April adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP & Adoption Coordinator


Prince 3, yes ‘3’ – we’ve had a lot of royalty lately, it’s kind of like Game of Bones around here ;-), a 7-year-old sable/white male has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This lovely boy needed to find a new home after his owner passed and is now enjoying his own fenced yard and a mom and dad who are retired, so they have plenty of time to give this prince the devotion he deserves.



Patches, an almost 1-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. This sweet, playful boy was surrendered because he was a bit too high energy for the daycare his family had. Fortunately his new home comes equipped with another young dog to play with and lots of loving family to spoil him. Congratulations to all!



Lovely sable headed white, Rosie, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin. Rosie is still pretty much a puppy at 1.5 years and was a bit more than her previous owner could handle since she kept wandering off to check out the neighborhood. She first came to our attention when she was picked up as a stray but after she was returned to her home, they decided it was best to surrender her to MWCR. Now Rosie has a nice, secure fenced yard, parents who are home most of the time, grandkids to play with and a puppy buddy to help her learn the ropes – sounds like she found a pretty sweet deal.

DATCP Quarantines Animal Shelters and Adopted Dogs due to Canine Brucellosis

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that two dogs in Wisconsin have tested positive for canine brucellosis. Due to exposure to the source of the infection, several animal shelters and private homes that adopted the exposed dogs have been placed under quarantine.


A national rescue organization imported a group of dogs from South Korea to Canada. Some of these dogs were then imported to Wisconsin with proper documentation. After the dogs were in Wisconsin, it was discovered that one of the dogs that had died in Canada tested positive for canine brucellosis. DATCP contacted the rescue organization who provided the names of the shelters where the dogs had been sent. DATCP learned that the majority of the dogs had been adopted, and notified adopters and shelters that still had the dogs that testing for canine brucellosis was needed. As a result of those tests, two were confirmed positive.

Current Situation

Quarantines are in place for locations that had exposed dogs and will be removed when test results are confirmed negative. The dogs must be tested at least two more times with 30-45 days between tests.

For the two dogs confirmed positive, one dog was euthanized and the other is under a life-long quarantine. Under this type of quarantine, an owner can only move the dog for veterinary care after informing the district state veterinarian.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is organizing a separate quarantine facility for exposed dogs so that shelters can remove animals, clean and disinfect their facility, and return to operations. All shelters that removed animals will remain under quarantine until cleaning and disinfection are complete.

Next Steps

Veterinarians are the first line of defense for diagnosing, treating, and preventing this disease from spreading. If a client presents a dog exposed to canine brucellosis, it is important to ensure you are using basic biosecurity practices. More information about standard precautions are available from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians at http://www.nasphv.org/documentsCompendiaVet.html.

Please continue to be aware of exposure to any diseases for animals you are treating and follow proper precautions and biosecurity. Learn more about the disease at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/CanineBrucellosis.aspx.

Animal shelters should follow proper biosecurity by isolating new animals in their facility for 30 days. While there is no vaccine to prevent canine brucellosis, shelters should only receive dogs that are known to be brucellosis-free. Newly acquired dogs should be tested, quarantined for 30 days, and re-tested before being introduced to the kennel.

Dogs testing negative will be released from quarantine. However, should the dog develop signs of illness later, adopters should make their veterinarian aware of the previous exposure to canine brucellosis. Based on the dog’s health and immune system, it could take months or years before the disease develops. A veterinarian will decide what symptoms may require further testing.

Public Health Impact

There is the potential for canine brucellosis to be transmitted to humans. More information is available from the Department of Health Services at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/brucellosis.htm.


If you have questions, contact:

Division of Animal Health
(608) 224-4889

March adoptions

By Sarah Rebernick, VP and Adoption Coordinator


Handsome Blue, a 3-year-old blue merle male, was sadly surrendered by his dad when he realized that he didn’t have the right home situation for him. This gorgeous boy has strong herding tendencies and needed to learn what should be herded and who shouldn’t. Since coming into rescue, Blue has been working with a trainer with good results and his new dad will be continuing patient and gentle guidance. Blue’s new life also includes another collie buddy – so pleased for everyone!


Playful Jackson, a 1.5-year-old sable/white male, has been adopted and will be living in Missouri. Jackson was surrendered because he was not getting enough attention in his home and they knew he needed to find a place where he would get the love he needed. Jackson will be living with two other collies including sweet Anwyn, a deaf/blind double dilute girl, who I’m sure is going to be super excited to have a new playmate.




Josie, a 2-year-old sable/mahogany female, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. She was surrendered to MWCR by a family who took her from a situation where she was tied up outside all the time but unfortunately she wasn’t a good fit with them. Now this sweet snuggler and kisser has a new mom and dad to snuggle with and a canine sister to play with – what good girls!



Lovely Lady, a 4-year-old sable/white, has been adopted and will be living in Colorado. This sweet girl was originally surrendered last year when her mom passed away and her dad moved to assisted living and was finally settled into what everyone was hoping to be her forever home, when her new mom broke her ankle. One of our foster homes graciously took Lady in while her mom was recuperating but, unfortunately complications meant her healing would take much longer than anticipated, so this beautiful girl was looking for a new home once again. Happily, she has now found one with a previous adopter and she was a great companion on her road trip across country yesterday. Congratulations to Lady and her new dad!

March Rainbow Bridge


Bunker was my 15th foster in May of 2012. He was adopted by a family in Nebraska, who drove all the way to my house to pick him up. He lived a wonderful life with his family, a very sweet and gentle  dog who will be missed.

From Wendy – We had to put Bunker down today. He had become very arthritic and we tried everything the vet could offer. Today he was throwing up and crying. It just got to be too much for him. Thank you for being his foster mom. He had a great life and will be missed. We loved him.


My sweet Ricky went over the bridge Saturday afternoon. He was my MWCR transport failure six years ago. He was bound for Green Bay, my job was to get him from Wayzata to Eau Claire. He had clearly never ridden in a car, never wore a collar.  Had clumps of cow manure throughout his coat and was riddled with fleas. He had an overbite that rivaled Freddie Mercury. But when our eyes met, and his tail slowly wagged, I was on my phone to see if we could foster to adopt him. We never made it out of Minnesota.

We could tell things were getting harder for him. His breathing was very labored and we could tell he was uncomfortable and struggling.

He was the sweetest and most sensitive collie we ever owned. Reamus is a bit lost without him. Our house is sad without him.  Until we meet again, my sweet boy. Thank you for picking us and to MWCR for putting up with my craziness and allowing him into our lives.


We were sad to learn that handsome Eli, adopted in 2013, went to the Bridge last month. Eli came to frolic with us at most of the WI events and we will miss his sweet face. He would have been 13 yrs old in June. Run free, sweet boy.

Agility class in the Twin Cities

Agility Run For Fun

MWCR alum Gunnar, relaxing after his agility class. His owners say he has become more focused since coming to class.

On Saturday April 14th Agile Canines in St. Louis Park, Minn., will start another 4 week Level 1 – Intro to Agility Run For Fun!

This is the class for those who do not want to compete in agility but want to do it just for fun. Contacts and jumps are always low. Teeter is never done.

If anyone is interested in this class please email Annelise Allen privately. Please share with any friends or neighbors who may be interested!

One of the instructors, Judy Roggow, is a MWCR member.

February adoptions


Mona, a 3-4 month-old tricolor wiggle-butt, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This sweet girl was transferred to MWCR from a humane society in Mankato, where she came in as a stray. She is full sass and loves to give kisses and now has her very own mom and dad to keep up at night, as well as a big brother collie who is completely smitten with her.


It’s been a busy couple days for adoptions! Handsome senior tricolor, Vinnie, is in his new home in Minnesota; sweet 7-month-old sable/white Taylor has moved to Iowa and adorable tiny terror, 10-week-old Sawyer has made his way to Kansas to join big brother Cooper, adopted in 2017. Congratulations to all!