The true cost of rescuing a dog is often much higher than the fees typically charged by a rescue organization. Here is an idea of how donations help us:
The annual membership dues (currently $30) are a primary financial resource that supports MWCR's work on behalf of the Collies. Persons who are eighteen (18) years or older and who support, in good faith, the organization and its programs, may apply to become a member. Membership is required for MWCR's foster homes so that they are covered by our liability insurance.
The links below donate proceeds to Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue:
Shop through Amazon Smile - If you currently shop through Amazon, use this link to help with donations to MWCR.
Gray Gables Farm - Home made holistic products (10% of all sales donated to MWCR).
Benefit Wines - Collie Isle Winery featuring MWCR Rescued Collies
Janes Panes - Collie image stained glass (25% donation to MWCR)
U.S. Bones - Dog Food, Treats, & Other Pet Products (25% donation to MWCR)
Cafe Press - Branded MWCR merchandise
Pawlees Treats - Be sure to designate MWCR and 10% will be donated to the Rescue
Critters & All - Innovative products and rescue friendly
Zeppa Studios - Shop by breed - use code MWCR and get a discount for you and MWCR receives 20%
Best Bully Sticks - Use this link for Dog Food, Treats, & Other Pet Products (6% donation to MWCR)
Participating search engines:
iGive - Shop at many websites through this MWCR supporting link
Good Search - Search the web
MWCR always needs volunteers who have time and energy to devote to our various activities. Volunteers need not live in MN or WI, of course. Here is a list of some of the activities for which we could use helping hands:
MWCR always needs foster homes (see above!) in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and surrounding states. Foster care is an essential part of most rescue organizations and is the most effective means of assessing rescued Collies, insuring their good health, and instilling basic house manners and obedience. Most Collies are in foster care for a limited time - several weeks, perhaps - but occasionally longer-term foster care is necessary, too.
Many rescued Collies are younger adult dogs, often between the ages of two and five, surrendered because they've become "too big," "too rambunctious," "stubborn," etc. - all of which indicates lack of effective training when the dogs were puppies. Other rescued Collies are older dogs who are wonderful household companions surrendered because their owners no longer have time for them or are moving to a place that doesn't take dogs or cannot afford necessary veterinary care. Foster homes provide the love and care the Collies need, along with good food, toys and treats, and medical care funded by MWCR.
MWCR's Foster Home Application is a legal contract between the foster home and MWCR. MWCR is the official owner of all foster Collies, paying for medical care and, occasionally, assessment by a behaviorist or work with a trainer. Foster homes treat the Collies as members of their families and foster the Collies long enough to understand the best environment for each dog's eventual home placement.