Southeastern Border Collie Rescue

Jerri Carter, SEBCRL

400 South Kepler Road DeLand, FL 32724

(386) 228-7206

Southeastern Border Collie Rescue College

Southeast Border Collie Rescue League

& Our Mission

We are the Southeast Border Collie Rescue League of Florida (aka SEBCRL), a private not-for-profit breed rescue shelter organization founded in 1984 and based upon compassion and understanding for the needs of our breed. We are comprised of volunteers who give their time, ability, homes and money to help place Border Collies where they will be loved and well cared for. Our primary goal is to provide a reliable rescue effort for abandoned, lost, mistreated, or unwanted Border Collies because of improper placement. Our cornerstone is the knowledge that Border Collies are not the breed for everyone. From that, we have built working relationships with area shelters for breed recognition and the realization that this breed requires a carefully screened home. We have formed a close bond with several area veterinarians in helping us care for the Border Collies we take into our rescue. Our adoption process distinguishes itself on the basis of breed education, spay/neuter requirements, health management, training assistance, and our lifetime commitment to all Border Collies under our responsibility. We subscribe to the highest standards set forth by the Border Collie Society of America. Our rescue efforts and success stories distinguish us as one of the more active and successful rescues in the Southeast United States. WE are proud of that success. All adopted dogs are spayed/neutered, up to date on all shots, tested for heartworms, on heartworm preventative, and full of love to give. Our dogs are well rounded and have gone to a variety of different homes including: agility, frisbee, flyball, service dogs, search and rescue, herding, drug dog detection, Sea World Shows, obedience and "pet" homes.

Our Principles

Our Primary focus is to keep pet Border Collies from breeding and to be successful in having breeders take responsibility for their dogs, and join the rescue effort.

We strive to educate the public in the following areas:

· The importance of spaying and neutering all companion animals.

· The reality of the pet overpopulation plague.

· What it means to be a responsible pet owner.

· What it means to share your life and your home with a Border Collie.

Our foster parents are our most important resource. All Border Collies taken into rescue are housed with our own pets and families. They are cared for as if they were our own. We take our time to screen proper homes which will be permanent placements. We will always be considerate to the foster situation and how stressful it can be on the rescued dog and family. We will do everything possible to assist the foster parents with their temporary "guest" rescues.

We will not be overwhelmed by the big picture of breed rescue. We will save one dog at a time without concern for the number of dogs involved. We realistically make judgment calls on who we can save and cannot save. Euthanasia is something that will be considered only to end the pain and suffering of a dog that cannot be made well with the efforts of the veterinarians and the financial aid from the community. They will not face it alone and will be loved and comforted during whatever time we have with them.

We treasure the good reputation of our organization and we will strive to show responsible pet ownership by example. We will not lose sight that we are involved in this to save Border Collies from perishing in shelters, kennels, or in the hands of a wrong owner. We will always reserve the right to refuse anyone the privilege of adopting a rescued Border Collie.

Our Strategies

We will further develop our relationships with surrounding animal shelters, animal-related organizations, other reputable rescue groups and with the Border Collie Society of America.

We will increase involvement with public awareness education programs.

We will develop fund-raising opportunities consistent with our health care needs for the animals and maintain our reputation of doing breed rescue in the best possible way and to the best interest of the Border Collie.
Detailed Information

The Southeast Border Collie Rescue League, Inc (SEBCRL) is a rescue group established in 1984. It is comprised of volunteers who give their time, ability, homes and money to help place Border Collies where they will be loved and well cared for. Our primary goal is to provide a reliable rescue effort for abandoned, lost, mistreated, or unwanted Border Collies because of improper placement. Southeast Border Collie Rescue League, Inc will respond to any individual, veterinarian, Animal Control and Humane Society throughout the states of Florida and Georgia but will not be limited to only those designated areas. We have no affiliation with other Border Collie rescue groups except the national organization, NABCRN and other reputable groups throughout the United States in order to coordinate placement of dogs.

Our volunteers participate in such activities as fostering dogs, fund raising, behavior education, medical and general rehabilitation. Public awareness and educational programs, are provided to assist the public in understanding the difficulties of living with an intense, intelligent, herding dog. Our ongoing efforts are also directed toward preventing the breeding and selling of poor quality Border Collies by individuals who are casual dog owners and/or puppy mills. We do not support in any way, businesses who sell dogs and many of us spend a considerable amount of personal time and money to encourage the public to purchase only from a reputable breeder who evaluates his/her pups for proper placement in proper environments. We try to avoid Border Collies ever ending up in rescue by educating people that are considering the acquisition of one of these dogs. We provide on-site puppy evaluation and advice free of charge to prospective adopters. With families who already own a Border Collie, we work on behavioral management and teach activities that can redirect some of the dogs high-level energy.

Every effort is made to assure that the dogs rescued by SEBCRL are pure-breeds, but this is not a criteria for rescuing. Border Collie mixes are welcome and treated with the same concern as the purebreds. Animals will be spayed or neutered and if registration papers are received, said papers will remain the property of SEBCRL. They may be used by the adoptive family only for the purpose of acquiring an ILP from AKC or similar registry. The dogs placed by SEBCRL will remain the property of this rescue group and may be reclaimed for any reason of neglect, abuse, or improper care. Dogs are not permitted to be placed as yard dogs and in so doing, the adopter will be in violation of the signed agreement.

Southeast Border Collie Rescue League, Inc depends solely on donations from concerned individuals and businesses. An ongoing effort is made to encourage local veterinarians to assist with the cost of treating the new rescues in an effort to give them a clean bill of health prior to placement in their new homes. Additional efforts are made by this group to coordinate with other reputable Border Collie Rescue Groups to facilitate in the placement of the rescues in appropriate homes. We have been acting as the liaison for these collective efforts since 1984. Dogs rescued by SEBCRL are screened and kept as long as necessary until proper placement can be made. Euthanasia is not an option except in cases where the dog's health warrants it. Adoptive families are asked to reimburse the group for its expenses. Our founder, Jerri Carter, also provides free behavior training for these dogs going into service for the handicapped. Additional programs are currently being set up for rehabilitation of patients in nursing homes and mental health facilities using our rescues as "therapists."

All dogs adopted out through Southeast Border Collie Rescue League, Inc. are spayed or neutered and current on all immunizations and fecal tested and treated. They are placed under the care of a veterinarian heartworm tested, and in the event of a positive result, arrangements for treatment will be made. Adoptive persons are required to keep up with immunization schedule and must allow the dog to be confined in the house. Fenced yards are for the purpose of exercising the dog but not as a place of confinement for long periods of unsupervised time. Dog ownership remains in the custody of SEBCRL and may not be transferred to any one else, at any time for any reason.

For information about volunteering your services, making a donation of any kind, applying for adoption or fostering, please contact us. What better reward could there be than knowing that dozens of Border Collies which otherwise might have been put to sleep, left out to starve or to run loose in the streets to be killed in traffic, are instead, in loving and caring homes?


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Jerri Carter, SEBCRL  |  400 South Kepler Road DeLand, FL 32724  |  (386) 228-7206