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

Cilian (Male)

Available

2 Years

Rough Tricolor

66 lbs 

Fostered in Southern WI
Fenced yard required

Looking for the perfect dog? Well, there’s no such thing, but two-year-old Cilian might just be perfect for you!

Cilian was cautious, quiet, and confused when he first arrived, but he quickly came out of his shell upon meeting another dog. He has a knack for figuring out other dogs’ play styles and gets along great with all of the resident collies. He comes alive when playing and even lets out a muffled, deep bark. Generally, he’s not noisy, but when he’s excited he might emit a delightful howl.


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Available

Georgie (Female)

Available

4 Years

Rough Sable and White

62 lbs 

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

Georgie Girl came into rescue after being found running down the streets all fancy free. She had a bad case of flea allergy dermatitis and had lost some fur to it. Her foster home noted that the fur is starting to grow back; Georgie is now sporting a great deal of “peachfuzz.” Her sable color is very red. When all her fur comes in, Georgie girl will be gorgeous girl!

Being around 4 years young, Georgie loves to play. She will play fetch all day if you are willing to sit there. She is a very active girl and will definitely need a fenced yard. In addition to running after a ball, Georgie loves to jump. 


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Available

Brax (Male)

Available

8 Years

Smooth Blue Merle

82 lbs (overweight)

Fostered in SE Michigan

Fenced yard desirable

Here’s the oldie but the goodie you’ve been waiting for!  For those of you interested in a more mature Collie, meet Brax.  He was surrendered by his original owners after they could no longer care for him.  Brax is still an active playful boy.  He loves playing fetch inside or outside and will bring a toy for you to throw.

Brax also really enjoys walking and does very well on a leash.  He loves to be scratched on his back and is beginning to trust his foster family enough now to allow belly rubs. Brax has good house manners.  He does not jump, chew or counter surf.  He is perfectly reliable left loose in the house and sleeps soundly all night.


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Available

Daisy (Female)

Available

3 Years

Rough Sable-headed White

52 lbs 

Fenced yard required

Fostered in Illinois

Daisies are like sunshine on a cloudy day, and that’s our Daisy. This sweet girl is always happy to see you and welcomes any affection you can give. She loves petting, and when you gently stroke her back, she will even give her belly for more rubs. Daisy happily welcomes her foster mom or dad each morning or when they are back home after being gone. Her tail is always wagging.


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Available

Ginny (Female)

Available

2 Years

Smooth Tricolor

47 lbs 

Fostered in IL
Fenced yard required

Sweet Ginny is a tri-colored two- year-old smooth female who was found running at large with the Harry Potter Five.  They were all in good physical condition, but had little experience with being in a house, or understanding that people can be kind and good.  Little Ginny, though, has a heart yearning for affection, and she returns it ten-fold. Her favorite place to be is by your side, and she loves cuddles.


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Available

Ron (Male)

Available

2 Years

Smooth Tricolor

56 lbs 

Fostered in IL
Fenced yard required

Collie Rescue calls me Ron, but honestly I think 'Romeo' is a better name - I mean, look at me! I am one handsome dude: 2 years old, manly and fit, with a dashing, smooth, easy to care for coat - I'm the stuff dreams are made of.

I'm one of the “Harry Potter 5” picked up by Animal Control and they got me because I wanted to keep an eye on my friends. It turned out to be a good decision because now I'm living the sweet life at my foster home, learning this whole 'house dog' thing.


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Available

Gavin (Male)

Available

1 Years

Smooth Sable-headed White

61 lbs 

1.5 years old
Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

Gavin is a fun mix of playfulness and snuggles. He likes to run around the yard playing with toys, but then he will come inside and crash on the couch with you and maybe want to cuddle, or he might just take a nap. He really likes naps. 

Gavin is great with other dogs, but what he really wants is to be around people. All. The. Time. Even if it’s just hanging out watching TV, he wants to be by your side. If you leave him alone, he might whine, or he will look for things to keep himself busy, and he’s not always sure which items belong to him. He has been known to poke his head into bags and boxes or jump up on counters, and help himself to whatever strikes his fancy, so supervision and guidance are definitely needed. 


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Available

Hermione (Female)

Available

2 Years

Smooth Tricolor

48 lbs 

Fostered in IN (Indianapolis area)
Fenced yard required

All the collies that come to CRGI have stories, but we have to tip our hats to valiant Miss Hermione! Not only did she survive on the streets, but she also sustained a gunshot wound while carrying and protecting five sweet babies within her. Hermione has had a smile and a tail wag for all who have met and helped her since coming to rescue, and she has been a loving mother to her little ones. She truly exemplifies the sweet Collie nature we all love and admire.


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Available

Luna (Female)

Available

2 Years

Smooth Tricolor

50 lbs

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

Meet lovely Luna, part of the Harry Potter group of smooth collies. Luna is a very gentle girl. She is bit timid at first and can be shy, but once she has a chance to warm up to her people, she is very sweet. She goes into her crate willingly when it’s meal or treat time, and she will sleep there or anywhere that she’s allowed. She has learned to play with toys and she has favorites. Luna walks well on a leash, but she is easily frightened by sudden movements, loud noises, and strangers so it will be important to provide her with confidence building activities and gentle introductions to new people and things. Once she is comfortable with you, Luna loves to be loved!


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In Foster

Libby (Female)

In Foster

2 Years

Rough Sable Merle

60 lbs 

Fostered in Northern Indiana

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

Trixie (Female)

Adopted

2 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 coming out of her shell and showing her true, sweet and endearing personality.  

It takes her some time to trust, but once Trixie gains your trust she will want to stay near you and enjoy the cuddling and petting you have to offer. Trixie recently discovered the comforts of a couch and loves lounging there when she’s done playing. Her foster mom even found her enjoying herself on a human bed. 

Trixie is a very sweet girl that needs a lot of 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 yummy treat. Leash walking is going GREAT and she likes her daily walking routine; she however gets nervous when her routine is changed or when she is exposed to new sounds and new situations. 


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Adopted

Cindel (Female)

Adopted

9 Weeks

Smooth Blue Merle

9 lbs

Fostered in SE Michigan


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Adopted

Nyx (Male)

Adopted

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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Adopted

Solo (Male)

Adopted

9 Weeks

Smooth Blue Merle

8 lbs

Fostered in SE Michigan


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Adopted

Leia (Female)

Adopted

9 Weeks

Rough Blue Merle

8 lbs

Fostered in SE Michigan


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Adopted

Jedi (Male)

Adopted

9 Weeks

Smooth Tricolor

9.6
Fostered in SE Michigan


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Adopted

Storm (Female)

Adopted

9 Weeks

Smooth Blue Merle

8 lbs

Fostered in SE Michigan


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Adopted

Ryder (Male)

Adopted

2 Years

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs 

Fostered in Southern WI
Fenced yard required

Ryder is a sweet and sensitive 2-year-old dog that has a lot of distrust in humans. He will need a patient and experienced adopter to help him learn that humans are good. He’s very cautious and a bit nervous when meeting new people but will let you pet him eventually, especially when treats are involved and he’s established his trust in you.

This young boy is food motivated. His foster home has already started some training and taught him “watch me” (which helps build trust and a bond) and “touch” (which builds confidence). But mostly, the foster has been working on getting Ryder comfortable with human interaction and building trust. He is very eager to learn!


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Medical Hold

Rocky (Male)

Medical Hold

4 Years

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs 

Fostered in SE Michigan

Rocky tested positive for heartworm disease and has started his 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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Adopted

Jill (Female)

Adopted

10 Months

Smooth Blue Merle

45 lbs 

Fostered in SE Michigan
Fenced yard required

Are you looking for a sweet and petite companion Collie?  Then look no further than Jill!  In addition to being a stunning merle, Jill is a loving and affectionate girl.  She enjoys snuggling up to you and giving gentle kisses with her nose.  Jill loves going for walks and does very well on a leash.  She gets along beautifully with other dogs and loves running and playing with them.  She is not a barker; however, she is quite vocal when playing with other dogs.  


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Adopted

Harry (Male)

Adopted

4 Years

Smooth Tricolor

60 lbs 

Fostered in Southern WI
Fenced yard required

“You’re a wizard, Harry!”

Okay. This Harry is not a wizard, but he is one of our five “Hogwarts” dogs. He is also a sweet, laid back, sensitive 4-year-old boy. He has recently discovered all of the comforts of indoor living. His new favorite spots include a soft doggie bed and a comfy couch.

Harry gets along really well with all - cats and canines alike. He loves to run and play with other dogs. This is when you’ll likely hear this typically quiet dog let loose and bark. Because he so enjoys playing with dog pals, having a canine companion in his forever home would be ideal.


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Adopted

Usher (Male)

Adopted

9 Months

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs 

Fostered in Southern WI

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

Hazel (Female)

Adopted

2 Years

Rough Sable and White

70 lbs 

Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

Meet Hazel, the Big Beautiful Collie of Collie Rescue!  A tall sable and white, carrying her 73 lbs with head held high, Miss Hazel is a girl looking for a good time family who will celebrate all the enthusiasm she has for life.

At just two years of age, this zaftig sweetheart has never met a stranger and greets everyone with a wagging tail and Collie kisses.  She can be a bit forward with her affection, and so might not be good for those families with younger children, but 10 years old and up, well, she'd be over the moon!  Hazel walks nicely on a leash and is pretty bomb-proof as far as neighborhood noises go - she knows sit, and down and has no problem staying in a crate to sleep and eat. 


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Adopted

Bonnie (Female)

Adopted

5 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

62 lbs
Fostered in Illinois
Fenced yard required

Meet Bonnie, a friendly girl that loves to meet new people. At first, you might think that she’s a little shy, but within minutes, she will start to show you how fun and lovable she is.

Bonnie’s favorite thing to do is play fetch. Whether it’s inside or outside, she’s always up for a round. Usually, she will bring a toy to whomever she wants to play with, but she will also get excited when you initiate and throw the toy first. If you ever get the chance to meet her, try throwing a ball or toy to her. It is more than likely that she will catch it her mouth and then bring it back to you for more. She also likes to play with other dog toys; soft toys are for fetch, hard toys are for chewing on her own. Bonnie gets along with the resident dogs. She would love to play with them more, but she doesn’t always know how to initiate, and tends to badger them rather than play. She would be fine in a home with other dogs, but she would also do well as an only dog, due to how much she loves human attention.


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Adoption Pending

Heidi (Female)

Adoption Pending

5 Years

Rough Sable and White

53 lbs 

Fostered in Northern Indiana

Heidi tested positive for heartworm disease and has started her 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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Adopted

Minnie (Female)

Adopted

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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Adopted

Levi (Male)

Adopted

2 Years

Rough Blue Merle

60 lbs 

Fostered in SE Michigan

Fenced yard required

Levi is a young guy with young guy energy. That’s not to say that he can’t chill out and relax on his belly froggy style. It’s just that we are sure, given his youthful vigor, that he would enjoy an obedience class, an agility class, or some other kind of activity. Sometimes


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Adopted

Milo (Male)

Adopted

7 Years

Rough Blue Merle

65 lbs

Fostered in SE Michigan 

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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