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We have resumed our "Adoption Stories" page after a too-long hiatus, and would love to fill it with your "happy-new-beginning" stories about the dogs you have adopted from ETBCR. Stories of recent adoptions as well as adoptions from years past are all welcome.
In addition, a new page - "In Memoriam" - has been created for our devoted ETBCR families to honor and share memories of their border collie companions who have passed on.
If you would like to share an Adoption Story or a Memoriam, please send your story/memoriam and up to three of your favorite photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know it is difficult to do when we are describing our wonderful dogs and what they mean to us, but please try to limit the story length to 500 words. The photos should be high resolution and in jpeg format, and each sent as a separate attachment to the e-mail message.
We are looking forward to reading and sharing your stories and special memories.
Thanks to our phenomenal adopters, ETBCR has had an incredibly high adoption rate for many months running, and at several times had a situation that many Rescue Groups would envy. That is an "Adoptable Dogs" page that had far more "Adopted!" dogs than dogs awaiting their new forever homes. ETBCR has recently added more wonderful new dogs to our Adoptables pages, and, as always, we have several new dogs waiting in the wings to be posted after veterinary care and evaluation.
Visit us on our Facebook page where many of the dogs currently being evaluated are first presented. If you are in the Knoxville area, come to see us at Petco on Kingston Pike in Farragut on the second Saturday of the month and at Agri-Feed on Middlebrook Pike on the third Saturday of the month where you can meet some of our adoptable dogs.
Please do not let a small number of Adoptable Dogs on our Adoptables pages at any particular time, lull you into thinking that there aren't as many border collies out there looking for a new home, because that, unfortunately, is not true. ETBCR receives numerous requests every week from individuals, shelters, and other animal welfare groups asking if we can take dogs into our Rescue.
Some of these requests are withdrawn when we are able to provide them with guidance on things to do so that they can keep their dog. Some of the requesters, who meet our core veterinary standards with their dogs and if their situations allow them to, will post their dog on on our "More Adoptable Dogs" page.
ETBCR takes as many of these dogs as possible into our Rescue. However, much to our regret, we are at times forced to decline taking dogs for the simple reason that we do not have a foster home for them.
We are very grateful to everyone who has helped by fostering a border collie for ETBCR. We could not do this without all of you! There are always more dogs than there are foster homes and we are always in need of more foster homes. We still have to turn dogs down because we do not have enough foster homes to take them in. While we do have boarding kennel options available, because of their very nature, Border Collies do not do well in a kennel situation where it is hard to evaluate and exercise them, and we rely very heavily on our foster program. So our plea remains..
Won't you consider giving a temporary home to a Border Collie in need? We provide total support to all foster families, including all expenses incurred (apart from food, and this can be arranged if necessary), a daily back up support to help with problems and questions, and continued advice and help through the adoption process.
Fostering a Border Collie is both a rewarding and learning experience. We have an excellent section on fostering on our FAQ page. It means a commitment of anything from a few weeks to a few months, and almost always results in an adoption to a permanent home. Foster homes are expected to commit to their foster dog for their entire period in foster care, both because it is unsettling for the dog to be moved to a different location, and because we rarely have immediate space to relocate a dog. Please contact us if you are able to help. We really need you!
So, here you are, right next to a new dog who just entered the house, and whose life history you know little or nothing about. Now what? How do you welcome an adult or adolescent dog into your home and incorporate this new individual into your family?
ETBCR is excited to offer for sale a booklet by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D and Karen London Ph.D that was voted "Best Soft Cover Guide of 2011" by the Dog Writers Association of America.
"Love has No Age Limit - Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home" is designed to help you ease the transition from "new dog" to "family member" by guiding you through the first steps of this new relationship. Find information on what to do as you enter the house, how to handle the first few days, what to do and what not to do as you get to know each other, and tips on everything from the car ride home to the first vet visit. It includes advice on training and a section on solving common behavioral problems to help prevent the most frequent dilemmas that people encounter when adopting a new dog.
The authors are Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists and professional dog trainers who have written numerous books on dog behavior and training. In addition, Patricia McConnell has a special affection for and bond with border collies, and has trained them to herd sheep on her farm and compete in sheepdog trials.
This booklet is for everyone, from those who have just adopted their first dog to those who have been fostering and bringing dogs into their home for years.
"Love Has No Age Limit" is available at the special price of $8.00, plus shipping. Please click on the "View Our Store" button and see the top of the page for ordering information
We thought it would be interesting for all our followers and supporters to see just what we spend our money on in a typical year. It is clear what our major expense is, and without the help of all our loyal supporters, we would have no chance at all of saving the many dogs that come to us with major medical problems. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts - without your help, ETBCR just could not continue its work.
East TN Border Collie rescue has a foster program for Senior Dogs and we are looking for very special foster homes to help us.
We have found that many nice, housetrained, loving family dogs, over the age of 8, are being turned into shelters: the reasons given may vary, but the bottom line is that it is usually because people do not want to deal with the health problems and costs associated with older dogs.
The majority of them do not get adopted, because families are often unwilling to make the emotional commitment to a dog with a relatively short remaining lifespan.
Our rescue group has already taken in several seniors, and although it takes longer to find them a permanent, loving home, we have, in the end, been extremely successful in finding the right situation for these older dogs.
PLEASE NOTE : Our foster homes are nearly always full with a waiting list, and we are not able to take owner-release seniors except in cases of extreme hardship, which will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Often, there will be a waiting period before we can help.
At this time, we are seeking FOSTER HOMES, who, when the need arises, would be willing to commit months, or even a year to their care, while we continue to seek an adoptive home. If you feel that fostering a senior dog would be right for your lifestyle (and most of these dogs are housetrained, mellow and happy with gentle exercise), please Contact Us.
The Carolyn Stansberry Memorial Fund was set up specifically to help special needs and senior dogs, so the rescue program will be able to provide financial help as needed for routine age-related problems. Catastrophic illness issues will be dealt with if and when they arise.
The world of Border Collie Rescue has lost a great champion and devoted volunteer in the passing of Carolyn Stansberry on Sunday, November 18th, 2007, after a long illness.
Carolyn was one of the founding members of East TN Border Collie Rescue, a cause she was passionate about.
In order to honor and continue Carolyn's work to help special needs and senior border collies, we have established the CAROLYN STANSBERRY MEMORIAL FUND.
See the Carolyn Stansberry Memorial Fund page to find out how you can donate to the fund in Carolyn's memory.
Please read this article titled How Do We End Animal Euthanasia? by Michelle Williams, DVM.
Do you have questions for which you can't find answers on our web site? Please check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.