Frequently               Requested Queried Answered Asked Questions

Our adoption fee is as below:

Special Treasures – Special needs dogs; they are either Seniors  (over 8 years old) or have known medical conditions (i.e. missing a limb or suffer a condition requiring lifetime medication) or have issues that require atypical training and handling.            $100 

Puppies – Puppies under the age of 6 months; will require a spay/ neuter contract.             $300

All other dogs –    $250

All of our dogs come with a basic set of vaccinations (distemper, adenovirus, canine parvovirus infection, and parainfluenza), bordetella, rabies, and a heartworm test. For all dogs over 9-10 months, the fee also includes spaying or neutering. If the dog has not been spayed or neutered at the time of adoption due to age or other reason, the adopter will be responsible for spaying or neutering the pet after adoption. 

We are prioritizing adopters who can come to either the Dallas/ Fort Worth or Austin Texas areas to meet our pups and finalize adoptions locally


We do adopt out of state but not all dogs; just those we think an be successful (no behavior issues in the past, can travel, etc…). Out of state adopters go through additional interviews to ensure that a good match is made with the right pup. In addition, out of state adopters are responsible for transportation and costs to transport to their location. BCSAVE typically transports out of state in one of three ways:

  • Adopters can come pick up. There is no additional cost for this if an adopter is able to come to Texas to pick up their dog.
  • Adopters can choose to fly a pup via cargo. We have flown using American or Delta. This is more difficult when temperatures are projected above 85 degrees and the cost ranges from $350-$450 or higher, including the cost of the travel carrier. Adopters are responsible for coordinating ALL arrangements, including purchasing a crate and other flight accessories, coordinating with the airline, understanding the requirements for health certificates and paying the extra cost, and planning on meeting with the foster and pup either the night before the flight or several hours before. 
  • Adopters can choose paid ground transport. We work with several different paid transporters that drive dogs to various locations throughout the US. Cost averages between $150 and $175 and the pup is on the road between 1-4 days. WE ARE NOT FOCUSING ON THIS OPTION AT THIS TIME.
We ask each out of state adopter to commit to returning the pup back to us at their cost if the adoption doesn’t work out rather than giving the pup away or taking to a local shelter. 

We do not want to discourage any applicants. If you are able to travel to Texas to adopt, please let us know. If you are not able to travel at this time but would like to continue with the application process and once approved, be placed on a “Pending” list, let us know that as well.  

If an adopter is looking to apply/ adopt a specific dog, most of the current dogs in rescue (barring the ones who have issues like health or temperament) will more than likely be adopted to pre-approved adopters since there is a long list of approved adopters at this time. BCSAVE will work with adopters to adopt out a dog that fits the home, so if there is something specific about a current dog that an adopter likes, we would like to know that to help make the best match possible. 

Our process for adoption is a little bit different than some other rescues. Once you get approved after the home visit, we schedule another call to talk through what kind of dog you are looking for, let you know who is available and who has a “waiting list”, and set expectations for time frames and next steps. Then, if we have a dog that is available to adopt, and you are next on that dog’s list and we think it is a good fit, we will introduce you to the foster to coordinate a meeting.

On occasion, a very high drive dog undergoes what we call a “sport assessment”. This means the dog is fostered for a minimum of 4-12 weeks with a sporting foster who tests his/her ability and drive for things like disc, agility, ball, toy, tug, etc… If a dog undergoing a sport assessment is determined to have high drive and we feel needs to be placed in a home where they have a lot more physical activity time with the dog (usually structured or competitive households), then we will work to place the pup with a home that has experience with high drive dogs and can provide the regular mental and physical exercise the pup needs. Most sport dogs are placed in homes where there is regular competition and/or training, such as those participating in disc or agility competitions, search and rescue, or performance and trick training. 

No Longer Accepting Applications – When a dog receives a large number of adoption applications, we will stop accepting applications and choose an adopter from the applications that have been received and approved.  

Texas Adoptions Only – Some dogs are more challenging to adopt out due to health or temperament or personality traits. Many of our Texas only dogs have been adopted at least once and have been returned to the rescue. While we understand that not all dogs fit all households, for our more challenging dogs (high drive, health conditions, certain temperament traits), we have made the decision to only adopt with Texas to make it easier to return the dog to BCSAVE if the adoption does not work out. 

1. A volunteer is assigned to your application. They will reach out to conduct your initial interview. This can take up to two weeks – please check your spam box for the initial email. 
2. Once the initial interview is complete, they will then conduct the virtual home visit.
3. After both the interview and home visit are complete, and all other checks are done, you will be recommended for approval. A BCSAVE Board member will reach out to you to discuss the type of dog you are looking for and who is available at that time.
4. Together, we’ll identify a pup we think is a great fit and then connect you with the foster to learn more about the pup and potentially schedule a meet and greet.
5. If, after all the steps above, everyone (our rescue, foster and you) thinks the pup is a good fit, we will move forward with the adoption process.

We are primarily conducting virtual home visits through a combination of pictures, video and/or web visits. We usually ask for several pictures of the inside and outside of your home, especially the pet areas. If the home has a back yard, we also like to see pictures or video of the yard and fences. We can also conduct a virtual home visit using Zoom or Google Meet, depending on your preference. 

Usually, the time to get approved to adopt can take less than a few weeks. If we do not have a pup suitable for you, it can take several more weeks before a match is made. We encourage applicants to look at multiple rescues to get approved to adopt as we cannot guarantee the time frame it will take to adopt from BCSAVE.

If there is more than one approved adopter for a dog, the Board (with recommendation from the foster) will choose an adopter from all the approved applicants that we feel provides the best possible outcome for the pup.

We are a 100% foster based rescue, meaning we do not have a kennel facility to house our dogs. We have foster homes all over the state of Texas and in some rare cases, in neighboring states like Oklahoma and Louisiana. Most of our dogs are immediately placed into a “staging” foster where an initial assessment is done, then they are placed in a more permanent foster home where they are made comfortable and can receive the best care possible until they find their forever homes. More and more, potential adopters are also providing fosters homes before making the commitment to adopt. 

For adopters in the Dallas/ Fort Worth/ Austin areas, we will offer a “foster to adopt” or “trial adoption” for local adopters in order to give them the chance to bring a dog home and ‘try them out”, especially if they have another pet and want to make sure they get along. We don’t have the same ability to offer a trial period for out of area or out of state state adopters as getting dogs back is logistically much more difficult. 

We encourage all adopters to look at both shelters and rescues when searching for a pet. We feel that the adopting from one or the other is a personal choice as there are some distinct differences between shelters and rescues.

Animal shelters are usually funded and run by your local government. They have facilities that take in stray and unwanted animals from pretty much anyone within their service area. They also have a pretty straightforward, simple adoption process. You go to the facility, see all the pets, choose the one you want, pay a small fee, and take them home the same day. 

Animal rescues often work much differently. Usually, a rescue is a non-profit group run strictly by unpaid volunteers who receive the majority of their funding through donations. They usually do not have any facilities, relying instead on a small network of fosters who bring the pets into their own homes until they are adopted. There is usually an application that begins the adoption process, followed by phone or in person interviews, reference checks, home visits, overnight trials, maybe applicant review by the rescue board, until finally an adopter is approved and can take possession of the pet. But why are rescues different? 

1. Our number one goal is to try and make sure the pet does not go back into the shelter or rescue system. How do we do that? By working to make sure the pet is matched to the right family and vice versa. Not every household is suitable for every pet and not every pet is suited for any household. Especially for challenging breeds like Border Collies. Too often Border Collies are sent to shelters or rescues because a family did not fully understand the temperament and the needs of our BCs. Unlike a shelter, most rescues learn much more about the personality of a dog because it’s fostered in a home versus in a shelter and that assessment helps us make the best match between family and pet.

2. We are not about the numbers. Shelters have to adopt out animals to make room for new animals coming in. While most shelter adopters are good, well-meaning people, shelters do not have the time or the ability to do any more than maybe the most basic of background checks on any adopter. Rescues are able to vet each adopter to try and ensure that the adopter has a good history of taking care of their pets, has a regular vet they use, provide proper medications such as heartworm and flea treatment, and won’t neglect or even abuse the pet.

3. Our dogs are often better adjusted, both physically and mentally, before going to a new home. Most rescues ensure that all pets have all their vaccinations, are up to date on heartworm preventative, spayed or neutered, and have been socialized to people, often other dogs, and even sometimes cats and other pets or livestock. Our pets often get house, leash, and crate-trained before going to their new homes. Many fosters take the dogs to public places to get them used to car rides and social outings. While there is always an adjustment period when a pet goes to a new home, our pups are often able to adjust easier and our adopters know what to expect. Shelters don’t often have the luxury of training their pets before they get adopted, leaving these things to the new adopter.

Shelters play an integral part in the pet-saving process. And we work hand in hand with our shelter partners to reduce the number of unwanted pets in our communities. Each of us has a role, and we work to complement each other as much as possible. And while we realize our process can be cumbersome and tedious, we believe in our process. We don’t judge anyone if you choose to not go to a rescue to find your next forever family member. We (of course) would love to work with you, but even if you adopt from a shelter or take in a stray or just spay/ neuter your pet, you are still saving another pet from being put to sleep and that’s our ultimate end goal.

Border Collie puppies are often impulse buys. There is not a much cuter puppy than a Border Collie pup. Consequently, many people are simply not prepared for the fact that they are not like other dogs and that they need to interact with the dog a lot. Along the same lines, many people think they have what it takes to live with a Border Collie, and in the end, they are wholly unprepared for the life-changing experience it is. Border Collies are sometimes turned in for behavioral issues; almost always, these dogs are the victims of benign neglect and with training and attention, their behavioral issues disappear. In the end, about 80% of the dogs are in rescue because their humans fail them (by choice).

Our dogs come from all over. Many of these dogs are turned over to animal shelters through no fault of their own, often because their previous owners found themselves unable to handle the challenges Border Collies offer. Other times, owners will reach out to us to surrender their dog because changes in their lives left them unable to properly care for their dogs. We often work with other rescues who are wanting to transfer their Border Collies to a breed-specific rescue such as ours to give the Border Collie a better chance at a forever home. Lastly, we have a network of volunteers that reach out to us if they find a Border Collie in need and hope to avoid placing a dog into a shelter by bringing to us.

Whatever the reason, we will do what we can to either bring the dog into our rescue or help place it with another partner rescue who can help.

As a policy, BCSAVE does not take in stray or found dogs.

Lost dogs can travel for miles around.  Even with flyers and neighborhood apps, dog owners of lost dogs may never find out that their dog has been found. 

Since county and city shelters are the number one location most people look for a lost dog, it is our recommendation that you contact them in the event that a lost or stray dog is found.

If you do take a Border Collie to a shelter, please contact us and let us know which shelter, any intake number, ID they assign the dog, and anything you know about the dog’s behavior.  That way, we can follow the dog and begin looking for a foster for them once they are off of the shelter’s stray hold.

A lot of shelters also have an in-home foster program where the finder keeps the dog at home and the shelter publishes that the dog has been turned into the shelter.  After a stray hold, the shelter puts the dog up for adoption.  Many shelters with this sort of program will release the dog to a rescue once they the dog is finished with the stray hold.

Under a few circumstances, BCSAVE may take in a stray.  For example when it is known for sure that the down has been abandoned due to being left behind after an owner moves or when a stray has been in the area for an extended time.  If you feel that your case might be a special circumstance, fill out our Owner Surrender Questionnaire for us to review and we will discuss it with you.

If you have found a dog with a BCSAVE tag on it or a scanned microchip came up with BCSAVE, please go to our Lost Dog page and fill out the form.  Someone with be with you ASAP.





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Winston Cap (ISDS 31154), who was selected to be on the International Sheep Dog Society’s seal and is the breed’s most prolific stud.

Shepherds in the 1800’s along the Scottish border lands began breeding herding dogs whose “herding stance” closely mimicked that of the wild wolf.  It features the dog’s head and chest low and and horizontal to the ground, while the rear legs are kept higher. This predatory stance served the very practical purposes allowing the Border Collie to conserve energy by quickly and easily laying down while not moving and the stance gave them a predator-like vibe which helped encourage sheep to stay in protective groups, making them easier to herd while minimizing contact.

This unique Border Collie stance is one of the many reasons why they are considered the premiere sheep herder.  It is also the inspiration for the BCSAVE logo.