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Welcome to Tri-State Collie Rescue, Inc.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to Collies, Shelties, and mixes thereof


Canine Respiratory Illness

We want to make sure that everyone who supports and follows our rescue is aware of concerns about canine respiratory illness. Please take a look at VCA Animal Hospitals‘ post (shared below) with frequently asked questions about the illness. You can also check out VCA Animal Hospitals’ recent statement about canine respiratory illness at

Mid America Pet Foods Product Recall

We want to make sure that everyone who supports and follows our rescue is aware of the recall for several pet food products made at the Mid America Pet Foods Mount Pleasant Facility. Please take a look at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Facebook post (shared below) about the recall for information on affected brands. You can also learn more about the recall and affected brands here:

TSCR Calendar Announcement

We’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the start of the annual TSCR Calendar Fundraiser. Unfortunately, calendar sales have been waning over the past few years, so this year, we made the difficult decision to discontinue the Calendar Fundraiser. We’re deeply sorry for any disappointment that this may cause.

We hope that you’ll consider supporting our rescue through our Decking the Halls 2023 Holiday Fundraiser with Lynch Creek Farms Fundraising. Please see the announcement directly below or visit our Events & Fundraisers page to learn how to participate.

We also have some exciting news coming soon about some official TSCR merch, which will be sold to raise funds for our rescue! Keep up with the website, our Facebook page, or our Instagram account for updates and more info. 

It’s that time of year!

Our Decking the Halls 2023 Holiday Fundraiser with Lynch Creek Farm is underway! Please visit our Events & Fundraisers page to learn how to participate and help us meet our fundraising goal.

We’re officially on Instagram!

We’d love for you to check out our account and follow us!

Tri-State Collie Rescue (TSCR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dog rescue headquartered in Ohio. We are 100% volunteer- and foster-based and currently provide services in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Our rescue provides all veterinary care, housing, assessment, and general training for owner-surrendered, breeder-released, stray, and neglected dogs.

Our History

Sharon's first Collie, Princess
Sharon's first Collie, Princess

Our founder and current Director, Sharon Goodburn, began saving Collies at the tender age of 17 when she obtained her first Collie, Princess. Princess was Sharon’s constant companion for 14 years. Sharon loved the breed so much and wanted to be around Collies as much as possible, so she began volunteering at Kingswood Kollie Kennel, owned by Elva Alexander, in 1959. Sharon took care of the grooming and dietary needs of the Collies at Kingswood, and her volunteering lead to owning a second Collie, Dutchess, and then co-owning her third and fourth Collies (Tammy and Amber) with Elva. Thus began Sharon’s decades of dedication to admiring and preserving the Collie breed.

In 1984, Sharon opened her own small boarding kennel, Amber Lynn Kennels, in Ohio. She and several other exhibitors/breeders in Delaware and Franklin Counties began working together as a rescue and saved 17 Collies during their first year of operation. They knew that they could do more with additional resources, so Sharon added 12 more kennel runs to her facility, dedicating them solely for rescue. The group ensured that for each rescue dog, all medical needs were addressed, grooming was completed, and assessment was conducted by those with Collie experience and knowledge of the breed. Then, the rescue Collies were placed for adoption. This was the beginning of Tri-State Collie Rescue (TSCR).

TSCR grew enough to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the early ’90s. At present, TSCR services 11 states, has over 100 volunteers, and has rescued over 2,000 since its inception. Our goal is to give our dogs a new lease on life, one at a time. With our expanding service area, we are always in need of volunteers, veterinarians who provide discounted services to rescues, groomers, shelter partners, and donors. If you can help in any way, please complete our Volunteer Questionnaire or use our site’s Contact Form so we can put you in touch with the appropriate TSCR department. Our mission is, and always will be: “Rescue, Restore, Rehome.”

Sharon with her Collies Chad, Caitlyn, and Solo
Sharon with her Collies Chad, Caitlyn, and Solo
Collie in sunny field

Our Mission