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.

        FEATURED Dog: sophie! 

Sophie is an adorable and very sweet little girl. She is a Border Collie in miniature at about 14 lbs and a little over a year old. Sophie was rescued from a hoarding situation in Southern Georgia where she and the other dogs she and the others were abandoned with an oncoming hurricane. She arrived into rescue terrified and nearly starved. To the best of our knowledge she had never been touched by a human during her short life and it has taken her a bit of time to learn to trust people.

Over the several months since she arrived into foster care Sophie has learned that her future life will hold the promise that a sweet little girl deserves to have. Sophie is a loving little girl with a bubbly personality. Though she takes a little time to warm up to people she doesn't know, once she does she is just delightful. Sophie is going will be a wonderful companion and a joyful little friend with her constantly wagging tail and happy behavior.

Sophie is now spayed, up-to-date on vaccinations, and is learning her house training. She has learned to walk nicely on a lead and enjoys going for walks. Sophie's ideal future home would be curled up next to her person in a quiet and safe environment. Sophie, with her mini size is suitable for smaller homes and would do very well in an adult home. She loves other dogs and would be happy to have another dog companion but that is not a requirement.

She has not been cat tested but should not be a problem with cats. Sophie is available for adoption. 

Sophie is being fostered in Northern Virginia. If you are interested in Sophie, you can apply to adopt below.


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Enjoy reading about our successful adoptions!!!!!!