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


The Border Collie is the reigning “workaholic” of the canine world. Incredibly intelligent and energetic (not to mention intensely adorable), they have a reputation for thriving on praise alone. These dogs are perfectionists with an innate need to please.

One of the most trainable breeds in the land (they are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs), Border Collies frequently take top honors in agility, obedience and Frisbee competitions, as well as in herding trials. They are also commonly employed to perform narcotics and bomb detection, search and rescue missions and general police work. “BCs” have an intense gaze called “eye” that can help them master just about any type of herd by crouching down and “hypnotizing” the animals with their stare.

True to their working heritage, these dogs make VERY demanding, but loyal and loving pets. BCs are NOT small apartment dogs; they need plenty of room to run and burn off steam. They also require lots (and lots) of physical and mental stimulation and are happiest when given a job to do, such as playing fetch or rounding up your kids at the park after playtime has ended. (Kidding…sort of.) These action-loving herders will quickly grow bored (and potentially neurotic) with nothing to do. If there is insufficient activity, a cooped up Collie will find destructive ways to entertain himself — like chewing up your favorite chair or digging a hole under the fence in the backyard. (They are known for their Houdini-like escape tactics.) As with many working breeds, Border Collies can be motion-sensitive and may occasionally chase vehicles. Luckily this dangerous trait can be subdued with proper training.

Border Collies typically coexist well with children and most other dogs, but it’s best to provide ample supervision when they are introduced to small non-canine pets. (Some get along well with cats and rats…and unicorns. Some do not.) This breed can be emotionally sensitive and should be well socialized as a pup to prevent shyness. Border Collies are prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia, deafness and Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), a congenital, inherited eye disease involving the retina, choroid, and sclera. It is generally a mild disease and rarely significantly impairs vision in Collies. A DNA test for CEA helps breeders ensure that they will not produce affected pups. Collies can also have skin sensitivities and may suffer from flea allergies.

The Border Collie was originally called the “Scotch Sheep Dog” and is said to have descended from droving and gathering breeds originating on the Scottish-English and Welsh-English borders, including the Cumberland Sheepdog.

Mention of the “Collie” or “Colley” first appeared in print toward the end of the 19th century. It is believed that many Border Collies today can be traced back to a single dog known as Old Hemp. He is described as a “quiet, powerful dog that sheep responded to easily.” Many shepherds used Hemp as stud and his hard-working style soon became synonymous with the Collie breed. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1995.

Famous Border Collies include:

Venus, a female Border Collie stars on the “Animal Planet” show Superfetch.

Bingo, from the movie Bingo.

Rico, who was studied for recognizing up to 200 objects by name. (Another Border Collie, Betsy, was found to have a vocabulary of over 300 words.)

Striker, who is the current Guinness World Record holder for the “Fastest Car Window Opened by a Dog” at 11.34 seconds.

Flye and Rex, herding dogs from the movie “Babe.”

Chuck from the movie “Up the Creek.”

Matisse from the movie “Down and Out In Beverly Hills.”



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.


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.



Hello Everyone April 30th, 2019

I'm feeling really good and spunky. I'm finally able to get out of jail regularly in the house... but mom had to put lots of area rugs down so I don't slip on the wood floors. We have a crazy mosaic! I've also been able to spend these beautiful spring days outside in a small kennel.

For the last week or so I've been taking leash walks outside without my sling! So much better. This week I get to start running some. I can't wait!!!

I think this is going to be a fun month. Toward the end I go back to the doctor. If all goes well I should be released to do normal dog things.

Love Beanie