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 will travel to Houston soon to bring some of the rescued Collies home to Colorado. If you would like to contribute to RMCSR’s expenses for the transport 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.

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Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue
2014 Picnic and Silent Auction

All friends of RMCSR are invited along with their
four-legged companions—Collies, Shelties, or anything else!

Great activities for people and dogs at the RMCSR Picnic!

Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m.‐3 p.m.
NEW LOCATION! Castlewood Canyon State Park – Shelters 1 & 2
2989 S. Hwy 83, Franktown, CO 80116

Texas Roadhouse Catered BBQ lunch (served 12‐1 p.m.), $15
Complimentary beverages will be available throughout the picnic

Note: Entrance to Castlewood Canyon State Park requires a Colorado State Park Pass or a Day Pass, which is available for $7 at the gate

Directions from Denver: To reach the main entrance of Castlewood Canyon State Park, take I-25 to Castle Rock, exit onto Founders Parkway eastbound. Take Founders Parkway to Hwy 86, go east on Hwy 86 4 miles to Franktown. Turn south on Hwy 83 (S. Parker Rd) and go 5 miles south. The main park entrance will be on your right (west side). For more information visit the Castlewood Canyon website.

Fun activities include:

Silent Auction
Fun doggie & non-doggie items, including an
overnight package worth $250 to Isle Casino Hotel in Black Hawk,
Avalanche tickets, Denver Zoo passes,
Heritage Square gift certificate, and more!
(Cash or check, only please! 100% of auction sales benefit RMCSR)

Agility Demo
Watch the experts demonstrate in action.
Then let your 4-legged friend try their paws on available equipment free!


Spend the day visiting, hiking, or learning about
local history and wildlife at the Visitors Center.

2014 RMCSR Picnic Registration

Please fill out our registration form so we will know how many will be attending, including dogs. When the form has been submitted, you will be redirected to a payment page, where you can pay for your lunches by check or via PayPal.

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 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.”