35° 54' 40.6944" N, 83° 52' 6.6252" W
East Tennessee and surrounding states
This is not a 100% inclusive list. We are a growing rescue and as such, we are always learning and refining. Sometimes situations arise that we have not encountered and our policy in those situations is to look at the issue on a case by case basis and have a Board of Directors vote. Votes can sometimes take a couple days. The spirit of our policies is to ensure the "forever" part of "forever home" to the best of everyone's ability. We stand behind our dogs and want what is best for everyone involved.
* We cannot do "one day" adoptions. Due to the detailed nature of our process, it usually takes between two weeks and a month to get your dog home to you. The approval process takes around 5 days depending on many factors. We even require our foster parents and Board Members to submit an application with references to have on file in the event that they decide to adopt so that we have complete paperwork on file for every adoption.
* We keep applications on file and active for 6 months. After 6 months, we happily reactivate applications, but have to touch base to identify changes in the home (new pets, new vet, etc).
* Applications are good for dogs in our program in general and not tied to particular dogs. If you do not see a dog on our website that you connect with, we encourage you to put in an application anyway - we get new dogs regularly.
* Adopters must be at least 18 years of age.
* All adults in the home must agree on the adoption of a collie.
* An adoption application must be completed and a non-refundable application fee of $10 paid to the rescue. If the prospective adopter adopts, then this application fee will be credited to your adoption fee of:
o $175 for adult dogs
o $225 for puppies under 6 months of age
o $100 for scholarship dogs (denoted by a star on the website)
This helps to defray the costs that we incur in the dog's vetting. It includes spay/neuter, heartworm test (and treatment if necessary), heartworm prevention while they are here, Rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, bordatella vaccine, at least 2 dewormings, Flea Treatments while they are here, any necessary grooming, full vet exam, and any other necessary veterinary work deemed appropriate by the vet. In addition, senior dogs may receive extra bloodwork and dentals.
* A fenced yard is a must for almost all collie homes. As a herding breed, collies can be car or animal chasers--it's a natural instinct. Board approval is required for collies to be adopted to homes without fences and a plan for the collie to be an indoor only dog with a leashed exercise plan will be expected. Please read this article on electric fencing to understand why we cannot approve homes that plan to leave dogs unattended in electric fences. Electric fencing used for supervised play may be considered on a case by case basis with Board approval.
* Adopter has a financial responsibility to their adopted collie to provide health care. They are expected to provide annual vaccinations and vet exams, monthly heart worm preventative, flea and tick preventative and vet care in emergencies and non-emergency situations that may arise.
* Adopter is expected to provide a good quality diet consisting of food that has good nutritional value and to stay away from