January 2007


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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 20 Jan 2007 16:14:27 -0500
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Hi Jess -
     You're in the North East and  you are applying for a "puppy".  
Here in the Northeast (I'm in Vermont) there aren't that many puppies  
available at rescues and shelters any more. Spaying/Neutering is the  
common practice now in most pet homes and there aren't enough puppies  
to meet the "adopt a puppy" demand. Some rescue groups and shelters  
have taken to flying batches of pups in from less "enlightened"/more  
puppied areas to meet the demand.

     And, as others have pointed out, rescue groups and shelters are  
mostly staffed by overworked and overwhelmed volunteers.

     If you know you want a "collie" type puppy (using collie in its  
most general and all encompassing definition) then I'd say contact  
shelters nearest you and if there are all breed rescue groups with  
representation in your area contact them as well. Also contact Collie  
rescue and Aussie rescue (and maybe BC rescue too) - all three have  
breed rescue groups/contacts in New England and all three get mixed  
breed as well as "looks like purebred but we don't know" animals.  
Then work with the groups that actually have the time to respond to  
you.  Let them know what you are looking for.

If you are very specific - "we want a tricolor female under 5 months  
of age who likely won't grow to be more than 50 pounds" you'd best be  
prepared to wait. If you're more the "we'd like any healthy, sane  
'collie' under 2 years of age who won't eat the house cats" then you  
might have a dog well before Spring.

I work with National English Shepherd Rescue and we don't get nearly  
the volume of dogs the other breeds do (thank doG!) but you can fill  
out an application for us too if you want.  As Karen pointed out,  
there might be a 4 month old ES pup who needs rehoming, although that  
pup is in Texas and would have to fly on up to New England....

jan hilborn
National English Shepherd Rescue