At Triangle Sheltie Rescue, our primary concern is for the health and welfare of
dogs that come through our program. Because of this, our adoption process is more than
just us just handing over a sheltie to you.
Please note that we are currently only processing applications from the state of North Carolina.
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see the list of rescue organizations across the USA..
We receive hundreds of applications a year, and usually have no more than a handful of
dogs available at any time. This means that many applications are denied for one of
several reasons. Only the most dedicated pet owners rise to the top of the list.
Please be patient with our application process, there are only one or two people that do the
work of reviewing applications on a daily basis. These individuals are volunteers and have
families, jobs and pets of their own also. Impatient people make impatient pet
owners, which is a trait unsuitable for a rescued sheltie.
Below is a list of things that can get an adoption application denied:
- If you have intact (unspayed or unneutered) pets in your home, unless a veterinarian has
stated that surgery would be harmful to your current pet, you will not be considered for adoption.
- If you do not keep your pet's vaccinations and preventatives current, you will
not be considered for adoption.
- If you plan on using an "invisible" fence, you will not be considered for adoption.
These types of fences are not safe, and shelties have a high tolerance for pain.
- If you plan on keeping your dog as an "outside dog", you will not be considered for adoption.
- If you are not ready to commit to a dog for the rest of its life, you will not be considered for adoption.
Below is a list of things that will automatically get an adoption application denied:
Our adoption fees are as follows:
- You are under the age of 18.
- You are adopting a Sheltie on behalf of or as a gift to someone else. All of our adoptions require an inspection of the home of where the Sheltie's new
forever home will be and the person(s) caring for the new family member.
These adoption fees includes spay or neuter, routine shots, microchipping, heartworm check and preventative,
flea prevention, worming, grooming, and a dental cleaning if needed. The average cost our program
spends preparing a dog for adoption is $180. Some are lower and others are significantly higher. Our fees are only negotiable
in very special circumstances. We do not arrange payment plans. We accept cash, checks or major
credit cards for adoption fees.
- $350.00 for dogs 0 to 1 year of age
- $300.00 for dogs 2 to 5 years of age
- $275.00 for dogs 6 to 8 years of age
- $200.00 for dogs over 9+ years of age
After you submit your application, we will contact your veterinarian to verify that your
current pets are up to date on all vaccinations and preventatives. If they are not, then
your application will be automatically denied.
If your veterinarian confirms vaccinations and preventatives, we will contact you to
discuss your expectations and to answer any questions you might have about the adoption
process. After that, we'll visit with you in your home. First time applicants are interviewed in their own
homes to ensure that the adoptive families understand the responsibilities of owning and caring for a
sheltie and the needs of a second-hand dog.
Once this process is complete, we'll work to match you with a dog that is
right for your family, or we'll place
you on a waiting list. You will be required to complete an adoption contract at the time of adoption.
We reserve the right to refuse an applicant if, in our judgment, the home
situation is not compatible with the needs of a sheltie or if the breed is not
suitable for the applicant.