How It Works

We do not have a shelter facility. The dogs are all in private foster homes. Primarily adoptions are arranged by the applicant completing an adoption application which can be found on this website. After we receive and review the application the applicant will be contacted to arrange a home visit. Please be aware that due to geographical location we may not be able to process all applications. For the most part we only are able to work within Indiana and there are parts of Indiana we do not have a volunteer near enough to in order to arrange a home visit. Following the home visit and approval of the application arrangements will be made for the applicant to meet the sheltie(s) that may be appropriate for them to adopt. Some of the shelties may be located closer to the applicant than others. Sometimes we have some of the shelties at public events for an interested person to meet prior to making an application but otherwise we do not ask foster homes to host people in their homes that have not completed the adoption application process. No applicant is obligated to adopt by placing an application but it is the primary way we and most rescue groups arrange adoptions.

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Congratulations to ISR Sheltie ” MACH Sam”

Master Agility Champion

Master Agility Champion

Sam was adopted in August 2005 by Rhonda politsch of Sublette , Illinois . This is the second sheltie Rhonda adopted from our group . Both shelties became American Kennel Club (AKC) agility competitors . This photo is celebrating Sam's achievement of MACH which stands for Master Agility Champion (the highest and most prestigous title in AKC Agility) . At 11 years old on the weekend of June 14-15 Sam made this huge accomplishment that he and Rhonda worked years for ! Congratulations Sam and Rhonda we are so proud of you!
  • American Kennel Club Agility

    Even though rescue dogs do not have AKC papers, the AKC allows them to compete along with the other pure breed dogs. In fact, AKC even allows mixed breed dogs compete in a category called "Canine Companions". You can read more about this on the AKC web site. For a Sheltie to compete with other Shelties and purebreed dogs the owner must send in pictures of the dog in addition to filling out information about the dog and providing proof that the dog is spayed or neutered. If the AKC agrees the dog is truely a "Shetland Sheepdog" by the breed standards they will issue what is known as a "PAL" number and the dog can compete and be ranked along with other Shelties. Indiana Sheltie Rescue has had several dogs that have been issued "PAL" numbers and they compete in AKC agility trials and are very successful. The sport of agility can be very rewarding for an owner and their dog and it further enhances the bond between a dog and their owner. Interested in Agility- Check out these sites:
    Pawsitive Partners - the center for dog sports in Indianapolis
    American Kennel Club - For AKC information on registering your Rescue dog for trials
    Canine Performance Events - Another Fun Venue for Agility Trials