Sheltie dogs are available for adoption through breed-specific rescue groups or shelters. The American Shetland Sheepdog Association is affiliated with the American Kennel Club and runs the National Sheltie Rescue Network, devoted to placing dogs in permanent homes across the nation. Websites like Petfinder list Sheltie dogs available for adoption.
The American Shetland Sheepdog Association guarantees that all of their rescue dogs are vaccinated, fixed and are up-to-date on their veterinary check-ups. Dogs are often fostered in temporary homes to allow for a more complete evaluation of their temperaments and behaviors, helping rescue workers place them in homes equipped to deal with them. The website lists rescue centers all over the United States that are affiliated with the association, but the association does not assume responsibility for any dogs that these rescue centers place. On the other hand, Petfinder is a website updated daily with dogs in need of homes, organized by breed and location, including Shelties. However, Petfinder functions primarily as a database of dogs and cannot guarantee the accuracy of listings.
Shetland sheepdogs are small, gentle, intelligent dogs, according to Petfinder. These dogs form strong bonds with families and like to be kept as pets rather than as purely working dogs. It is a very energetic breed, and shelties live for up to 14 years.