Introducing the CBCR Dogs

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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 28 Jul 15



Despite her size, Bella is still an exuberant, long legged puppy, just beginning to taste the allure of Border Collie intensity. She is impeccably house trained, munches happily on bones and dental chews, has excellent recall, knows the SIT command, and is working on her loose leash skills. She insatiably fetches balls, sticks, frisbees, and squeaky toys and she knows the words for each.

Bella was recently tested for herding instinct and showed good potential for working sheep. She lives with two young kittens and sublimates her prey drive beautifully in play with the little fluff balls. She enjoys playing with other dogs and loves people in general. She is fearless. Thunderstorms don’t faze her.

Now that Bella’s experience with sheep has waked up her strong drive, we are seeing early signs of classic Border Collie obsessive behavior — circling, sniffing and digging, undue focus on flying insects, and the like. If left to her own devices, Bella could become a high-strung, neurotic dog. If these impulses are channeled into play, search and rescue, herding, agility, flyball or other engaging, challenging activities, Bella will be an awesome companion. Anyone willing to provide consistent, positive direction along with fun, demanding work will see amazing things happen in this young dog.

Bella is being fostered in Pittsboro, NC. For more information about Bella, email Ellen Pearson at or call 919 933 9184.

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Bella on grass with stick
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Jeb - Adoption Pending

Jeb is a sweet, gentle, 40 pound, 5 year old smooth coat male whose owners are moving and can no longer have pets. Poor guy was terrified in the shelter and retreated to the back of his kennel, looking miserable. Potential adopters overlooked him. Now in foster care, Jeb has quickly blossomed into an easy-going affectionate fellow. He's good with the resident dogs in the foster home, is great on a leash, appreciates attention and seems to be calm and well mannered. We were able to communicate with the former owner who states that Jeb has been an outdoor-only dog (he's behaved well indoors since coming to the foster home!), lived in a large fenced backyard, has been around other dogs, cats, and large livestock without a problem, was gentle and loving with the owners' 2 year old daughter, respects a fence and will not even exit an open gate without permission. He knows the commands for "sit" and "heel".

Jeb is now neutered and has been updated on all vaccinations, is heartworm negative and on flea and heartworm preventatives, and is microchipped. He will be ready for adoption after recovery from his neuter surgery - around July 13th. For more information, contact foster, Jan Daugherty at or call 828 749-3617.

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Ellis - Temporarily Unavailable

Meet Ellis. Ellis is a gentle soul. He was reported to us as a Border Collie mix but I have some suspicions that he has a lot of Aussie mixed in there. He has the little hair tufts on his rear legs and the cute folded ears. Either way, we all agree this boy is all herder. Ellis came to us with a few medical problems so he will need to kick back and relax awhile before he is available. Ellis has no vision in his left eye. The vet says that the loss of his eye is likely due to a congenital defect. Ellis seems unaffected by this. He has been treated for fleas, low body weight, a bladder infection, an ear infection and will be treated for heartworms. His heartworms have been assessed as a low burden infection and he has no cough so he should come through with flying colors.

Ellis is a playful and active boy. His herding smarts really show through. He uses his front paws to move things and solve problems. It does seem that Ellis probably lived on a chain before we met. He does some circling when walking on lead and demonstrates excellent acrobatics at managing stepping over and around his lead. Ellis probably didn’t get to live indoors or play with toys much so he is trying to learn all the things that we humans like and also the things that make play fun. You can see him watching doggy playtime and trying to figure out how to join into the fun. He gets along with other dogs and readily tugs with his foster siblings but has not yet mastered any kind of retrieve or the return of toys yet.

Ellis is temporarily unavailable for adoption due to his heartworm positive status. He will be treated for the heartworms and should be ready for adoption once he has finished the treatment, which will be in early fall. Over the next few weeks, we will be updating you on Ellis’s progress and give new insight to his personality. He is feeling better and happier each day and I know he be a wonderful loving friend for someone.

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Lucy - Temporarily Unavailable

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.

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Caleb - Adoption Pending

Caleb is a handsome, active border collie who enjoys the company of his humans and gets along well with other dogs. Caleb is crate- and house-trained, has excellent leash manners and loves going for long walks. His second favorite activity is running with other dogs in his foster home’s back yard. Caleb does exhibit some herding instinct and may be fun to test on livestock (while we do not expect him to become a working dog, herding may be a fun activity for him and his future family). While we are definitely looking for an active family to adopt Caleb, he is not as hyper as some border collies are, so does not need a sports or working home to be happy.

Caleb lives with 9 other dogs and gets along with all of them. He would also do fine as an only dog though as he greatly prefers the company of humans (and is always eager to roll over for some belly rubs). Caleb is a bit of a counter-surfer, so needs to be watched in the kitchen. Considering how good his nose is, he may be a good candidate for any type of nosework training. He is food-motivated and is learning basic obedience commands. Caleb responds well to his name and has pretty good recall, but may be just a bit too interested in wildlife (deer, squirrels), so we would prefer that he go to a home with a fenced-in yard to keep him safe.

Caleb has been neutered and is up to date on all the appropriate vaccinations. He would make a great companion for someone who is looking for an active, not overly hyper border collie that loves people and is always up for whatever his people are doing.

Caleb is being fostered in Cedar Grove, NC. Please contact his foster parents at with any questions.

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Trevor came in to CBCR as a happy pup and continues to display a happy go lucky attitude, and loves everyone he meets. He is always the greeter with his hips and tail wagging! He will spend hours playing with his squeaky toys and adores his 9 yr old Border Collie “mom”. He is very treat motivated and has learned sit, come, sit up, and like any typical pup, he will find something to chew but will immediately stop when told no. Trevor has just about mastered house training and has even gone to the door and scratched to be let out to go. He has had exposure to cats with no problem. Trevor loves his walks and does very well on a leash. Even off leash in a fenced yard, he will stay right by you. He loves his kiddie pool and dives his head under to pick up anything on the bottom of the pool.

This sweet boy is one of the most balanced, well-adjusted pups I’ve seen, and seems to analyze everything. He has been a quick learner and still working on his "stay". His crate door is left open during the day and he will go get in and take naps during the day, and goes in on his own will at night for bedtime. He is still a baby and will also snuggle up beside you on the couch for a nap if allowed.

He will bark if he hears someone coming to the door, but the bark turns to body wiggles and tail wags when guests enter.

He has tons of energy and is extremely smart. He retrieves and loves to chase the ball and brings it right back. He does need to be exposed more to the outside world which will be happening in the next few days. He should make a good sports dog, but I am holding that judgment until I see how he reacts to being away from home and meeting new people and other dogs.

Trevor has been an absolute delight to foster and I have no doubt he will make a great addition to an individual or family who are looking for an active intelligent baby boy! Trevor would do well with some canine companions to play with.

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

Trevor is being fostered in Pleasant Garden, NC. Please email Teresa at for more information.

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Trevor lying down
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Trevor playing with a friend
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Lacey - Adoption Pending

Hi everyone! My name is Lacey. I am a smooth black and white Border Collie mix who came to CBCR through the Burlington Animal Shelter. I am up to date on all shots and have been spayed. I have adorable spots on my face, nose, and ears that are very endearing and unique. Right now I am around 40lbs, but my foster mom is feeding me lots of nutritious food so I can get up to a more healthy weight (~50lbs). I love to snuggle and will lay with you on the couch for hours! I crave attention and would love to be a part of the hustle and bustle of a family

When I first came to my foster mom I was not potty trained, but in a matter of a week I have learned to go potty outside only! I can even go outside with no leash and will stay right by my foster mom’s side but I do great on a leash as well. I have had no formal training, but have already learned to sit, lay down, and shake because I am so smart. I do get jealous about my foster sister getting attention, so I would be happiest in a home where I am the only dog.

I am also crate trained and have learned to sleep the night in my crate without a peep! I am afraid of thunderstorms and really loud noises but I feel much safer when I am in my crate during these occasions. I have never been around small children but my foster mom thinks I would do great because I am so loving and gentle.

If you want a loving, attentive, and curious best friend, I would be the perfect dog for you!

Lacey is temporarily unavailable for adoption due to her Heartworm positive status. She is being treated for heartworms and should be ready for adoption once she has finished the treatment, which should be about mid-August. While undergoing treatment she has to be exercised restricted, so it is hard to judge her activity level. Lacey's bio will be updated once she is further along in her treatment cycle. Lacey will only be adopted to a loving home because she needs a family who will adore her as much as she adores them!

Dalton and Dean
Dalton after breakfast
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Abby - Adoption Pending

Abby is a sweet, kind, very submissive Border Collie mix. She does really well with other dogs. We're not sure how she does with cats. She watches them go by out the front door, and doesn't bark at them, but we don't know how she would do up close. She is house broken and cries or paces when she needs to go out.

She pulls a little when we first hook her up to a leash for a walk, but calms down once we get going. Sometimes she pulls or lunges when she gets frightened by noises or people. When a stranger approaches, she will pull away from them and is very shy. We are working on her social skills by taking here her downtown with us to meet people and occasionally taking her to Lowes.

Abby comes to us by calling her name or whistling for her. She also loves to follow us around to see what we are doing. We just recently started crate training her and she now will go into on her own just to rest. She loves our fenced in back yard and occasionally romps with our other dogs.

Abby is heartworm position and must be exercise restricted while undergoing treatment. She's thunder-phobic and finds some comfort in her thundershirt and crate along with our patient love for her.

Abby with Ducky
Abby relaxing by the front door
Abby standing in the grass
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Dalton - Adoption Pending

Dalton is a gorgeous, sweet as sugar, and very well mannered Border Collie. He came in as a stray to a small rural shelter. No one came forward to claim him, so the shelter contacted CBCR.

Dalton had apparently had a run-in with a car, resulting in fractures of the front leg and pelvis. Since there were no apparent external signs of injury - no scrapes, cuts, or bruises - and since the bones had begun to heal (badly) it's assumed he had managed to hobble around- likely in great pain - on his injured legs for awhile. He was unneutered and was also heartworm positive. He was painfully thin, dirty, and infested with fleas and intestinal parasites. He's on the mend, but still has a ways to go. The leg is in a cast and is healing. He's being treated for heartworm and needs to be kept calm at least six weeks. Once the heartworm disease is gone, he will be evaluated for hip surgery. Eventually he should be heartworm free and should recover full function of both damaged legs.

Dalton is house trained, crate trained, good with dogs and all humans (including young children). He enjoys riding in the car and is a calm, gentle boy. At this point he weighs 45 pounds. He could still gain a few pounds, but it would be best to avoid excess weight since exercise will be limited for a couple of months. At this point he is very calm, but may be more energetic once he's feeling better. He's believed to be 2-3 years old.

This boy is truly exceptional and will make a fabulous companion for an individual or family willing to have patience through his medical issues. He will not be a candidate for agility or herding, but should be able walk, run, and play normally by fall. This dog is so worth the effort!!

Dalton and Dean
Dalton after breakfast
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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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Bran - Adoption Pending

Bran came from a litter of three puppies that CBCR rescued.This little boy is adventurous and eager to explore his surroundings. Like his sisters he is bold, buoyant, and loves to play. He is like his sisters in that he comes running in from the outside, thinks all the other dogs are his playmates, and loves to cuddle at the end of the day. He likes his cuddle time to be short because there are new adventures to be had.

Bran is currently fostered in Durham, NC. He will be available for adoption at the end of May, once he has his second set of shots. For more information on Bran, please email Judy at

Bran in the grass
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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 Cedar Grove, 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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