Become a Foster Home

We are always in need of foster homes. The more foster homes we have available, the more Shelties we can help. While you are fostering a Sheltie, MNSR covers the cost of veterinary bills, medicine, and food.

The foster home provides the love and support that the Sheltie needs in order to prepare them for their forever home. Our foster homes also help evaluate the Sheltie’s temperament so that we can find the right forever home for the dog. Depending on the dog, a foster home commitment may be as short as a week or two, or it could be several months.

We especially need foster homes that are comfortable working with very shy dogs that have little or no socialization when they first come into rescue. Due to the high flight risk associated with the breed, which is heightened when a dog is in a new environment, we require our foster homes to have a securely fenced yard. To find out more information about fostering, please email us at

Becoming a foster home with MNSR is very similar to our adoption process. First, complete an online application (it's the same application for adopting a dog, but you are able to select "foster" when completing the application). The process to become an approved foster home is similar to adopting a dog. Once the application is submitted reference checks are completed, and a home visit is conducted prior to a dog being placed in your home. Please read “Summary of the Application and Adoption Process” for more information about the process.

Foster Emma and resident dog Scout with Laurie Foster Loki with Gwen Foster dog Meet and Greet