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.
 
Available

Ace (Male)

Available

3 Years

Rough Tricolor

92 lbs

Fence yard required

Meet Ace, a 3 year old boy looking for a family of his own.

Ace was surrendered due to his family life changes.  He is a big tri boy who needs to lose a few lbs. Ace is very sweet and likes everyone he meets.  He gets attached to his humans, especially women, very quickly. 

Ace is overall a well behaved boy and wants to please but needs to work on a few small things.  An experienced owner with a fenced yard would be best for this big guy. Trash is very tempting for Ace if there is not a lid on the can. He also wishes his foster Mom would let him check things out on the kitchen counters....but she won't.  Ace responds well when being corrected and, as we said he, he really does want to please.  


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Available

Maya (Female)

Available

1 Years

Smooth Sable Merle

43 lbs 

Fenced yard required (higher than 4 ft)


Maya is a young, energetic pup who loves to be around people and is eager to please. She is looking for a family that can be patient with her as she learns manners, gets through her puppy chewing phase, and gains trust in her new home. She is also a little underweight, so she will need help with continuing to pursue the proper nutrition to get her to a healthy weight.

Maya is building her confidence when it comes to walking on a leash. When she first arrived at CRGI, she would drop to the ground at the first sign of tension on the leash but her foster mom has been working on it and reports that Maya has shown nice improvement. Also, since she arrived, Maya has learned to climb stairs and has started to explore the upstairs level of her foster home on her own.


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Medical Hold

Hope (Female)

Medical Hold

3 Months

Rough Sable and White

13 lbs 

New to our rescue, this sweet 12 week old puppy has a big heart and high hopes for a happy, healthy future. Little Hope was surrendered by owners who loved her dearly but were unable to provide the medical care she needs. Sadly, Hope has a substantial heart murmur. Her owners felt that her best chance at life was to place her in our rescue’s loving care. One look at her sweet face was all it took. We knew we would do all we can for Hope! She is meeting with a cardiologist on November 11th for an echocardiogram. Fingers crossed the diagnosis will show us how we can help this lovable cutie. Please send positive thoughts her way. Give this sweet pup what she needs most. Hope.


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Adoption Pending

Oliver (Male)

Adoption Pending

7 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

50 lbs

Fenced yard required

Sometimes two pieces of a puzzle just don't fit together perfectly, even when they look like they should, and adoptions are the same way. Sometimes things are just a little off and collies come back to us to try again. Because his previous family loved Oliver so much, they wanted him to have the chance to fit perfectly into someone else's picture.

Oliver is a loving 7 year old sable & white gentleman who loves to snuggle and feels best when someone is home with him.  He gets along well with other dogs, and would prefer a house with a similar-sized easy going canine friend. He's interested in cats but doesn't chase them, though he may poke them with his long nose!  

Oliver needs a home with no young children but would be fine with ages 11 and up.  A fenced yard is highly preferred for this handsome boy.

At his foster home, Oliver has proven to be a very good house guest. He does not have any issues with being in a crate when left alone, and he is also content to sleep there at night. He has picked up potty training pretty quickly, and his foster mom reports that he hasn't had any accidents. Oliver seems to be a pretty quiet guy. His foster mom said that he didn't actually bark until he was there for about a week and a half. He mostly just barks at bicycles passing by or will bark for a short time after his foster family leaves the house.


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Adoption Pending

Riley (Male)

Adoption Pending

7 Years

Rough Tricolor

72 lbs

Riley'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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Adopted

Franny (Female)

Adopted

5 Years

Rough Blue Merle

Meet sweet Franny!

Franny is 5 year old rough collie with a beautiful blue coat and gives butterfly kisses!

Franny is a super smart girl who has learned to walk on a leash politely, sit, down, wait and come since she has been with her foster mom. She did not know what to do with a toy when she first came to us but has learned to play and throw around a toy for amusement. When she plays, she is still learning how to grab a toy vs. a little nibble on a hand.  A little “ouch” and redirection to a toy works great for her.

Franny is all about the people in her life! She absolutely loves people and attention. Training is a breeze with her because all she wants to do is please. Her foster mom gets occasional resistance on sitting and waiting for her food…lol. Franny is smart though, and her foster mom just waits her out after asking her to sit and Franny will do it!


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Adopted

Teddy (Male)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

54 lbs

Fenced yard required

Teddy is an energetic, playful, and curious three-year-old sable boy. He loves attention, getting petted and is a big people pleaser.  Teddy gets along well with the resident dogs and will run around and play with them outside. He is also very interested in playing with the neighbor's dog and will bark if he doesn't come to the fence to join him. Teddy is also good with meeting new people. He jumps up on the fence to be petted when the neighbor comes over.
 
Teddy has not had any accidents in the house and he can mostly be trusted when alone. His foster mom said that he does have counter surfing tendencies, which she has worked on extinguishing. At night he willingly sleeps in his crate but he does want to have a human in the room with him.


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Adopted

Remi (Male)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

66 lbs

Fenced yard required

Would you believe this handsome guy was found as a heavily-matted stray wandering around Southern Illinois? Remi came to CRGI earlier this year with a coat that had to be shaved due to extensive matting, and we quickly learned that he was heartworm positive. It has definitely been a long road, but his coat is growing in nicely and he is now heartworm-free and ready to begin the search for his forever home.

Remi has adjusted well to life with his foster family. He had a few accidents inside when he first arrived, but he got used to going out on a regular schedule and hasn’t had any issues. Remi isn’t a big fan of being crated, fortunately, his foster family eventually learned that he can be trusted on his own. He has been left by himself for a few hours at a time with no problem. At bedtime, Remi’s preference when he first arrived was to snuggle in bed with his foster mom, since that wasn’t an option, and he became more comfortable in his foster home, he now opts to sleep on the floor next to the bed, although sometimes he chooses to lay on an orthopedic pet bed or on the bathroom floor.


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Adopted

Leno (Male)

Adopted

5 Years

Smooth Tricolor

71 lbs 

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

Leno's blood work revealed that he is Heartworm Positive. He will be undergoing his treatment for the next few months.

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

Max (Male)

Adopted

3 Years

Rough Sable and White

64 lbs

Fenced yard required

Max is a three year old boy who, due to no fault of his own, found himself in a need of a rescue.

His foster mom said he’s sweet, affectionate and gentle boy. Max is little unsure when meeting new people at first but warms up quickly and enjoys all the attention.  Children can be overwhelming for this sweet boy so calmer household would be ideal for Max.

Max is getting along well with the resident canine and feline friends. He is very obedient and good natured dog that loves to be around people. His foster mom says he is a sweet, friendly and snugly boy.

Max is a young, active and playful boy that loves to zoom around the yard, whether alone or with his collie or sheltie friends. For this reason, his foster mom would like his forever home to have a fenced yard so he could continue enjoying his play time and goofing around.


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Adopted

June (Female)

Adopted

9 Months

Rough Collie Mix

53 lbs 

Young, sweet, and energetic June is ready to find her forever home. Her foster family has found that she is very active and has a strong herding instinct, but she also likes to have down time and is a big cuddler. June needs a family that will be patient with her and help harness her energy with training and lots of activity.  She responds really well to praise, and when she is told to stop doing something she shouldn't like getting too pushy with the resident dogs, she will listen. Speaking of dogs, June does get along with them but she likes to herd smaller dogs.  She would be fine in a home with another dog that is patient with her or can get used to a high energy companion. Due to her prey drive and herding tendencies towards small animals, June will not be placed in a home with cats. June is very interested in kids when she is out on walks, and lived with some in her previous home, but since June is a mouthy and excitable puppy, she would do best with older kids.


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Adopted

Lucci (Male)

Adopted

6 Years

Rough Mahogany Sable

65 lbs 

Fenced yard required

Each dog that comes into our rescue is unique and with different needs. For some, it takes a bit longer, and more than one try, to find their forever home. Lucci has recently come back to our rescue and is still on his journey. We are committed to understanding what he needs to be successful in his forever home. 

While Lucci has been with his current foster home, we have learned that he is a sweet, very smart and determined dog. He knows how to walk politely on a leash, will come when called and sit when asked. He enjoys back scratches and will roll over to have his belly scratched. He has adjusted well to his crate.
 
Lucci will seek people out for affection and attention. But don’t let his good looks and charms fool you! Being a smart and strong willed dog, he will take advantage of the situation and will not be afraid to tell you what he wants. Lucci can be pushy and quite determined and you cannot give in to his demands. Lucci needs a firm owner to remind him he is not the boss. He would do best in a calm environment without too much going on. His ideal home would be a couple, at the most, with a low key lifestyle, who wants a dog that can just hang out with at home and go on walks. Lucci gets along well with the resident dogs; however, at times they tend to make him too excited and his foster mom believes he would do best as the only dog.


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Adopted

Pepper (Female)

Adopted

6 Years

Rough Tricolor

60 lbs
Pepper's foster home has fallen 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

Sierra (Female)

Adopted

12 Years

Rough Sable and White

45 lbs 

Sierra is a laid back and happy senior girl looking for her forever home. Her previous owner loved her very much but could no longer care for her. Sierra is now looking for a loving family to shower her with attention through her golden years. Her foster mom says that Sierra loves people and is even good with children. She also reports that this sweet girl gets along with other dogs and with cats. 


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Adopted

Lad (Male)

Adopted

7 Years

Rough Blue Merle

47 lbs 

Fenced yard required

Lad is an easy-going boy who is looking for his forever home after coming to CRGI when his previous owners were no longer able to care for him due to working long hours. At seven years-old, he has the energy to run around with his human foster brother and likes to play with other dogs, but he doesn't roughhouse and mostly likes to sniff around and wag his tail. He would do well in a home that has another dog, as long as the other dog doesn't like to play too rough. Lad is a little unsure when meeting new people but he warms up to them within minutes.


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Adopted

Ellie (Female)

Adopted

7 Years

Smooth Tricolor

55 lbs
Fenced yard required

Ellie is a lovely tri-color smooth girl who found her way to Collie Rescue after her owner passed away. 

Ellie is friendly and warms up quickly to strangers. She loves attention and loves connecting with people. Ellie’s foster parents have found her to be quite endearing and have said, “Ellie has a cute way of turning her head when you’re talking to her.”
She is a very affectionate and playful girl who likes to be with her people. She shows little interest in the children who live next door but she might be just fine with older ones. 


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