Nick of Time Grants

vet-expenseAnnually, MWCR sets aside 15-20% of our end-of-year account balance for the Nick of Time grant fund to assist adopted MWCR collies who have extensive veterinary bills.  Grants are generally awarded quarterly with one recipient eligible to receive a maximum of 30% of the fund amount per year. The grants are awarded confidentially and payments are made directly to the adopter’s veterinary clinic.  If your adopted MWCR collie has unusual veterinary bills during 2017, please consider applying and perhaps we can help with some of those bills.  Send an email to and we will get an application form to you.

The American Working Collie Association (AWCA) also provides assistance to collie owners with unusual or unexpected veterinary bills.  Their Compassionate Care Fund is available to collie owners facing serious medical emergency veterinary bills (tests, surgeries, medications, etc.) beyond the ability of the owner to pay.  Collie owners facing the serious illness of their collies and inability to pay emergency veterinary bills may apply regardless of whether they are members of AWCA.  Contact Theresa Pottratz at for more information.  So, if you have a collie with extensive veterinary bills who wasn’t adopted from MWCR, this might be another option.

2017 MWCR Elections

election-ahead-sign-375x250Watch for emails from the MWCR Nominating Committee in the next few weeks regarding the 2017 MWCR elections for Vice President and Treasurer, positions currently held by Sarah Rebernick and Beth Selburg.   The Committee will request nominations for those offices and will mail ballots at the end of February to members who renewed on or before December 31, 2016.  Thank you for participating in the election.

January adoptions



Sweet Rocket, a 2-year-old tricolor male, has been adopted and will be living in Minnesota. This handsome boy was surrendered due to a change on living conditions but now he will be enjoying life in his new home with a big fenced yard and parents that will be with him most of the time. As an added bonus there are some lovely MWCR collies living right next door who can let him know how awesome his life will be from now on 🙂




Lovely Lacy, a 9-year-old female tricolor, has been adopted and will be living in Wisconsin.  Her extended family sadly surrendered her to MWCR because her senior Mom was unable to give her the care that she needed. Her new mom and dad will be giving her lots of love and attention and we know she will enjoy life on their hobby farm. Lacy made herself right at home with a quick trip to the toy basket and when she’s done playing she can help take care of her new equine and feline siblings. And she fits right in with the the stylish cowboy hat her foster mom made for her – giddy up, cowgirl!

January Rainbow Bridge



Cancer has taken my sweet Madeline.  I was planning on just fostering her in 2008, but we all know how that goes . . .  She and my other MWCR alumni bonded so well she stayed, and we are grateful for the years we had together.  She loved to herd her big fur-brother Mackenzie, they would play chase and tug ropes, and do squirrel patrol together.  She especially loved being ‘Miss July’ for the 2015 calendar with all of the accompanying praise and attention a pretty calendar girl like her would get!   Madeline was a gentle, loving sweetheart and I will miss her beautiful spirit. – Laura Grayson



Our girl, Callie, aka Colleen, went to the Rainbow Bridge Monday night. She had bladder cancer.
My boyfriend at the time, now husband, and I adopted her in September, 2005. She was a year and three months old. We met her foster parents in Dubuque and thought we’d have a nervous, panting dog in our back seat for the two hour drive home. Within a couple miles she was comfortably lying down. My husband called her our common sense dog, ready to go when needed and then plopping down to rest. She could hike a few miles with us and then lay on our bed the next day.  A very social girl she seemed exhausted the day after a family event which always amused us. She loved her butt rubs, squeaky toys, sitting in the dryer kennel at her groomer and “supervising” the park in our backyard to make sure there were no trespassers. We loved the Chewbacca noises she made while playing and we loved having such a beautiful, warm companion around. We miss our schnoggin very much! Thank you for all you do! – Linda (Struck) McDonald

New Initiative for a MWCR partner

gottaAnnouncing Pause 4 Paws’ first Pause 4 Paws “Special Initiative” — a new element of work on behalf of the animal rescue community. In addition to their core fundraising efforts on behalf of Beneficiary Organizations, Pause 4 Paws has decided to add a strategy that will focus on providing several targeted fundraising efforts each year designed to address a particular need or situation.

The first Pause 4 Paws Special Initiative will focus on saving the Cuale Island Cats in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  In November 2015, 130 cats, several dogs, puppies and kittens were poisoned. Puro Gato has a security guard that patrols the area each night, but people have continued to find ways to abuse and kill the animals despite their efforts to keep them safe.

After visiting the island and meeting with several of the local rescue groups, it became clear that the number of cats being abandoned is quickly going to exceed the resources that are available in Puerto Vallarta. A broader strategy is needed in order to provide robust security for the animals and to reduce the population on the island by facilitating adoptions.                                                                                       

Pause 4 Paws has a plan to help. They have identified a cargo company that will fly a plane with 50 – 75 cats to Chicago, where volunteers will drive the cats to Minnesota to be placed with foster families or adopted. The goal is to raise $10,000 over the next 30 days to pay for the flight, vetting and care for the animals when they arrive.  Every cat will have a placement identified before they arrive.

The campaign is called Gotta Getta Gato and has a P4P Special Initiative web page to highlight the ways people can help, hoping to meet the fundraising goal by February 15th.

P4P is also looking for families who might be willing to foster one (or more) of the cats while they work to find them new homes. You will see the campaign play out over social media and on their website during the next month. Please visit Paws 4 Pause website for regular updates about the initiative.


With Gratitude

mwcr logoThe efforts of many, many people are needed to ensure the success of the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue in our work to take in, care for, and find loving homes for our collies.  Our volunteers, supporters, and friends make MWCR possible.  It is because of you that hundreds of collies have found new homes and have lived healthy, happy lives.

People support the organization in so many ways – following and commenting on our Facebook page; sharing pictures of their beautiful collies; volunteering at events and greeting those who stop by; spending countless hours fostering a collie; arranging transports and transporting scared dogs to their foster or forever homes; being on call 24/7, as many of our coordinators are, to take calls and make arrangements for collies in need; distributing donated dog food so our collies have healthy and nutritious food; working quietly behind the scenes on mass mailings or paying bills or calling adopters checking references or arranging foster homes or maintaining databases; donating special skills such as technical or artistic or journalistic talent; making financial contributions to cover our veterinary expenses; donating items to our silent auctions to raise funds; adopting collies from us; or simply being there supporting our much needed work.

It’s with great appreciation and gratitude that I and the collies thank all of you for the care, love, and support you give MWCR and our beautiful collies.  You are the heart of the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue. – Terry Libro, MWCR President