Adoption Application Form

For the safety and well-being of the rescue Sheltie, and to determine the best match between Sheltie and family, anyone interested in adopting a Sheltie from MNSR must fill out an application and be approved for adoption. The approval process includes this application, references and a home visit. We greatly appreciate your patience, as we are an all-volunteer organization. For optimal rehabilitation, all of our Shelties are fostered in private homes and we do not operate a shelter. Meetings with available Shelties are arranged once an applicant is approved for adoption.

Adoption fees are set based on a dog's age:

Under 4 years: $350
4 to 8 years: $250
9 years & up: $150

The cost of veterinary care exceeds the adoption fee in most cases. Donations in addition to the adoption fee are always welcome and much appreciated.

Minnesota Sheltie Rescue requires that any dog adopted from us must be returned to us in the event the owner is unable to care for the dog.

All animals placed by MNSR are spayed and neutered prior to placement. Responsible pet owners spay/neuter their pets. Many of the Shelties needing new homes may not be comfortable with, or suitable for, young children. Therefore, we rarely have Shelties available that would be a good match to families with children under 8-10 years old. If that is your case, you are welcome to submit an adoption application and we will keep it on file in the event that a compatible dog comes into our program. We can also provide resources on locating a reputable Sheltie breeder.

We reserve the right to refuse any application as well as the right not to explain our reasons for doing so. We will only consider a distance placement for certain dogs, at our discretion, and such placements generally require unique circumstances. Additional requirements apply. Applicants should apply to Sheltie rescues closest to where they live when possible. Preference is given to families within one day round-trip driving of Minneapolis or Fargo.

To apply to adopt a dog from Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, please complete the online form below in its entirety (omissions/skipped fields may result in delay and/or rejection of your application):

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