Leading the Sheltied Life!
Featured Dog Stories:
Hooray! SAM found a home shortly after Heidi went to her forever home, so now he has his own home too. He has a very fun and well behaved sheltie brother named Luke and a nice quiet house in the country with very patient people where he can toodle around just doing his own thing.
STERLING is an 8 month old male that didn't get the socialization he needed as a young puppy, so he is very very timid. When he first got here, I had him drag a leash around so it was easier for me to catch him. Now, I can get him to go in on his own and he finds the first open crate door and rushes in way to the back and lays down, as if to say "WHEW!! I made it!". [Read more]
SNAPPLE is a 2 year old sable merle boy who is the most timid of the Michigan group. He seems to be the leader of the group and no one messes with him. One blue eye and one brown, about 20 pounds. He is now coming in and out consistently on his own. He doesn’t come to me willingly, but if I catch him, he’ll wait patiently while I snuggle with him and then take off and act like he didn’t like it, but I know he did. [Read more]
Visit our Adoption page to see more dogs waiting for a home.
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, who started her with some guidelines and continues to mentor her today. The rest is history. Since 1995, WSR has rescued over 850 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:
Our mission is to find the best home for the dogs in our program, so they make a smooth transition to their forever home. Having an approved application on file is the best way for you to know of all the dogs in the WSR program, as well as for us to know of the greatest opportunities for the dogs in our care.
You can become a pre-approved adopter by completing an adoption application, even if you don't (yet!) see a dog on this site you like -- this will give you the opportunity to express your preferences for the kind of dog who will fit into your life and family. NOTE - all adopters are required to complete an application.
If you are interested in any of the dogs available through Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue, please fill out the application form prior to emailing or calling. We are an all-volunteer group and work full time jobs as well as run a rescue. We do try to respond to all inquiries promptly, but it may take a day or two. Any spare time we have is spent taking care of the dogs looking for homes. While most dogs who come into Wisconsin Sheltie Rescue are posted on this page, a few go right to success. The dogs who went directly to success went home to pre-approved adopters.