Welcome to the section of the site where you can find out what you need to know about adopting a collie how we assess dogs in our care and of course find details of all the dogs we have for rehoming. Unless mentioned otherwise, all the dogs we rescue are here at our rescue centre in Staffordshire. The links, left will take you to all the areas that will hopefully answer all your questions about our rehoming process. For information on opening hours or our address, please follow the links to About Us The dogs we have can change quickly, often on a daily basis. Our website is updated automatically as things change so is as up to date as we can keep it. However, if you are interested in a particular dog and perhaps travelling a long distance you might wish to contact us the day prior to your visit. Subscribing to one or more of our email newsletter lists will keep you updated on new arrivals as they are admitted. We are happy to reserve a dog for you to meet but only for 24 hours. The How Do I Adopt? and Q & A pages will hopefully answer any questions you may have about how we operate. We do ask for a rehoming fee which is vital to support the work we carry out and without which we could not rescue the number of collies that we do every year
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about these or any of the dogs we have at our centre please telephone our office Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm on 01889 577058 and our staff will be happy to help. At weekends and Bank Holidays the phone is diverted to a mobile with staff who may be busy with customers and dogs so if there's no reply please try again later (there is no answerphone facility at weekends or Bank Holidays).
The kennels are open 6 days a week for rehoming April - Sept 10am to 5pm Oct - Mar 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesday except by appointment), and full details can be found on the Kennels page.
As you look through the details you will notice that each dog is coded Green,Yellow or Blue with further icons showing its assessment in certain areas. A full explanation of the system is explained on the Assessment page
New Owners Living In Rented Property
We are quite happy to consider new owners who live in rented property but we will require written proof from your landlord (including their contact details) that you have their permission to own a dog.This should be brought with you when you visit or it can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nature of rescue work and the varied environments from which we rescue our dogs means that from time to time we suffer from a bout of kennel cough. Some people may be worried about this condition but generally it has little more effect on a dog than the human common cold or flu does to us. The below may help you to understand the condition and the difficulty in not only dealing with it but identfying a dog that may be affected but showing no symptoms. If you have any concerns please do speak to us when phoning or speak to staff on arrival and we will advise you of the current situation.
Kennel Cough or tracheobronchitis is a highly contagious canine illness which usually presents
itself as an inflammation of the upper respiratory system.
Kennel cough is airborne and spread by infected dogs coughing and sneezing. It can also be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces and through direct contact. It is not unknown for humans to carry the virus on clothing and to spread as a result. It is highly contagious and usually occurs in environments where dogs gather, such as kennels, dog shows or groomers. Symptoms can take between 3 to 10 days to be seen after exposure.
Symptoms can include a harsh, dry hacking/coughing, recthing, sneezing or snorting especially in response to light pressure on the trachea or during/after exercise or excitement. It is not uncommon to see a dog with no symptoms begin to cough within a short space of time after rehoming. Most good vets will tell you that there is really nothing you can do to cure the disease. It generally runs its course for a week but the disease may persist for up to a month.
Our vet’s advice has been that dogs with kennel cough can be rehomed and will most likely recover quicker in a home than a kennel environment.
Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent secondary bacterial infections but this will not “cure” the kennel cough. Whilst most dogs will recover quickly, pups, infirm or older dogs may be at greater risk. The use of children’s Benyllin may help to ease the cough but you should seek veterinary advice if you have any concerns.
Vaccines can be used to prevent the majority of cases. But just because a dog is vaccinated does not mean it cannot get kennel cough. Like human flu shots, the protection is against most, but not all infectious agents.