South Carolina Sheltie Rescue

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Who We Are

South Carolina Sheltie Rescue is a not-for-profit group comprised of volunteers who give of their time, ability and even their homes to help place Shelties where they will be well cared for and loved. Our main goals are the protection of Shelties already here, the prevention of further over-breeding and the education of any Sheltie owner who requests it.

The birth of South Carolina Sheltie Rescue came in response to the need to establish an organization in this state to find good homes for Shelties that are abandoned, lost or mistreated and that are in dire need of a new lease on life. Our volunteers foster our rescue Shelties in their homes, working with them to evaluate their temperaments, housebreak them and make sure they are up to date on vaccinations, spayed/neutered, and receive any other needed care. We also help, in extreme emergencies, those who have to give up their dogs. We feel that the responsibility for caring for lost, neglected and abused Shelties must rest with those who know and love the breed. South Carolina Sheltie Rescue is made up of individuals, some of them current or former breeders, who have many years of experience with this breed and understand the needs of the dogs. What better reward could there be than knowing that dozens of Shelties which otherwise might have been put to sleep, left out to starve or to run loose in the streets to be crippled or killed in traffic, are instead currently in loving and caring homes?!

Points To Remember

1. Fees: There is a required adoption donation for each dog, which is based on the dog's age. Some of our rescues require extra medical care or special rehabilitation that will entail much greater expense; we do not require, but would appreciate, an extra donation to help cover these expenses.
2. Spaying/Neutering: Any dog adopted from South Carolina Sheltie Rescue will have been spayed or neutered, because rescued Shelties are not generally suitable for breeding. Rescued Shelties make marvelous friends, and placing them in a loving, supportive environment is the only goal we will pursue. If you would like to acquire a Sheltie with the idea of producing puppies, we would be happy to refer you to one of the breeders in South Carolina or surrounding states. Breeding Shelties is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor, and one which should not be attempted without knowledge and understanding of this breed and of the many facets of breeding and nurturing puppies.
3. Contracts: All adopters of our rescue Shelties will be asked to sign an Adoption Agreement. This contract is legal and binding. Please read it carefully!
4. Miscellaneous: We recommend that you follow a regular innoculation program established by your veterinarian to guarantee your dog stays healthy. You will receive a complete medical history on your Sheltie, as best as can be determined or documented. You must also have the dog licensed in accordance with the laws where you live. Since we do not know you personally, the information from the Adoption Request Form (which is requested of anyone seeking a rescue Sheltie) will help us to match up the right kind of Sheltie for your family. We place our Shelties only in good, loving homes, and we screen prospective adopters thoroughly. We reserve the right to refuse adoption based on inappropriate matches of dogs and home situations or unqualified home environment.

Adopting a friend

Our dogs are placed in homes after completion of an application, a home visit and approval by one of our coordinators. The adoption donation for each dog varies with age and can be affected by any health or behavioral issues present. The adoption donation for each dog is listed on their individual bio page. This fee includes spay or neuter, all vaccinations, any medical issues addressed and microchipping. Before considering adopting a Sheltie, we encourage you to research the breed. We love Shelties but also recognize that they are not the dog for everyone. Shelties can be high energy, bark a lot and their coat needs more attention than most breeds. Shelties are highly intelligent and easy to train, but that also means that you cannot ignore them! Most thrive when given a "job" to do--that job could be obedience or agility training, flyball, herding sheep or children. Please contact us if you would like more information about our dogs or our organization!

Please apply only by e-mail:

In the subject line, please put the name of the animal you wish to adopt, your name and your city and state.

Thank you for your interest in one of our Shelties! Many of our Shelties were pulled from less than ideal circumstances and therefore we want only the best for them in their new homes.

We are as much sanctuary as a shelter, and our Shelties are only placed when we are as sure as we can be that the new home is the last and permanent home for this pet. In addition, our research shows that animals and homes that are thoroughly screened and matched make better permanent relationships between the pet and the family.

We retain the right to refuse any adoption.

You will be visited in your home by a SCSR rescue volunteer. We do have required adoption donations for each dog, which are determined by their age and medical condition.
Rescue and rehabilitation efforts are funded solely through adoption fees and donations. We receive no public funds.
Once an Sheltie has been accepted into SCSR, it will be cared for throughout its natural life and it is always welcome to return here. In fact, our contract will require that you return the animal to SCSR if you can no longer care for him or her, no matter what the reason.

A good web site to explore to learn more about Shelties is the American Shetland Sheepdog website, American Shetland Sheepdog Association

Thanks - we are looking forward to hearing from you. South Carolina Sheltie Rescue

South Carolina Sheltie Rescue
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