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 is coming up on Thursday November 16th, and we are excited to participate again this year.

Please donate to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue this year if you can. Your donations will be matched dollar for dollar during this 24 hour period. We have taken in many senior Shelties this year, most with health issues and as a result our medical expenses have been extremely high.

Watch for additional information about Give to the Max Day on our News and Events page. We'll be sharing stories about the dogs soon. Thank you!