It is with a heavy heart that we have to put a temporary freeze on incoming dogs.


We are in dire need of new volunteers and cannot continue to rescue any new dogs without your assistance. 


Please consider volunteering with us so that we can continue to Save Dogs and Change Lives.


Why volunteer with Midwest Border Collie Rescue?

  • We have been in operation for 15 years

  • We are 100% Non-Profit and Volunteer Based

  • We are a registered 501c3 Organization

  • We are 100% Foster Home Based, so all of our dogs are rehabilitated through loving and caring homes

  • We focus on quality versus quantity… meaning that we focus on making sure that all of our dogs are as ready as can be for their forever homes, both physically and mentally

  • We have adopted out over 450 dogs – and average 29 dogs a year

  • We proudly take in the “difficult” dogs that other rescues pass on, whether that be extensive medical assistance or more extensive behavioral assistance

  • We reach a variety of states and cover most of the Midwest Territory

  • We are online based and have many opportunities that do not require a physical presence, and so there is a position for everyone

Positions Needed ASAP (in order of importance) –

If you are interested in one of these positions, please send in an application (below) and then send us an email so that we can process your app ASAP!

  • Relinquishment Coordinator – This position requires the individual to receive an incoming dog application, enter it into a database, assign a number to it, submits it to relinquishment committee for voting, records votes on whether it is approved or denied, and then either sends it to the main group with approval or send a denial letter to the sender. If approved, once on the website, the coordinator will make sure the webteam is notified to list on the website. The coordinator will also be responsible for contacting the owner/shelter with decision and explaining the process. Finally, the coordinator will be responsible for letting the group know of the dog’s ongoing status such as if it’s been rehomed, gone to another rescue, is being brought into a foster home, etc.)

  • Intake Coordinator (FILLED!) – This position works closely with the relinquishment and foster home coordinator to move forward with getting the dog. The coordinator will work to obtain the surrender paperwork and is responsible for collecting vet records prior to setting up transport. Once all is received, contact transport coordinator and keep foster home coordinator up to date on status.

  • Transport Coordinator – Responsible for setting up transport from where the dog is located to where the dog will be fostered. This position requires diligence and organization to potentially juggle alot of moving parts as transportation needs often require multiple points of contact..

  • Foster Home Coordinator (FILLED!) –  The foster home coordinator position is a fun position where you get to really know each of the foster homes. Here’s a summary with what currently happens and some suggestions on how to break it down:

    1. New foster home is approved and coordinator calls and goes over the intake process, what to expect during fostering and adoption procedures, etc… (What we refer to as an OnBoarding call)
    2. Foster home contacts coordinator about a dog they would like to foster. They discuss if it’s a possible match and then decide to move forward with intake or look for another dog to foster.
    3. If the foster home and coordinator decide to move forward, the coordinator will contact the intake coordinator to “pull the dog”.
    3. Once dog is brought in, the foster home contacts the foster home coordinator with any issues, questions, etc. Should training/behavior issues arise, the foster home coordinator brings it to the attention of the Board and they go from there. 

    The most time consuming part is bringing in a new foster home (usually a 1 hour Onboarding call), making sure they are trained properly, and send paperwork so they know what should happen during an adoption. ‘Hand holding’ for the first 2-3 dogs may occur.

  • PA (Potential Applicants) Processing – Assists with vetting potential applicants by calling references and discussing our dogs and organization

  • Events Coordinator – looks for events and gathers info to report to group to see if MWBCR can attend proposed events. Sets up reservation and works with store manager to get merchandise there.  Works with webteam to post on site and FB.

  • Picnic Co-Chair – responsible for putting together fundraiser picnic. Oversees committees within the event

Other Areas To Help

  • Foster Homes – Foster home provides a loving, caring and safe environment for dogs that are approved to be rescued through our organization

  • Event/Trade Show Help – Assists in showcasing our store and organization through vendor shows, acts as an ambassador to our group and educates people on Border Collies

  • Transportation – Assists in transporting dogs from one home to another, or from their rescuer to our volunteers/their foster home.

  • Home Visits – Visits homes of potential applicants and potential foster homes to evaluate their home and help determine their eligibility for our dogs.

  • Volunteer / Foster Home Application Processing – Help vet potential volunteers and foster homes by calling references and discussing our organization.

If you are ready to volunteer… 

Volunteer Application


Take this quick and easy quiz to see if you’ve got what it takes to become a foster home.

  • Can you provide a crucial temporary home for homeless Border Collies on their way to a permanent home?

  • Can your home be the place where our dogs can feel safe, learn to play or sometimes simply rediscover how to be a Border Collie?

  • Do you have the time and patience to help a homeless Border Collie that may have training, socialization or health issues?

  • Are you comfortable assessing a dog’s need for exercise and the ability to live with other animals or children?

  • Do you have enough love in your heart to take a dog into your home, treat it as one of your own, nurture it to its full potential and then let it move on to its next destination – a forever home?

  • Do you realize, with tears in your eyes, that every time a dog is adopted it opens up your heart and home to a new one that needs you just as much?

  • Do you have Border Collie experience and understand the basic needs and quirks of the breed?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, we need you! Our Border Collies rely on the dedication and commitment from caring foster homes. They need you and so do we!

Foster Home Application