Welcome to Tri-State Collie Rescue, Inc.

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


UPDATE: Baron was found and has been reunited with his family!

Baron, a 10-month-old Tricolor Smooth Collie who went missing from Knightstown, IN, on June 7, was found on July 2 and has been reunited with his family! Baron has been through a lot, and continued thoughts, prayers, and good vibes are much appreciated as he recovers.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to spread the word about Baron, especially S.C.E.N.E.: Sheltie/Collie Emergency Network E-alert!

The 28th Annual Gathering at Sunnybank is just 2 months away!

This year’s Annual Gathering at Sunnybank will be held from August 17-18 at 381 Terhune Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470. TSCR is excited to announce that we’ll once again have a booth at this annual event, which benefits the Collie Health Foundation.

For more information, please see our Events & Fundraisers page.

We have Collie-Sheltie mix puppies!

We recently welcomed a litter of 8 Tricolor Rough Collie-Sheltie mix puppies, along with their Tricolor Rough Collie mama, into our rescue! They’re all being fostered in Kentucky near Louisville, and we expect them to be ready for adoption as early as mid- to late June.

Anyone who is interested in adopting one of these puppies (or their mama!) is welcome to go ahead and complete our Adoption Application! Let us know what you’re looking for, and our Adoption Team will get to work on finding your best match.

Get up to speed on MDR1 multidrug sensitivity!


One of our National Heartworm Awareness Month goals back in April was to raise awareness about MDR1 multidrug sensitivity, a genetic condition that is common in Collies and other herding breeds and that affects which medications are safe for them to take.

We’re excited to debut this infographic, which was developed just for TSCR by a public health professional who also happens to be a Collie lover! We’re also thrilled about our new MDR1 Multidrug Sensitivity page, which provides more information about the condition, problem drugs for dogs with MDR1 mutations, and MDR1 genetic testing.

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 5,000 dogs 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 Application 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