Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue, Inc., (ARCBCR) located in Richmond, Virginia, is a dream come true for a passionate group of border collie lovers who had the good fortune of meeting and befriending each other through past rescue work.

The purpose of ARCBCR is to rescue border collies, border collie mixes and other herding dogs from situations that are neglectful, abusive, and endangering.  We take in dogs from shelters, those found as strays, and those that can no longer be kept by their current families.

ARCBCR provides the following for each and every one of our dogs:  a loving and caring foster home, all necessary veterinary care, and any rehabilitation a dog might need enabling it to acclimate into its loving, forever home.  

Our adoption donation is tax deductible.  You can be assured that each and every penny goes back into the next dog we take in. The reality is, while you are making arrangements to take home your new family member, one of our volunteers is making arrangements to evaluate and rescue the next ARCBCR dog in need.

ARCBCR members know that it’s ALWAYS all about the dogs.

We are committed to evaluating every dog and every applicant to ensure that we adopt and place every dog into the hands of the best possible family for that dog.

All dogs are spayed or neutered, kept current on all vaccines, heartworm tested and current on heartworm and flea preventative.        

We’re glad you’re here. Spend some time with us. Have fun learning about each of our dogs, and please feel free to contact us regarding adoption, volunteering, or donations. We look forward to hearing from you!


Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue, Inc. is a nonprofit Border Collie rescue organization dedicated to educating the public about Border Collies and providing loving and caring foster homes for Border Collies and Border Collie mixes in need until they can be evaluated and placed in their forever, loving home.


Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue, Inc. (ARCBCR) is a nonprofit border collie rescue organization located in Richmond, Virginia.  We work with border collies, border collie mixes and other herding type breeds.

We take in dogs primarily from Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. These dogs come to us for various reasons - some are neglected, some abandoned, others unwanted.  We work closely with various state and local shelters, pulling dogs that are at risk of euthanasia.  At times, other rescue organizations will contact us, and we help them with placements as well.

All of our dogs wear ARCBCR identification tags attached to their collars while in foster care.  We highly recommend you keep the tag attached to your dog’s collar once adopted or replace it with one of your own.

We are an all volunteer rescue group with a dedicated volunteer network.  All of our dogs are fostered in the private homes of our volunteers.  In addition, our volunteers provide transportation in a multi-state area, and assist in evaluating the homes of applicants.

We make every decision with the following thought in mind:

It’s Always All About The Dogs


We can always use donations to help cover the cost of care for our pups. If you'd like to donate, please click on the PayPal link below. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.

ARCBCR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue making your donations tax deductible.



Dakota is a stunning 2-3-year-old boy who we believe is a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd mix. His beautiful and unique looks are complimented by a wonderfully outgoing, high energy and fun personality. This energy has given him an enthusiastic affectionate for people. He bonds quickly and enjoys showing his fondness for his people…He loves to tumble onto his foster moms lap when sitting on the grass and jump onto his foster dad when he is trying to enjoy a nap on the couch…and he is a fairly big boy, around 60 pounds. His size and enthusiasm therefore make him a better match for a home without small children.

Dakota also enjoys the company of most other dogs… he loves running and playing with four canine companions at his foster home and compatibly shares his indoor and outdoor spaces with them. However, he has gotten snarly with a couple other dogs. And he loves to steel toys from his buddies (see his video). So, his foster mom feels a home where he can be the sole center of attention might be best.  Dakota is good with the indoor cats at this foster home. He hasn’t shown any desire to chase them – basically ignoring their presence. However, he has shown tendencies to chase when outdoors. So, small animals and livestock are not recommended. 

He is a great indoor/outdoor dog.  He comfortably spends his days outside playing with his buddies in a large fenced field. When evening comes he excitedly bolts to the house for family time and dinner. Dakota is very food motivated. Dakota has some with basic training, loves to ride in the car, and is house trained. He is learning to walk on a leash and is taking to it with a firm command. With a little more basic training, Dakota can become the dog everybody dreams of…an all-around companion, playful, obedient, loyal and loving. This smart, enthusiastic, high energy boy will need an active family with some dog experienced. 

Dakota is being fostered in Apple Grove, VA (just west of Richmond) by the Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue.  If you would like more information on Dakota please email his foster mom at lamblady.anne@gmail.com. If you would like to apply for adoption, you can apply below.


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