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Adoption Application Form
Border Collies In Need's ultimate goal is to adopt our dogs into secure, forever, and loving homes in a timely manner and to give them every opportunity to be seen by applicants.  We recommend that you submit an application even if you do not see a particular Border Collie that interests you at the time of submittal, as dogs are continuously entering into our rescue program.  BCIN will acknowledge your application by e-mail, usually within 48 hours after submittal.  If you have not received a response in that time frame, please check your SPAM folder or contact us.  Once you see that special canine that catches your eye, please contact us at

Please keep in mind that certain dog behaviors and temperament may not be appropriate for your lifestyle environment for a specific dog in which you are interested.  Once an application has been reviewed for suitability and it appears to be a potential match, an appointment then is scheduled for a "Meet and Greet".  In a case where there are one or more applications that are suitable for a particular dog, then the order in which the applications were received will be the determining factor.  The interview process continues at the "Meet and Greet".  Applicants will be asked additional questions and observed on how well they (and any other dogs they may have) interact with the BC they are considering as an addition to their family.  Additionally, it is equally important to observe how well the dog interacts with the applicant.

"Meet and Greets" are scheduled by appointment only.  Since most of our dogs are located throughout Southern California, the majority of our appointments will be conducted in that area or in the city of the foster home.  If you have previously submitted an application and you are planning to attend one of our adoption events, please be advised that BCIN will not hold dogs, as this would not be in the dog's best interest.  If timing permits, BCIN, at its discretion, may schedule appointments at events prior to, or right at the beginning of the event start time.

Submitting an application does not guarantee adoption.  Final adoption approval is at the sole discretion of BCIN.  A home check, pictures of your home, yard, fencing, gates, and where the dog will sleep are encouraged and may be required.

Adopting a dog from Border Collies In Need is a lifetime commitment.  The continued welfare and safety of the dogs that are adopted from our rescue program are a priority.  Adopters sign an agreement in the form of an adoption contract ensuring the well being and safety of the dog over their lifetime.  If the safety or the health of an adopted dog has been compromised because of noncompliance, it is BCIN's policy to remove the dog from harm's way.  BCIN will determine the best course of action by always keeping the dog's best interest as the priority.

Thank you.  You may fill out the online form below.
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* Name:
* Street Address:
* City:
* State:
* Zip Code:
* Phone Number:
* Cell Phone:
Business Phone:
* E-Mail Address:
How many people are in your household? 
What are their ages and dog experience?
Please give a brief description of your home, outdoor area, and neighborhood:
Do you rent or own your home?    Rent   Own If rent, do you have landlord's permission to keep a dog?   Don't Rent   Yes   No
Landlord's name and phone number:
Do you have a yard?   Yes   No
Completely fenced?   No Fence   Yes   No   Type & height of fence:   Size of yard:
Is your yard chemically treated?    Yes   No
Is someone home during the day?    Yes   No
Where will you primarily keep your dog while you are at home?
Where will it sleep?
Where will you primarily keep your dog while you are away?
How long will your dog be alone and what provisions will be made?
Tell us in detail what you know about Border Collies
Why do you want to own a Border Collie (BC)?
Have you ever owned a BC?    Yes   No
Do you still have that dog?   Yes   No
If yes, please tell us about your BC and its demeanor
What do you like best about Border Collies?
What do you like least about Border Collies?
At any time have you:
A: lost a pet (not through death)?   Yes   No
B: had a pet poisoned?   Yes   No
C: had an animal killed by a vehicle?   Yes   No
D: let a dog ride loose in the bed of a truck?   Yes   No
E: had an animal die due to disease?   Yes   No
F: ever relinquished a dog?   Yes   No
If Yes, explain:
Do you have any other animals?    Yes   No
List type, age, sex, and if sterilized:
How much time will you spend with your dog daily?
Desribe how your dog would spend an average day with you:
Explain in detail how and what forms of training you plan to give your Border Collie:
How long do you expect to have your Border Collie in training?
What daily activities do you anticipate doing with your Border Collie?
Describe the type of activities in which you think a Border Collie would excel:
Please describe how you plan to socialize your Border Collie and why it is (or isn't) important:
Do you plan on crate-training your Border Collie?    Yes   No
How would you crate-train your Border Collie?
How long of a period at a time?
How would you describe an active dog?
How would you describe an intelligent dog?
How would you keep your Border Collie from getting bored and destructive?
Please describe in detail the traits you desire for your ideal Border Collie
Behavior you cannot tolerate:  
How will you handle destructive behavior?  
How would you discipline a dog?  
Explain any answers:
Are other members of your household aware that you are considering adopting a pet?       Yes   No
Are you prepared to assume the financial responsibilities of caring for an animal, including inoculations, veterinarian care, good quality food, licensing, etc.?
Yes   No
What plans will you make for your BC, should it outlive you, to assure it won’t end up in shelter?
Who will take care of you dog should it outlive you? Name and Phone Number:
Are you planning to move in the near future?   Yes   No Is anyone in your household allergic to animals?    Yes   No
Are you familiar with the animal regulations in your area?    Yes   No
Do you understand that any rescue of a Border collie you may adopt through Border Collies In Need will be sterilized?   Yes   No
What circumstances, in your mind, justify getting rid of a dog?
Are you willing to allow a Rescue Representative member to visit your home by appointment?  Yes   No
Have you ever been convicted of any offense relating to or involving cruelty to, or neglect of, animals?  Yes   No
Do you accept that there will be between a $325 donation fee for the adopted dog?    Yes   No
Is there a particular Border Collie on our website that you are interested in? If so, please list their name(s)
I understand I may need to travel to foster parent's house to meet this dog:    Yes   No
By clicking the "Submit" button below, I am submitting my digital signature attesting to the truthfulness of my answers.  I understand that falsification of any of the above information will be grounds to disallow the adoption of a rescue Border Collie.

* Date     * Signature (please type legal name)

NOTE: If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must also sign this application. Thank you for considering a dog from Border Collies In Need. If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call. We reserve the right to refuse any applicant.
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