Colorado Gives Day 2014
THANK YOU for your generosity on Colorado Gives Day! 

In an incredible demonstration of support, Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue received $6,672.11—a record for one day of fundraising!  Donations came from 11 states.

One hundred percent (100%) of the money donated will come to RMCSR and go the direct care of our rescued dogs.  RMCSR will also receive a portion of the $300,000 FirstBank Incentive Fund, which will be distributed at the end of the month.

For the fifth consecutive year, citizens across our great state united in a common goal to support Colorado nonprofits, making Colorado Gives Day another record-breaking success.

Colorado Gives Day raised $26.2 million for 1,677 nonprofits. This amazing support materialized in just 24 hours. During that time, processed 107,862 donations. Every single donation is powerful, meaningful and sincerely appreciated.




On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we were given the opportunity to take a rough Collie from a municipal shelter here in Colorado. This is one of the enlightened shelters that understands that breed specific rescues play an important part in saving as many dog’s lives as possible.

We had some basic information about the Collie. It was an intact male (surprise! surprise!), perhaps five years old or so. Sable and white and a photo available, showing a handsome dog that had obviously been neglected for some time. If we agreed to take him, he would be neutered and given all vaccines immediately. Of course, we said yes.

I met Dan and Geri on Tuesday evening after they picked him up and even paid his adoption fee to the shelter. (A huge shout-out to Dan and Geri who made magic for this dog in honor of their two beloved Collies.) Even in the dimness of the truck-stop, you could see the matted fur other than where the poor boy had been shaved to the skin. He smelled as bad as any dog I have ever gotten a whiff of. He made the transfer to my van with no fuss at all and we continued south on I-25.

I had tentatively named the dog Garth in honor of a wonderful Sheltie that is no longer on the earth. But as the big sweet Collie laid his head on my shoulder and he gave me his first kiss, I told him what a blessing he was. And his name came from my lips . . . Pilgrim.

We will share his journey with those of you who care so much about dogs. Pilgrim’s Progress.

Update from Pilgrim’s foster mom

Pilgrim is definitely acquainted with living in a house. He bounds down the stairs and hangs in the kitchen almost all day. He also whimpers when I get ready to leave the house and barks excitedly when I come home, even if I’m gone only minutes.

SundancePilgrim is obedient and aims to please, and he gets along very well with Sundance, shown here. He sleeps on a blanket on the floor and probably has been told not to get on bed or furniture because even if he is invited to, he only puts his front paws up.

Pilgrim loves to play fetch with his toys and I’m hoping to see him and Sundance play together. Some effort has been made on Sundance’s part, but Pilgrim would rather play one on one with me.

New Arrivals

There are always dogs in RMCSR’s pipeline that are not yet featured on the website. We have set up a special page for them, which will include a photo and basic information about each dog. Some of the current new arrivals came from the Houston Collie Rescue effort described in the following article.

When we have enough information about a dog to paint a thorough picture, and all health issues have been identified and addressed, he or she will be added to the website with a written bio, photos, and health history. At that time the dog will be added to RMCSR’s Adoptable Dogs listings on the Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet websites.

Please visit New Arrivals and check back from time to time.  We will be adding to the list as new dogs enter our program. The New Arrivals page can also be found via the Our Dogs dropdown menu in the RMCSR website main navigation bar.

139 Collies Seized from Texas Property


Rescued ColliesIt began with the seizure of 93 Collies from a home in the Tomball area of Houston, Texas, on Friday, September 5, after a judge granted a federal court order in favor of  Houston Collie Rescue. And that was just the beginning. The total number has reached 139.   Learn more. Update

Rescued ColliesHope and Doug Hemperly have returned from Houston, bringing ten rescued Collies to Colorado. The dogs are being evaluated, given appropriate veterinary care as needed, and placed in qualified foster homes for followup care. Video.

Many of these dogs require extensive and costly medical care. If you would like to contribute to RMCSR’s expenses for the rehabilitation and care of these dogs, please use the donate button in the sidebar, or visit out Donations page.  Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated. Please also visit our Fostering page to learn how you can provide a much-needed foster home for a deserving Collie, Sheltie, or Little Interloper.

Hope and Seuss
Hope Hemperly brings incredible heart and generosity of spirit to her work each day on behalf of dogs, especially the Collies, Shelties, and occasional Little Interlopers who are fortunate to find their way into her orbit. Perhaps the video below captures a hint of who she is.


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.

The Latest Video from Denice

 To watch Denice Rutherford’s great video of the 2014 Picnic
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.”