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

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.


Bennie is a gorgeous 1-1.5 years old border collie. He is around 45 pounds of youthful energy and has a kind, loving and playful disposition. The best account we have for his past is that he was dumped in the country to fend for himself and found his way to a rural home. He stayed with this family for several months; they were, however, unable to properly care for him so they reached out to rescue for assistance. It defies understanding why the original owners would have abandoned this boy… He has a fabulous personality! He loves people and other dogs. And, it is obvious that they spent time with him… so far his foster mom has figured out that he knows sit and down (although he enjoys rolling on his back and even rolling over for the down command); he recalls beautifully to a whistle; he has been trained to touch his nose to your hand when extended to him; he plays fetch and knows “leave it”; he appears to know the “wait” command when asked of him before leaving an open gate. Who knows what else this boy already understands! If only he could tell us.

What is apparent about Bennie is that he appears to be very smart and loyal. He wants companionship, both canine and human. He is also very food motivated and enjoys playing with toys. In fact, he seems to taunt the other dogs into playing with him as he prances around them with a toy in his mouth. So cute! He also enjoys fetching for his foster mom as well as just some nice one-on-one time getting petted. Bennie is fairly high energy. He is going to need a home with a sizable yard for daily unleashed exercise as well as people willing to provide for his activity level. Currently he spends all day in a three acre “play pen” with several canine companions and has daily fetching exercises before dinner. Due to his energy level, Bennie is not a candidate for extended crating during the day while at work.

Although Bennie is responsive to many commands and seems to enjoy learning, he becomes distracted when other dogs are around and loses his focus during training or play sessions. He will run fence lines if other dogs are running opposite him and has difficulty turning this mode off…likely his herding instincts kicking in. So, adjacent yards without canines and/or training to refocus this behavior is recommended. Bennie is a wonderful young guy looking for a person to give him direction, leadership and focus. He is going to make a very nice family pet or farm companion. He is neutered, utd on vaccinations and on heartworm and flea/tick preventative. Bennie is being fostered by the Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue in Apple Grove, VA (west of Richmond). If you would like more information Bennie you can contact his foster mom at lamblady.anne@gmail.com.