Welcome to the 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


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



 If you could be “Queen for a day” what would you want to do? In Queenie’s case she would probably just like to run and play without the pain associated with her hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that causes painful movement and degeneration of the hip joints. It is often associated with “backyard breeding,” where breeding for “looks” is given priority over breeding for soundness. Dogs unfortunate enough to inherit hip dysplasia are doomed to a life of pain if untreated. Queenie is one of those dogs. Queenie is an absolutely beautiful, sweet, 9-month-old border collie that was turned into a Virginia shelter by her owners. Their love for this dog far surpassed their greed to keep her. They noticed something was wrong with Queenie and then got the devastating news that she had a bad case of hip dysplasia. Knowing they could not afford the surgery to help her, they relinquished her - hoping and praying that someone would come along that could help her. Queenie remained in the shelter for quite a while without interest from the outside world. Nobody seemed to want a dog with this issue to deal with. That is, until Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue (ARCBCR) came along. One look at that face melted everybody’s heart…and, Queenie’s world was about to change.

ARCBCR is a small non-profit rescue based out of Richmond, Virginia. They rescue, foster and rehome border collies and border collie mixes and are 100% volunteer based. ARCBCR rescued Queenie on August 4th. Before Queenie can be adopted to a new forever home she needs to undergo surgery on both hips. ARCBCR is committed to seeing her through this. 

In a normal hip joint, the femur connects to the pelvis at the hip joint. The round end of the femur fits deeply and snuggly into the pelvis socket. This is not the case with Queenie’s hips. In her case, the femur does not fit correctly into the pelvic socket - and she pays the price for it, 24-7! This young girl of 9 months is stiff and sore when rising from rest; she bunny-hops with her back legs rather than moving them alternately in a normal gait: she shows discomfort when standing on her rear legs for long periods and sits or collapses to a reclining position to recharge; she can’t jump up, has trouble climbing stairs, and exhibits atrophy of the muscles in the hip area.

However, all this can change with surgery! Queenie is on medications to help manage her pain. However, her only hope for long-term, pain free, and more normal usage of her hips and legs is to undergo femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery. This procedure removes the rounded head of the femur with a resultant “scar tissue joint” formed. It takes the place of the hip joint. This surgery will probably result in some reduction of hip function for her, but, in return, vastly improve her overall quality of life. 

Queenie’s surgeries are a significant cost for this small rescue. So, ARCBCR is looking for your help to raise $2,500 for her surgeries by September 30th. Her first surgery is scheduled for the end of September at Locke Taylor Veterinarian Hospital in Richmond, VA. All proceeds will be used directly to pay for Queenie's medical expenses. To read more about sweet Queenie and donate for her surgery please click the GoFunMe link above! Thank You!