Adoption FAQ

Below we answer some frequently asked questions about adopting a dog from TSCR. You can also take a look at our Adoption Procedures and Adoption Policy!

Adoption FAQ

A. TSCR is 100% foster-based. We’re headquartered in Ohio, but our service area also includes the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

A. Yes! Our goal is to find the best match for each of our rescue dogs, so we work with qualified adopters from much of the mainland U.S. as long as they’re willing and able to travel to the dog’s foster home for the adoption.

We do, however, need to ensure that our adopted dogs remain within reasonable driving distance of our service area in case they ever need to return to TSCR for any reason.

A. TSCR has limited experience with adopting our dogs internationally, and at this time, we aren’t positioned to do international adoptions other than to Canadian residents who live within a reasonable driving distance of our service area.

For those Canadian residents, we’re willing to explore the possibility of adoption! We do need Canadian adoption candidates to be willing and able to facilitate meeting all legal requirements for the international adoption.

A. Our adoption fees vary slightly from dog to dog because we typically ask for an adoption fee that covers the dog’s veterinary expenses.

Our dogs’ veterinary costs arise from needed care, including immunizations, heartworm and MDR1 genetic testing, spay/neuter surgeries, microchip registration, parasite treatment, flea/tick prevention, and heartworm prevention. On average, we incur $500 in expenses per dog.

A. Adoption fees can either be paid online via our website or with a check, which may be written at the time of adoption. (Please note that as our rescue is staffed 100% by volunteers, it may take some time for us to cash your check.)

Please note that adopters should only pay the adoption fee for their new rescue dog after the entire adoption application review and interview process has been completed—and they have received written confirmation from an Adoption Team member that they have been approved to adopt the dog.

A. All of our dogs are fostered in private homes, and many of our fosters do not have cats or kids at home. Since our fosters are volunteers with jobs, families, and lives of their own, cat/kid testing isn’t always possible.

We do make sure to specify whether a dog been cat- and/or kid-tested in their bio page on our website and in their social media post(s).

A. It depends! Fence requirements are based on each individual dog’s history, needs, and flight risk.

We make sure to specify whether a dog has a fence requirement in their bio page on our website and in their social media post(s).

A. Many of our dogs come into rescue from incredibly difficult circumstances. The limit is in place to ensure that each of our dogs is able to receive not only the resources but also the individual time and attention that they need in their forever homes.

We do reserve the right to make exceptions under certain circumstances for dogs whose specific needs may put significant constraints on their forever home placement.

A. All of our dogs are fostered in private homes. By policy, we require an approved Adoption Application before revealing specifics about a dog’s foster location and/or scheduling meet-and-greets.

A. Please complete our online Adoption Application within 30 days of when you’ll be ready to adopt (i.e., bring your adopted dog home). It’s essential that our Adoption Team has the most up-to-date information on adoption candidates.

For that reason, if you’ve been on our waitlist for 6 months, please submit a new application, even if you were already approved to adopt. This will ensure that our Adoption Team has your most up-to-date information.

A. Please take a look at the Collie Rescue Foundation’s affiliate rescues! The Collie Rescue Foundation (CRF) is a national organization that provides support to Collie rescues across the U.S.