Could you imagine living with 26 Border Collies? These dogs are ACTIVE. So the muddy-paw factor is out of this world at the home of the East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue’s president. Yep, they all sleep in the house at night.
Sonia Kutz currently has 26 dogs in her care – 5 puppies and one honorary Border Collie. Ashley’s fur was so out-of-control and badly matted that her rescuer thought she was a Border Collie when she brought her to Sonia. Sonia took her in and is currently nursing her back to health. Ashley has a lot of medical issues and the bills are mounting.
East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue was started in 1995. A caring and loving woman named Suzanne West founded the group.
“She is one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met,” said Sonia. Suzanne still works with the rescue but has now taken a less active role. Animal rescue is all consuming – mentally, physically and time-wise.
Sonia got involved with ETBCR after falling in love with the breed. PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!!
“Everybody has something that speaks to the heart and they just speak to my heart,” she said. “They have a high rate of surrender. They’re very misunderstood.”
Border Collies are working dogs; they’re herding dogs. They’re known for their smarts. They can’t be allowed to get bored or they may get up to mischief! Not everyone can handle a Border Collie. That’s why so many end up back in shelters.
If you want to know if a Border Collie is right for you, reach out to ETBCR. Sonia currently has Border Collie puppies up for adoption and she’s carefully monitoring their personalities so she ensures each one goes to the most suitable home.
In the meantime, if you would like to help ETBCR with the medical and food bills they incur each month, please consider taking part in our Fetching Apparel fundraiser.
We have cute apparel (featuring our rescue dog Jeffrey!) and we donate 40% of profits to animal rescues each month and February is dedicated to ETBCR and their magnificent Border Collies.