Surrendering a Sheltie

Surrender Information

Choosing to surrender your Sheltie can be a heart-wrenching decision. Many people believe that they must surrender their pet due to housing issues, behavioral problems, allergies, or other reasons. Fortunately, many issues facing troubled dog owners can be worked through. Prior to making a firm decision, please do an online search for "surrendering your dog" and see if there are some alternative options that you had not yet considered.

Here are some local resources designed to help you keep your sheltie. This page has links to help you find pet-friendly housing, as well as pet food and veterinary cost assistance.

You may find additional help by reading through the Training and Behavior Resources on our site, or feel free to email us at We have several expert dog trainers in our ranks, as well as other local resources we can recommend to help you keep your Sheltie.

If you've thoroughly evaluated your situation and are still unable to keep your Sheltie, our surrender process is as follows

  1. First, download the Dog History Report. (The Dog History Report is a pdf file and you will need to have a pdf viewer, such as Adobe Reader installed on your computer.) Please fully read and complete this report, and forward the document via US Mail. Be sure to include photocopies of your updated veterinary records, along with a clear photograph of your dog. (Dog History Reports and documentation can be mailed to our P.O. Box 395, Circle Pines, MN 55014.)
  2. Upon receipt of this information, a volunteer will be in touch to update you on the availability of a foster home for your dog. Unfortunately, there are often more dogs needing our help than we have foster homes available. We make every effort to help as many dogs as possible, as quickly as possible.
  3. When a foster home is available, arrangements will be made for you to surrender your dog. You will be required to sign a release of ownership, along with a legal binding document stating that the dog has not bitten a person.
  4. A donation when surrendering your Sheltie is not required, but it is appreciated if the owner is able. Our typical veterinary expenses run from $300 to $500 per dog, depending on the status of their veterinary care when they come into rescue. We understand that financial difficulties are often a reason people need to surrender their Sheltie and one's ability to make a donation at the time of surrender is never a consideration in our ability to help a Sheltie in need.

If you have any additional questions about our process, please email us at