellis with a toy
Ellis walkin
Ellis in the grass Adoption Application
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Leia - Temporarily Unavailable

Leia is a small Border Collie, around 27 pounds. She has been spayed and is up to date on all shots and preventatives. She is a VERY nervous and anxious dog; fearful of people. We believe she lived in the wild for an unknown period of time. Household items such as furniture, crown moulding, light fixtures, television shows, etc., all cause anxiety and flight at various times. She will JUMP onto objects with ease (hoods of cars, tables, furniture, etc.). She can easily jump a 36" tall baby gate. Fences are not suggested as a method of containment as she will jump, climb or dig to escape. She NEEDS TO BE LEASHED OR SUPERVISED WITHIN A FENCE. She is EXTREMELY QUICK! HIGH RISK OF FLIGHT!

She is okay with other dogs, but may be confrontational as she wants to be the Alpha. She has growled at the larger Border Collie in the house on several occasions and bitten once. It is unknown what she will do around cats. She will go potty on a leash, although very nervous and jumps at sudden sounds or movement. She does not yet provide any clue or sign she wants to go outside; timing is everything.

At this point, she knows no basic commands. She is great in the crate and goes there willingly. Very thunder-phobic and will break objects with potential to hurt herself trying to get away and to a safe place. This little girl is a work in progress and is not ready to be adopted at this time. We do not know how long it will take before she is ready to be adopted. She will first have to learn to trust people. Until she is ready to be adopted, we will not be listing her foster parent’s contact information. Once Leia learns to relax and her anxiety decreases, her foster parent will update her bio with additional information about her personality. When she is ready to be adopted, her bio will again be updated and will include contact information.

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Callie - Adoption Pending

Callie is a smaller, playful sweetheart. She was pulled from a shelter in August and is learning to trust one day at the time.

She's house trained and is learning basic commands. She's a very fast learner and eager to please. She's great in a crate and on car rides. Callie is very good with all dogs but has a strong prey drive which can overwhelm some smaller dogs. With proper introduction she understands quickly how to be friends with all sizes of fur friends though. We will test how she interacts with cats soon.

Callie is very, very loving and is happiest when she can be right there with you. If you don't want a cuddler, this dog is not for you. Callie loves, loves, loves children and a family with kids would be a preferred home for her.

Callie is heart worm positive and is under treatment right now. She will need someone that is patient and will nurse her back to perfect health once this strenuous treatment is behind her. Callie will be available for adoption in late November but you can meet her right away if you think she can be your new companion!

Callie during de-shedding
Callie scratching
Callie sniffing
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Cooper Joe

Cooper Joe (aka Joe) - Adoption Pending

Cooper Joe is an athletic, lean looking dog with a semi-rough coat. He is black and white with just enough brown to make him very visible. He hasn't spent much time indoors before his foster home, so fans, the dishwasher and other inside noises are still new and to be explored. He is now housebroken and has not had one mistake in the house. He is a little strong in his leash walking, but he is improving. He does get carsick, so he needs to go for more rides to get him used to the motion of a vehicle.

He is selective in the dogs he will get along with. He prefers females and non-aggressive males. He loves to play and wrestle with the smaller, female dogs in his foster home. However, he does not like it when they bark! We still haven't checked him out with cats, but we will soon. The one time he saw a cat, he just ignored it.

Joe is a snuggle bug at night on the bed with a crowd or on the floor. He does like to chew his toys and he will gather them up and sleep amongst them with his feet in the air.

He is good about eating his food and has not turned away from anything yet. He takes his fish oil capsules well also. He doesn't seem to mind the stormy weather. Since he is an active, sporty type dog, he needs a bit of attention. He would do well with older children rather than toddlers.

Cooper Joe left side
Cooper Joe sitting
Cooper Joe lying down
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Lexi - Adoption Pending

Lexi is a gentle, sweet 7 year old border collie mix. She has a rough coat which is like silk. Her weight is 28 pounds, so she is a petite girl. She moves about easily and is light on her feet; there are no signs of any arthritis or other health issues. Her teeth look pretty good, and the original owner had been in the habit of brushing them.

She is a bit shy at first, but she simply moves away when she was not sure what to do. She will SIT and COME on command. She is crate trained and housebroken. She walks extremely well on a leash. She has some minor perceptual issues when she tries to take treats from your hand. She tends to accidentally bite your hands. There is no aggression, whatsoever, but feeding her treats needs to be done carefully. What is interesting is that Lexi has no trouble finding treats placed on the deck.

Lexi came to us in need of a good grooming and a higher quality food. In the short time she has been with CBCR, you can already see the difference in her silky coat. She is afraid of being left alone and we are working on that fear. Slowly she is coming out of her shell and is relearning to play with her toys.

Lexi standing on the deck
Lexi sitting on the deck
Lexi pretty sit in the grass
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Shelby - Adoption Pending

Shelby was rescued from a NC county shelter. She was picked up as a stray. Shelby is a very active little girl. I believe her to be part Border Collie and definitely part terrier. I would say that terrier is Jack Russell or Rat terrier. Right now she has the idea that terriers rule. Her size means nothing. She will while sitting on your lap try to protect you from any intruder of the dog variety. She uses her border collie instincts to herd any dog wanting attention by getting between you and the other dog and using her body to push them away. If that does not work she will growl or bark at them. We are working on changing this behavior, but some of it may remain just because of the characteristics of the breeds. She is very athletic and can jump tall buildings. So far I have seen a 4 ft jump between chair and couch. Loves a ball and is learning to retrieve, also a tug is fun for her. Very smart also, is not afraid of any of my dogs big or small. She likes my cat but can't figure out why it won't play her, so she will lay on her tummy either whining or barking and then jumping on him not to hurt him but to get him to play. My cat just sits there and let her to what she wants. If he was threatened he would handle it. She just considers him another playmate. She is still figuring out each of my dogs and reacts to each in a different way. She also love all people, I think she would be fine with children also.

Shelby has not had an accident in the house since I have had her. She is pretty predictable on when she needs to go out. As soon as she comes out of her crate, after a nap, after playing and after food we go out and she will do her business. She is learning what pottie means. At night she sleeps in a crate next to my bed. She will fuss for a couple minutes but will settle down and sleep all night. If she does need to go pottie she will let you know. Take her out and put her back and she is fine. Also rides in the car with no stress, jut lays down and you don't hear a pip. Being a pup you do have to watch that she does not trade her toys for something that she should not chew. Left in a room with none of her own toys she will look for something she can chew.

She is very high intense active dog that although she loves to cuddle and be with you, she will need a sport home to redirect all this energy. As a companion with a dog sport home she will be perfect, but without that she will be bored and that leads to destruction of property and an unhappy pup. So I am looking for a sport home for her.

Shelby standing on the grass
Shelby standing on the dirt
Shelby carrying a toy
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Oscar - Adoption Pending

Oscar is ready to find his own family! Oscar was confined in a kennel most of his life until he came to CBCR. He exuberantly loves people but due to his bouncy personality he is not the ideal pet for toddler sized children. Since he has not experienced much of anything until now, he has a lot to learn, but is eager to do so. He can already sit, lie down, come when called, is house trained, walks beautifully on a leash, loves to ride in the car and has learned that it is ok to relax in the house and just hang out with his people.

When first meeting his foster siblings he displayed very dominant behavior, resulting in some brawls between them. He has since found his position in the pack, plays endlessly with his foster brother and has learned to respect his bossy foster sister. At this time it is not certain how he will react when introduced into a new household with new dog personalities – a period of adjustment under close supervision is likely again needed. Oscar loves toys and is getting better at sharing and surrendering the really cool ones, initially he was a bit possessive. He is, however, always happy to trade up for a better toy or a treat. Despite his voracious appetite he is not food aggressive at all. Oscar has met the resident cat and has shown interest but no aggression.

Oscar is always on his feet to explore and follow whatever is happening around the house but is also happy to settle down at times. After a year of not much to do in his kennel, he just does not want to miss out on anything! He cannot be trusted to distinguish between dog toys and things like flip flops, towels or anything else he thinks would be fun to carry around and chew on, but he is good in his crate when he cannot be supervised. He is building muscle mass and has already turned into quite an athletic fellow, he would be a great hiking or running companion, and would love to do something like agility or flyball. Oscar has not shown any herding tendencies. A fenced in yard (no invisible fencing) is required for him since he would be off exploring the neighborhood in no time.

Oscar in motion
Oscar looking up
Oscar running with a stick
Oscar chewing on a stick
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Teach - Adoption Pending

Teach is a sweet-natured, people-oriented dog that enjoys human company and likes to go for long walks (he is very good on leash). Teach craves human attention and is always ready to roll over for a good belly rub.

Teach is blind, but is able to adjust to new environments extremely well. It took him just one day to figure out his foster home’s layout, and he is now mastering the stairs into the backyard. The cause of Teach’s blindness is not yet known (but will be investigated by the vet), but we believe that he may still have some vision in his right eye. In any case, he does very well after he investigates new surroundings, and is able to navigate inside the house with no problem. Additionally, his ability to sniff seems to be 100 times stronger than that of the dogs with normal eyesight, so he uses his nose a lot to get him where he wants to go. (He would make an excellent nosework or tracking dog if someone was interested in training him.)

Teach mostly ignores nine other dogs that live with him at his foster home, but does run with them when they chase balls or each other. During these times of play, Teach gets very excited, runs hard to follow other dogs, and barks in a very silly manner. He is funny to watch.

Teach would make a loyal companion for someone who is looking for a border collie that is not too hyper, but relatively active. He would do well with another dog or as a solo dog, provided that his humans give him lots of attention and appropriate daily exercise.

Teach using his nose

Teach serious dog    Teach happy dog

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Lulu - Adoption Pending

Sweet Lulu, the most recent miracle puppy, has had quite a journey at CBCR! She was found in ditch and then pulled from a shelter in Eastern NC with a terrible case of mange, a horrible skin infection, an extremely high fever and slew of other health problems. She was missing hair on about ~60 percent of her body and was covered in terrible sores and open wounds. However, after months of great vet care, good food, and lots of love she has completely recovered to become an energetic, fun-loving, and sassy puppy!

Lulu currently weighs 31 pounds and is estimated to be around 6 months old based on her pearly white teeth. She was initially very timid and scared but now she is quite the daredevil and is tremendously curious. She gets along wonderfully with other dogs and is very playful. She loves people of all ages and sizes and is even gentle enough for young children. She is potty trained and crate trained but is still learning basic commands such as sit, down, and no. Lulu has boatloads of energy and in order to keep herself out of trouble, she must have long walks or trips to the dog park daily. Overall, Lulu is a little ray of sunshine and has been such a trooper throughout her journey from sickness to health. It is hard not to fall in love with her chocolatey brown eyes, sweet kisses, and warm cuddles!

Lulu before Lulu when she came to CBCR
Lulu after Lulu after treatment

Callie during de-shedding
Callie scratching
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Lucy - Adoption Pending

Lucy is a sweet, very loving smaller Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix. She was rescued in early June from a life on a chain without any proper socialization. As a result, she is an insecure dog that shows aggressive behavior towards other dogs. After one week of rehabilitation she has already made impressive behavior changes and is now becoming comfortable with her foster siblings. She's not at the point where she can be trusted to freely interact with other dogs, as the process of building her self-confidence and her trust in a human companion will take time; therefore she can only be adopted to a home where she will be an only dog.

Aside from that you won't find a sweeter girl than Lucy. Everyone who meets her likes her instantly. She's very goofy with almost clown like qualities. She loves all people including children.

An old injury to her front leg causes her to limp, but she handles it well and is in no pain. She can easily hike several miles but will likely not be a running companion or agility champion. She knows basic commands but is eager to learn and fun to train. She is house trained and great in her crate.

The person that adopts Lucy needs to be committed to her ongoing rehabilitation and be willing to provide patience and leadership.

Lucy rollover
Lucy walking Adoption Application
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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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