About Us

Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue is uniquely qualified to improve the lives of misplaced border collies due to more than 20 years of being a haven for border collies that have been abandoned, discarded, or neglected. Knowing and loving this breed allows MABCR to rescue dogs from uncertain futures, and place them into caring, responsible homes. MABCR knows each of their dogs intimately, and what each requires in their new home. Dogs that arrive neglected or with behavioral issues receive special care and training to allow them to rehabilitate. Assessment of each dog as individuals will determine if they should be placed as a pet, or into a working home – involved in service, herding, goose removal, agility, obedience, etc.

MABCR is a 501(c)3 organization run primarily by volunteers who have direct knowledge of living and working with border collies. MABCR currently serves the Mid-Atlantic region — including Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, portions of New York, northern North Carolina, and eastern West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

Executive Director

With a lifetime of experience training horses and dogs, and more than 25 years experience training and living with (lots and lots of) border collies, she's our resident border collie expert and behaviorist.
Assistant to the Executive Director

Skylar came to us as an intern in 2015 and has adopted 2 MABCR pups. Skylar lives on the farm, and owns and operates Belle Rose Kennels offering training, day care, and boarding. Skylar competes in several sports venues, including agility and USBCHA herding.

Barbara is a long time volunteer for MABCR, and has adopted 5 dogs, and 2 cats! Barbara runs our store, where you can find all sorts of swag that supports our dogs. Barbara also conducts phone interviews and homes studies, and does therapy work with her dog!

We love staying engaged with our community and supporters through social media. We enjoy watching our alumni flourish in their news homes, sharing “pupdates” on our new intakes, and providing educational resources with dog owners to make them the best owners they can be!

You can get plugged in with MABCR’s social media channels and stay up to date with all the happenings on the farm with the links below.

1 day ago
Photos from Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue's post

Chewy foster pupdate!!
10 days into foster, Chewy is beginning to relax. He's not fully there yet, but signs are there that he's progressing.
Yesterday he initiated play with one of the ... See more

1 day ago
Photos from Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue's post

Wonderful update from Kerri's foster this morning!! We cannot stress how important fosters can be in helping a pup move into their new life. Kerri needs TLC and understanding, and her foster sure has ... See more

2 days ago

What sorts of things are you doing to help your pups stay social during the pandemic?
Skylar and Sarah have been making weekly trips to the farmers market with their pandemic puppies. Sarah may ... See more

3 days ago
Photos from Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue's post

It's been a while since we shared an update about Kerri, mostly because while she's better here on the farm, we weren't super confident with her ability to be 'ok' in a home.
One of Skylar's ... See more

3 days ago
Photos from Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue's post

Our good buddy, Hickory was adopted over the weekend, and we've received a sweet update with photos of him with his new BFF. Such a good, good boy!!

3 days ago
Fluent Dog

Great illustration of beginning to proof with distractions! Helping your pup learn to cope with and ignore their environment when needed is a super important part of training and helping them to ... See more

Adding distractions to a behaviour is a really important part of bringing a cue under stimulus control.

A distraction is anything that draws your dogs attention from performing a behaviour and ... See more

4 days ago

Kerri is heading off to foster this morning so we got up early to practice our crating skills.

For those unfamiliar with her story, Kerri came to us as a feral dog and is going to need a confident ... See more

5 days ago

Early morning walks with Skylar's kennel crew!

6 days ago
Governors Island

Remember Lee?
He's a big dog now!! He's joined the elite pack of MABCR dogs that manage the goose population on Governor's Island!

Introducing Governors Islandโ€™s newest working dog, Leader! Leader joins the rest of the pack (Max, Quinn, Chip and Aspen) to help keep the Island free of Canada geese, which can be aggressive, harm ... See more

1 week ago
Photos from Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue's post

Maya (was Hanna) went to her new home last week, and after a few bumpy bits, is settling in very nicely with her new family. Updates like this is why we do what we do!!