September adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Roger, a handsome 3-year-old sable-headed white smoothie, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. He’s a mild, easy going guy, who is cautious in new situations but really enjoys being with his humans. Roger has always been loved and was reluctantly surrendered by his family, who had to move from their hobby farm and then across the country to a home without a yard. They wanted to do the best they could for him and felt that he wouldn’t do well without at least some yard space to call his own. His new mom and dad have plenty of space and lots of love to give, so we know this sweet boy has landed in a wonderful place.

August adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Magnificent Mitzi, an 8-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin.This sweet, petite rough girl with a haircut was sadly surrendered by her mom who is dealing with a progressive medical condition. Mitzi loves to snuggle and is happiest when she is getting all the attention, so she’ll be an ‘only’ in her new home. Her new mom and dad are experienced collie owners who are excited to be able to lavish her with all the love she can handle. Congratulations to all!


Handsome Bailey, a 10-month-old sable merle male, has been adopted and will be living in Wis. Bailey was bounced around a bit in the beginning of his life due to the pandemic and was surrendered to MWCR when his new owner realized that he was not the right fit for a young, shy boy. Now he’s found his forever home with a great mom and dad and a couple of other collies to show him the ropes. Congratulations sweet boy!


Eleven-week old tricolor male, Royal, has been adopted and will be living in Wis. His new mom and dad lost their previous MWCR collie last year and are thrilled to welcome this little cutie into their lives. They have lots of time to dedicate to him and he’s also going to have fun when visiting with family member’s dogs.

July adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator

Black Jack

Sweet senior Black Jack has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. We’re happy to report that at his vet check up on Thursday he had gained three pounds! Excellent work on behalf of his foster home and his new family will continue fattening him up. His new home has another senior collie to be his buddy and I’m sure they are looking forward to spoiling this sweet boy with love and treats! I know his former mom would be so happy with this outcome. (Note: Jack needs some good thought sent his way. His appetite is down and he is losing weight. His vet is trying to figure out why).


Adorable Jack, a 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minn.  Jack was surrendered because his owner knew he was not happy living in an apartment and needed more space and attention. This sweet, loving boy is thrilled with his new family and big back yard. His mom says he’s a major cuddle-bug who loves to play and learn new things. So happy this boy has found the right fit for his personality!

Our lovely golden girls, Emeline, an 8-year-old merle and Jasmine, a 6-year-old tricolor, have been adopted and will be living in Minn.. The girls came to us as a bonded pair and we are so happy that they can stay together. Their new mom is excited to welcome them to her home and we’re all pleased the the resident collie and kitties think the girls are great companions. Congratulations Girls!


Sweet, petite 1-year-old smooth collie mix, Malibu, has been adopted and will be living in Illinois. Malibu came to us after she was surrendered to a shelter because her family couldn’t afford to keep her. At the shelter she was extremely scared and shy, but soon started to warm up to her caregivers. Malibu’s exam showed that she had a heart murmur and their vet felt she should have further testing, so they reached out to us to see if we could bring her in.

So, of course, we did just that. Our vet started with bloodwork and then an ultrasound, which showed that there are actually two different things going on with her heart. Neither one was a huge concern on its own but since she has both, they recommended a cardiac consult as well. The cardiologist gave the go ahead for her to be spayed and felt that her condition shouldn’t impact her quality of life. I want to give a huge Thank You! to her foster mom, Nancy Kibbe, who did such a great job getting Malibu ready for adoption (especially during these unusual times), and has continued to work with her adoptive mom to help Malibu settle into her new home.

Her new mom says:  She is doing amazingly well. She lays by my feet napping as I write this. She loves her yard and all the neighbors’ dogs. She runs up and down the fence with the neighbor’s big German Shepherd who first barked in her face, now they are nose to nose and her fear is gone. My brother has been helping her get over her fear of men and it’s working. Malibu has a pretty level temperament and we give her the space and time to decide men are okay. She gets pretty rambunctious in the morning (puppy energy) but will play and play with her toys – one of the very first things she did was pull every last toy out of her baskets and I have many.  She loves them all. She loves her walks, wants to chase all the birds, rabbits . . . all this energy.  I make the walk longer so she can get some of this puppy energy out. She is a wonderful dog with nice traits. I’m very happy to have adopted her.  She is adapting to her new home quite well – more quickly than I ever expected and it’s really nice to see she is happy and settling in. She also had a really great foster mom who helped her along. So it may have been a little rough for Malibu in the beginning but it’s all going in a good direction.
Congratulations to Malibu and her new mom!


June adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Terrific Teddy, a 4.5 year-old, white factored sable collie/border collie/husky male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Teddy was surrendered to MWCR by his owner after the death of her husband. Teddy is a happy, gentle, loving boy; a real live teddy bear. Living on the farm, Teddy slept in the barn and had little experience riding in a car and his foster mom had her work cut out for her getting him to the point where he wasn’t afraid to go in or come out of a vehicle. Teddy loves everyone and he also loves all the dogs he meets no matter their size. His love and trust for people and dogs was very helpful in working with him to overcome his anxieties and over the course of his foster, he bonded so closely with the resident collies that we all realized it would be cruel to split them up. So congratulations to this big Teddy bear and his new family!


Adorable 4-month-old sable/white Ryder has been adopted and will be living in Wis. Ryder was surrendered to MWCR because he was too high energy for the resident dog and because his mom knew she was not able to give him the socialization he needed due to COVID-19. That’s definitely about to change for him because his new home has lots of bonuses for a puppy, including another collie playmate, human siblings and lots of outdoor space to romp and play. With all this attention we’re sure this typical collie youngster will grow into a fine collie gentleman.


Four year-old sable/white male Lassie has been adopted and will be living in Wis. Lassie was being sold from a Craig’s List ad and when MWCR reached out the owner agreed to work with us. Lassie had not been neutered or given any vaccinations or preventatives while in his former home and we had quite a scare when his initial testing came back as positive for Lyme and a ‘light’ positive for heartworm. Our vet sent out blood for further testing which came back as negative for HW so he was able to be neutered and started on treatment for Lyme. Now this handsome boy is starting his new life with parents who will make his health and safety a top priority and we couldn’t be happier for him

May adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Wallace, a 7-year-old sable headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Wallace was surrendered when his growing family realized that he was not getting the attention that he needed. He also wasn’t super thrilled about sharing his life with toddlers, except for snarfing up treats that little hands might drop – he’s a bit of a chunky monkey – so a more laid back lifestyle was in the cards for him. He recently met some potential adopters but in the end Wallace decided that he would be happiest staying with his foster family even though he’s been on a diet (he’s lost almost 10 lbs so far!). So congratulations to his family and good luck with his continued weight loss!



Handsome Toby, a 1-year-old sable/white, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. He was originally intended to be a balance assistance dog and has always been loved but Toby failed the test. His mom reluctantly surrendered him knowing that she was not able to provide the care this active boy needed. Happily, this bouncy boy has landed in the perfect place with a large fenced yard and another young collie for a playmate. Congratulations to all!




And on Dog Rescue Day another happy young boy has found his forever home. Nine-month-old Cooper was surrendered to MWCR due to his owner’s poor health and will be living in Wis., with his new mom and dad. Congratulations!

April adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Lovely Cinder, a 3-year-old collie/shepherd mix, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin.  She is named for the striking gray/merle color of her coat and her backstory is a bit sketchy since she was surrendered to MWCR by local animal control after a humane intervention at her home. She is quite shy so will really benefit from the patience of her new mom and dad and their quiet home situation. She is an extremely sweet and loving girl so some basic training and gentle socialization should help her become an excellent companion. Congratulations on your new home, beautiful girl!


So happy for Tucker, the 1.5=year-old male smoothie mix, to start his new life in Michigan. We’re all confident that Tucker will love his new home – lots of acreage, large fenced yard area, another collie for playmate, and a young, active mom and dad who are dog and animal lovers to the core. As an added bonus, he gets some new grandparents nearby with their fun-loving pups as well and everyone is so excited that he’ll be a part of their extended pack.


Lovely five year old tricolor MWCR alumni Abby was also adopted the same weekend as Tucker. Sadly, Abby’s dad developed serious health issues that required her to be re-homed. Abby is a sweet loving girl but not overly fond of other dogs, so we were happy to have a great waiting adopter where Abby can enjoy her role as an only dog.

March adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Beautiful Callie, a 1.5-year-old female tricolor, has been adopted and will be living in Nebraska. Callie is an energetic girl who was surrendered by her heartbroken mom, when she realized she did not have the energy and good health to give Callie the attention and exercise that she needed. Happily, her new home has another young playful collie brother and very active parents who will make sure this sweet girl gets the training and exercise she needs to be a wonderful companion. Congratulations to all!


Handsome Blaze, a 3-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. He was surrendered by his loving mom after a change in life circumstances caused her to realize that the best thing for Blaze was to find a new place to live. His new home includes kids to play with, lots of room to romp and a family who is able to spend lots of time with him. Congratulations!


Handsome Buddy, a 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Nebraska. Although this sweet boy had created a loving bond with his owner, as a very shy and fearful boy, she realized that the circumstances in her home made it a poor fit for him. Buddy’s foster home has worked diligently with him and a trainer and he is doing remarkably better, so we’re excited to have found an adopter with a loving, quiet home and experience with frightened dogs. Everybody looks pretty happy with the way things turned out.

Our special boy, gorgeous Graham, a 2-year-old blue merle, was adopted and became a true Lassie-style hero all in one day!

See Graham’s story featured in our newsletter.
Originally an MWCR adoptee as a young pup, Graham came back into foster after he started having seizures which quickly progressed to being frequent and severe. We are so grateful to the Kiesow family for stepping up to take on this difficult foster and for all the love they gave him. While in foster Graham had a neurology consult at UW-Vet with an MRI and spinal tap to see if there was some underlying cause for his seizures. All his test results were normal so it was classified as idiopathic epilepsy and the only thing we can do at this point is work on finding the best combination of medication, etc., to control his seizures. Happily, yesterday Graham went to live with his new family who understands his needs and is ready to make sure he gets the appropriate care. We know he’s going to enjoy his new human siblings and his collie sister.

February adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Adorable Arlo, a 2-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Arizona. Arlo was surrendered because his owners didn’t have enough time for him but his new mom, dad and sister collie are excited to welcome him to his forever home, where he will get lots of love and attention.



Mischievous Murray, a 1-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Murray may look familiar since he became quite famous when he decided to jump the fence and take a two week stroll around the countryside. Happily, he was found and brought home none the worse for his adventure. Murray was originally surrendered because he kept getting loose (surprise!) and wasn’t bonding with his humans, so they felt he needed a situation where he could get enough human attention to overcome his shyness and give him the confidence to bond. His new home is happy to report that things are going well and he’s even been wagging his tail.



Gideon, a 3-year-old sable/merle (he has one partial blue eye), has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. His original home breeds collies and he was surrendered because his owners are moving to an un-fenced property and were concerned that because of Gideon’s obsession with noisy motorized vehicles, this will be an unsafe place for him. Gideon is such a charmer that his foster parents fell in love and now he is a permanent member of their family.

Goliath (Golly), a 6-year-old sable headed white male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Golly was being re-homed due to his owner’s changing situation and is a sweet loving boy who just wants to get attention from his humans. When he first came in this gentle giant weighed in at 123 lbs. Unfortunately, although he is a tall boy, he should only be about 90 lbs, still big but not of biblical proportions, and I’m happy to report that he has already slimmed down to 115. His new mom is retired and is excited to have a companion to cuddle with and a new walking partner.


Adorable Red, a 1.5 year-old collie/cocker mix, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. Red was originally purchased by a young girl as a puppy and was in pretty rough shape. She nursed him back to health and took excellent care of him but when she went off to college it was clear he needed to find a home where he could get more attention, so he was surrendered to MWCR. Red’s new mom is so excited to have him join her life and he is already doing great and making tons of friends on his daily walkies. What a good boy!

January adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator

Ruby & Saphire

Ruby and Sapphire, sable/white females, celebrated their 4th birthday on New Year’s Eve, and are now celebrating moving in with their new family. These gems were tearfully relinquished when their master passed away and his wife was concerned about her ability to care for them through the winter months.

Being litter mates, these super sweet girls are the best of friends and do most everything together, so we are especially happy that the Jewels are able to stay together in their new home in Wisconsin.


Sweet Cassie, a 7-year-old sable/white female, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Cassie has arthritis and chronic dry eye, which affects her vision and requires eye drops several times a day. She was surrendered to a small rescue group by her elderly owner due to her own health issues. Cassie was placed in a foster home by that group but it wasn’t working out, so they contacted MWCR to see if we had room for her. Of course we said yes, and her new foster home also started her on a diet because she’s quite the little chunky monkey, lol. Now this sweet girl has a new home where she will continue her foster home’s work of shedding a few pounds (which I’m sure will help with her arthritis) and get lots of love from her new mom.

Just ahead of a predicted snowstorm, Briggs, a 14-month-old male who was surrendered due to allergies, and Sati, a 1-year-old female who was surrendered due to her owner’s illness, have each found their new homes in Wisconsin.


Handsome Briggs and his new dad are looking forward to lots of play dates with their collie friends.


Sweet Sati has a new collie sister to be her BFF. Hopefully they all have fun playing in the snow this weekend!


December adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Dexter, a 1.5-year-old tricolor smoothie male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This sweet boy with his adorable freckles was transferred to MWCR from a shelter after being found as a stray, likely dumped on a back road. Fortunately someone saw him in the ditch, was able to get him in their car and brought him to the shelter. How anyone could have thrown away a gentle boy like this is unfathomable but things are definitely looking up for Dexter now. In fact his loving personality landed him in the perfect spot before he even completed his journey to his planned foster home – his transport required an overnight stay at another foster and he fit in so perfectly that it was obvious that he’d chosen his forever home. So congratulations on finding his home for the holidays!


Lovely 10-month-old tricolor female, Penny, has been adopted and will be living in Colorado. This sweet young girl was surrendered to MWCR due to significant changes in her owner’s life which meant she would not be getting the attention she deserved. Her new mom is looking forward enjoying lots of hikes and fun in the great outdoors and her new canine sister is excited to have a new BFF to hang with. Congratulations Penny!


Sweet Holly, a 2-year-old sable female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This loving girl was surrendered when her family realized they didn’t have the right environment for her and wanted a better life for her. Her new family has a human brother and a canine sister for her to play with and the whole bunch of them could not be happier. Congratulation on finding your new home in time for the Holly-days!