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Bearded Collie Club - Beardie Rescue

A vital service to the UK Beardie community

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The Bearded Collie Club's Rescue and Welfare Scheme

The Rescue and Welfare scheme is our commitment to help Bearded Collies, and their owners, in a variety of ways and in a range of situations.

Our National Administrator and Regional Coordinators cover the whole of the UK on a voluntary basis. They are all experienced Bearded Collie owners and willing to help and provide advice for any Bearded Collie-related question.

We offer a totally confidential rehoming service and support for the dog for the rest of their life. all owners are vetted and follow up checks are done at regular intervals.

Short term financial support is available to owners to offer support for a variety of emergency situations on a case by case basis on application in writing to the BCC Committee.

We are not a registered charity as we work under the banner of The KennelClub as part of our commitment as a recognised Club. This does mean that we are restricted to pure bred Bearded Collies but willingly help people find the right support for Working Beardies and "Neardies".

We rely solely on the generous donations of BCC Members, raffles and the sale of home-made dog biscuits at various events. All donations go directly to support dogs and owners accessing the scheme and occasionally contributing to supporting health testing initiatives.

Beardie Rescue

We understand that sometimes you are unable to keep your Bearded Collie and if you find yourself in this situation for any reason then we are here to help.

Firstly if possible please phone your Breeder. Most of our Breeders take pride in being there for their pups and are happy to help.

If for any reason you are not able to do this then please contact one of our Rescue Co-ordinators. The Co-ordinators will be able to advise you on the best way to move forward.

All enquiries regarding re-homing a Bearded Collie should be directed in the first instance to the Co-ordinator for the appropriate area (see below). Should he/she be unavailable, then please contact the Rescue Administrator, Pat Wincott, by email or by phone, tel: 0121-705-7004. Should either of these options fail, then any committee member should be able to assist. If re-homing becomes inevitable, Pat will liaise with an appropriate Co-ordinator who will hold a list of available homes.

Please note that the Club's rescue and welfare service is only available to pure-bred pedigree Bearded Collies - see the note on eligibility (below) for re-homing.

Interested in homing a Bearded Collie?

We are very lucky that we have far more people wanting Bearded Collies that we have Bearded Collies needing a home. However Bearded Collies as a breed are on the decline and need your help. So if you are an experienced Bearded Collie home and/or are considering sharing your life with a Bearded Collie, you may want to consider a puppy instead of an older Beardie. Please check out our puppy pages to find out more.

If you would still like to be considered for a rescue Bearded Collie please download and complete an Enquiy Form (available in either PDF or Word format) and return it to the Rescue Co-ordinator at the address shown on the form.


Area co-ordinators are as follows:-

Area covered Co-ordinator Location Telephone No.
South East England and
West of England
Madeleine FearChristchurch, Hampshire01425-673660
Mid and South Wales, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire
and Avon
Elizabeth HoltVale of Glamorgan02920-512237
West MidlandsPat WincottSolihull, West Midlands0121-705-7004
East MidlandsSue KennySinfin Moor, Derby01332-608624
North Wales, North of England, North MidlandsAlan FurbyWarrington, Cheshire01925-813224
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and DurhamPauline JeavonsWashington, Tyne & Wear07766-951589  or
0191-419-4526
Central & West ScotlandMr Ian McGheeKilmarnock01563-525997  or
07926-061527
North East ScotlandAnn HigginsAberdeen01340-871-854


Which dogs are eligible for re-homing?

The Bearded Collie Club's policy is that Rescue & Welfare funds should be spent looking after Bearded Collies which are 'pure-bred' pedigree dogs registered with the Kennel Club (or, for dogs not born in the UK, with an equivalent overseas organisation recognised by the Kennel Club).

To identify pure-bred Bearded Collies we look at the dog's official pedigree. Occasionally a pedigree is not available and in these circumstances we rely on the expertise of our Co-ordinators to identify whether or not they are dealing with a pure-bred Bearded Collie.

Unfortunately there are many dogs which need re-homing, including dogs that look like Beardies. Whilst we feel sorry for these dogs, we need to protect and maintain our resources to ensure no pedigree Bearded Collie is ever in need or a burden financially or otherwise to any other rescue or welfare organisation.

Last updated: 2 December 2019