Shelties in need
of forever homes
Can you open your heart and home
to fostering a rescue sheltie
Can you donate to help with Merrill’s Vet Care?
MERRILL (one of the B&B crew) continues to do well in his foster home. Sweet Merrill went to the vet for follow-up bloodwork – he is going to the vet who has cared for him since he was 5 years old! We had bloodwork done on him while he was in the QT kennel and a few things were a little out of normal range, so the vet suggested a repeat. Good news is that his bloodwork came back looking great! He is a much healthier weight now and is down 10 lbs from a few months ago. In all, he’s in great shape for an almost 13 year old dog.
Merrill’s foster mom reports that he has a periodic cough that is happening more frequently and at night. His former owner had taken him to the vet a few times for this same thing. The vet suggested he go to a specialist to get an xray and ultrasound of his heart/lungs to see if we can’t figure out what is going on and get him on some treatment to help with it. If all looks good, we can go ahead and get him a dental, which he really needs.
We do have the appointment set for his evaluation, but we sure could use some help with the costs. Keeping these seniors healthy and allowing them to have the best quality of life possible does get expensive. The specialist will be about $800-$1,200, depending on what they need to do. And a dental can be more than that, depending on how many diseased teeth need to come out.
Every little big helps – if you would like to donate toward’s MERRILL’s vet care, please donate by clicking the link below. Make sure you add a note saying you want your donation to go towards helping MERRILL:
What is Sheltie Rescue?
We are organized to help find homes for shelties in need of new homes. Our dogs come to us from shelters, owner turn-ins, or strays. The reasons people give for giving up their dogs are endless. Two of the most common include family health issues (i.e., allergy to dogs) and the family relocating and they can’t take the dog, and of course there are some that no longer want a dog. We are often asked to help find loving homes for dogs whose master has died.
Often these dogs do not know the love and attention of a good family. When they are given the affection that they have longed for, they are forever grateful.
All dogs are taken to a veterinarian for a check up, brought up to date on all shots, heartworm checked, and spayed or neutered (if needed).
We evaluate them to make sure that we place them in their forever home. Home checks are used as an aid in ensuring that we are placing the right rescue in the right home.
We hope that you will consider adopting one of our shelties. If you have any questions, please feel free to email any questions you may have.
The Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ is a New Jersey based rescue. We place Shelties in New Jersey. If you live outside the area that we place Shelties, please go to either the National Sheltie Rescue Association’s website https://nationalsheltierescueassociation.org/groups.html or Sheltie Nation’s website https://sheltienation.com/rescue-a-sheltie/ and check out their rescue pages. They list rescues by state and you should be able to find a rescue near you.
Message from our President:
If you feel the need to rehome your pet, please DO NOT give your pet to a random person on FB, or Craig’s List. People troll these sites looking for snake food (kittens, bunnies, small animals), bait dogs/cats for training fighting dogs, etc. Yes there are good folks on FB but there are a lot of bad as well. Do you really want to spend the time doing reference checks and background checks to figure this out?
If you need to rehome your pet, this is what you should do IN THIS ORDER:
- Contact the breeder or the RESCUE where that pet came from. A good breeder or rescue will have IN THE CONTRACT that the animal goes back to them if you can no longer care for your pet. If there is no contract, or there is no ‘take back’ clause in the contract, then you are not dealing with an ethical breeder or rescue. Do your homework better next time you get a pet.
- If the breeder or rescue will not take the pet back, CONTACT A BREED-SPECIFIC RESCUE. Most breed-specific rescues will take back a mixed breed dog that looks to have some of the breed characteristics. A breed-specific rescue understands the breed’s quirks and can best evaluate an appropriate new home. You can contact the local breed club to find a breed-specific rescue – they will steer you in the right direction.
- Finally, contact a rescue that takes any breed of pet, or a no-kill shelter, to take the pet.
If you surrender your pet to a rescue, consider making a donation to that rescue to help cover the costs of rehoming your pet. A good rescue will catch your pet up on any vetting they need, and will also work with your pet on any training they are lacking to set them up for success in their adoptive home.