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

Chance (Male)

Available

7 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

50 lbs 

Fenced yard required

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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Montana (Female)

Available

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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Available

Charlie (Male)

Available

2 Years

Rough Sable and White

82 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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In Foster

Max (Male)

In Foster

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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In Foster

Dolly (Female)

In Foster

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

50 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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In Foster

Tobi (Male)

In Foster

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

60 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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In Foster

Tucker (Male)

In Foster

4 Years

Rough Blue Merle

78 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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Adoption Pending

Maverick (Male)

Adoption Pending

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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Adoption Pending

Ginger (Female)

Adoption Pending

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

Poppy (Female)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Unknown

75 lbs

Fenced yard required

Meet Poppy! Isn't she a beauty? Poppy came to us via another rescue group. We do know that she was surrendered, but we don't know anything else. We have learned that she is a very sweet girl who loves to give kisses! She is a very active girl, which is a good thing because she has some weight to lose. She is food motivated and takes treats gently. She loves wrestling with her foster siblings, and she loves to play with toys, especially hard chew toys. If allowed, she would spend every minute outside. Her favorite activities include running laps with her foster siblings, chasing squirrels, and hunting for rabbits. 

Poppy loves to be by her humans resting at their feet - when she is not in motion that is! She has two main ways of getting the attention she craves. She will put her head on the arm of the chair to request pets, or she will bark if she feels that her foster siblings are hogging all of the pets. 


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Adopted

Gus (Male)

Adopted

12 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

69 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

Wyatt (Male)

Adopted

11 Months

Rough Sable and White

67 lbs

Fenced yard required

Wyatt is a young, tall sable boy who loves playing and getting attention from the people around him. At 10 months of age, Wyatt has the energy of a puppy and is still learning how to break some of his lingering puppy tendencies. He has shown interest in chewing things that aren’t his, but fortunately, he loves chew toys and bones, so those keep him distracted from any bad behaviors. At his height, he can easily access counters, and he is always on the hunt for a snack, but Wyatt’s foster mom says she has only has to correct him once for counter surfing. His height also comes in handy when he wants attention. Wyatt will walk up to his foster mom when she is sitting in a chair and stick his nose in her face and lean in to get his ears scratched. 

In true collie fashion, Wyatt loves to be around people, but he had to build up trust in his foster family when he first arrived, and he was afraid of the resident dogs. In time, with praise, treats and positive interactions with the other dogs, he was able to relax. Wyatt is now very affectionate and loves to be talked to and petted, and he really wants to please his people. He gets along with the other dogs and has been curious about the resident cat, but he has not been aggressive toward it. Wyatt would do well in a house with another dog to help him learn the ropes. 


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Adopted

Blue (Female)

Adopted

5 Years

Smooth Blue Merle

55 lbs
Fenced yard required

Hello! My name is Blue and I am a 5 year old, smooth blue girl. My Foster Mom says I am gorgeous inside and out. I love affection, learning new things, play time and to gaze adoringly into your eyes.
I haven’t had much exposure to the outside world but am super excited to learn! I have already learned my name, come and happily figured out my foster mom’s routine. There are certain things in the house that I am still learning, like I would love to stick my head in the oven, but Mom says it is dangerous. (It smells so good!) She tells me “back”. I also like to door dash and am trying really hard to learn “wait.”
 
I LOVE meeting new people and dogs and may get a bit over excited and distracted at first.  So many new things and people to get to know and explore make me happy! Once I get to know you, I love petting, scratches and belly rubs. Mom says I want to make my people happy and try very hard.
I love to go for walks, although I prefer to run!!! Foster Mom says I am doing better on a leash and need to keep working on my leash manners. She uses a front clip harness on me to help remind me not to pull. It is hard to remember at times, but I am getting there!  My foster mom and I decided a fenced yard is best because I get the zoomies and mom says I get easily distracted by squirrels, birds and anything shiny and new!


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Adopted

Happy (Male)

Adopted

7 Months

Rough Tricolor

44 lbs
Fenced yard: Desirable

Meet Happy! 

A seven-month-old boy that is still a puppy in many ways. Running around with his foster canine brother or playing with toys are his favorite activities. Happy loves the companionship of other dogs. While playing, Happy doesn’t yet understand that jumping up on them while excited isn’t always welcome, but he’s learning fast. He would do great with another active and tolerant dog that is able to put up with his energy and puppy-like antics. 

His foster mom reports that Happy is a sweet boy that likes to cuddle and would love to sit in her lap if allowed. In the house, he is generally easy going and social when meeting new people. He is curious about cats and bunnies and gets along well with both.


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Adopted

Tippy (Male)

Adopted

10 Months

Rough Sable and White

62 lbs

The foster home has fallen in love with Tippy. 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

Bella (Female)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

41 lbs

The foster home has fallen in love with Bella. They will be adopting her.

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

Polo (Male)

Adopted

7 Years

Rough Sable and White

72 lbs

Fenced yard required

Polo is a sweet, handsome and playful boy. His hobbies include fetching toys and chasing squirrels. His foster mom describes him as an easy-going sweetheart that enjoys being around his people. In fact, Polo LOVES his foster mom and becomes her constant shadow; he follows her around the house. 

Polo gets along well with other dogs and is good with meeting new people, although he may be a bit shy at first. He would do well in a home with another mild mannered dog but he'd also be ok being the #1 pup in the house. And cats? If it's a dog savvy cat, it just might work. But no birds. Birds drive him crazy!  While he is used to being in a quiet home, he would likely be fine with bigger calmer kids. Because of his size, a small child could get easily knocked over.


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Adopted

Duke (Male)

Adopted

12 Weeks

Rough Tricolor

20 lbs

Duke is a typical happy go lucky puppy that loves to run and play. He's a sweet boy that enjoys cuddles with his foster mom.

Puppy experienced home is preferred, one that's willing to work on his house training and not gone for long hours.


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Adopted

Dash (Male)

Adopted

4 Years

Rough Blue Merle-headed White

60 lbs

Fenced yard: May be negotiable

Who is your favorite character from Winnie The Pooh?  If its Pooh, Piglet, or even Eyore, you might want to keep scrolling, BUT if you are wild about Tigger, you might like to meet Dash!

Dash is a 4yo male, blue-headed white collie with a HUGE personality.  Like Tigger, he is seldom still, a little clueless, extremely positive and capable of being a very good friend, indeed.  He can also be quite the handful - it's just ‘go, go, GO’ with Dash, so his forever family would ideally include a stay-at-home someone who wants a very interactive dog.

Dash is not a great fan of being crated, but needs to be when not supervised as he is fully capable of making inappropriate items into playthings.  He has learned to go into his kennel, and has resigned himself to remaining there for the night, but during the day he can have moments where he insists, persistently, that he should be out with you. If not crated, he is happy enough to stay behind a baby gate in a dog-proofed room, but right now should probably NOT be given full range of a house, unsupervised.  He gleefully plows through things instead of going around them, jumps over furniture and gallops upstairs, so patience and a very good sense of humor is critical.


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