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Our Featured Circle Pines, MN Partner:

Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We focus on local adoptions to families near Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and Fargo, ND, as this is where our volunteers are located, and a home visit to your home is part of the approval process. We encourage everyone outside of these areas to look for a local shelter or rescue group from which to adopt:
Please keep in mind that if you apply to adopt a Sheltie and your application is approved, you will be asked to travel to the foster home(s) to meet the dog(s) prior to an adoption.

About Our Rescue Group:

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Shelties since 2003. Dedicated and reliable volunteers are always needed and appreciated. If you have time to devote to Shelties, or you would like more information about fostering, please contact us! Join us on Facebook:, on Twitter @MNSheltieRescue and on Instagram @MNSheltieRescue

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Come Meet our Pets:

We will arrange meetings with available Shelties once an application has been processed and approved. Please read our adoption guidelines at prior to calling or emailing us, as this may answer your questions.

Our Adoption Process:

Please read our adoption guidelines at prior to calling or emailing us, as this may answer your questions.

If you are interested in adopting a Sheltie, please submit an application prior to requesting a meeting with one of the dogs in our program. All of our Shelties reside in foster homes. We will contact your references and visit with you at your home. Our process helps us to know which of the Shelties in our program may be a good match for your family, your home set-up and your lifestyle. Upon adoption, the contract is signed.

In most cases, a secure wood, vinyl, or chain link fence, with secure gates and no gaps, and with direct access from the house is required for the dogs in our program. Shelties are a high flight risk, and many of the dogs we take into our program may be shy. When we have a Sheltie in our program that can go to a home without a fence, it will be noted in the dog's bio. For ALL the dogs in our program, our adoption contract requires that the dog will ALWAYS be on a leash whenever the dog is not in a securely fenced area.

Our adoption fees are based on the Sheltie's age: $350 for dogs 0-3 years, $250 for dogs 4-8 years, $150.00 for dogs 9 & older. All our Shelties are altered and appropriate vet care is provided while they are in foster care. Our veterinary expenses generally exceed the adoption fee. Donations are always appreciated!

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.