Coronavirus and BCTGB - 29th May
We remain closed for visits to adopt dogs, however, as a result of the latest guidance we have been given we are hoping to re-open to visitors from mid June. This will be on a strictly appointment based system though. More details will follow in due course, please don't ask to make an appointment at this stage as we have to confirm the date and how we will be operating.
Our current temporary rehoming process until we can return to a type of normal, involves certain methods and limitations and therefore we have to limit the dogs we invite applications each time.
We will review the applications and contact those we select to discuss further. Thank you for all the interest and please accept our apologies as we are unable to contact everyone personally, we are still operating with a minimum of staff each day.
We have found homes for Jinx, Jess, Tess, Rosie, Sherbet and Jessie. Thank you to everyone who showed interest.
Please read the details and below conditions carefully.
The following conditions must be noted due to the process we have to implement
- Applications only from an (approximately) 30 mile radius of our centre, should this prove problematic for some dogs we may extend but initially this distance wil be necessary as we have to travel to you.
- Applications from homes with no other dogs or cats please. This is due to the real difficulty this process creates especially in trying to allow new dogs to meet in a neutral environment, it is only a temporary restriction to our normal policy but will be necessary for all dogs we rehome under this procedure.
- Applications from homes with children only if the children are over 10 years of age.
You can apply to be considered by completing our Online Adoption Form here, please only use the method to apply at present.
Please don't send an application for a dog that you may have seen on the website previously, or that is not listed on this page. It will have to be discarded due to the number of enquiries we are receiving.
Once we have received a number of enquiries we will remove those dogs from the website and invite applications for different dogs. We will review all forms and contact selected people to discuss further, please bear with us as this process may take time
We are unable to reserve any dogs or take expressions of interest at this time. Please don't send us completed adoption forms, unless you are applying to be considered for one of the dogs currently being shown on the website pages
Further steps will depend very much on any change to restrictions on businesses and advice the animal welfare sector is given. Our normal type of rehoming may not be possible for some time yet and we may have to continue rehoming using online methods for much of the process
We are also getting lots of requests by email, phone, social media to be personally notified when we are open again, we hope you can appreciate the difficulty in doing so. However, this page and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media will be updated the moment we are able to invite you to visit us. Please keep checking back here for more information, thank you. Do read on though for lots more general information.
If you are wondering why we, along with some other members of The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes, are not rehoming as normal at present please take a moment to read this explanation. Rest assured, we are reviewing our approach daily. We are aware of press releases from DEFRA, RSPCA and Dogs Trust which are being taken as a return to rehoming and adoptions taking place. Please do read the guidelines and our explanation why, at present, we feel they are not appropriate for us to consider rehoming. This may change of course and we will do our best to keep everyone updated her and on social media.
Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support, we really appreciate them. Like all charities this will be a very difficult time practically as well as financially and so whilst we understand lots of people are facing financial difficulties as well and your on family must come first - if you are able - please consider donating to help our work. We still require our staff to care for the dogs in our care and at present there are are very very few funding opportunites for animal charities.
We estimate we will loose at least £7,500 a month from rehoming income, donations and our boarding kennels. The reserves we are using were set aside for our potential relocation due to HS2, so it does have a double effect on us.
You can now also donate by text - Text BCTGB3 to 70085 to donate £3 ( Replace the 3 with any amount you wish to donate of course) - Texts cost £3 (or the amount you wish to donate) plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £3 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text BCTGBNOINFO 3 (or the amount you wish to donate) to 70085.
As you can't visit we do have some online videos which you are welcome to view. A Virtual Tour of the centre
In light of the changing situation and advice we are constantly reviewing our situation and this page will reflect the most up to date information. Please feel free to call us to discuss of course. Any measures we introduce is to protect our staff, the general public, the welfare of the dogs in our care and the overall economic and business health of Border Collie Trust GB.
Your Support - as with all charities and indeed businesses there is no doubt we will be affected personally, emotionally and certainly financially. We appreciate everyone will find the next few weeks challenging but any donation towards our work has never been so important and you can donate by clicking here.
We will continue to stock our eBay "shop" so you can always support us in that way, you can find our current listings here
Your support morally through social media is also important, please keep posting positive messages. It really does help us. Thank you
1. Adoption of a collie - Following the increased restrictions on movement we stopped rehoming in March to protect our ability to care for the dogs currently in our care and to protect our staff. Please DO NOT visit the centre.
2. Rehoming your collie - again, in view of the situation our rehoming has now stopped and therefore the abiity to offer places will be affected. We will continue to offer support with advice by phone and help in offering places in an emergency.
3. Volunteers - we appreciate the support of volunteers, however, at present we are cancelling any future volunteer inductions and asking all volunteers NOT to visit the centre as they would normally do.
4. Staffing - we intend to reduce our daily staffing to "minimum level" and split our colleagues into teams who will always work together, thereby reducing the contact between all staff and hopefully ensuring our ability to provide the level of care to our dogs.
5. Boarding - We have now closed our boarding kennels.
6. General Visiting - we do often receive visits from owners coming back to see us, supporters dropping off food, blankets etc. We do appreciate and indeed look forward to these visits. In view of the current advice, please DO NOT visit without contacting us first to discuss.
7. Mail Orders - we really value the support from mail orders, our ability to fulfill them as quickly as normal is difficult but we will do our very best.
We're sure things will change and evolve as time goes by - please check back here for updates or of course call us on 01889 577058 or email email@example.com