About Us

Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

Since 2003, MNSR has found the best and last home for over 800 Shelties in need.

We are an all-volunteer foster-based rescue organization, meaning that we do not have a central shelter where dogs are housed. Instead, all of the dogs in our program live with families in temporary foster homes while they await their forever homes.

All dogs in our program are fully vetted prior to being adopted. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and any other veterinary care they may require.

We take in Shelties from many different situations. We work with animal shelters that have Shelties in need, allowing them to provide a spot for another waiting dog. Shelties are a shy breed and often do not present well in a shelter environment. We also work directly with owners who are no longer able to keep their Shelties. Donations from the surrendering owner are encouraged if financially able, but not required.

If our numbers are high and our foster homes are full, dogs from impound or shelters facing a questionable future are given highest priority, while families looking to surrender their dog may be asked to keep the dog until we have room. We obtain appropriate legal relinquishment forms (shelter release, owner surrender) and we obtain as much information related to temperament and health history as possible. Owners must indicate whether the dog has ever bitten anyone and sign a statement saying the information provided is truthful. If an owner surrenders a dog that was purchased from a reputable breeder, we try to notify the breeder.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.


Give to the Max Day 2017 was a great day!

We are overjoyed and grateful that you raised $30,260 for the Shelties in 24 hours, earning us an additional $3,000 prize! This will have a big impact on our ability to care for Shelties in need. Thank you to each donor and those contributing matching funds! Thank you for sharing our fundraiser! Thank you to the Shelties for their cuteness! Thank you for supporting MNSR with your time, resources and encouragement. You make a difference in the lives of rescue Shelties. We are so grateful and honored to do this work alongside you. 250 donors and thousands of supporters! Woof! Woof!