Elizabeth, aka Liza, is one of 4 family members surrendered to a North Carolina shelter by their owner who was moving and couldn’t take them. Liza appears to be around 2 years old and looking for a calm, quiet home where she will be able to take her time learning to trust her new family. She is a Border Collie/Retriever mix, 37 pounds, she has a soft black coat of medium length, a little white here and there around her muzzle, and on her chest and feet..

Liza was positive for heartworms when rescued and received her heartworm treatment early in January. She is close to being off restrictive exercise and is raring to go! She walks well on a leash and is steadily building up her confidence on her daily walks around the neighborhood. She enjoys the fenced in backyard at her foster home and we believe she’d like a similar sized buddy to play with.Although Liza prefers to have her foster mom in sight, she does not exhibit any separation anxiety. When home alone she is content to be in her own room with a gate until her housebreaking is complete. Being near her foster mom is an example of how she has progressed; originally preferring to stay away and only come around at meal time. It has been wonderful to watch her come into her own, however she will probably need time with her forever family to learn to trust and since she startles very easily, a home without small children is best.

Even as wary and uncomfortable as she was upon intake, not once has she exhibited a bit of aggression. She will bark to indicate visitors (including, when outside, the occasional squirrel or neighbor dog), but is learning ‘quiet’ when appropriate. She is very sensitive so a soft ‘no’ is all she has ever needed for correction.

Liza is being fostered in Richmond, VA by the Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue. She is spayed, UTD on vaccinations and on flea/tick preventative. For additional information on Liza, please contact her foster mom at