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.
 
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Available

Banks (Male)

Available

1 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

70 lbs

Banks is a year-and-a-half old mahogany rough collie. He’s a big guy with a big personality! He loves people and other dogs, and he loves to play. He plays very nicely with toys with the other dogs in the house, with his foster parents, or by himself. He also enjoys playing chase and light romping with the other dogs, but he’s great about understanding boundaries when the other dogs are ready for a break.

Banks is a pretty fearless, resilient pup. He settled in quickly when he arrived at his foster home. He does well in the car and will jump right in to go for a ride. He’s not bothered by fireworks or thunder, but he’s not a fan of the vacuum. He knows how to sit, lie down, and how to give his paw, and he does well with being brushed.


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Available

Piper (Female)

Available

2 Years

Rough Sable and White

50 lbs

Fenced yard required

Piper spent several months of her life trying to fit into a busy household, but was overwhelmed by rowdy kids and too much activity going on around her. Since living in her foster home, we've learned that she is very sweet and does quite well in a calm environment with people who are patient with her. 

In her foster home, Piper is learning how to navigate new sounds and people. She is a bit vocal both inside and outside when she hears a noise or a person at the door. She will bark at first when meeting someone, but her foster mom thinks that it is more excitement than being scared. She has met her foster mom's dog savvy calm grandkids, and was good around them. Piper gets along well with the two resident dogs, but playing with other dogs is new territory for this sweet girl. She hops and barks around them in an attempt to get in on the fun. In addition to dogs, she lives with cats and bunnies. She is curious about them, and will chase them, but she isn't aggressive.


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Adoption Pending

Prince (Male)

Adoption Pending

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

28 lbs
Fenced yard required

Prince's foster home fell in love with him. They will be adopting him,

Prince is a 5 month old, sable and white Collie. Prince lives up to his name and is very “charming.” He is nervous and shy when he first meets new people and in new situations but gets over his shyness quickly and becomes your best friend. He is sweet and affectionate. Loves to cuddle and belly rubs. 
He didn’t react at all during the fireworks. The storms made him a little nervous early on then settled down once he realized his foster mom was calm. 

Prince has learned how to play with toys and loves stuffed toys, chew toys and balls.  Basically, every toy he can get out of the toy basket.  Now we need to teach him to put them back! He does a great job of playing by himself with his toys and plays with his foster mom. He also loves to chase the water coming out of the hose!


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Available

Aladdin (Male)

Available

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

30 lbs
Fenced yard required

Aladdin is a sweet and happy 5 months old boy. In general, he loves his people and enjoys cuddles and all the attention he can get. He sometimes takes a little longer getting to know new people before he's comfortable. Once he earns your trust, he’s your buddy! He’s been learning new things and sounds at his foster home. At times, he can be a bit scared of them but quickly adapts to them. 

Aladdin is a typical young puppy that will need a lot of patience, guidance and training. He has never been on a leash but his foster mom reports that he’s getting used to it and doing better. Aladdin responds well to lots of praise and training treats. He is also learning how to play fetch with some toys. 



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Available

Lucy (Female)

Available

10 Years

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs

Fenced yard required

Lucy is a sweet senior who came to us after being found as a stray. Like most older dogs, she has some physical challenges, but she is able to work through them during her daily routine. Lucy is mostly deaf, but she navigates her world using her bark to let people know when she’s there or if they are in her space, and she responds to her foster mom‘s hand commands and gestures. She knows what to do when she sees a leash, and when her foster mom points to the crate, she knows to go in. A fenced yard is required for Lucy in order to keep her safe, particularly when she runs off after squirrels. 

Lucy is the perfect companion dog for a home that likes to go at a slower pace. She enjoys going on walks and car rides, and prefers more leisurely activities, as she does have arthritis. Stairs are a challenge on the way up, but she is able to go down. 

Lucy loves attention, and she will paw or mouth you to make sure you know she is interested. She greets strangers with a wagging tail, and she is also good with just about everyone she meets. She is great with teenagers, but younger children might be too high energy for Lucy. She gets along with the resident dogs, but she hasn’t been around any other types of pets. 

While Lucy is beyond her playful puppy days, she still has so much love to give. 




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Available

Chance (Male)

Available

7 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

50 lbs 

Fenced yard required
No cats

At seven-years-old, Chance has had the opportunity to learn what he enjoys in life, and he has found he is a fresh air and sunshine kind of guy. He has spent much of his life indoors, and he is now embracing a quiet lifestyle of outdoor lounging under supervision of his foster mom. Going for a walk? No problem, Chance is always ready to enjoy his leisurely strolls around the neighborhood.
 
Chance is a sweet and gentle dog. He is not an in your face kind of a guy, but rather a bit reserved. He’s starting to come out of his shell a little bit each day and has begun to enjoy getting attention. He will often give his foster mom his back and wait for butt scratches, and we’re told he likes to lean in when he is getting attention, kind of like a collie hug.


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Available

Bubba (Male)

Available

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

84 lbs

Bubba is a handsome, 6-year-old sable rough collie. This friendly guy loves other dogs and people, and he enjoys playing with both. He is very affectionate and loves to lay with his foster parents and give them kisses. He loves attention and enjoys butt-scratches and belly rubs. He does well with brushing and bathing. He doesn’t do great with stairs, but he’s managed to get the hang of going up and down four stairs so far! 

Bubba does well overall in the car - he jumps right in and lays down to go for a ride. Though he is good in the car, he is not a fan of motorcycles and will bark at them, and he doesn’t appreciate it when the garbage truck comes for its weekly visit. He gets nervous about being left alone and will bark and get into things, so he needs to be crated. He’s not the biggest fan of the crate though, so he will need some continued training to help understand that the crate is a good, safe place to stay when his family isn’t here. 


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Adoption Pending

Jasmine (Female)

Adoption Pending

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

25 lbs

Fenced yard required

Jasmine is a curious pup who loves playing with the resident dogs and exploring inside and outside to see what is going on. She is small, but she’s not afraid to butt in and make herself known. However, she can be timid when meeting new people, and some loud noises tend to scare her. Thankfully, fireworks didn't seem to be a big deal for her though. Her foster mom reports that Jasmine would sit and listen. To keep her safe, a fenced yard is required for Jasmine. She is a fast runner, enjoys exploring the yard and loves running and playing with the other dogs. Her ideal forever home would be one with another young and playful dog as that helps Jasmine come out of her shell.

Jasmine sleeps in a crate at night. She is happy being there and it’s her safe place. Potty training is going really well.


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In Foster

Blaze (Male)

In Foster

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

80 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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Medical Hold

Watson (Male)

Medical Hold

6 Years

Smooth Sable and White

75 lbs

Watson tested positive for heartworm disease and have started the treatment. 

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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Medical Hold

Max (Male)

Medical Hold

12 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

55 lbs 

In Foster: 

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

Cinderella (Female)

Adopted

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

25 lbs

Fenced yard required

Cinderella is your typical puppy, in all the clumsy ways. She loves her people and really just wants to please. She gets along great with the other dogs in the household, once she learned her place. 
She can be shy around new people, and has submissively piddled a few times during introductions, but warms up very quickly.

Cinderella finds great comfort in her kennel, as that is her safe place. She has slept thru the night in her kennel since her arrival and has not messed in it or the house. After potting and play time, she will make a beeline straight to her kennel. She has her meals in the kennel to prevent others from eating her puppy food and she will let you know when she needs to go out. 


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Adopted

June (Female)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

50 lbs 

Fenced yard required

June is a joyful, friendly, curious, three-year-old rough sable. She is smart, very curious about everything, and very active. She has learned her name very quickly and the foster home routine without any trouble.

June is young and exuberant! She will come running up to her foster mom, jump up, and give kisses. Because of this, it would be best for June to not be in a home with small children or adults who may be unsteady on their feet. She would probably do well with older children who could run and play with her. It’s important though to reinforce the “off” command when she exhibits this behavior. It also helps to use the same command when she gets on the furniture. June is a delight. If she’s called while running around, she will come barreling at you and try to jump in your lap. She will put her paws on you and wash your whole face if you let her. She just loves attention from her people.


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Adopted

Tucker (Male)

Adopted

4 Years

Rough Blue Merle

78 lbs

Tucker's foster home has fallen in love. They will be adopting him.

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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Adoption Pending

Charlie (Male)

Adoption Pending

2 Years

Rough Sable and White

73 lbs

Fenced yard required

Are you looking for an active, affectionate, happy, enthusiastic collie? Then Charlie is your boy!
At two years of age, Charlie has found himself in a rescue due to no fault of his own. He was loved and well cared for, but his family circumstances have changed considerably, and they have entrusted us to find a loving home for this sweet boy. 

Charlie is a very sweet dog that truly enjoys human companionship and attention. He loves all the petting he can get. In fact, he will back up to you as an invitation to rub his rump. At times when he is resting on the floor, he will stay by his foster mom or dad touching their legs or laying on their feet. It sure keeps her feet warm! 

Charlie LOVES toys and has several favorites. He will seek them out throughout the day and leave them all around the house. You’ll frequently find Charlie with a toy in his mouth trying to engage in a play session with his foster mom or with another dog. He’s also super excited when his foster mom throws a tennis ball in the yard for him. He’ll generally fetch it, but sometimes he thinks it’s a “run and chase” game and will run off with the ball in his mouth. Silly boy! Charlie’s foster mom says he’s such a goofball.


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Adopted

Tobi (Male)

Adopted

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

60 lbs

Tobi's foster mom and dad fell in love. They will be adopting him.

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

Maverick (Male)

Adopted

11 Months

Rough Tricolor

52 lbs

Fenced yard: Preferred

I love you already and we haven’t even met. I have so many mad skills, so listen up.

Mad skill: I am loving. Yes I will love you forever. I need you. 

Mad skills: Hanging out, communication, and manners. Give me a spot on the floor, a rug or a dog bed near you and I will just hang. If I need something, I will let you know with a whimper. I am fully house trained. Please keep some good chew toys around for me to chew on. I am still a puppy. 

Mad skill: Interacting with others. I have never met another canine I didn’t love or want to say hello to. Watch me be polite in my greeting. Friendship makes my world go round. I rate my day a good one if I played with my foster siblings (dogs) and do some work with my foster Mom (training, fetch, etc.). Please give me points for coming when I am called because I was so shy at first, I did not come right away. I am very curious, especially about the beautiful cats I live with. 

Mad skills: Eating and being good. I love food. My bowl gets filled with healthy kibble and some extras like blueberries, apples, carrots, and my monthly Interceptor (heart worm treatment). I have never taken anything from the counter (good boy). Speaking of good boy, I love when my mom tells me I am a good boy when working on learning new things. At first I was a bit scared inside the house, but I have been so brave (my foster mom tells me that also) that being inside is great.


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Adopted

Ginger (Female)

Adopted

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

87 lbs 

In Foster: 

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

Dolly (Female)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

48 lbs 

Fenced yard desirable.

To know Dolly is to love her. Dolly is sweet but tough, timid but happy, elusive but loving. 

During her first encounter with a new person, Dolly is wary and will shy away.  Over time, she is able to build up trust and let her personality shine. It does take a while for her to get comfortable around new people, especially children, who make her feel uncomfortable.  Dolly needs a home that is calm, and at most, has older kids (age 10+).

In a foster home with three canine older brothers, Dolly enjoys having alone time and will often go off by herself, but she has managed to find her place in her temporary pack. She has learned to navigate around the grumpy patriarch, run and play with the youngest, and has formed a friendship with the loud one. She would do well in a home with another friendly, young dog, but she would also be OK by herself. 



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Adopted

Montana (Female)

Adopted

4 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

55 lbs
Fenced yard required

Fostered in SE Michigan

Montana is a 4-year-old old female who was surrendered when her owner became ill. Montana was a kennel dog in her past, so she had a lot to experience when becoming a family dog.

Montana is very well house trained, can be crated or gated and is well behaved now in the house. She still has a tendency to dart through doors. She knows "wait" but a girl has to get to the yard fast to make sure no squirrels have taken over her yard while she is inside. She was not interested in toys at first, but now you can see her joy when she gets new a toy from her foster mom!


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