Resource Guide


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Want to adopt a dog, cat, rabbit, hamster or more?  Select the search button, provide your zip code, add the distance, the breed, the sex, the size, the color, or the age, and hit Fetch Now.  This brings up pictures and information of selected animals in your search area that need homes. MHCSR lists their dogs on this site.


Official web page for ASPCA. Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Its mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.

Colorado Deaf Dogs:

The Spirit of Deaf Dogs Colorado is not a rescue organization, but is a resource for owners of deaf dogs.  It addresses training issues, sign language for dogs and provides an opportunity to meet and network with other owners of deaf dogs.

Colorado Shelter List:

This site provides a link to animal shelters and rescue groups for most states in the USA.  If you are looking for interesting articles and essays regarding rescue, or health and welfare, many links are provided.

Complete Dog Guide Rescue Resources:

This site provides a variety of information about dogs such as names, psychology, grooming, rescuing, breeds, groupings and stories.  It includes directories of rescue centers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland, and specific breed rescue organizations.

Denver All Breed Rescue Network:

The mission of the Denver All Breed Rescue Network, Inc., is to provide a vehicle for the fostering and re-homing of abandoned purebred dogs, to assist in increasing the adoption of shelter dogs by promoting awareness and working with shelters, and to educate the community regarding responsible dog ownership including the spay/neuter of companion animals.  MHCSR is a member.

Pet Finder:

An online, searchable database of animals that need homes.  It is also a directory of almost 8,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the USA and Canada.  It also includes classified ads, discussion forums and a library of animal welfare articles.  Petfinder is updated daily.  MHCSR posts their adoptable dogs on this site.

Pet Work:

Features links to animal shelters, humane societies, rescue groups, pet-assisted therapy programs, and hospice, low-cost and free spay/neuter programs, financial aid programs for pet care, pet loss support services, veterinarians, animal hospitals and other pet-related resources.  New listings are added daily.

This non-profit organization helps Shetland Sheepdogs in need throughout the country.  The network supports different rescue groups in each state, and provides a listing of the groups nationwide.

National Sheltie Rescue Organization:

An informative starting point to educate yourself about the Shetland Sheepdog.  If you are thinking about a Sheltie as a companion, read “Looking for a Sheltie” to find out if the breed is right for you.

American Working Collie Association:

The American Working Collie Association is dedicated to promoting the working ability of the Collie.  This web site has information about competitions for collies, such as working stock, obedience, scent work and conformation.

Collie Club of America Rescue:

The official Club listing of Collie Rescue contacts is issued by their Committee for Welfare and Rescue. The list contains contact information for the United States and England. The U.S. information is organized by state.

Collie Rescue Foundation:
A national organization established to promote and assist in the rescue of purebred Collie (MHCSR is a member). The foundation’s primary goals are to provide emergency funding to rescues; to provide education on responsible pet ownership; and offer guidelines for adoption of rescue Collies.

Rebecca Blackbyrd, 303-506-3879, email , website .  Rebecca is an animal communicator. She helps people make conscious and conflict decisions for their animal companions during times of transition, illness and end-of-life. Rebecca does in home visits as well as phone communications sessions. She has worked extensively with MHCSR.

Laura Brody, 720-289-7498, email, website .  Laura is a certified Pet Dog Trainer, member of Victoria Stillwell’s Positively Dog Training Team, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with AKC, and Graduate of Animal Behavior College. Laura has donated her expertise to several breed rescues including MHCSR. She does private in-home sessions as well as group classes.

Red Johnson, 303-757-4492, email . Agility Classes are held at Mantayo Kennels, 1220 So. Wadsworth. Red offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. Red has 4 dogs that she runs in the Excellent Class of both AKC and DOCNA. She donates one free class to any adopter of MHCSR at the time of adoption. She has been very supportive of MHCSR.

Troy Mills, 303-521-7605, email  , website . Certified from Animal Behavior College, member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Certified Nose Work Instructor. Troy works with many rescues including MHCSR. He will do a free evaluation for a foster dog.

American Heartworm Society:

The mission of the AHS is to lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of heartworm disease.  Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. Heartworms are classified as nematodes (roundworms) and are filarids, one of many species of roundworms. Dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to infection. For additional detailed information, please visit the AHS website.

American Working Collie Association:

Important information and the latest research on Collies and drug sensitivity, particularly to certain pharmaceuticals in the treatment of heartworm and mites.

Animal Eye Care:

Provides a selection of informational discussions about eye disease in domestic animals and a link to locate board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in your area.

ASPCA Poison Control:

An excellent resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!  There is a fee for the service.

Canine Food Safety:

Provides a list of foods that dogs should not eat and links to similar web sites.

Canine Poisons & Toxins:

Provides ten tips for a poison-safe household plus information on canine vaccinations, observing signs, and knowing when to immediately contact your veterinarian.

Collie Health Foundation:

Promotes appreciation and understanding of the diseases, defects, injuries and other ailments that afflict dogs in general and Collies in particular.  Also sponsors medical research on health problems, genetics, breeding and history.

Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care:

Provides a list of organizations that may be able to provide some financial assistance paying for veterinary care. Many of them are specific in terms of the type of medical care they will cover.

First Aid Kits, Emergency Treatments, and other Tips:

Many situations require fast and correct action to prevent further injury, infection or death.  Assemble a first aid kit now.

Information on Bloat:

ASPCA’s discussion of this medical emergency, which results in death in approximately 25% of cases.

Multidrug Sensitivity in Dogs.  DNA Testing:

Some dog breeds are more sensitive to certain drugs than other breeds. Collies and related breeds, for instance, can have adverse reactions to drugs such as ivermectin and loperamide (Imodium). At Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine you can get your dog tested for drug sensitivity and keep up with the latest research.

Drug sensitivities result from a mutation in the multi-drug resistance gene (MDR1). This gene encodes a protein, P-glycoprotein that is responsible for pumping many drugs and other toxins out of the brain. Dogs with the mutant gene cannot pump some drugs out of the brain as a normal dog would, which may result in abnormal neurologic signs. The result may be an illness requiring an extended hospital stay – or even death.  Please refer to Health Issues for important information on anti-heartworm drugs containing Ivermectin, such as Heartguard, to which Collies and some Shelties are extremely sensitive.

Pet Medical Library:

An alphabetical listing of informational materials on some of the most common medical concerns of pet dogs and cats.

Sugar-Free Product Warning:

If your pet ingests sugar-free products like chewing gum, candy and baked goods that contain Xylitol, it can be life threatening.

Dangerous People Food for Pets:

Provides a list of fairly common “people” food that could be dangerous and potentially lethal to your dog.

Toxic Plants for Pets:

Are you gardening with canine assistance? Is your pet digging up possible toxins?  Actually shows pictures of the plants.

Resources for Handicapped Pets:

If you care for an older, injured or disabled pet, this site will guide you to products, services, and support.

Caring for Unsocialized Mill Dogs:

“The damage done during years in the mill usually can be overcome, but it takes time and dedication.”  This site offers advice on all aspects of helping puppy mill dogs.

FAQ on Rehab for Puppy Mill Dogs:

Summary of guidelines for helping puppy mill dogs. Answers many “How do I . . . ,” “Why does my dog . . . ,” “I’m scared because . . .” questions.

Help for Fearful Dogs:

If you live with a scared or shy dog, find information to help you be more effective in rehabilitating your dog. Find products, services, books, and other resources that are available to help with the process, including groups, message boards and websites that can offer support and advice.

Puppy Mill Rescue:

Hundreds of thousands of puppies are raised each year in puppy mills. This site describes those mills and provides information about their markets.

St. Louis Sheltie Rescue:

Web site for Second Chance Sheltie Rescue in the St. Louis area. We recommend that you visit their site and order The Diary of Lucy Blue, the story about one of the Great Stars of Second Chance Sheltie Rescue. Follow Janice and Gary Mitchell as they relate the careful rehabilitation of a puppy mill dog. This diary has become an icon in rescue, giving guidance and insight in taking care of animals abused in the Missouri puppy mill industry.

A Start on a New Life:

If you are adopting a puppy mill survivor, you will be interested in reading an article on this site that was written by Michelle Bender and Kim Townsend titled “Rehabilitation of a Puppy Mill Dog.”

Behavior Training Library:

This site places emphasis on what science has to say about dog behavior and training. It is a useful resource for pet owners, hobby trainers, professional trainers, scientists, veterinarians, police K9 handlers, and other students of canine behavior.

Dog Owner’s Guide:

Provides information about choosing, raising, training, and caring for the family dog and dogs that compete in a variety of sports.  Features articles about shelters, rescue, and dogs and the law.

Foster Care for Dogs:

Fostering, what it’s about from the basics to tips from the trenches.  A must site for foster families.

My Apartment Map:

Pet Friendly Rental Search:  Find apartments that allow cats and dogs.  The inability to find pet friendly housing is one of the leading causes of cat & dog abandonment.  Please let people know about this pet friendly search engine.  MyApartmentMap has the largest list of currently available pet friendly housing and actively supports pet rescue organizations throughout the country. Every year thousands of cats & dogs are euthanized because they don’t have a home. If you’re considering a new pet, please contact a local shelter, rescue or a reputable breeder before going to a pet store. Cats & Dogs of all varieties and ages are always available for adoption.

Recovery Tips for Lost Dogs:

The Missing Pets Partnership is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost companion animals with their owners/guardians. They currently offer phone consultations services using volunteers trained to coach families in how to recover a lost dog or cat. Their website offers behavior-based lost pet recovery tips and referrals to lost pet services, and they are pioneers of cutting edge lost pet recovery techniques like pet detectives with search dogs, lost dog protests, window tagging to market lost dogs in a community, and motion activated wildlife cameras with feeding stations to detect and capture displaced/lost cats.