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Welcome to Tri-State Collie Rescue, Inc.

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


2024 Columbus Pet Expo

TSCR will have our very own booth at the Columbus Pet Expo, which will be held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH, from March 8-10. We’re also partnering with The Beeline Boutique, who will be graciously donating 10% of their sales at the event to our rescue dogs and providing an exclusive handmade Collie trinket to the first 50 visitors to both their booth and ours!

For details, please visit our Events & Fundraisers page!

A Foster’s Relationship Goals!

We saw this quote on social media a while back, and boy, has it has really resonated with our fosters! We cannot thank them enough for stepping up and taking in more dogs to help with our increased intake numbers. And we’re so grateful for the people who responded to our recent foster plea and have joined TSCR as new fosters!

TSCR covers the cost of food, veterinary care, and grooming for all of our in-program dogs. We also provide logistical and emotional support for all of our foster families, and our Adoption Team works closely with every foster to ensure that they find the best forever home fit for each of our rescue Collies. All other dogs in the foster home do need to be spayed/neutered, and a fenced-in yard is a plus—but if you’re willing to save a Collie’s life by sharing some space in your home, we’d love to talk to you!

Please visit our Foster page to learn more about fostering with us and to fill out our Foster Application.

Check out our 2023 Adoptions Map!

We’re absolutely thrilled to have played a part in forming so many happy forever families in 2023. We had 154 successful adoptions across 22 different states! All of our 2023 adoptees are pictured on our Successful Adoptions – 2023 page.

Our 40th anniversary year has begun, and we look forward to continuing our mission to rescue, restore, and rehome Collies in need. We hope that we can count on your continued support!

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

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