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

Dash (Male)

Available

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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Available

Jessie (Female)

Available

7 Months

Rough Sable and White

38 lbs

Fenced yard required.

Meet Jessie, a six-month-old sweet and loving girl. She is a happy, friendly, active, easy-going pup that loves everyone. Her foster mom says she hasn’t met anyone she doesn’t like. She loves to snuggle with people and will try to go up on the furniture to form a puppy pile with them.

Jessie loves the companionship of other dogs. She will seek out the resident dogs to play with or to cuddle with. While playing, Jessie doesn’t yet understand that jumping up on them while excited isn’t always welcome. She would do great with another active and tolerant dog that is able to put up with her puppy-like antics.

When happy or excited, Jessie has a habit of jumping up on people. She also likes to put her paws up on the counter or on a table in order to investigate things. However, she is easily corrected and will put her paws back on the floor when directed. She already knows “sit” and will respond when calling her name. Jessie will need some training as she hasn’t had much in her past. But she will be a phenomenal family member for someone who is willing to take the time to teach her some manners and to engage her curious mind. 


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Available

Rocky (Male)

Available

5 Years

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs

Fenced yard: May be negotiable.

01/03/2022 UPDATE:
Boy oh boy, do I like to play! My foster brother has been teaching me all things play related and I’m having the best time of my life now. And did I mention I love all toys equally? Stuffed, rubber squeaky, tennis balls and any tug variety. I share my toys gladly with my foster brother and fetch is my favorite game! I love a good wrestle but I don’t care for the over the back tackling that can come with wrestling.

Snow is delicious! I love to eat it! Romping in it is okay but I figure why run when eventually my foster brother will run past and I can pounce. Did I mention I am a well behaved boy and my foster mom says I can be trusted when left home alone!?

My coat is starting to come in really good now and my foster family says that I am a handsome boy. Well, if you’re looking for a sweet and affectionate collie then I’m your boy! And I’m ready to move into your house and heart permanently.
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Five-year-old Rocky came to us with skin issues caused by a severe flea infestation. He has been receiving antibiotics and much needed medicated baths twice a week. His skin feels and looks great now and his coat is filling is great, too! Rocky’s personality started to emerge more and more, and his foster mom is happy to report that Rocky is a very sweet boy that loves people! He will seek out love and pets. When he meets new people, he is quiet but greets them with a wagging tail and does not jump. He is still learning how to play with other dogs, particularly when it comes to playing with a highly desirable toy, but he does like to hang out with his canine foster brother. Rocky’s foster mom reports that Rocky is easily trainable and highly motivated (he already knows several commands), so with a little effort, his new family can help him learn how to interact with other pups and learn other positive behaviors. Because he is a sensitive and cautious boy, we feel a home with older children/young adults that can provide a quiet environment would be the best match for sweet Rocky.


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Available

Polo (Male)

Available

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

80 lbs

Fenced yard required

Meet Polo, a sweet and handsome boy who, at 87 lbs, represents the larger end of the collie scale. His hobbies include fetching toys and chasing squirrels. His foster mom describes him as an easy-going sweetheart that loves being around his people.

Polo and Cade lived together prior to arriving to our rescue. They don’t appear to be bonded so they can be adopted separately or together, if you're looking for a pair of sweet collies!  

Polo gets along well with other dogs and likes meeting new people, although he may be shy at first. He would do well in a home with another 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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Available

Jake (Male)

Available

8 Months

Rough Sable and White

45 lbs

Fenced yard required

Jake is a happy and playful young boy. He loves people and enjoys romping around the yard with the resident dogs.  


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Available

Elwood (Male)

Available

8 Months

Rough Sable and White

54 lbs

Fenced yard required

Ellwood is a happy and playful young boy. He is a sweet and sensitive pup, he loves people and enjoys romping around the yard with the resident dogs. 


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In Foster

Maverick (Male)

In Foster

8 Months

Rough Tricolor

52 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

Casper (Male)

In Foster

1 Years

Rough Tri-headed White

60 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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Adoption Pending

Cade (Male)

Adoption Pending

7 Years

Rough Sable and White

60 lbs

Cade is a 7 & 1/2 year-old sweetheart who came in with his best buddy Polo (also available for adoption). They have been together since they were very young and we would love to be able to find them a forever home together, but it is not a requirement. Sometimes separate homes work out best in order to ensure the dogs get all the love and care they deserve, but it would be amazing if we could find a family that has room in their home and hearts for both boys. 

Cade is a big love and just wants to be around his people and be petted. He is especially fond of getting his backside rubbed and will often greet you with that end first. Cade has been a great houseguest. While he had some marking issues at first, and he was very interested in what was on the kitchen counter, he has stopped marking and has learned some manners when it comes to taking things he shouldn’t. Cade isn’t much of a barker, only occasionally when he sees someone while he is out in the yard, and he’s not much of a talker inside either. He prefers to sleep near people, but he is also able to be comfy in his crate, and he has shown no interest in getting on furniture. 


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Adopted

Toby (Male)

Adopted

5 Years

Rough Sable and White

64 lbs

Toby's foster family have 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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Adopted

Bronx (Male)

Adopted

5 Years

Rough Sable and White

70 lbs 

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

Fenced yard required

Bronx came to CRGI underweight and with some health issues that needed to be addressed, but he is doing great and ready to find a family that can keep him on a healthy path. 

Bronx is a guy who knows how to have fun. He absolutely loves toys! He especially loves to throw around soft toys in the house with his foster mom and will go through his toy bucket until he finds one that is safe for inside. Bronx also loves to get attention and will lay his head on your arm, lap, or shoulder to get close, and he will even get into your lap if you let him.

When it comes to meeting strangers, Bronx is like a lot of collies: wary at first and will bark, but then settles down quickly. He is friendly and will want the attention. 


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Adopted

Quinn (Male)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

62 lbs
Quinn's foster home fell in love and will be adopting him

Quinn has been diagnosed with Heartworm disease and will be undergoing treatment for the next few months.


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Adopted

Della (Female)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

55 lbs

Della's foster home fell in love and 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

Titan (Male)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Collie Mix

67 lbs

Fenced yard required

Three-year-old Titan may look like a Scotch collie, but we think he is a sable collie mix. Ha has a beautiful “collie” blaze. Titan is a diamond in the rough. He is an active dog that will need a little bit of guidance to become an outstanding canine citizen.
 
Titan is housebroken and can be left alone at home for extended periods of time. He will happily chew on his Nylabone while he awaits your return. He does not counter surf but will take a sniff just to see what’s up there.

He is a very sweet boy who loves people. As a matter of fact, he’s so attached to the foster family’s adult son that he likes to sleep in the room with him.

Titan is a big goof. He loves to lay belly up on his favorite person’s bed. He’s way too big to be a lap dog, but this doesn’t stop him from crawling onto people’s laps. He entertains himself with toys, throwing them up in the air. He enjoys soft toys so much that he destroys them. He’s great at giving kisses. Titan loves attention, chasing a ball, and running laps. He also likes to “talk” a lot.


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Adopted

Mia (Female)

Adopted

10 Months

Rough Sable and White

60 lbs 

Meet Mia, a ten-month old puppy that loves being around people, getting petted, playing with other dogs, and having fun with toys. She enjoys being part of a pack and just wants to be accepted. One of her favorite things to do is play hide and seek with the resident dogs, a game she picked up quickly.  

While Mia is a sweet, fun-loving pup, she isn’t too keen on being outside because of all the unfamiliar noises. She favors the safety of the back door and will run if she hears something that she thinks is scary, so a fenced yard at her forever home is important for her safety.  When it is time to go out, sometimes she will run out the door with the other dogs, but usually she needs to be coaxed. Mia does like to follow her foster mom outside, but she will stay close until she feels confident enough to run and play on her own. Mia has gradually become more comfortable with the world outside. Her foster mom is working with her to be less fearful by sitting with Mia on a leash and then rewarding the pup with taking her off the leash to play. Mia will need a family that can be patient and slowly introduce her to new sights and sounds. 


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Adopted

Allie (Female)

Adopted

5 Years

Rough Tri-headed White

58 lbs

Fenced yard required

Every so often a new collie comes to us needing some help with acclimating to a life that offers them love, comfort, and safety, things they might not have previously experienced. Allie came to CRGI timid and shy, unsure of her surroundings and how to react to people, but she did like being around other dogs, and found that her crate was her safe place. Over time, her crate is still where she goes to decompress, but her foster mom has been working with her to teach her how to trust that her family will take care of her. She has become more comfortable with being around people and more accepting of attention. Her foster mom has learned that when Allie comes and stands by her, she is looking for some affection, and has progressed from quick pets to soaking up as much love as she can get. Allie is a sweet girl who will need a soft hand and a lot patience. 


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Adopted

Princess (Female)

Adopted

4 Years

Rough Sable-headed White

33 lbs  (underweight)

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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