Leading the Sheltied Life!
Featured Dog Stories:
MAC - The shelter said he was very matted so they shaved him and he "looks like a little cow." His hair is growing back nicely and he’s cottony soft. I'm sure he feels much better. He is about 35 pounds and at first, I thought he needed to be the only dog because he was picking fights with everyone, but I now know that was because he wasn’t neutered. He is neutered now and gets along with everyone except big obnoxious dogs and enjoys rolling around with other dogs that have long hair. I think he lived outside until now, because he doesn’t have normal dog manners as far as sit, off, and no digging in garbage. The shelter put him at about 6 years old. He is very submissive and sweet to people, makes a good impression when they come to see him, but just gets picked over because he’s not a purebred sheltie. Mac also shows a very unhealthy attraction to the boarding cats that I’ve had at my house and I’m not sure what he would do with one that he met outside a condo.
MONTY is an 11 year old sheltie who was surrendered for snipping at a toddler. He is also not tolerant of young dogs that are active near him. He'll try to take a swipe at them as they're spinning and he's quick! He's a beautiful dog and just a little arthritic. Loves people and loves to play with the ball. If there is anyone out there who would only like to have one sheltie (I know, that sounds crazy), Monty would like to be the only dog.
4/15/15: I recently took Monty along to a doggie Easter Egg Hunt and he had a blast! I only had to show him one time that there was something inside those plastic eggs and soon he was finding them on his own, gently cracking them open and eating the prize inside. Everyone who met him at the event thought it was hilarious. Monty is such a cool little dog and would make a great companion to anyone who wants a well-mannered only dog in a single-dog household.
BELLE came to WSR from a breeder surrender to a shelter along with a male that they had. Judging by the size of her nipples, she’s had a few litters already in her short life. The shelter called rescue to help as Belle is very timid, not used to walking on a leash and would be very hard to catch if she ever escaped from her owners. Belle has started leash/harness training and comes in and out on her own. The good thing is that she’s VERY food motivated so she’ll do just about anything you want if she hears food rattling around in a stainless steel dish. She is a 2-3 year old blue merle and really loves to be in the corner and around the edges of rooms. She’ll rarely go out into the middle. She was VERY attached to the boy she came with, but he was adopted quickly because he was less timid & she’s doing fine. She is very sweet and will come closer to you if you’re sitting or laying down. She is crate trained and has not had any accidents at all during the night. She’s going to need a very patient person to bring her out of her shell.
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About Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue
Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue has two main purposes:
- Find new homes for displaced Shelties.
- Educate the public about the Shetland Sheepdog breed.
Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue was founded by accident in 1995. A former roommate abandoned a sheltie with the founder, Lisa Martin. Not knowing anything about the breed, Lisa researched for information that would educate her on Shelties. Through email, she met Dorothy Christiansen, National Sheltie Rescue Coordinator. The rest is history. Since 1995, WSR has rescued over 1,600 dogs and has mentored other rescue organizations through their own startup phase.
Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue is an all-volunteer group that grows every year by the number of adopters dedicated to helping dogs lead the “sheltied” life. All WSR dogs are beloved family members, some are also agility and obedience champions.
Shelties come to rescue at all ages, from puppy to 15+ years. The breakdown in age of WSR shelties is:
- 0-3 yrs. 15%
- 4-9 yrs. 50%
- 10+ yrs. 35%
No matter the age or background, each dog has the potential to "lead the sheltied life." There is a perfect home out there for each dog, and WSR helps that home find their perfect dog. Perfection in home and dog has little to do with housekeeping and adherence to breed standard. Perfection has everything to do with the “match.” WSR constantly strives to create that perfect match between human and canine.
General information about our adoption process:
We are not taking new applications at this time. For any questions, contact us.