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 $350 for adult dogs, $450 for puppies under one year, and $150 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

Dash (Male)

Available

4 Years

Rough Blue Merle-headed White

60 lbs
Fenced yard required

Meet Dash!

Sweet, smart, loving and craving attention! Those are a few words from his foster mom. Dash is an enthusiastic and energetic four-year-old boy that loves to be where his people are. He is friendly, active and extremely playful. He is a bit unsure when meeting new people, but that doesn’t last long. He quickly warms up and then wants all your attention and affection. 

His foster mom says Dash can be a clown sometimes and makes her laugh. He loves playing with squeaky toys; he tosses them up in the air and jumps up to try to catch them. He likes playing with balls as well. When outside, he starts to run back and forth and all around his foster mom. In typical collie fashion, when excited, he nips at his foster mom telling her “Hey, I am here and happy; let’s play!” Having the herding instinct, Dash tries to herd his human at times, happily nipping and nudging his foster mom in the direction he wants her to go. For this reason, an adult only home or one with older children would be best.

Dash already knows the commands: sit, lay down, and come. His leash walking skills need a little bit of work, but his foster mom reports that after she gives him a correction, he pays more attention to where she’s going and follows her lead. He’s a door dasher and will need to learn how to curb his impulses; his foster mom started to teach him to sit and wait before rushing through the door. Since Dash loves to run and doesn’t have reliable recall, a fenced yard will be required for his safety in his forever home.


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Rocky (Male)

Available

5 Years

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs

Fenced yard: Desirable 

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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Titan (Male)

Available

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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In Foster

Toby (Male)

In Foster

5 Years

Rough Sable and White

64 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

Polo (Male)

In Foster

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

87 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

Cade (Male)

In Foster

7 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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Adoption Pending

Della (Female)

Adoption Pending

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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Medical Hold

Bronx (Male)

Medical Hold

5 Years

Rough Sable and White

70 lbs 
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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Adoption Pending

Quinn (Male)

Adoption Pending

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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Adoption Pending

Duncan (Male)

Adoption Pending

7 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

70 lbs 
Fenced yard required

Hello, handsome! Duncan is a six year-old boy who is ready to find his forever home. Duncan is very loving but will need a special family that will be patient with him as he is bit timid and requires time to warm up to people at his own pace. He likes to be close but he doesn’t need to be the center of attention.

Duncan enjoys being around other dogs and will need a home with an easy going and playful dog, preferably one close to his age and size. He loves to run and play with his canine foster siblings. His foster mom says she doesn’t think Duncan has ever really played much with other dogs before but is quickly learning how much fun it can be. 


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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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Adopted

Crash (Male)

Adopted

16 Weeks

Rough Tricolor


Crash's foster family has fallen in love! They will be adopting him.


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Adopted

Kasey (Male)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

60 lbs

Fence yard required

Kasey is a loving, people oriented three-year-old collie who likes to lean against you while being pet. He has a young dog’s level of energy and does well playing games of fetch and running with the resident dogs. This youthful vigor leads him to jump when excited or playful. While excited, he can also be a bit mouthy but never aggressively. Because of his exuberance, he would not be well suited to a home with small children until he has learned more socially appropriate behavior. 

Kasey is very people oriented and usually comes right away when called. He is so excited when people visit that he needs to be restrained initially to give him a moment to adjust to the visitors. He is a friendly, social boy who loves to play and run with the other dogs. He gets a bit overly enthusiastic in his play at times but accepts and defers to the resident dogs’ corrections. He also responds well to verbal correction when indicated. Kasey will bark at new noises but has not shown any fearful reactions to new sounds and experiences.


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Adopted

Patrick (Male)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Sable Merle

64 lbs 

Fenced yard required

Three-year-old Patrick is described by his foster mom as being the PERFECT collie. He plays really well with other dogs, loves kids, is great with all ages, and he is partial to being a velcro dog. He is smart, quickly acclimated to routines at his foster home and has never had any accidents inside. His foster mom says that Patrick is a total goof and makes his foster parents laugh every day.

Patrick has spent the past few months with his foster family getting healthy. He came to our rescue underweight, Heartworm positive, Ehrlichia positive (tick borne disease), with whip worms, severely anemic and blind in his left eye. Patrick has since completed his heartworm treatment, has gained needed weight and is free of intestinal parasites! He had an eye consultation at the University of Illinois and his left eye blindness was caused by CEA, so he has been blind since birth; his right eye looks normal. 


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Adopted

Nora (Female)

Adopted

11 Months

Rough Sable and White

55 lbs 
Fenced yard required

Nora was returned to us and went back to one of our foster homes. They have fallen in love with her and are adopting her.

Nora is an affectionate young girl who came to our rescue a little timid and shy, but full of affection and playfulness. She does approach some situations with caution but she loves attention and doesn't like to be left out. Nora will need a family that will be patient with her and help her adjust to the world around her as she tries to learn that it's not so scary. An ideal forever home would be with an experienced dog owner who is willing to work with Nora and help her gain more confidence.

Since arriving at her foster home, Nora's foster mom has learned a lot about her. Nora likes playing with toys, but she absolutely loves playing with other dogs, both with and without toys! Nora would do best with another playful and confident dog that can match her enthusiasm and similar play style.

Nora is a little nervous when meeting new people but she warms up quickly and then wants attention from them. She shows affection by trying to climb onto people and snuzzle into them; gently she will take all the attention she can get!


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Adopted

Barney (Male)

Adopted

8 Weeks

Rough Collie Mix

Barney is being fostered in South East Michigan.


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Adopted

Betty (Female)

Adopted

11 Weeks

Rough Collie Mix

Betty is being fostered in South East Michigan.


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Adopted

Dino (Male)

Adopted

8 Weeks

Rough Collie Mix

Dino is being fostered in South East Michigan.


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