Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the welfare of the border collie
Serving the greater Sacramento valley and Sierra Nevada foothills

Meet SISSY. While not a Border collie, after living at our home with our NCBCRA fosters and our own girls while she recuperates from smoke inhalation she has rightfully earned honorary BC status! Here’s SISSY’s story:

If interested in Sissy, please

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On July 25th, this little lady miraculously survived a house fire that turned into the Collier Fire, an 11 acre vegetation fire in Tehama County. I am not only a volunteer with NCBCRA, but a volunteer fire fighter in my community. Mine was the first county engine on scene. The home was "fully involved" and spread to the vegetation and was threatening other homes. The firefighting teams focused on containing the fire. It was a triple digit day and I had returned to my engine for water and a break when I saw SISSY emerge from the flames. She staggered towards my partner who quickly got her to safety. She had been exposed to the heat and smoke for at least half an hour. We learned her owner had passed away earlier in the year and the family whose house burned was taking care of her. We were given permission to take her home where we affectionately nicknamed her Tri-Tip, because she smelled like BBQ! SISSY was too traumatized to do much of anything, let alone get a full bath so the smell and the name stuck for the time being.

The good folks at our local vet looked her over, and rescues pitched in with X-rays, a microchip and funds to pay the bills for check-up, shots, medications & follow-up care. The X-rays confirmed what we already thought; she was suffering from smoke inhalation. She was treated and released so she could rest and recuperate. The little gal was pretty out of it for the first few days, but showed improvement each day. Within a couple of days she turned the corner. There was pep in her step and she started eating without being hand fed. When it became harder to give her medications we knew she’d be fine. Her cough remains to this day, only surfacing occasionally and usually when she is running around and playing. Soon we felt SISSY was adoption ready but learned she had an incontinence issue. The vet recommended Proin to get it under control. She is down to 1/4 of a pill each morning and evening meal and has been doing well.

SISSY is a little love bug. About 40 pounds and 4 – 5 years of age, she gets along with all the dogs and cats that have been here, which includes males and females of varying ages. While she gets along with other dogs, she also would be fine as an only pet. She loves attention, belly rubs and playing some ball. She is content to be petted but then will settle in on one of the dog beds, curl up and wait to be acknowledged again. SISSY can be vocal at times, but settles down quickly. She is crate trained and house trained. She takes a few minutes to warm up to strangers, but once she does, she is a love. 

SISSY is now ready to find a forever home. She is heartworm negative, spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations & microchipped. If you are interested in Sissy, please email SISSY is being fostered privately near Corning, California. While not an official NCBCRA dog, she has received the same loving care and medical attention as the Border collies in our rescue’s care.


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There are a variety of reasons for someone to relinquish their dog. Often it is because of a change in life circumstance beyond their control. We understand the difficult decision these owners face and appreciate the effort they are making to find a suitable home for their dog. One advantage of obtaining a dog directly from its owner is much, if not all, of the dog’s history may be known. Dogs are presented on this web page as a service and courtesy to their owners, but are not being made available for adoption through NCBCRA. We have not met these dogs and our understanding of them is limited to the information provided by their owner. No fee has been required of owners to place their dogs on this web page though some owners may have provided a voluntary donation. To enquire about a dog on this page, please contact the owner directly.    

If you have a border collie in need of new home we would be happy to place their picture and a description on this page. Or, we may be able to take him or her into rescue. For more information for either consideration please review this link, Is Your Border Collie Looking for a New Home?  Please note, for either posting to this webpage or being placed into rescue, dogs are required to be spayed or neutered.