Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Our Adoptable Pet List

Click here to see our Happy Tails!

Who We Are

The mission of Minnesota Sheltie Rescue is to find the best and last homes for unwanted or homeless Shelties. We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization and our Shelties are evaluated and live in foster homes as they await their new forever homes. We do not operate a shelter. All Shelties are examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, treated for parasites, tested for heartworm and given heartworm preventative during heartworm season, spayed or neutered prior to adoption, and additional medical treatments are provided as needed. We rely solely on donations and fundraising to cover medical costs for the Shelties, so donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.

Not ready to adopt, but you would like to help a Sheltie in need? Sponsor a Sheltie! Many of the Shelties who come into our program need urgent medical care. We gratefully accept donations of any amount, and donations to MNSR are tax-deductible since we are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Donations may be sent by mail to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, P.O. Box 395, Circle Pines, MN 55014-9998, or click here for a secure online donation: givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-Sheltie-Rescue

Adopting a friend

Our application approval process consists of the adoption application, references and a home visit to the applicant's home. Meetings with Shelties in our program are arranged once an application has been approved. Please visit our website at www.mnsheltierescue.org to see Shelties who are currently available for adoption, and to submit an adoption application. If you are unable to access our website or download the adoption application, please contact us and we will mail one to you. We generally have several other Shelties in our program who are still being treated medically or who are being evaluated by their foster family. If you are interested in adopting, but do not see a Sheltie that would fit your situation currently, we encourage you to go through our approval process as new Shelties come into our program on a regular basis. Please read our adoption guidelines at www.mnsheltierescue.org/howtoadopt prior to calling or emailing as this may answer your questions.

FENCE: In most cases, a secure wood, vinyl, or chain link fence, with secure gates and no gaps, and with direct access from the house is required for the dogs in our program. Shelties as a breed are considered to be a high flight risk, and many of the dogs we take into our program may be shy. When we have a Sheltie in our program that can go to a home without a fence, it will be noted in the dog's bio. For ALL the dogs in our program, our adoption contract requires that the dog will ALWAYS be on a leash whenever the dog is not in a securely fenced area.

DISTANCE ADOPTIONS: We focus on local adoptions to families near Minneapolis, MN or Fargo, ND, as this is where our volunteers are located, and a home visit to your home is part of the approval process. We encourage everyone outside of these areas to look for a local shelter or rescue group from which to adopt. Visit http://nationalsheltierescue.org/RosterByState.php for a listing of Sheltie rescue organizations nationwide. Please keep in mind that if you apply to adopt a Sheltie and your application is approved, you will be asked to travel to the foster home(s) to meet the dog(s) prior to an adoption.

We occasionally have Sheltie puppies in rescue. If you are interested in adopting a rescue puppy, please submit an application.

There is only one breed of Shetland Sheepdog and responsible breeders aim to improve the breed through health, temperament and appearance. There is no such breed as a "toy Sheltie" or "miniature Sheltie". These are very undersized Shelties that were not bred to conform to the standard. Shelties come in various colors, and sizes of rescue Shelties can vary. A Sheltie is not a "mini-Collie". Shelties and Collies are separate breeds, and differ in temperament. You can read more about the Sheltie breed by visiting our website at www.mnsheltierescue.org/node/12. If you are considering purchasing a Sheltie from a breeder, we can provide you with information on what to look for and what to ask.

Sheltie Flight Risk

Shelties are a high-flight risk. When spooked, they will bolt, and their instinct is to stay away from people, even people they know, when in panic mode. They are difficult to return home once missing. Precautions should be taken to ensure your Sheltie cannot dash out the door of the home or car, that there are no gaps in the fence and the gates are securely locked, that your Sheltie is always on a leash or lead when not in a securely fenced area, and that the collar fits snugly with the leash securely attached, since Shelties are also known for backing out of their collar. This applies to all Shelties, not just rescue Shelties. If your Sheltie is missing, please contact us for suggestions or to list your Sheltie on our Lost & Found website page, or visit our website at www.mnsheltierescue.org/node/12 for precautions you can take to prevent this from happening, and tips on how to go about finding a lost Sheltie.

Foster a Sheltie

Minnesota Sheltie Rescue is in need of short-term and long-term foster homes so that we can help more Shelties in need. Short-term foster homes provide temporary care (1-2 weeks) while the foster family is on vacation. Long-term foster homes provide care for the Sheltie until a forever home is found. Potential foster homes undergo a screening process which includes an application, references and a home visit. Due to the flight risk of the Sheltie breed and the high number of very shy, unsocialized Shelties we take in, a secure fully fenced yard (wood, chain link or vinyl) is required for fostering short-term or long-term. If you are interested in fostering a Sheltie, please go to www.mnsheltierescue.org/node/31 to download the foster application, or email foster@mnsheltierescue.org. If you do not have a fenced yard and would like to help Shelties, we have other volunteer opportunities available. Email volunteer@mnsheltierescue.org

Resources to Help You Keep Your Pet

We have compiled a list of resources to help you so that your Sheltie can stay in your home. These resources include pet friendly housing, assistance with veterinary care and costs, spay/neuter assistance, pet food and supplies, short-term foster care, foster care for pets of victims of domestic violence, and behavior and training resources. www.tinyurl.com/mnsrResourcesToKeepYourPet


SUPPORT MINNESOTA SHELTIE RESCUE WHEN YOU SHOP ONLINE! Just enter Minnesota Sheltie Rescue as your designated charity at:






It's that simple! A % of each purchase is donated to MNSR!

Join us on Facebook for news on upcoming events, classes, lost Shelties, adopted Shelties, and Shelties available for adoption! www.facebook.com/MinnesotaSheltieRescue

Shop Our Store!

Shop for fun Sheltie items for yourself or the Sheltie lover in your life! Find Sheltie T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, tote bags, buttons, magnets, aprons, mugs, notecards, posters, license plate frames, calendars and new items to come soon at www.cafepress.com/mnsrstore

Minnesota Sheltie Rescue
P.O. Box 395
Circle Pines, MN 55014 (This is a mailing address only. We do not operate a shelter.)
Phone: 612-616-7477 - Please read our adoption guidelines at www.mnsheltierescue.org/howtoadopt prior to calling.
Email: adopt@mnsheltierescue.org - Please read our adoption guidelines at www.mnsheltierescue.org/howtoadopt prior to emailing.
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter


[Home] [Information] [Shelters] [Search]

Donate a Thundershirt!
Donate to this organization through Drs. Foster and Smith
Drs. Foster and Smith: Dog Supplies - Cat Supplies - Pet Blog

GoodShop: You Shop...We Give!
GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Join us and support
Minnesota Sheltie Rescue
every time you shop online!

Shop to donate!

More info

US Bones donates 25% of online sales to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue: www.usbones.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvcAffil=1563