Welcome To Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue

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!

Who are we and what do we do?

Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue, Inc. (ARCBCR) is a small, local, nonprofit, all volunteer border collie rescue organization based out of Richmond, Virginia. We are made up of a passionate and dedicated handful border collie lovers who had the good fortune of meeting and befriending each other through past rescue work. We now work together, making it our mission is to rescue and rehome border collies, border collie mixes and other herding dogs. We take in dogs primarily from Virginia and North Carolina; however, we do occasionally reach out to South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland and even Georgia when situations call for it. Most of our dogs come directly from animal shelters. Some have been abandoned and brought in as strays; some have been surrendered by owners. Some have obvious pasts of neglect or abuse; some are happy and well adjusted. Many were at risk of euthanasia. Other dogs in our program come directly from people who can no longer keep them for one reason or another. For dogs we do not have space for, we offer owners a free courtesy listing on our website and assistance with background checks.

All of our dogs are cared for in the private homes of our foster volunteer - fosters open not only their homes, but their hearts, to these dogs. They pour time, compassion, and care into each and every dog – readying them medically and emotionally for new forever homes. Although fosters are the public face of our dogs, we have an amazing team of volunteers working behind the scene. Other volunteers evaluate and transport dogs from shelters, conduct pre-adoption vet checks and homes evaluations of applicants, manage our social media sites, fund raise, track applications, handle finances, and more! And, we can’t forget the veterinarians that graciously give reduced cost services. When you adopt a dog from ARCBCR, you can be assured that each and every penny of your adoption donation goes into caring for the dogs. Before rehoming, every ARCBCR dog receives all the veterinary care it needs. Minimally, our dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated if needed, placed on heartworm and flea/tick preventative. We are also committed to evaluating every dog and every applicant - choosing the best possible family for each dog.

At ARCBCR we believeIt’s Always All About The Dogs

IS A BORDER Collie right for me?

If you live in an apartment, have very young children or don’t enjoy exercise, a Border Collie probably isn’t right for you. A Border Collie is a wonderful dog in the right home, but too often find themselves in inappropriate settings because their unknowing owners saw them in a movie or at the sheepdog trial and thought, “that dog looks smart”. Border Collies are smart and learn very quickly. However, they are not born knowing the skills you see them displaying. That Border Collie you met at the sheepdog, obedience, or agility trial is the product of years of training, hard work and consistency. Border Collies have been bred for centuries with one goal in mind - to work sheep. While this is a positive in a farm setting, this makes Border Collies ill suited to many lifestyles. Border Collies often mistake playful children for sheep and instinctively herd and nip at them much to their owner’s dismay. Sheep herding is strenuous work and a novice Border Collie owner may have difficulty fulfilling a pet Border Collie’s needs for both mental and physical stimulation. In the right home, a Border Collie is a marvelous addition, and can make a wonderful pet, but in the wrong environment a Border Collie can spell disaster.

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


Zoomie is an incredibly happy and sweet smooth coat Border Collie/Trerrier mix, about a year old with a cute speckled ear that doesn't know which way to flop. He is a nice medium, compact size at ~ 45 pounds. Zoomie is an affectionate, energetic boy and he loves to play with other dogs. Although he is such a lively boy, he is very respectful of the senior dogs at his foster home which the elder girls and his foster mom find very endearing. Though good with other dogs, Zoomie's true love is people. A quick subtle glance from his person across the room and his tail is wagging and he's coming over to try and give you a hug. While his exuberance at being with his person is strong and his hugs are very 'big' he is willing to learn and quickly picked up on 'sit' now that he knows it is what makes his person happy (treats are of secondary importance to him!). Zoomie rides well in the car, is a quiet guy inside the house, walks well on leash, loud cars/bikes don't phase him and he greets new people with his usual happy tail wag and desire to give them a hug. He really seems to appreciate any small act of kindness, and this wagging hugging bundle of love deserves a home where he is appreciated in kind.



Beanie, previously referred to as Queenie, is a young bc girl Arcbcr took into foster in August of 2018. Beanie exhibited issues with her hind legs and was surrendered by her owners because they didn't have the money to help her. Arcbcr opened their arms to her, knowing that there was likely dip dysplasia involved; and sure enough, there was...and a very severe case of it in both hips. Surgery was inevitable if this girl was to have a pain free life. For the past 7 months Beanie has been hanging out with her foster family... giving her an opportunity to put on weight and grow into her adult body. During this time, donations were collected for her surgery. As a result in one very large individual contribution, in combination with lots of wonderfully generous individual donations, enough money was raised to give Beanie two new hips!

Beanie had her first hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, March 5th at NC State Veterinarian Hospital. Despite some minor setbacks during surgery, all went well. Beanie is home recovering. She is five days post op and putting weight on her new hip. She gets better and better by the day. Her spirits are good. Her spunkiness is back. However, her recovery will be long. We all have fingers crossed for her continued recovery. Pics include her pre-op appointment with the vets. Vet getting her ready for the ride home to Virginia post-op. The awful cone thing. And, a reprieve from the cone with distraction from a peanut butter filled bone.