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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 18 Apr 15



Electra is from the same litter as Taser (now Casey). They were pulled from a shelter in central NC. The Animal Control Officer who brought them said that he had been called by a lady who found a box of puppies on his porch. There were four originally and the other two were adopted from the shelter. He said the litter showed strong herding behavior and the others looked like Border Collies. She is all black and appears to have German Shepherd in her.

Electra plays well with my other dogs (4 shelties and a lab cattle dog cross) who have taught her appropriate play behavior with dogs. I have not seen her with cats. She is still learning bite inhibition and impulse control. She is learning how to be quiet in her crate. She is very reliable in the house and uses the doggie door to go out and potty. She is starting to work on her sit, and is learning to not jump up on people, but that is still a work in progress. She is learning to come when she is called. She is learning to walk on a leash and to meet new people and other dogs appropriately. She is frightened of traffic. She is crate trained and rides well in her crate in a vehicle. She is not high energy.

I anticipate that she will be ready for adoption toward the end of April depending on how she does at the mall and at events I am taking her to. She started out extremely reactive to other dogs, and fearful in new situations, but has shown remarkable improvement in a couple of weeks. I will have her with me at the Noseworks trial in Charlottesville on April 10 and at the USDAA agility trial at Snow Camp NC April 17-19.

Electra is being fostered in Durham. NC. For more information on Electra, please email Judy at

Electra with empty bottle
Electra in her bed
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Jade - Adoption Pending

People lover here. Jade came from a shelter in the western part of the state. Before she came to our house, she was boarded at a trainer’s facility to learn to trust people. The result is that she now loves people and greets them with a very waggy tail and wide eyes.

Jade is a smaller, 18 month old (or so), Border Collie. We believe she was an outdoor dog, so she is having to learn how to properly behave as an indoor dog. She is not completely housebroken yet, but we also just learned she has a UTI (urinary tract infection), which may be complicating the housebreaking process. She is also getting used to the sounds that occur in a house. When she hears strange sounds, indoors or out, she walks around looking up, sometimes jumping and whining/barking.

She is crate trained and has no problem being in her crate overnight or while we are gone. She also travels well in her crate in a vehicle. She walks well on a leash and it is not a problem to walk her along with my personal dog. She has also learned that toys are fun to play with - especially those that squeak! She will entertain herself by jumping and playing with her new toys on her own.

She really, really wants to meet the cats and her tail wags a mile a minute when she sees them. The cats don’t feel the same way though and Jade doesn’t understand that a growl means Back Off. We had been making progress with teaching her to leave them alone and not become too fixated, unfortunately, we did have an incident where she cornered a cat and became a bit too aggressive, so we suggest she not be in a household with cats.

She attended the NC State Vet School Open House and loved all the attention she received. Jade gets so excited when she sees people and enjoys being petted. I believe with training she would make a wonderful therapy dog. She is food motivated, so training her should not be difficult, whether that training is ordinary commands or something more advanced.

It appears she may have been abused in the past - if you raise an arm or stick (like to clean the gutters!) she cowers away a bit and gets nervous, though she is getting better. She is a very sensitive dog that takes any admonishment as against her - for instance when our personal dog misbehaves and gets scolded, Jade comes over and tries to apologize for whatever she did wrong. Lots of continuous praise has broken her of this a bit, but more work is necessary there.

Like most Border Collies, she needs a job to do or she will find one on her own. She is great on squirrel patrol and will watch them and chase them along the fence for hours. She will also occasionally dig. This may be a habit she developed because in the past she likely spent a number of hours on her own. Over time, it may be possible to break her of this habit. Due to her energy level and background, she would not do well in a house where she is left alone indoors or out for hours.

Jade is being fostered in Chatham County, south of Pittsboro. For more information on Jade, please contact her foster mom at

Jade on squirrel patrol
Jade standing by the fence
Jade with toy outside
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Looking for someone for early morning walks, evenings in front of the fireplace, a good listener to help you enjoy your evening glass of wine (or milk and a cookie)? Someone to greet you with pure joy whenever you come home (even if you only left a few minutes before)? Would you like a companion who thinks you hung the moon and appreciates anything you offer - from love to supper to a kiss on the head to a quick game of 'tennis ball' - and who asks almost nothing in return? Wilson would be just perfect!

Wilson is a sweet senior gentleman who had it all until a few weeks ago when his adoring owner suddenly passed away, leaving Wilson and two companions lonely and sad with no one to care for them. Since they had nowhere to go, they were all taken to the shelter where they were adopted years before. It's a good shelter - excellent care and kind staff - but to Wilson it must have felt like the earth had stopped spinning. Scary sounds and smells, worried dogs all around him, all of his comforts gone. He spent two bewildering weeks in a chilly cell with a concrete floor. Now in foster care, he's relaxing and regaining his bearings. He LOVES his tennis ball and is up for a quick game whenever you're ready. He's equally good at holding down the rug as you work at your computer or read an absorbing book.

As the kennel staffer put it, "Wilson is an Old Soul". He has lovely manners and approximately 12 years experience as a good dog! All he really needs is someone to love.

Based on his vet and original adoption records, we believe Wilson is 12 1/2 to 13 years old. He has always been well cared for and seems in excellent health, except for a little arthritis and some extra pounds. At good weight he should be around 45 pounds. He is, of course, house trained, good on a leash, friendly to everyone. I haven't seen him around children, but he adores all adults and is great with dogs and cats. He is up to date on shots, neutered, heartworm negative, on preventatives and parasite free, and is microchipped.

This boy is a senior, but probably has at least two or three years of love to share. He'd make a wonderful companion for someone looking for an easygoing buddy!

Wilson is being fostered in Saluda, near Asheville NC. He shares his foster home with Bear - also an adoptable CBCR dog. For more information, please contact foster mom, Jan, at or 828 749-3617 for more information.

Wilson at play
Wilson on the deck
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Bear - Adoption Pending

Bear is an absolute love! He is a big, calm, gentle boy who quietly loves everyone. And SO handsome! He was pulled from a county shelter in late February and has adjusted beautifully to his foster home and routine. Bear is believed to be about five years old. Because he was dirty, thin and had sun bleached fur on his back, we assume he was kept outdoors before coming into rescue. He's up to date on shots and neuter surgery is scheduled for March 11th. He is heartworm negative. He is a larger Border Collie, currently a thin 54 pounds. At perfect weight; he will probably be 60. His manners are lovely and despite arriving as an intact male, he has been perfectly behaved in the house.

Bear is completely blind, but with a little guidance from his 'seeing eye person' (his foster mom), he has quickly learned to navigate well in the house and on walks. He was slightly hesitant on walks the first couple of days, but we've followed the same route each day and he now walks confidently, two or three miles daily, wagging his tail and smiling all the while. Though we may schedule a consultation with a veterinary eye specialist, his current vet is fairly confident the blindness is genetic, is not causing pain and does not require treatment.

Calm dogs, older children or dog-friendly cats would be good companions for Bear.

Bear will do best in a calm, stable home environment with few (or no) stairs. He'll need to be walked on a leash or allowed to learn his way around a fenced yard with level or gentle terrain. A physical fence is an absolute requirement if he is to be outdoors alone at all, and probably he'd be safer and happier being indoors unless walked on a leash. He would do fine in an apartment as long as it's on ground level or has an elevator.

If you want a dog who simply appreciates your kindness, loves you without reservation and makes almost no demands, please consider beautiful Bear.

Bear is being fostered in Saluda, NC. If you are interested in Bear, please contact Jan at or 828 749-3617 for more information.

Bear helping in the kitchen
Bear drinking
Bear sitting
Bear on the deck
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Zoe - Adoption Pending

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 is being fostered in Charlotte, NC. If you are interested in Zoe, please contact Michelle at for more information.

Zoe lying down
Zoe at the door

Zoe sitting    Zoe lying on the carpet

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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 improving on leash, walking in a Freedom harness, and is house-trained. She even ignores the resident cat!!

As time has gone on and we have learned more about Bailey, we have found her to be persistently “growly” in the presence of other dogs. This is in the interest of maintaining her relationship with her chosen person. She has been corrected in this behavior multiple times without great success. Other dogs, including two young puppies here for a weekend, tend to ignore her, which ultimately results in a fairly peaceful co-existence. Bailey has recently condescended to join her foster’s personal Border Collie in barking at squirrels, people on the road, people at the door, and the occasional imaginary threat. There is a chance that, down the road, Bailey will consider playing with another dog. But I wouldn’t count on that.

Bailey easily came through the removal of 5 lower teeth and a spay surgery and has started a month-long course of Doxycillin. This will be followed by a vigorous, day-long Heartworm treatment, after which she must be kept quiet for a good long period of time. I suspect that Bailey will take full advantage of her convalescence by doing what she already does: staying as close as possible to her people.

For more information about Bailey, email Ellen Pearson in Pittsboro, NC at or call 919 933 9184.

Bailey standing
Bailey with her head turned
Bailey standing facing camera
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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.

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