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Rehoming Centre Bordering on Collie Crisis

Dogs Trust West Calder has the Collie wobbles as rising numbers of the working breed are abandoned

Dogs Trust West Calder has seen a sharp increase in stray and abandoned Collies and Collie crosses across the region as the working breed now amounts to one in five of all dogs taken in by the Scottish rehoming centre. Dogs Trust would like to urge anyone considering a dog to think carefully about their chosen breed, ensuring it is best suited to their lifestyle.

Susan Tonner, Dogs Trust West Calder Rehoming Centre Manager explains:

“It is heartbreaking when we see well socilaised, loving dogs handed into our rehoming centres through no fault of their own because their owners did not consider getting a dog that matches their way of life. Collies are often very clever and easy to train, they love to play and can make fantastic pets for owners with a lifestyle suited to an energetic dog who loves the great outdoors. Collies do not thrive with little space or stimulation.”

Susan adds: “We believe there is the right dog out there for anyone able to give them the time, space and love they need. We have homeless hounds of all shapes, sizes, ages, and personalities that suit a wide range of homes and situations. We hope that anyone looking for a new four legged family member will come to Dogs Trust West Calder and talk to our behaviourists who are on-hand to help match the perfect dog to your lifestyle.”

If you would like to find out more about any of the Collies at Dogs Trust West Calder and Dogs Trust Glasgow please contact them on 01506 873 459 or visit

Case Studies

Shelley - Shelley loves going for long walks, where she can get to explore all the interesting smells. She loves to play fetch and football and always has a toy in her mouth. Shelley really enjoys trips out in the car, especially if she might get a splash in the water or swim. Shelley is house trained and happy at home alone for a few hours with a tasty treat to keep her occupied. She is an intelligent, fun and friendly girl who would suit an active adult home. If you can offer this canny collie her forever home please get in touch!

Rocco- Rocco is a fun loving five year old Border Collie who loves to play. He is worried by strangers and dogs but has slowly been building up his confidence at the centre and has met a few dogs that accompany him on his walks. Rocco would enjoy walks in the countryside and needs an adult only home as he would prefer to be the only pet. Rocco is a real water baby and even has a pool in his kennel in the summer! He misses the water so much in winter that he'll head straight for a dip in the river when out on walks.


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