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ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS

As you work through the adoption process, please understand that our first and ONLY concern is the happiness and welfare of our Shelties. Before you adopt a Sheltie, please make sure you know this breed.

A Sheltie is a very loving and loyal dog that needs a lot of attention and affection. A Sheltie will want to be with the family wherever that may be. Shelties have many wonderful traits, but they also have some not-so-wonderful traits too.

  • First of all, Shelties are barkers. They don't bark at everything…..but a Sheltie will warn you if the UPS man arrives, someone walks into your yard, if something is just "not right", etc. If a barking dog will bother you, this may not be the right breed for you.
  • Second, Shelties shed. They are a double coated, long hair breed. Their coat does need a fair amount of care. A good brushing at least once a week and a bath as needed will suffice. A Sheltie should NEVER be "shaved down" or "clipped"!!!!
  • Third, Shelties can be very shy with strangers. A Sheltie will be very affectionate and loving with its owners, but may be very shy with strangers. If you are looking for a dog that will run and greet everyone who comes to visit you, this may not be the breed for you. Often a Sheltie will hide when a stranger comes in.
  • And last, Shelties are a herding dog. They herd children, squirrels, bunnies, etc. Unfortunately some Shelties also enjoy herding cars! That is why a fenced yard is so much safer. If we have a dog that has a strong herding instinct, we will insist on it going to a home with a fenced yard.

Our Shelties come from a variety of situations. We get dogs out of shelters, owner surrenders, found running loose, who are abandoned because of their owner's death, etc.

Adopting a friend

The first step to adoption is filling out an online application, which can be found on this website.

Since our applicants are carefully screened, and our adoption process requires home checks and vet references, it may take 1 to 3 weeks to complete the adoption procedure. Once the applicant has been approved, only then will an appointment be set up to meet the available dogs. All dogs are spayed and neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm checked and microchipped. Each dog leaves with a new leash, collar and toy. (Note: We do adopt out of state, but require a fenced yard and the approved applicant must come to PSSR to finalize the adoption. We will not adopt out of the country).

We do not place dogs in homes that we believe will not work out, so please respect our advice.

Here are some general guidelines that we follow:

  • We do NOT ship our dogs
  • We will not adopt a dog to anyone as a surprise gift. All potential owners/adopters must come to our rescue and meet with us. All applications must be completed and submitted by the potential new owner/adopter.
  • We do not require a fenced yard to adopt a dog from us. However, because a fenced yard allows more commitment to your dog's safety, applicants with fenced yards are given priority over all others.
  • If you live on a busy street or a country road, we do require a fenced yard.
  • Invisible fences are not considered a fence. We strongly discourage them and we will not adopt to a home with this system.
  • We will not adopt to a home that believes they can boundary train one of our shelties. Boundary training is an accident waiting to happen and under no circumstances will we adopt to someone who thinks this method is safe.
  • If you have very young children, please do not ask for a puppy. Children can hurt puppies because their bones are very fragile. An adult dog could protect itself better with small children.
  • If you are elderly, please do not ask us for a puppy or an adult dog under 7 years of age.
  • If you are gone all day, please do not ask us for a puppy.
  • If you cannot have a dog that barks, this may not be the breed for you.
  • If you are unsure as to whether you can commit to a dog for the rest of it's life, (regardless of whether you move, change jobs, get divorced, have children, etc.), then please rethink your decision to adopt a dog. Adoption is for the rest of the dog's life. An average Sheltie will live 13 to 16 years.

Our position on Invisible Fences

Invisible fencing may seem like a good idea on the outset, but once you learn all the facts, you will quickly learn it is NOT a good idea. In fact many people, including most animal care facilities will NOT adopt a dog to a home that uses one!!

  1. Dogs can — and will — go through an invisible fence. And once they do, guess what? They won’t come back into the yard for fear of getting shocked; they aren’t stupid. They’re simply willing to take the shock the first time through to get whatever they’re after. And once they’re through, they’re free to chase other animals, get into fights, get hit by cars, be shot at, picked up by animal control, etc. FURTHER....if someone finds your dog with a "shock" collar on.... they are often very UNlikely to give the dog back to what they would deem an abusive home.
  2. Underground fencing does not keep anyone else from entering your property. Therefore, children, cats, other dogs, wild animals and the like are free to come onto your property and tease, terrorize or KILL your dog. And dog thieves find underground fencing absolutely delightful — all they have to do is take the collar off the dog and go!
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  4. Everyone knows all the above facts. This is not new information. Putting up an invisible fence is not safe or reliable for containing your dog. But, it is cheap, easy and requires little effort. Not the kind of home we are looking for. Putting in a REAL fence shows a commitment to your dogs safety. It shows that you love and value your dog.
  5. We will NOT adopt any of our dogs to homes that use an invisible fence. Our contract clearly prohibits this.
  6. If you have had good luck with an invisible fence.... you have gotten lucky. We do not place our dogs with the hope that they will also be lucky!
  7. Our Rescue is funded solely through donations. We do ask for a donation/adoption fee for each dog. This donation/adoption fee helps us to pay our expenses for veterinary services, food, grooming, etc. Our adoption fees are as follows:

    0-1 years $325
    1-7 years $250
    8 years and over $150
    **Includes Home Again Microchip

    Right of Refusal: In determining what is best for our dogs, Precious Secrets Sheltie Rescue reserves the right to refuse any application. The reason for the refusal will not be discussed with the applicant.

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Lost Shelties
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Available Shelties
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