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 21 Oct 2014


Sassy- Available Soon

Sassy is a black and white Border Collie approximately 1 year old who was an owner surrender of sorts. It is not clear what her background is. The story is that she was with someone who had "tons and tons" of dogs, so a lady took her in. She got along great with the three kids, but the lady discovered a young high energy Border Collie doesn’t do well in a condo, so she listed her in a local yard sale as "free to a good home". A Good Samaritan took her in, and contacted Carolina Border Collie Rescue. She was in her new place about a week, and got along great with the cats and the young Border Collie puppies. I picked her up Sept. 14 and brought her home.

Sassy has a wonderful temperament, but is very high drive. She gets along great with my three Shelties. In fact, she thinks it is fun to run laps around the house with the two younger ones. As can be expected, she lacks training and socialization skills. Her first reaction to a new situation, dog or person, is to bark. This is becoming less frequent over the week as she has been exposed to a variety of places, but is an expression of anxiety and uncertainly when in a new situation. She is learning how to walk on a leash, but pulls when she gets excited. Like many Border Collies, she is very stimulated when presented with things that are in motion like running people and dogs, although I have seen no indication of chasing cars. No dog parks for this girl.

She is housebroken with access to a doggie door. It took her a day to figure it out. She likes chasing her Frisbee. It took her 15 minutes to figure that one out. She has an amazing recall. I run her in the woods on a harness and long line with my other dogs because she needs the extra exercise as an outlet. She stays with the crew and loves to swim as well. She rides in the car in a crate, and is learning not to bark at everything she sees. She gets in willingly and will wait to get out. She goes to her crate and stays there when directed, but she has the run of the house when I am home, and she is with me when I am not. She is learning to wait at the door before leaving.

She will do well in an active household that wants to spend time outside hiking and camping. She would do well with teenage kids who like an active companion. She still needs to be spayed and will probably be available for adoption around the second week in November.

Sassy right side

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Nicholas (AKA Nick/Nicky/Nap) - Adoption Pending

Nicholas is a sweet, quiet, unassuming fellow. He was rescued from a shelter in GA where he was a favorite among the staff. His owner shaved him before surrendering him. We are curious to see how his coat looks when it grows back.

He has only been in our program a short time so we don’t know him very well. What we do know is that he wants nothing more than to be someone’s special boy. We don’t think he was mistreated in his former life as he doesn’t shy away from strangers and is very affectionate. He loves to ride in cars and will sit quietly in a crate or shotgun beside you. He gets along great with all the dogs in his foster home and tends to be submissive with most. He as met a cat and did fine but we plan to do an overnight stay in a cat home to be sure.

Nick has great recall and is learning some basic obedience. We have not noticed a lot of "Border Collie" traits in this fellow..........which could be a good thing.

Nicholas attended NCSU’s recent Dog Olympics and enjoyed meeting adults as well as children.

A visit to Crossroads Veterinary Hospital has been scheduled. Nick has some skin issues that need to be addressed.

Please stay tuned for more information as we get to know him better. Nicholas is being fostered in Durham, NC with Ann and Rodney Miller. For more information, contact Ann Miller at, or 919.682.6125, (prior to 21:00 please).

Nicholas laying down

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Fae - Adoption Pending

Fae is an easy going dog. Unfortunately, she had been raised and kept tied outside most of her life. When she came to CBCR she was very dehabilitated, malnourished, would not stand and was extremely depressed. She was a mass of mats and had scrapes on her back legs. She would not even take food. At some point she had puppies and she developed an infection, probably due to not having proper medical attention. She also circled continually, due to an early cataract in her right eye. She is still a little sensitive if you suddenly put your hands on her collar. We had her in a harness at first while she underwent medical treatment and recuperation.

Now, she is a changed girl!!!!! She walks fine on a leash. She needs a little more finesse, but she is doing well. She plays ball, and trots around vigorously holding her head up high. Her body weight looks good on her. Her hair is growing back shiny where it had to be shaved off due to mats. She plays well with other dogs and especially likes little ones (perhaps they remind her of her puppies).

She will need a patient and understanding home. Due to her cataract, her depth perception is a bit off, so she is cautious and needs to focus when going down steps and thru narrow places. She is at her best in a well lit area. She does well outside in the sunshine, with shade of course. She has had no formal training, but she is an excellent companion to have around. She is no snuggle bunny, but loves to be where you are. She is spayed and up to date on all vaccines. She is not thunder phobic.

Fae is currently in Lincolnton, NC. For more information, email Laura at

Fae carrying ball

Fae waiting for the ball

Fae with ball

Fae in the car

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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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