Since we do not operate a central shelter, we can only take in as many dogs as we can place in foster homes. That is why our greatest need is qualified foster homes. In particular, we need foster homes that can work with shy dogs, as many of the dogs in our program have had tough life experiences that have caused them to be very shy.

We also need volunteers periodically throughout the year to assist with events, transports, lost Sheltie searches and other tasks on an as-needed basis.

We have several volunteer teams at MN Sheltie Rescue:

INTAKE: Our Intake Team coordinates with surrendering parties, transferring shelters and other sources when a Sheltie comes into our program. This includes communications between all parties, obtaining release forms and other documentation, and transports. The Intake Team works with the Foster Team to move the Shelties into foster homes.

FOSTER: Our Foster Team mentors new foster homes, manages foster home availability, coordinates foster supplies and vet appointments, and works with our Intake Team and Adoption Team with Sheltie placements.

ADOPTION: Our Adoption Team checks applicant references, conducts home visits, works with the Foster Team to match Shelties with approved applicants, finalizes adoptions, writes success stories, and follows up annually on adopted MNSR Shelties. The Adoption Team also handles phone and email inquiries and assembles materials for our Home Visit and Adoption Folders.

COMMUNICATION: Our Communication Team coordinates the website, writes Sheltie bios, creates flyers and other printed materials, responds to email inquiries and writes thank you notes. 

DEVELOPMENT: Our Development Team plans and coordinates events and classes, plans fundraising opportunities, coordinates lost Sheltie efforts, coordinates community outreach, and trains new volunteers.

LOST SHELTIES: Our Lost Sheltie Coordinator reaches out to Sheltie owners who have lost their dog, providing them with tools and resources to help find their dog. When engaged in an active search for a lost Sheltie, our Coordinator maintains a map of sightings and areas where flyers have been placed/distributed to help volunteers who are searching for the dog.

If you are interested in volunteering with Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, complete a volunteer application [to be added]. Please contact us at volunteer@mnsheltierescue.org for more information.

Sheltie Ambassador/Volunteer - Roscoe Volunteer Heather with Sheltie Ambassadors Trudy and Mya at Doggie Depot