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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In Foster

June (Female)

In Foster

3 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

Jasmine (Female)

In Foster

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

22 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

Aladdin (Male)

In Foster

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

27 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

Prince (Male)

In Foster

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

25 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

Cinderella (Female)

In Foster

5 Months

Rough Sable and White

23 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

Lucy (Female)

In Foster

10 Years

Rough Tricolor

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.

6/13/2022 UPDATE: 
Lucy is doing well under her foster home’s wonderful care. Her skin is looking good, thankfully no staph infection just lots of “dandruff”. Her skin looked so much better after a bath so she will continue to get oatmeal and aloe baths per our vet’s recommendation. Lucy’s ears were terribly infected. She had “rod” bacteria in her ears. They just smelled awful. They seem a lot better now and they don’t smell anymore. Cleaning her ears isn’t easy as she’s been in a lot of pain. Hopefully soon she’ll get some relief. She is quite arthritic so laying down and standing up can be a chore at times, but since she was put on anti inflammatory and pain meds, her foster home noticed considerable improvement. Thank goodness she’s food motivated and is great at taking meds! Ear follow up exam and urinalysis recheck scheduled for next week. Teeth cleaning and possible extractions are also recommended by the vet. Once she’s stable enough, we will take care of that. 

Lucy is a smart girl. She lets her foster parents know when she wants to go out and is a champ on the leash!  No accidents to date.  

Lucy is significantly hearing impaired and barely hears anything at all. She loves to be rubbed all over head, back, and butt! She is a playful senior and loves to hold the leash! 

Her foster mom thinks she could be a runner, so she will need a fenced yard in her forever home.


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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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Medical Hold

Max (Male)

Medical Hold

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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Adoption Pending

Tucker (Male)

Adoption Pending

4 Years

Rough Blue Merle

78 lbs

Tucker'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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Adoption Pending

Charlie (Male)

Adoption Pending

2 Years

Rough Sable and White

73 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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Adoption Pending

Tobi (Male)

Adoption Pending

6 Years

Rough Sable and White

60 lbs

Tobi's foster mom and dad fell 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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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

Dolly (Female)

Adopted

1 Years

Rough Sable and White

48 lbs 

Fenced yard desirable.

To know Dolly is to love her. Dolly is sweet but tough, timid but happy, elusive but loving. 

During her first encounter with a new person, Dolly is wary and will shy away.  Over time, she is able to build up trust and let her personality shine. It does take a while for her to get comfortable around new people, especially children, who make her feel uncomfortable.  Dolly needs a home that is calm, and at most, has older kids (age 10+).

In a foster home with three canine older brothers, Dolly enjoys having alone time and will often go off by herself, but she has managed to find her place in her temporary pack. She has learned to navigate around the grumpy patriarch, run and play with the youngest, and has formed a friendship with the loud one. She would do well in a home with another friendly, young dog, but she would also be OK by herself. 



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Adopted

Montana (Female)

Adopted

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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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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