The American Shetland Sheepdog Association maintains a list of prominent Shetland sheepdog rescue organizations, classified by state or geographical location. This network of approved, prominent rescues covers the entire United States and is called the National Sheltie Rescue Network.
The individual rescues that make up the National Sheltie Rescue Network are all independent rescue organizations with different rules and regulations about adoption. They have been included in the Network after meeting certain standards set by the American Shetland Sheepdog Association. The American Shetland Sheepdog Association is a club affiliated with the American Kennel Club. It is the official parent club of the Shetland sheepdog breed. Local Shetland sheepdog clubs across the country are affiliated with the parent club.