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TO OUR ADOPTERS: As discussed during the adoption process we are committed to the GHF dogs FOR LIFEThey are welcome back at the Farm anytime, for any reason.  If you find yourself unable to care for your dog or changes in your home have created an environment unsuitable for them, 
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Border Collies and Border Collie Mixes are often relinquished to Glen Highland Farm.  In fact, a high percentage of the dogs available for adoption have come from home situations directly into rescue without going into a shelter.   If you are considering giving up your dog, please understand that Border Collies do NOT do well in the shelter environment.  
They will often retreat and withdraw, making them very unadoptable or they will become very high strung, sometimes snarling and become what's known as 'kennel crazy', again making them very unlikely to find a home.  These are sensitive dogs who can easily be over stimulated by chaos and commotion which, when they cannot control it, affects their personality. 
Rescue is an appropriate solution to helping your dog transition into a new home.  In fact, rescue is one of the best ways for a Border Collie to find the right home, suited to this specific breed.  We are extremely cautious about adopting dogs into well matched homes so we care for your dog as if he or she was our own.  
We want them to have a great life beyond what you've given so far!  

There are numerous reasons to give up your dog - destructiveness, too much energy, nipping children, snarling, too much to handle - these are typical descriptions of Border Collies coming into rescue.  While we want to help every dog in need, we evaluate each one very carefully since we cannot handle aggression.  

We are volunteering our efforts, time and energy to help dogs find appropriate homes but we are in no way, specialists in aggressive issues.  There are trainers available to help in this area and we will refer you to those people.   We do accept dogs of all ages and in fact, find that older Border Collies are often more adoptable than the young ones.  So, please do not assume because you have an older dog, he or she will be unable to find a new home.

The cost of care for the number of dogs here is very high with food, medical, heartworm testing, preventative, frontline for fleas & ticks, toys & bedding as well as the overhead for lights, heating, cleaning and maintenance of the fields where the dogs play and run, we average $350 per dog in taking any dog into the rescue program. Only operational costs are quoted in this number. Therefore, everyone who cares for this breed is part of the financial solution that is needed - the adopter, the relinquisher and of course, those who donate to the farm.  

Glen Highland Farm accepts dogs from shelters and directly from individuals, helping to keep Border Collies out of shelters. There is no funding for what we do except through donations from individuals. We cover whatever costs come up to care for your dog during the time while here: heartworm & flea & tick preventative; shots, spay/neuter; blood work; dental; surgery; toys; bedding & food. We never turn a dog away from rescue if a donation is not given, BUT we cannot rescue dogs without financial support from others. 

Additionally, you must provide detailed information about your dog's behavior which better helps us more quickly help the dog.  Once relinquished to Sweet Border Collie Rescue, the dog is now ours to care for and cannot be returned.

Our general procedure is to talk with you over the phone, then have the dog evaluated (by us, another rescue person or a trainer), then the dog is transported to us in New York - we appreciate your help, but we can handle transport needs, if the situation is warranted.

We are more than happy to keep you informed as to when your dog has been placed.  We love to share the good news! But, we don't feel it's appropriate to connect the new adopter to you because they need to feel the dog they are adopting is theirs now, with no strings attached.  We do, however, give new adopters the opportunity to contact the former guardians, if they like.  It is their choice.

Rescuers generally work together, a loosely knit group where we all know each other. If one of us has no space, we work hard to find an opening for your dog.  Everyone is committed to helping the dog so please understand that we will exercise every option to find a solution as quickly as possible.  Sometimes, time is the only solution, so you may be required to keep the dog in your home until a spot opens up to come into rescue.  If you can be flexible enough to do that, it can be invaluable to insuring your dog CAN come into the rescue system.

Any donations you'd like to make at the time of surrender are's toys, bedding, food, collar, leash...we will pass along whatever you provide to the new adopters.

Before surrendering your dog, please consider contacting a trainer and/or behavior specialist who might find a solution that allows your dog to remain in your family and for you to enjoy this treasured companion.  We are happy to recommend trainers in your area.


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Glen Highland Farm
217 Pegg Rd, Morris, NY  13808
Phone: (607)263-5415  Fax:  (607)263-5325