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My name is Tess!

Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Dog for adoption in Circle Pines, Minnesota - Tess
Photo 1 - Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Dog for adoption in Circle Pines, Minnesota - Tess
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Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Facts about Tess

  • Breed: Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
Please read Tess's full BIO below before inquiring:

We focus on local adoptions to families near Minneapolis, MN or Fargo, ND, as this is where our volunteers are located, and a home visit to your home is part of the approval process.

Tess is a sweet, smart, small girl. She is very shy, but does love to be cuddled. She is a small sheltie, weighing only 17 pounds and is short. She is around 8 years old, and although she had a difficult time for awhile, she loves affection. She had several teeth removed, so she needs to eat either soft food or small kibble. Currently she is eating a mix of soft food and small kibble and is doing very well. She also has only one eye, as her left eye has been damaged. So approaching her on her right side is best.

She was rescued with three other dogs living outdoors in a filthy kennel with rotten food. The dogs had very little human contact. Little Tess’s fur was so heavily matted and filled with dried feces, she had to be shaved since it was impossible to brush her. But, her fur is growing back and she will have a beautiful sable coat.

She is not reliably house trained yet, but is making progress.

• She does fine with other dogs, especially other shelties. Big dogs are a bit frightening for her.
• Believe she will do well with a cat.
• She would do fine as an only dog as that would give her more attention.
• It would be best for her to not be with small children as their quick movements do frighten her.
• Although we have not had her on a leash, she will come around with love and care to go on short walks.

She is very smart and is crate trained. However, she will use her crate as a refuge. So, it is important that she spend more time outside her crate to gain more confidence.

Tess is very submissive and will lay down to be picked up. She loves to play a game when she is outside. When we want to bring her in out of the hot sun, she wags her tail and then runs the other way. We play a little game of “Where’s Tess” and then she lays down and waits to be picked up. It would be best for her to have a fenced yard.

Tess's adoption fee is $250.00, and she is spayed, current on vaccinations, heartworm tested and on heartworm preventative (during heartworm season), had a dental with extractions, is microchipped, has been bathed and brushed, etc.

Please read our Adoption Guidelines prior to calling or emailing us, as this may answer your questions.

***The Sheltie's bio explains the type of home that will best meet that Sheltie's needs. Please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of the Shelties in our program, and that our priority is to meet the needs of the Shelties in our care. We focus on local adoptions to families near Minneapolis, MN or 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.***

Not ready to adopt, but you still would like to help a Sheltie in need? Sponsor a Sheltie! We gratefully accept donations of any size, and donations to MNSR are tax-deductible since we are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Click here for a secure online donation via GiveMN.org:

If you are interested in fostering a Sheltie and have a fenced yard, please email foster@mnsheltierescue.org. Please note that we are an all-volunteer organization, and we respond to inquiries as quickly as we can.

About Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

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: http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaSheltieRescue, on Twitter @MNSheltieRescue and on Instagram @MNSheltieRescue

Resources to Help You Keep Your Pet:
http://tinyurl.com/mnsrResourcesToKeepYourPet

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 http://www.mnsheltierescue.org/howtoadopt prior to calling or emailing us, as this may answer your questions.

Our Adoption Process...

Please read our adoption guidelines at http://www.mnsheltierescue.org/howtoadopt 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!