My name is Sam!

Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Dog for adoption in Charlottesville, Virginia - Sam
Photo 1 - Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Dog for adoption in Charlottesville, Virginia - Sam
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Sam's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.

Sam's Story...
Sweet, affectionate Sam has two personalities. Inside, he is calm and quiet and welcomes his caregiver’s relatives and friends eagerly. He enjoys humans of all sizes and ages and loves to give Sheltie kisses. Sam definitely does not have the typical Sheltie shyness. He has excellent house manners and doesn’t beg or jump on furniture or have accidents in the house. He always uses his “inside” voice.

Outside, however, Sam goes on duty. He is constantly on the alert for suspicious strangers and alerts his foster mom immediately if he spots something scary. He feels compelled to sniff everything and will sometimes pull strongly on the leash. The calm, quiet indoor dog turns into a high energy guy who loves to run and wrestle and bark at perceived threats.

Sam was a very sad, neglected dog when he was turned over to NVSR by a shelter that knew little about his history. We had all his vaccinations and tests brought up to date and treated the flea dermatitis that had plagued him during his days in the shelter. Medicated baths took care of these skin problems. After his foster mom showered him with lots of love and playtime and generous amounts of high-quality food, his sadness disappeared, too. Now Sam’s happy, outgoing temperament has emerged.

Sam is now ready to meet potential adopters. Although he likes other dogs, he tends to get a little jealous when they get too much attention, and he’s never really learned how to play properly with canines. So he would probably do best as the “only dog.” He loves children and gets very excited when he sees them, but he might try to herd little ones, so older children might be acceptable for him. A large fenced yard where he can wear off his energy would be a plus for Sam. And a human who would enjoy running or jogging with him would definitely be a hit with Sam. Although Sam knows basic commands like “come,” “sit,” “down” and “shake,” he would benefit from a good basic obedience course that would help him learn to walk calmly on a leash.

Sam is ... 18 inches tall, 42 pounds, and 6 years old. His adoption fee is $250. Before you inquire about Sam, please read ALL the page called "How To Adopt" on our website: It will answer your questions about our process and expectations.

Facts about Sam

  • Breed: Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2013-070

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Sam, a Charlottesville Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog for sale in Charlottesville, or seeking a Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog dog from a breeder in Charlottesville.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Charlottesville already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Charlottesville breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog breeders who help with Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Charlottesville paves the way for another one to be saved.