About Us


WELCOME to our NWAL Herding (Shetland Sheepdog) Dog Rescue website.  We hope you all will find it interesting and helpful especially if you are looking for a sweet Sheltie to adopt, need to find a home for your Sheltie or would just love to read about Shelties and why they are so loved.  We will be updating our site often, so keep checking back in, go to www.sheltierescue-nwal.org and visit us on Facebook to LIKE our page.....be sure an visit our special sister site: www.seniorshelties.com and LIKE them on Facebook as well.


Yes folks we finally made it to the Petfinder West Virginia Page....We still have a foster homes operating in Alabama, Presently we will not be taking in anymore Shelties or Collies in Southern West Virginia or Kentucky.  All fostered dogs are located in wonderful homes with a fenced in yard and considered part of the family until they are adopted.  Please check out our babies that are adoptable

We are at Tractor Supply in Ronceverte, WV from 11:00 to 2:00pm 4 months a year plus special events. Days vary, please watch for our announcements. We have lots of goodies at the table and pictures of the doggies, plus information about ProPlan Rally to Rescue which are one of our supporters.  During the months of November through March we suspend our adoptions at Tractor Supply due to seasonable weather conditions. We will be adding other locations in different states as we become associated with them.

However, we still have lots of beautiful doggies, especially YOUNG and HAPPY Shelties that want to share your life with you...Please check out our other websites:


www.seniorshelties.com (informational site only)


A really neat way to get your dog supplies and give a donation to our group:

Shop at www.chewy.com with the code below and they will donate $20.00 for each person who places their first order through them, to our organization.  Thank you

www.chewy.com/rp/1300 or

www.smile.amazon.com, please sign up under our group and check out our Wish Lists as well under Karen


There are several other ways to donate to our group without actually donating your own money, please contact us for further information.  nwalherd@gmail.com 

Thank you.






Adopting A Friend


Adopting a Sheltie (Collie or Mix) from NWAL Herding Dog Rescue (NWALHDR):


I.                    The Adoption Process

II.                  What We Expect From Adopters

III.                What Adopters Can Expect From Us

IV.                Adoption Fees

V.                  Frequently Asked Questions


Please read carefully.  If you decide to apply to adopt one of our Shelties, you will find a link to the application at the end of the page.  If you have never had a Sheltie, please read the page “About Shelties.”


I.                   The Adoption Process


We want the best possible forever homes for our Shelties and we know you want a dog that is a great match for you.  NWALHDR has an organizational structure designed to match the right dog with the right adopter:


A.       Potential adopter fills out application completely and emails it to nwalherd@gmail.com


B.      The application is reviewed by NWALHDR’s Adoption Coordinator, who will contact applicant if there are any questions.


C.      A volunteer will schedule a home visit with the applicant.  At this visit, all family members and household pets must be present.  The volunteer answers questions, shares information about Shelties, checks security of fencing (unless other means of securing the premises is available), looks for any dog hazards, examines number and steepness of stairs, discusses Sheltie size, color, age, and temperament preferences that the applicant may have.


D.     The Adoption Coordinator calls all the applicant’s references and receives a home visit report from the volunteer.  This becomes part of the application.  The Adoption Coordinator will reply to the applicant with information about acceptance and next steps.


E.      Adoption Coordinator compiles a list of all approved adopters and sends it to all the Foster Care Providers in Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia..


F.       Each Foster Care Provider reviews applications and home visit reports and will contact an applicant who looks like a good match for that foster dog.  

G.     If an applicant is interested in the dog described by the foster provider, a meeting is arranged so the entire family can meet the dog—preferably first at the foster home and then at the applicant’s home.


H.     If all are in agreement that this is a good match, the adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid to NWAL Herding Dog Rescue for AL, WV, KY. 


I.        Applicants may contact the Adoption Coordinator if they see a dog on our website that they are interested in meeting.  That interest will then be communicated to the dog’s foster provider.


II.                 What We Expect From Adopters


A.      We consider only applicants who want a Sheltie as a member of the family, one that will be an inside/outside dog, and not kept outside all the time, especially when the family is not home.


B.      We do favor applicants with securely fenced yards for most (but not necessarily all) of our Shelties.  For puppies and most young dogs, a fence is required.  Some middle-aged or senior dogs can do well in homes with no fenced yard if the family is willing to take the dog for frequent walks - on leash, of course.  


C.      We do NOT place dogs in homes with invisible fences or dogs that will be kept in 10x10 kennels or Crated all day. 


D.     We expect adopters to provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation for a dog.  Most Shelties are active and need to run and play or have a some kind of job; they are not meant to be couch potatoes.


E.      We do NOT place dogs in homes that have intact pets or pets that are not up to date on vaccinations.


F.       If a dog is placed in a home with young children, we expect parents to train their children in proper treatment of the dog and to carefully monitor interactions between the dog and the children.


G.     Other requirements in our adoption contract include the following:

The dog may never be allowed off a leash outdoors unless it is in a securely and physically fenced area.

The dog must be kept on Sentinel heartworm preventative year round.

The dog is never to be left outside when you are not home.

The dog must wear ID tags, even if it is microchipped, including the NWALHDR ID tag, at all times.

If the dog cannot be kept for any reason, it must be returned to NWALHDR.


III.               What You Can Expect From Us


A.      Every Sheltie that comes into NWALHDR is placed with an experienced foster provider for a minimum of three weeks and often for several months.


B.      While in foster care, a dog is carefully evaluated to determine any health or behavior problems.


C.      By the time the dog is certified as ready for adoption, it will have had all needed vet care at NWALHDR expense.  The dog will be:

Spayed or neutered, unless it's a puppy less than six months of age.

Up-to-date on rabies, distemper, parvo, and other appropriate vaccines.

Tested for Heartworm, Lyme, E. Canis, and various other parasites and, if positive, treated for any of these.

Provided with Sentinel Heartworm preventative.

Bathed and groomed.

Given a professional dental cleaning if needed and treated for any

other problems that present themselves while in our care.


D.     The dog will have been tested to determine how well it interacts with other dogs, cats, birds and with children of various ages.


E.      If the dog shows aggressive behavior or has a biting history, it will not be placed for adoption.


F.       The dog will be given remedial housetraining if needed.


G.     The dog’s foster provider will leash train it and provide a start on training in other basic commands.  You will receive a martingale collar, leash and harness with your adopted dog. 


H.     As complete a medical history as possible will be given to adopter.


I.        As complete a picture of the dog’s temperament as possible will be given to adopter, as well as, the dog’s eating habits and type of food and supplements.


IV.               Adoption Fees


Young purebred dogs up to 1 years old: $400)

Adults purebred dogs 1-9 years old: $ 350 

Senior Adults purebred dogs 10 years old and older: $250 


We spend about $500 or more in veterinary services alone for the average Sheltie taken into NWALHDR.  This amount does not include the room, board, evaluation, training, food, supplements and love that our volunteer foster homes provide - free of charge.  So, our adoption fees cover only a small part of the expenses incurred in rehoming our Shelties.  We rely heavily on donations, grants, on fund-raising events and auctions.



Who We Are


NWAL Herding Dog Rescue, Inc. is a non profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization .  We rescue homeless and abandoned Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties), and mixes thereof and rehome them to loving, responsible and approved forever homes.  Founded in 2003 in the State of Alabama, now located in Alabama, we take in approximately 200-250 Shelties, and mixes thereof, no matter the age or problem, each year.


We are not a brick and mortar shelter facility.  We are a network of foster homes, located in AL,  that allows us to get to know the dog’s personality and character, along with any special needs, they may have before adoption.  Each dog is treated accordingly, then spayed/neutered, brought current on shots, wormed, heartworm tested (and if positive - treated) , started on Interceptor/Sentinel Heartworm Prevention, microchipped, treated for fleas and ticks and groomed.  


As with any responsible rescue, we are committed to our animals for life.  If for any reason the relationship with your adopted Sheltie, or mix is not working, or if your situation changes and you are unable to keep or care for this adopted dog anymore, we have an unconditional return policy.  Do not take this rescue to a brick and mortar shelter facility, please call us to arrange to have your adopted dog transported back to any of our foster homes that is closest to you. 

Come Visit Us

We are located in Summers County of Alderson, WV, and Alabama. Please call before coming to make an appointment and for directions.

1-256-263-7604 AL 



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