Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, Inc., originally Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue, is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer-operated organization founded in 1979. Our mission is 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.
All our dogs live in foster homes. They remain in foster care and receive complete veterinary care until they are ready for adoption and have been matched to carefully screened and approved adopters. We do not adopt out dogs at public events.
To meet our rescue dogs or become a volunteer foster, the first step is to thoroughly read our Policies & Guidelines and then fill out the application. The application process also includes a vet reference, a phone conversation with our director and possibly the dog’s foster family, and a home check by a RMCSR volunteer.
Our mission is to promote and provide for the humane treatment of Collies and Shelties.
Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue is rare among U.S. dog rescue organizations in that we were founded long ago. That is, “long ago” in rescue standards, as the burn-out rate can indeed be high. The first variation of a Collie rescue in Pueblo started in the late 1960s with volunteers from the Pueblo Humane Society. Key members were Bill and Barbara Skinder and Jerry Litvack; and then Harry and Dawn Amick, who lived near Pueblo in the mountain town of Beulah. As Harry recalls, “Dawn’s thing was always Collies. Dawn and I were married in 1979, and that was the time she and I started working together placing and doing Collie rescue together, just the two of us.” From these small beginnings in 1979 first came Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue and now Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue.
Sadly, Dawn passed away in July of 1990, but Harry continued their important volunteer work on his own. In 1992 his rescue started helping Shelties as well as Collies. Harry’s mountain property in Beulah was a true haven for the dogs that he rescued. The dogs had room to run; and there was even an out building in case a dog came in pregnant and needed a place to care for her pups, or in case a dog needed to be quarantined. For six years, Harry also was President of the Pueblo Humane Society and volunteered on a regular basis at the Pueblo animal shelter.