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Sheltie Shack Rescue Adoption Process

At Sheltie Shack Rescue our emphasis is placed on the quality of our adoptions rather than quantity of adoptions.   When we refer to a "fur♥ever home" we expect a lifelong commitment to the adoptive dog you have chosen to make part of your family.  Our adoption process is designed to carefully match a pet based both your lifestyle and well as the dog(s) individual needs. This can take some time, but using this method has produced a high success rate of happy adoptions.    Our goal is to have this be not only a happy adoption but also the final home for our dogs.    


Adopting a New Companion Sheltie    

If you are applying for one of our dogs from out of state, please note that we   DO NOT SHIP OR TRANSPORT OUR DOGS .  If you are truly interested in adopting from Sheltie Shack Rescue you must be willing to make the trip to meet us and your potential new family member.  We expect the entire family to come to adoption meeting, including any other current canine companions, as there is no other way to assure compatibility of all family members.  We have had many successful out of state adoptions and encourage you to apply if you can comply with these travel requirements.  We do not place our dogs in homes where all current companion pets are not household pets, properly vaccinated, not on heart worm preventative or not  spayed or neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so or the dog is actively being shown in conformation.  We only place dogs in homes where they will be indoor pets and never left outdoors when no one is home.  We do require a fenced yard for our dogs.  On occasion a much older dog that is not a flight risk may do fine in a condo/town house/apartment environment where a responsible adopter will agree that all outside activities will ONLY take place on a leash.  Such determination will be made on a case by case basis in the dog's best interest. If you do not have a fenced yard, ask if we have any dogs that will be considered before you fill out an application.  We do NOT approve of electric/invisible fences, dog runs or tie out chains.  If your home has a pool, it must be safely fenced separate from the rest of the back yard.


How to Submit a Sheltie Shack Rescue Adoption Application


        Download an application (MS Word)


  • Applicants must be 21 years of age. 

  • We will review the application, and will contact you by phone and/or e-mail with any questions we might have.  If your written application is approved, a home visit will be scheduled next.  Since we often have volunteers do our home visits, we will contact you after getting their report and let you know if you've been approved to come meet and hopefully adopt the dog(s) wish to adopt as your next family companion.  If your application is not approved upon initial submittal, we will let you know within the next 24 hours or if at any time during the adoption process we feel you are not a good fit for the dog you are interested in, for whatever reason, you will also be notified per phone or e-mail. 


  • Adoption fees cover only a partial amount of the spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, heart worm testing (treatment if necessary), fecal, dentals (when necessary), lab work, monthly flea/tick and heart worm preventatives, worming and MDR1 testing of all collies. Other medical needs are addressed on a per need basis of each individual dog.  You will find that our adoption fee is considerably less expensive than going to the vet yourself with a newly purchased dog.  Although we ask for a minimum adoption fee, we are always appreciative of any additional donation that helps defray costs such as travel expenses, food, bedding, toys and grooming services that are not factored into the adoption fee as well as set monthly operational expenditures. 


  • An Adoption Contract for each dog will be signed as the last step of the adoption process. The contract is a binding and legal document that provides for returning the dog to Sheltie Shack Rescue if the adopter is no longer able to keep dog and allows for quick reclaim if there is abuse; the animal is found roaming free; or the dog is suffering from neglect.  You can expect a follow up inquiry as to how the adopted dog is doing and, hopefully, you would like to share your success story with us to post on the web.    


Where To See Our Dogs  

Since we do not operate a shelter facility, only approved applicants will be invited to come and meet the dog(s) that they are interested in adopting.  Since not all dogs are located at the same foster home, arrangements will be made on an individual bases as to where this meeting will take place and where the adoption will be completed. Sheltie Shack Rescue is located in Shell Knob, Missouri. We adopt rescued shelties and rescued collies to surrounding states including MO, KS, CO, NE, OK, AR, TN, IL, IA, and TX.


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