Our Current Dogs

Collie Rescue Of Greater Illinois, Inc. (CRGI) is a local organization that mainly serves the northern portion of Illinois in the rescue and placement of both rough and smooth coated Collies. A small staff of unpaid volunteers supports CRGI in its mission. Because of the absolute need for a home visit for all potential Collie adopters and limited resources to execute this task the placement of Collies outside of our service area is handled on a case by case basis. If you are outside of our adoption area, please visit the Collie Rescue Foundation for a complete list of Collie rescue groups across the United States. Each rescued Collie has a modest adoption fee which covers most of the dog's expenses.

Adoption fees are $375 for adult dogs, $475 for puppies under one year, and $175 for dogs eight years and older.

All rescued Collies receive the following veterinary care:

  • Spaying or neutering
  • DA2PP & rabies vaccines
  • Heartworm test, then placed on Interceptor
  • Fecal exam
  • Teeth cleaning (if necessary)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine)
  • Microchip implant for permanent identification
After veterinary care and a complete grooming, the Collie is placed in a foster home for a minimum of two weeks for socialization and evaluation of temperament, quirks, likes and dislikes until adopted.
We require anyone interested in adopting a collie to fill out an adoption questionnaire.
Online Application

Dogs in the list may have one of the following designations:

  • Available: The dog is available for adoption.
  • Adoption Pending: We have found a solid match for this dog. The adoption is pending the signing of the adoption contract.
  • Adopted: The adoption contract for this dog has been finalized.
  • Medical Hold: The dog is in a foster home but is not yet ready for adoption due to ongoing medical treatment.
 
Available

Nyx (Male)

Available

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

74 lbs

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard desirable 

Say hello to Nyx the nudger! This 3-year-old boy will nudge your elbow for pets whenever you sit down at a table. He came to our rescue as an owner surrender and, after a full vetting and evaluation, he is ready to find his forever family. 

It took some time for Nyx to acclimate to his new foster home and daily routine, but day by day his wonderful personality has been revealed. He's just a young dog looking for love and affection. He is very people-oriented and wants nothing more than to be with you. Nyx follows his foster parents through the house wanting to be wherever they are. He's always happy to accept pets, pats, good boys, and any other attention that comes his way. 


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Available

Trixie (Female)

Available

1 Years

Rough Blue Merle

50 lbs

Fenced Yard Required
Fostered in SW Missouri (Springfield area)

Meet Trixie! 

This darling 1.5 year old girl is slowly coming out of her shell and showing her true, sweet personality. For most of her life, Trixie was very sheltered. Then a family obtained her, and they loved her very much. But the busy household, daily activities, and active children were overwhelming for Trixie. Her family reached out to us with the hope that we would be able to find her a home where she could relax, live without fear, and thrive.

Trixie is a very sweet and gentle girl that needs confidence building activities and slow, continuous socialization. Guiding her through these stress reducing lessons will be made easier since Trixie is food motivated and will gladly sit for a treat. 


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Available

Cindy Lou (Female)

Available

6 Months

Rough Tricolor

30 lbs

Fostered in SE Michigan
Fenced yard required

Cindy Lou is a bit famous in our rescue. She is one of two collie puppies that came to us with a life threatening heart defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Cindy Lou had her heart repaired by the cardiologists at Michigan State University and has made a great recovery. She will need a final heart echocardiogram to complete her care which will be covered by CRGI.  

Cindy Lou is a very happy and sweet girl who loves to snuggle and hang out with her people. She can be talkative at times but her foster mom is trying to teach her to use her "Inside Voice".  She has been around other dogs and cats and of course is great with all. She rides great in the car as well. Cindy Lou would do well in a home that isn't too boisterous only because she's a princess and a busy household is bit overwhelming for her at times. We also feel Cindy Lou needs some obedience training to help finish building her confidence especially in new situations. 


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Available

Grace (Female)

Available

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

45 lbs  
6 foot fenced yard required
Fostered in Illinois

Grace is a three-year-old sable and white rough collie. Her coat was heavily matted and the shelter decided to shave her before releasing her to our rescue. Since then, her beautiful long coat has grown back nicely.
 
Grace is a sweet, fun and friendly girl. She loves cuddles and giving kisses. She greets strangers by gently jumping on them. She gets along well with the resident cats and two resident collies. She is curious and friendly with the next door neighbors’ dog as well. Grace and the neighbor’s dog jump up on the fence to see each other any chance they get; super cute to watch. She can easily climb over a 4 foot fence to check what's going on on the other side and for this reason a 6 foot fence is required for this curious girl! Although at times she might be a tad bit pushy towards one of the dogs in the foster home, they both snuggle up for a nap on the couch at the end of the day. When not enjoying the comforts of home, Grace likes running around the yard. She gets bursts of energy and zooms all over the place. This fun girl needs a fenced in yard for sure!


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Available

Bowie (Male)

Available

1 Years

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs

Fostered in Southern WI
Fenced yard required

Meet Bowie, an 1-year-old boy who is full of life and energy.  

Bowie is a smart boy and a quick learner. He is very treat motivated and is therefore pretty easy to train. He is quick to learn new commands and already knows sit, stay, and come. He will even ring a bell to go outside! Not only does he let you know when it’s time to go out, he will also let you know when it’s dinner time. Foodie that he is, he likes his meals served in a timely manner, but he’s a good boy and will politely sit and wait. At bed time, he goes to his bed and is trustworthy during the night. Just make sure you put your socks away. 
 
Bowie is a sweet, young boy that's lacking confidence. His ideal forever home would be one that will take him to training and work with him on confidence building activities. A family that will provide structure, consistency and appropriate training is what he needs. Bowie is a Velcro dog; he loves to be talked to and cuddled with. He has quickly bonded with his foster mom. 


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Adoption Pending

Dalton (Male)

Adoption Pending

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

36 lbs 

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

It's me, Dalton!  I told my foster mom that I wanted to talk to you, myself - I mean, it's MY forever family we are looking for, and shouldn't I get to help???

So, I'm five months old now, and am doing super great! I had that heart surgery for my PDA awhile ago, and every time the vets see me for my shots and stuff they say if they hadn't been told I had surgery, they'd never guess I'd had PDA - that's how strong my lil' ticker is!
Me, Dalton, I thought PDA stood for Public Display of Affection and that's what I'm here to tell you - I'm all about that 'affection' thing, and am ready to give you some!


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In Foster

Bonnie (Female)

In Foster

5 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

61 lbs

In most cases, we know very little about each dog. Once we feel we have learned enough we will update their profile. The dog then will be listed as "Available" for adoption.


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Adopted

Piper (Female)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

41 lbs 
Fenced yard required
Fostered in Northern Indiana

Piper is a one-year-old girl that is coming out of her shell more and more each day. Full of sweetness and curiosity, this little girl is bit timid and approaches everything with caution. Piper likes to observe everything going on around her before joining in, but she is slowly making progress with her socialization.

Piper wants to be part of the action; she just doesn’t always know how to join in. She will circle around until she feels brave, and then she’ll jump on the couch or plop down on the floor. Piper doesn’t often seek out attention, but when she jumps up on the couch next to you, she soaks up the love and enjoys being petted, and she won’t get up until you move first. Piper will need a family that can be very patient with her and take the time to earn her trust. Piper will do best with another dog in the house.


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Adopted

Elvis (Male)

Adopted

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

61 lbs

Fostered in NW Indiana
Fenced yard required

This Brown Eyed Handsome Man is Elvis!

He is an outgoing, happy boy looking for that special someone to Love Me Tender. At the moment he’s sporting a crew cut because his coat was heavily matted when he came into rescue due the his owner’s illness—but Elvis is no Hound Dog. His coat will grow out full and lush and the King will make his comeback. While he’s in this transition stage, Elvis really appreciates nice back and booty scratches and will close his eyes, sigh, and wiggle his leg to let you know he’s All Shook Up.


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Adopted

Blair (Female)

Adopted

2 Years

Rough Tricolor

65 lbs 

Fostered in SW Missouri (Springfield area)
Fenced yard required

Meet Blair! A sweet and happy two year old collie. Blair loves human attention and enjoys all the petting and scratches she can get. This girl would love nothing more than to be with you and have your undivided attention. You would be her world. Blair will put her cute little face on your lap, stare in your eyes and wait for petting. This girl is super affectionate.

Blair is a gentle and sensitive girl. She is bit unsure at first but quickly warms up and gets into a daily routine. Blair loves to have fun with toys and small balls. She can entertain herself, she will toss a ball, chase after it, but she also likes fetching it for you. She is also happy when running and playing with other dogs, though she can play bit rough at times. A younger canine playmate would be more up to her speed. But she would do well as the only one, too. Blair is an enthusiastic girl and has a tendency to jump up on people when happy or excited. For this reason, a family without small children would best as she can easily knock them down. 


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Adopted

King (Male)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Tricolor

50 lbs

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

Hello! My name is King. I have a big name for a small guy but my big personality more than makes up for my size. I am about a year and a half year   old and fully grown. I love playing with the big boys here at my foster home. They’re fun to play with and are teaching me how to play because I really didn’t know how to when I came here. I learned that I like to play tug with a rope toy and to play chase the most. I love to do Collie zoomies with the other dogs too and can get super excited. It’s so much fun!! I like stuffed toys a little bit but am not super excited with the Nylabone toys they have here to chew. They’re ok, but I like the rope toy the best. 


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Adopted

Bruce (Male)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

61 lbs 

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard desirable

Bruce is a one year old ray of sunshine and ball of energy that is looking for a best buddy or many buddies to hang out with. He absolutely loves being around people and soaks up any attention he can get.  He is good with kids, but would probably be best with children 10 and up due to his size and energy level. 

Bruce is always looking for something to do. It’s fun to watch him run around the yard looking for sticks, and then try to get people or dogs to chase him. When his foster parents are working in the yard or just doing ordinary tasks around the house, he is always nearby watching intently, willing to lend a paw. 


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Adopted

Scout (Male)

Adopted

7 Months

Rough Sable and White

48 lbs 

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

Meet Scout, a happy 6-month-old puppy.

Scout is a social, friendly, playful, rambunctious boy. At this age, he’s a bit independent, but he still likes his people to be nearby, and he loves the occasional cuddle, butt rub, and ear scratch. 

Scout is very good on the leash. He is hilarious, though; he likes to put the leash in his mouth and walk himself. He is distracted by loud noises and other animals and will need some work in that area. He knows the sit command but doesn’t know others yet. He is extremely food/treat motivated so training should be relatively easy. Car rides aren’t his favorite activity, but with time and positive reinforcement we are sure he will learn they are not a big deal.


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Adopted

Frankie (Male)

Adopted

9 Years

Rough Blue Merle

60 lbs

Fostered in SE Wisconsin
Fenced yard required

Collies are famous for their sweet expressions, and for the velvet softness in their eyes. Sometimes there is mischief there, always intelligence, and sometimes, if you are very, very lucky, you run across a Collie who has a purity of heart shining through, and this is something truly magical. Frankie is one of these collies.

Never pushy with man nor beast, not clingy or subservient, but not aloof, Frankie waits with a steadfast  "I am here". This is a collie who will earn the very special title of  "Heart Dog" very quickly.

Frankie is confident enough to romp with the other dogs at his foster home, and to curl up on his snug bed with the family to sleep. He seems to enjoy the presence of other dogs, so we'd love for his new family to have canine companions for him. Never pushy, he is not known to initiate play, but when invited, will jump right in, with an enthusiasm which belies his age. We don't know how he'd be with cats, but his innate good manners would lead us to believe he would be inquisitive, but non-confrontational.


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Adoption Pending

Chloe (Female)

Adoption Pending

11 Years

Smooth Blue Merle

50 lbs

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

There is a beautiful grace and dignity about an older Collie - a wisdom gifted by a lifetime of experiences.

Chloe is an 11 year-old blue merle smooth Collie, who has been very well loved her whole life, and is somewhat bemused, yet accepting of, her recent change of residence.  She seems to understand that her previous owner was facing a serious medical condition, and wanted to be sure Chloe was loved and cared for, which we are honored to do.


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Adopted

Lacy (Female)

Adopted

9 Years

Smooth Tricolor

64 lbs

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard desirable

Hey! Hello!

Could I ask you to stop scrolling for a minute and maybe take a look at my story?
I'm Lacy, and I'm a tri-colored 9-year-old Smooth Collie gal.  When you think of collies, you probably have Lassie, with flowing Cindy Crawford hair in mind, but did you know that smooth collies are the same as rough collies, just so much easier to brush?  It's true!  I have the same sweet, loving nature as my hairier relatives, but my sleek 'do means we'll have more time to snuggle!

I've been very well loved my whole life, but need to find a new home now, because my mom got sick. I sure miss her, but she wanted me to have a new family, and I'm hoping maybe you are it?


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Adoption Pending

Minnie (Female)

Adoption Pending

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

65 lbs 
Fostered in SE Michigan
Fenced yard desirable

Minnie is a beautiful and loving 3-year-old Collie. Much of her life was spent outside and unfortunately, she contracted heartworm. But that is all behind her now.  She completed the difficult 4-month treatment and is now officially heartworm free!  As a result, she has blossomed into a more playful and happier dog.

Minnie is enthusiastic to meet new people and everyone who meets her is smitten.  She has a calm, gentle nature. Kids are automatically drawn to her, and she loves them. She also loves receiving ear and snoot rubs. Wherever her foster mom and Golden Retriever foster brother are is where she wants to be. Lying outside on the deck and in the yard is also enjoyed, especially in the cooler weather.


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Adoption Pending

Lottie (Female)

Adoption Pending

5 Years

Rough Sable and White

48 lbs

Lottie's foster home fell in love with her and will be adopting!

Fostered in Illinois

In most cases, we know very little about each dog. Once we feel we have learned enough we will update their profile. The dog then will be listed as "Available" for adoption.


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Permanent Foster

Melody (Female)

Permanent Foster

8 Years

Rough Sable Merle

80 lbs 
Fostered in Illinois

In most cases, we know very little about each dog. Once we feel we have learned enough we will update their profile. The dog then will be listed as "Available" for adoption.


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Permanent Foster

Princess (Female)

Permanent Foster

9 Years

Rough Sable and White

47 lbs
Fenced yard preferred
Fostered in Illinois

Princess is one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. She came to us after her human had to move to a nursing home. Upon arrival, she was a bit unsure of her new environment and was pacing quite a bit. But it wasn’t long before she began trusting her foster mom and settled in nicely. Princess is now seeking her foster mom’s attention several times a day. She will lean on her foster mom as her way of asking a for pets. Princess enjoys all the affection she can get.

Princess is a velcro dog and prefers to be near her humans in the same room if possible. She will make herself comfortable in one of the dog beds around the house. Princess is also happy napping in the back yard on a nice day.

Princess is a reserved, calm and friendly gal. She is a bit shy with new people until she feels comfortable enough to approach, but is good with strangers. Princess is very well mannered and does not jump on people, and is generally a quiet girl but will bark when she gets really excited. At mealtimes she will spin in circles and bark when she knows her food is coming. Adorable!


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Adopted

Dempsey (Male)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

61 lbs 

Foster home fell in love! They will be adopting him.

Fostered in Illinois

In most cases, we know very little about each dog. Once we feel we have learned enough we will update their profile. The dog then will be listed as "Available" for adoption.



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