Read. There are many good sources of information about Shelties. There is a brief description in the About the Breed link located on this site. There are many good books written on the breed. One such book (affectionately know as the Sheltie "bible") is Sheltie Talk by Betty Jo McKinney. You can do a search on the Internet and find good material about this wonderful breed.
Talk. Talk to actual Sheltie owners. Ask them what it is like day to day living with a Sheltie. Ask them to tell you about the challenges as well as the rewards.
Think. Now that you have read and talked to others about Shelties, spend some quality time considering if a Sheltie is right for you. Will it fit into your family and lifestyle? Even if you have owned a Sheltie before, adopting and owning a rescued Sheltie can be quite different due to "baggage" this new family member brings with them. One example might be excessive shyness due to living in a puppymill with little socialization. Also, think about whether you are willing to commit to owning this dog for the rest of his/her life. We only want adopters that are looking to give a dog their "forever" home.
Have a securely fenced yard for the safety and welfare of their dogs. Only rarely do we consider other options to a fenced yard. We do not adopt to homes that use invisible/underground fencing.
Are looking to give a dog a "forever home."
Have their other pets spayed or neutered unless showing in conformation or the animal has a medical condition that prohibits safely spaying or neutering them
Are going to keep their adopted Sheltie as an inside family member. Potential adopters that want a Sheltie as an outdoor dog are automatically declined.
Realize that rescued Shelties might have some "baggage" or issues to deal with and are willing to work toward helping the dog realize his or her full potential.
The first step is to fill out an adoption application. After we receive your completed application and review it, then we contact your vet to check that your other pets are current on vaccinations, on heartworm prevention, etc. Then we will contact you to set up a time for someone to visit your home to meet you and your family. Once you have been approved, we will contact you to discuss which dog might best fit your family and lifestyle.
The adoption fee charged is to help cover our (many) expenses. The fees for adopting a Sheltie through our organization are as follows:
Shelties - up to 1 yr. old - $300.00
Shelties - 1 to 9 yrs. old - $225.00
Shelties - over 10 yrs. old - $150.00.
These adoption fees includes spay or neuter, routine vaccinations, heartworm check and preventative, flea prevention, microchip, grooming, and a dental cleaning if needed. Exception - puppies too young are not spayed or neutered. Adopter will sign spay/neuter contract and the surgery will be their financial responsibility.
These fees often do not cover the costs of caring for a rescue dog. We are a non-profit, and are more focused on finding the right family for the right Sheltie.
What are the adoption fees?
If you feel that you're ready to adopt, please fill at this form linked below and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once it's reviewed we will contact you and work on proceeding to the next steps of the adoption process.