Floodgates Alert!

Over the recent three-day weekend, eight dogs have arrived at RMCSR: four rough-coated Collies, two Shelties, one 12-week-old blind and deaf Aussie puppy, and a 4-lb Chihuahua with no place to go. Is that the good news or the bad news?

Additional information will be posted as soon as it is available.

Don’t Shoot the Dog . . . Ask Ed

Ed Russell, Dog TrainerEd Russell of Luv ‘N’ Care Dog Training is a certified trainer and graduate of the Animal Behavioral College. Ed can introduce your puppy to the sights and sounds of its undiscovered world, can offer obedience classes for all ages and stages, can offer unique solutions to problems both old and new, offers advance shaping for particular objectives (someone remind me to ask what that means?!!), and best of all, he comes to your house if you live in or near the Pueblo area. For example, if you want your dog to be Canine Good Citizen certified, Ed will guide both you and your beloved pooch through the ten step learning program it takes to pass the test. But the best part for me as the Director of RMCSR is that Ed is just a phone call away when I know that a dog needs more than just vet care, love and good food. I tease Ed all the time about having been a canine in a previous existence. He “thinks like a dog.”

“Don’t Shoot the Dog . . . ask Ed” is the name of the ongoing advice column that will be featured on our website. We all have training issues with our furry friends, and it helps to get an educated opinion from a trusted source. Ed will share his insights into behaviors that may sound familiar to many of us.

Fiona’s Emergency Surgery
Can you help?


Fiona, the glorious middle-aged Collie that came to us as a stray,
has had emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage.

Having probably survived by eating garbage and faced with starvation, a dog will resort to eating anything he or she can find, including all kinds of items that should never be in a dog’s mouth. The surgeon found some kind of fabric, perhaps a sock piece, and had to remove about a foot of damaged intestine. We are hopeful that she will make a full recovery.

But the bill was a whopper!
And it has taken a large chunk out of our treasury.
Can you help cover the expenses of Fiona’s surgery?
What a blessing that would be.

Fiona is not alone.  Lately, too many of the wonderful Collies and Shelties coming in to our organization have been neglected horribly. Senior Shelties that have never seen a vet in their entire lives, with abscessed teeth, elevated liver enzymes and a sad look in their eyes. Scrawny Collies with heartworm disease and straw-like fur. Rough Collie Hadley

Dogs that spent their entire lives under a trailer and need long periods of rehab and recuperation, not to mention often extensive veterinary care. Morbidly obese Shelties that can barely manage to stand, let alone walk, and need time to regain some semblance of health. These abused and neglected dogs are the reason we do ongoing fund-raising.

Adoption fees only partially cover the expense of caring for all of the dogs that are taken in. Some dogs require extensive time in foster care or lengthy medical treatment, running into the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars. Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donations are welcome and tax deductible. Every penny of your donation goes directly to the hands-on care of these dogs.

Make checks payable to Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue and send them to:

Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue
234 S. Hacienda del Sol Dr.
Pueblo West, CO 81007

You can also donate via PayPal by clicking the PayPal button in the right-hand sidebar of each page. PayPal allows you to pay from your bank account or by credit card

The Latest Video from Denice

 To watch Denice Rutherford’s great video of the 2013 Picnic
and for information about other happenings this summer and fall,
please visit our Events page. Additional videos created by Denice
may be viewed in her video section.

If you’d like to volunteer for future RMCSR events,
please contact our Event Coordinators,
Sandy and Jerry York, 303-840-4861 or email.

Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, Inc. (RMCSR)

Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, Inc. (RMCSR), formerly Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1979 to rescue, rehabilitate, and place lost, abused and abandoned Collies, Collie-mixes, Shelties, and Sheltie-mixes in loving, responsible homes. We are a certified rescue organization through the Colorado Board of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s office. Dogs stay in carefully selected foster homes and receive complete veterinary care until they are matched to carefully screened and approved adopters. We do not adopt out dogs at public events.

One Thing

Shop for Merchandise!

Check out our merchandise shop where you can buy our exclusive t-shirts, mouse pads, and bandanas.

You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood when you walk your Collie or Sheltie in your very own Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue t-shirt while your 4-legged friend sports a matching bandana!

They will also make great gifts for the Collie or Sheltie lover on your list. This is a great way to help support our mission and look good doing it!

RMCSR Wine Shop

Looking for a great gift?  Try a bottle or more of wine from the Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Cellars! Each of the six wines features one of our wonderful RMCSR adoptees. Your purchase helps Collies and Shelties in need of a second chance. Order online, by mail or phone – ordering information is at your fingertips in the RMCSR Wine Shop! To explore the selection of quality wines, click on the image below!

RMCSR Six Pack

Help for Lost Dogs

We’ve been hearing a lot about lost dogs recently. The Missing Pet Partnership is an excellent source of information and tips to help find a pet. Their focus is on understanding the likely reactions of a lost pet to circumstances and events around him, including rescue efforts. There are comprehensive and well-organized sections on cat, dog, and other specific pet “lost behaviors” as well as discussions of counterproductive owner and rescuer behaviors. Here is the section on Recovery Tips: Lost Dog Behavior. Links to these and other useful articles are also provided in the RMCSR Resources page.

Can You Foster a Collie or Sheltie?

We have dogs coming in just about weekly, and we always need foster homes. If you have a fenced yard, are dog savvy and are a loving, responsible person — let us hear from you. Previous adopters make wonderful foster homes too! For additional information, Please visit our Fostering page.

Your Donation Makes a Difference

The economy has affected non-profit rescue organizations nationwide. Donations are down, but the number of dogs in need is going up. Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donations are welcome and tax deductible.

You can be assured that 100 percent of your tax-deductible donation will be used for direct, hands-on care of our rescue dogs as we prepare them for a new life in their forever homes. You can make a monetary donation securely online at GivingFirst or PayPal. You also can mail your donation check to:

Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, Inc.
234 S. Hacienda del Sol Drive
Pueblo West, CO 81007

Or check our Wish List for items we need.

PetMeds Donation Program

RMCSR is pleased to have been accepted into the PetMeds Donation Program. From their blog: “At PetMeds we love our pets, and we feel it is important to give back to the pet community. Each month we donate needed pet supplies to approximately 100 different Animal Shelters and Rescues around the country.”