Animal rescues that offer Shelties for adoption include the Southland Sheltie Rescue Inc., Mid-Arizona Sheltie Rescue and the New England Sheltie Rescue, as of 2016. Other Sheltie organizations that rescue and put Shelties into adoption may be found on The American Shetland Sheepdog's National Sheltie Rescue Network.
The SSRI serves the Southern California area. Like other Sheltie rescues, the organization takes in abandoned, homeless, neglected and abused Shetland Sheepdogs and nurtures them until the dogs are ready for a new home. Adoptable dogs have been spayed/neutered and have current vaccines. The SSRI also takes care of the dogs' medical issues, especially older Shelties, prior to adoption. The photos and information for Shelties ready for adoption are available on the group's official website.
The Mid-Arizona Sheltie Rescue serves the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix. Because volunteers mostly run the organization, the dogs are placed in foster homes until they find more permanent homes. Those interested in adopting Shelties may contact the Mid-Arizona Sheltie Rescue and may also participate in the group's local adoption events.
The New England Sheltie Rescue rescues displaced, stray, injured or abandoned Shelties and treats the dogs of any issues before placing them into adoption. The adoption fees and adoption contract are accessible on the group's official website. The group covers Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.