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Adoption Process





Because of the shortage of  shelties coming into Rescue, we will be servicing

our area of Western PA only for the time being.



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 prior pets.

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 your application. 

     We do not have time to call everyone trying to obtain that information.


3You 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.

If you do not have a fenced yard and/but intend to put one up,

please 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.


 7. You 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 safety.

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. 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.

Invisible fences 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 even ask.

•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 become destructive.

•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 life.

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 year.

•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.

(We see the damage done by cheap food only too often)

An average Sheltie will live 13-15 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.

•1-3 Yr. 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.

•3-5 Yr. 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 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) 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 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 group,

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 dogs

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.


Purebred Shelties:

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
Special needs:            $200 Special needs:           $100  


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)
Heartworm preventative

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 needed surgery)
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



Adoption Application (Word File)

This file may be filled out online with MS Word

and emailed back to us for quicker response.

Please email to :


Adoption 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 of receipt.

If you do not get a notice of receipt, please e-mail us.


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 the applicant.






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