So you want to adopt a Sheltie:
Please read through this entire page. It should answer any questions you
may have about adopting from us.
As you work through the adoption process, please understand that our
primary concern is the happiness and welfare of
If you feel, after reading the entire page,
that adoption is for you, please find the application form at the
bottom of the page.
Please note: If you do not have a
securely fenced in yard and plan to install one,
please wait until your fence is
installed and secure before submitting an application for adoption.
It saves us all time.
Our basic rules on adoption.......
1. You must have a verifiable history of excellent vet care for
2. If you
purchase your monthly maintenance medications online, (and your vet has no
record of them) you
will need to provide proof of those purchases. Send a printout of a past 1 year history with
We do not have time to call everyone trying to obtain that information.
You must have a physical, secure fence enclosing your back
door and yard. NO EXCEPTIONS !
Please do not apply if you think you can sway us into adopting to a home
without a securely fenced in back yard.
you do not have a fenced yard and/but intend to put one up,
wait until it is up and secure before submitting your application.
The safety of our rescue dogs are our first priority !
4. You must be
over the age of 21.
5. We generally
will not place a dog in a home with toddlers. (it seldom works)
We understand the temperament of a Sheltie and its herding tendencies
that are misconstrued as biting.
6. The dog must be
a good match for you, your age, your lifestyle, your home.
The odds must be good that you will outlive the dog. We do not want our dogs homeless again.
must be willing to train and work with any new dog. Perfect dogs are
created, not born that way and most
dogs coming into rescue have some kind of issue.
Before you adopt a Sheltie, please make sure you know this breed.
Shelties have many wonderful traits ...............but, they also have some not-so-wonderful traits.
•First of all - Shelties are barkers. They don't bark at everything....
but a sheltie will warn you if the UPS man arrives, or someone walks into
your yard....or if something is 'not right'. If a barking dog will bother
you, this may not be the right breed for you. And, please don't suggest we
"debark" the dog to make it more right for your home. We do not believe
in "debarking a dog."
•Second - Shelties shed. This is a double coated, long haired breed. Their
coat does need a fair amount of care. A good brushing at
least once a week and a bath once a month will suffice.
•Third - Shelties
can be very shy with strangers. A sheltie will be very affectionate and
loving with its owners, but may be very shy with strangers. If you are
looking for a dog that will run and greet everyone who comes to visit
you..... this may not be the breed for you. Often, a sheltie will hide
when a stranger comes over. Please consider this if you plan on hiring
strangers to care for your sheltie while you are gone.
•Fourth - Most Shelties are
NOT good with toddlers and small children. We suggest you wait until your
child is at least 7 or 8 years old.. We will sometimes have a Sheltie
available that would do well with toddlers, but this is not the "norm".
Most Shelties are somewhat sound and movement sensitive..... so unless
your child is unusually calm and quiet, we discourage it. I know that
"Lassie" was great with Timmy...... but Collies are NOT the same as
Shelties. They are a totally different breed, TRUST US.
•And last....Shelties are a herding dog. They herd small children,
squirrels, bunnies ....etc. Unfortunately, some Shelties also enjoy
herding cars! That is why a fenced yard is so important for the dog's
An adult or a puppy? - Please consider this.... Many people buy a
puppy........and then work and work and work to get that puppy to behave
like a mature adult. Please consider the chewing, the potty accidents, the
crying in the crate, the constant attention a puppy needs when making an
adoption decision. If you want a dog to act like a mature adult, then
don't adopt a puppy!
A fenced yard - We do require a fully fenced (at least the rear) yard to
adopt a dog from us. A physical fence shows us the commitment to a dog's
safety that we need to see in an adoptive home.
Work all day / Gone a lot ? - A young dog or puppy will not do well
in this environment, however a mature/senior dog will. Please consider the
welfare of the dog and adopt a mature or senior dog if you are gone all
day. A senior dog will likely come already housetrained and trustworthy
alone in the house.
Appearances - Please don't insist on a Sheltie solely on it's looks.
We place our dogs in homes based on their temperament and habits.
A Sheltie would be miserable as an "outdoor" dog, therefore we won't even
consider it, so don't ask ! A sheltie forced to live outside away from the
family will bark excessively and become destructive. Not a good situation
!! A Sheltie is a very loving and loyal dog, that needs attention and
affection. A Sheltie will want to be with the family, wherever that may
be. We will only consider those homes who want a Sheltie as an indoor
family member. Further, IF in one of our follow up visits, we find one of
our dogs is left outdoors unattended, we will reclaim the dog.
Our Shelties can come from a variety of situations..... We get dogs out of
Shelters, owner surrenders, dogs found running loose, dogs who are
abandoned because of their owners death...etc..etc. Rather than leave
these dogs to die in a shelter, we take them in and address their needs.
We will treat any medical condition the dog has. We then spay and/or
neuter every dog (no exceptions), bring them current on all shots, and
begin heartworm and flea protection. The dog is bathed, groomed, and
put into a foster home for evaluation. Each dog stays in their foster home
until the temperament is known and a good match can be made. We do not
place aggressive dogs or known biters. But, some rescue dogs may have some
"issues" to work through. We always try to advise you of any known
"issues" a dog has prior to you adopting it. Rescue dogs usually have
plenty of love, affection and gratitude to give back. And you will have
the satisfaction of knowing that you saved a dog.
We do not have a shelter. Our entire organization is made up of volunteer
foster homes. We have dogs in foster homes all over the state. So...it is
not possible to go to a "shelter" to view all our dogs. We ask that you
submit an application first, and once you are approved to adopt through
reference checks and a home visit, we will
suggest a few dogs that we feel would be a good match..... and then make
arrangements for you to meet them.
We do not place dogs in homes that we do not believe will work out..... so
please respect our advice.
Here are some general guidelines we follow:
•For the safety of
our dogs, we place our dogs in homes with (real) fenced yards.
are not considered a fence. They won't hold a determined sheltie. Trust
us! We will not adopt to someone with an invisible fence, so please don't
•If you have young
children (toddlers) please reconsider your breed choice. Young children
and Shelties are NOT a good mix. I know the books may tell you different,
but we know this breed. Please trust us. We suggest you adopt a Lab or a
Golden or one of the larger breed dogs. A larger dog can protect itself
better from small children.
•If you are gone
all day long, please don't ask us for a puppy or a very young dog. It's
just not fair to the dog. A bored Sheltie will bark excessively and may
•If you currently
own a pet that is not spayed or neutered, you will not be considered for
adoption, unless surgery for your pet is medically contraindicated or you
are actively showing your pet in conformation. We only are interested in
working with responsible pet owners.
•If your current
pets are not kept up to date on all shots and preventatives, you will not
be considered for adoption.
•If you are unsure
as to whether you can commit to a dog for the rest of it's life,
(regardless of whether you move, change jobs, or get divorced) then please
rethink your decision to adopt a dog. Adoption is for the rest of the dog's
Here are some things we insist on if you do adopt a Sheltie from us:
•The dog may never
be allowed off a leash unless it is in a securely fenced yard. This breed
spooks easily and will run off.
•The dog must be
kept on Heartworm and Flea Prevention medicine at least 9 months out of
•The dog must be
an indoor dog and treated as a member of the family.
•The dog is never
to be left outside when you are not home.
•The dog must wear
ID tags at all times.
•The dog may only
be fed premium dog food…..No generic or bargain brand dog food.
the damage done by cheap food only too often)
An average Sheltie will live 13-15 years......so what age dog is
best for you?
•Puppy through 1
yr. old.........Lots of chewing, not reliably housetrained, needs much
attention and training, not a good choice if you are gone all day.
old........ Still acts like a puppy, may or may not be housetrained, will
still chew, needs lots of playtime to burn energy, will become bored
easily if left alone too long…..will chew or dig from boredom. Good choice
for someone who is home only part of the day.
Old.......Able to be trusted alone in the house for short periods, needs
several hours of playtime daily, will become bored easily, will chew or
dig from boredom.
•5+ .... A perfect
dog. Past the chewing stage, reliably housetrained, content to sleep while
you are gone, will want to play for a few hours, but will be ready to
sleep again when you do. Best choice if you are gone all day long.
Rescue dogs range in age from puppies to 13 yr. olds. Everyone seems to
want the young dogs.....so please consider opening your heart to an older
dog. They are so much harder to place, and most often are the best
behaved. They need homes just as much, if not more, than the younger dogs.
The Process. This is how things work..............
1. The first step to adoption
is filling out a written application. Submitting your application online
is the easiest and fastest way to get things started. Also....we consider
applications in the order that we receive them. Applications that are
'snail- mailed' to us must be
scanned or typed in and that takes extra time. Please be totally honest,
as we match dogs based on what you tell us. If you have a specific
pet-peeve or preference, please let us know. Placing the right dog in the
right home is very important to us!
2. Once we review your application, and if we have a dog that is a good
match.......we will begin calling references and your Vet. You must have a
history of providing excellent health care for your current or prior dogs.
3. Next we will have someone from our group call you and set up a
time to come to your home to meet you and your entire family. Since we
work over the Internet, we never know who we are dealing with, so please
don't be offended that we need to make sure we are sending one of our dogs
to a good home. We put so much time, expense and work into these dogs, we
are picky where they go!! When we come to your home, we are not looking at
your housekeeping or your financial status. We simply need to know that
you are who you say you are and that you have the means, the knowledge,
and the room to safely care for one of our dogs. Our representative will
also be happy to answer any dog care related questions you may have. Our
representative may or may not have the dog you want with them. It depends
on where the dog is, where you are and what is feasible. But more
often than not, the volunteer will NOT have the dog you want with them
during this visit.
4. Once step 1-3 are complete and you have been approved, we will set up a
time for you to come here/foster home and begin meeting dogs. We will make
every effort to make meeting the dog as convenient as we can, but you will
need to come here......we do not deliver dogs. When you come to meet *the* dog (s)........you will be able to adopt the dog (ie: take it home with
you) that day if we both (you and us) agree that this is the right dog for
you. At that time, we will sit down with you and go over the dogs medical
history and you will be given copies of all the dogs records. We will go
over in detail how to care for your dog as well as answer any questions
that you have. You will also be asked to sign an adoption contract
(viewable online also), and last....you will be asked to make a donation
to WPASR for the stated amount (below). All of our dogs leave here with a
new leash and martingale collar.
The fees to adopt a dog are as follows. Since we are a strictly volunteer
you may always donate more than
the stated amount and the pups would certainly appreciate it.
Many people complain that
adoption is too expensive. Well, let it be known that our incoming
get extensive Veterinary care
costing well above and beyond the donation of adoption. It is
our hope that you've inquired to adopt a Rescue Sheltie because you love
the breed, truly care about the rising problem of unwanted Shelties
being discarded by uncaring individuals or because you want to help a
Sheltie have a loving life out of the shelters and humane societies.
For every dog adopted, room is
made for another precious Sheltie to come into Rescue
to find that "forever home"
where they are wanted, cherished and loved.
Mix breed Shelties:
|Senior to Senior Adoption:
|Puppy up to 1 year: $375
||Puppy up to 1 year: $275
||Purebred Senior Sheltie: $175
|1yr - 9yrs: $325
||1 year to 9 years: $225
|10 yrs. and seniors: $200
||10 and seniors: $150
||Mix Breed Senior Sheltie: $125
All fee's includes:
Spay or neuter (Puppies age 6 months or older)
One year rabies shot
DH2PP (Distemper/Parvo combo shot)
Heartworm Test (Treatment is performed if Sheltie tested positive)
Flea prevention treatment
Fecal Testing (If worms found present, treatment is administered)
Dental Evaluation (Treatment if our Veterinarians feel it necessary)
Treatment of any medical issue we feel needs attention
Blood workup (If deemed necessary with a suspected issue and before any
Microchip and registration form
A medical history record comes with each dog.( Please note that at times,
there is NO medical history provided with an incoming Sheltie. It is at
this time, we decide what is necessary for that particular dog. We work
with our Veterinarians to bring all incoming Shelties up to date with all
required vaccinations, as well as treatments for any suspected issues any
particular dog is exhibiting.)
Now.... If by chance, you are only willing to take a young, perfect
sheltie, please let us know right up front, and we will put you on our
"perfect dog waiting list".....and we promise to call you as soon as the
dog comes in.
Also... if your idea is to adopt a rescue Sheltie, because you don't want
to pay a breeders price, please stop right here, because that is not what
rescue is all about. Rescue is about giving a dog a chance who otherwise
would not get one. If saving a Sheltie is what you have in mind....then
please contact us.
If you have made it this far, are still interested and have a FENCED
IN BACK YARD......Fill out an
Application (Word File)
This file may be filled out online with MS
and emailed back to us for quicker response.
Please email to :
Application (PDF File)
Either form can also be mailed to:
c/o Darlene Clark
29 Jessica Lane
Leechburg, PA 15656
We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within 24 hours
If you do not get a notice of receipt, please
We reserve the right to refuse an applicant if, in our judgment, the home
situation is not
compatible with the needs of a sheltie or if the breed is not suitable for
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