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 15 Dec 2014


Conrad - Adoption Pending

Conrad is a sweet cuddle bug! He is coming out of his shell after recuperating from being saved off the streets near Hickory, NC and suffering from a respiratory infection. Conrad has been neutered while under the care of CBCR.

Conrad is learning the ropes quickly, and gets along very well with the dogs at his foster home. As he has recovered from his illness and surgery, he has become much more active. He is a little bit of a jumper, at feeding time and when wanting to play with the ball, but I am working on correction for this. Conrad knows sit and I am working on stay and down. He is on the short side, but fast. He has a beautiful coat, all white and black with a little bit of brown on his hind legs. It is long, but he welcomes grooming, and will lay down for you while you brush him.

Conrad can be completed trusted in the home, as he is house-trained and does not chew or get into anything. He has free-range with the other dogs in his foster home for up to 10 hours while I am at work. He will walk right into a crate if one is around, more as a den and safe place. Conrad does not have any thunder phobia. Conrad runs around the fenced backyard with no indications to jump (he is a short guy, anyway) and could be trusted to left out in a yard with proper fencing. I have not yet worked on recall, but as soon as he exits my car he walks right to the front door on a very loose leash. I think once he developed the trust of his humans and has proper recall, he could be off-leash and would stay with his people.

Conrad walks very well on a leash, and went for his first hike and had a blast! He was not fearful of the mountain bikers passing us very quickly on the trail. Conrad is still learning to enjoy a car ride, and should be crated for car trips. He wants to sit on your lap while you are driving. Conrad will not jump up into the car, and needs to be picked up and placed into the car.

Conrad is a very sweet boy, and enjoys cuddling with his person. He snuggles next to his foster sisters, and will occasionally take up residence alone in the corner of the living room.

Conrad does not display strong herding drive, but has been found scoping out the squirrels on the other side of the fence. He points with his right leg, which is very cute!! He has just gotten around to playing with toys, and is a little mouthy with the tennis ball right now. I think this is quickly remedied when he finds that having the ball tossed to him is very fun, and at this point I believe a home with children over the age of 5 would be appropriate.

Conrad is being fostered in Asheville, NC. For more information, contact his foster, Julie, at 828-989-0493 or email

Conrad with tennis ball

Conrad getting a belly rub

Conrad out on a walk

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Jake - Adoption Pending

Jake is a beautiful, sweet, and very affectionate 3 year old boy. His life has been in turmoil since he lost everything in a fire a year ago. His owner has always shown him kindness but has had very limited resources and is now completely unable to keep or care for him. Though indoors as a puppy, Jake spent the past couple of years tied outdoors and in the past year has had almost no attention. Now in foster care, he is SO happy and grateful to have people in his life and to enjoy a warm, dry place to sleep.

Jake loves people and other dogs! Despite limited experience with indoor living and not having been neutered until a month ago, he has shown lovely manners indoors. He loves to go for long leash walks (still pulls a little, but we're working on it), enjoys riding in the car, crates beautifully at night and spends most of his indoor time happily curled up at his foster's feet (or occasionally on the couch if he thinks no one is looking). Like all Border Collies, he is extremely intelligent and eager to learn. He'd be a star in an obedience or agility class. With some training and experience, he might even do well as a therapy dog. He is slightly hesitant with new people, but warms up immediately and is so appreciative of attention!

Jake is now up to date on shots, heartworm negative and on preventative, neutered and microchipped. He is a perfect weight at 45 pounds and has a lovely, healthy coat. He is a calm boy when in the house and more energetic outdoors. His foster siblings are not playful dogs and he is a gentleman with them, but he apparently does enjoy a good romp with another dog, given the opportunity. Jake would be a wonderful companion for hiking or jogging, or just for hanging around the house and yard. He's adaptable, but would do best in an indoor home with a fenced yard and someone who's around a good part of the day. He's been lonely long enough! He'd also appreciate a friendly canine pal or two to play with.

Jake is being fostered in Western North Carolina near Asheville. You couldn't ask for a sweeter, more loving buddy than this guy! For more information, contact his foster, Jan, at 828 749-3617 or email

Jake standing in the street

Jake standing in the leaves

Jake on the wood floor

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Sassy is a very happy girl about a year old. She gets along very well with other dogs. She does not seem to have a problem with children and there were children in a prior placement. I have been told that she is fine with cats. She is high energy and needs a job to keep her occupied. She uses the doggie door freely and is both housebroken and crate trained. She does a great deal of barking outside if she has not had exercise or is bored. She is very intense about her toys and would be a good disc dog or agility dog. I will be taking her for a herding evaluation in the next couple of weeks.

She has come a long way for a dog with high drive and no impulse control. She is learning to sit and wait at the door, but she would rather run than do anything. She is learning to not pull on the leash, and actually does very well off leash in a controlled environment. She no longer is barking at anything or anyone that is strange, but I do give her the chance to scope things out. I think this may be related to being on a leash as she doesn't do that out on the trail when she meets people and other dogs. She has shown a good recall even when distracted. I am not sure how strong the recall would be in the woods if she wasn't with the other dogs because I have never taken her out alone. I have taken her to several agility trials, and the mall and she is more confident and relaxed as she has had more exposure to things. She rides in the car very well in a crate, but will bark when people approach the car, at the drive through, and she doesn't like being left behind while the others are out playing.

She does settle in the house, but I am not sure how she would be without the doggie door to go out whenever she wants. She also has two young shelties that she can play with, and when one tires, the other is willing to pick up the game. It takes her less time to settle down now than when I first got her and mid afternoon and night are her rest periods.

She needs to be in a home that is looking for an active or sport dog. She would do best in a rural area or a farm where she can choose her own speed to stay with her people. Her barking would cause problems in an urban area, and she needs continued work to walk calmly on a leash. She is currently on a gentle leader, but tries to get it off. Currently she is too strong for a flat collar.

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

Sassy right side

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Macon (aka Mako)

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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UPDATE: Mattie is currently in training at Teamworks Dog Training in Youngsville, NC. This is what her trainer has to say about Mattie:

This is the original posting written by her foster mom:

Mattie was emaciated and her feet were raw when found in the shelter, I suspect she had been stray for quite some time. Even though she has scars on her neck from some kind of collar, this doesn't stop her from loving and trusting every person she meets! Mattie absolutely adores people. She is happiest to just be near someone.

Her favorite thing is to wrestle with her people. She has a big, silly grin on her face while she hops around and play bows, very gently putting her mouth on a person's arm. Softest mouth I've ever seen a Border Collie have. She stops immediately if you stand up and is happy to get petted.

Her second favorite thing is playing with her kong! She doesn't seem to know how to play with other toys, but she sure loves her kong. She carries it all around the house and will throw it down the stairs so she can chase after it. Even when it's full of peanut butter she will let anyone take it away from her with no problems.

Mattie would do best as an only dog. A potential adopter would have to do very extensive, slow and positive introductions for her to accept another dog. Unfortunately Mattie is not all bark, and will very quickly back up threats with actually getting her teeth into another dog. She is extremely smart and a quick learner, so with the right person and a LOT of patience I think she could make some progress.

She cannot go to a home with cats. I have not tested her with children, but she is so gentle with people that she should be fine with older children. She is noise reactive, particularly to the sounds of sirens and cars honking.

She is such a sweet dog and very smart. She now knows all the basics like sit, down, stay, heel and wave. We are still working on leash training; I don't think she ever walked on a leash until I brought her home.

Mattie is very good in the house; I have never needed to crate her. She is very neat and clean and would be mortified if she urinated in the house. I have never seen any evidence of her getting into any trouble in the rooms she's kept in, even when she is left alone for several hours. She is such a good girl!

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

Mattie outside   Mattie outside2

Mattie with Kong   Mattie on the bed

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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 - 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 Fosters

These dogs are being independently fostered by CBCR Volunteers. They are not in the CBCR program. 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.

We currently have no independent fosters.

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