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erving the greater Sacramento valley and Sierra Nevada foothills

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Fees are typically based on a dog’s listed age. We have set the adoption fees at the minimal amount to sustain our rescue. We appreciate any additional donation you are able to offer.  Thank you.


Any dog over six months old adopted from NCBCRA will have been spayed or neutered. Dogs we place that are too young to be altered will include a future spay/neuter agreement that requires they be altered at the appropriate age. Breeding border collies is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. It should not be attempted without understanding the many facets of breeding, including  genetic screening and nurturing of puppies.

All adopters will be required to complete an Adoption Application and have it approved prior to enquiring about or meeting any dogs. If you have an approved Adoption Application on file that is over one year old, please fill out a new application. You can complete the application on-line or download a PDF fill-in application to complete and email back to us. In the spirit of mutual support BCRNC has offered to forward applications from their applicants who also wish to consider adopting a dog from us. Please let us know if you have an application with BCRNC and we will request it be forwarded to us for consideration. Also please review our Adoption Procedures webpage to become acquainted with the manner in which we make adoption appointments.  

All adopters will be required to sign an Adoption Agreement at the time of adoption. Please open this PDF file and read it carefully. If you have any questions on it please let us know prior to your adoption appointment.  

The veterinary needs of dogs that come into rescue vary, but as a minimum we see each dog is made current on its rabies vaccination as well as canine distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus (DHPPv) vaccinations. Depending on the veterinary clinic, this core set may also include a vaccine for leptospirosis (DHLPPv). We observe for indications of parasites (roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm as well as giardia and coccidia) and will treat with the appropriate dewormer and medication. We have a Merle colored Border Collie heartworm test performed on each dog and if found positive we treat the dog and obtain a positive test result before making the dog available for adoption.

When you adopt a dog, we will provide you with the information we have on its background and medical history. As dogs come to us from a variety of locations, often as strays picked up by animal shelters, this information may be limited. Other than what we have had performed while in rescue, we cannot provide any guarantee of the dog’s history or medical condition. Nor can we predict or guarantee a dog’s behavior.   

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Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions (NCBCRA) is an all volunteer group who give their time and resources to place border collies in need into new homes where they will be loved and well cared for. No compensation is provided to our volunteers. 100% of fees paid for dog adoptions go to offset organization expenses and for the care of our dogs.    

The bulk of our costs are for food and canine veterinarian care. Virtually every dog we bring into rescue requires some medical care. Routine medical costs include rabies vaccinations, DHPP vaccinations, heartworm tests, heartworm preventative medication, microchipping, deworming, spays & neuters. We also incur costs to treat a variety of illness and disease, ranging from bacterial infections to prolonged and expensive medication for existing heartworm. There are surgical costs for major accidents, as well as less severe, but perhaps more frequent needs such as a broken tooth extraction or removal of a stomach obstruction from chewing on wood! While we have established a network of veterinarians who kindly reduce fees for us, the sheer scope of possible illness and injury keeps us forever in need of financial assistance.

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