By Holly Fent, Toby’s Foster Mom and President of Maine Sheltie Rescue
I received an email from the Kennebunk Shelter, they always contact me when they get in a Sheltie, they know they can always count on us. They said that they got in a very sad case, and wanted to know if we would take on Toby. I said YES!
Toby, is a 8 year old Sheltie, and on March 6th he was taken to the local emergency veterinary clinic after his owner suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. 11 days later Toby was found, on death’s doorstep. Initially, the vets did not think Toby would pull through, unable to stand or walk, eat, and with kidney function levels dangerously high.
Much to the surprise of those caring for Toby, he improved a little each day. On March 7th, after 5 days of around the clock care, Toby was ready to be transferred to Maine Sheltie Rescue’s veterinarian. Evidence supports that Toby had been neglected far longer than 11 days. Toby is seriously obese at 70 pounds, his coat, nails, and ears in deplorable condition. Toby has a long road ahead – the arthritis in his legs requires he have physical therapy four (4) times a day in addition to helping him stand and walk. Toby has demonstrated a will to live, and Maine Sheltie Rescue is committed to getting Toby healthy and eventually finding him a home where he will never know neglect.
On April 2nd, after 21 days at the Vet Hospital, Toby, now weighing 64.8 pounds, walking on his own, and is now in his foster home. It’s been an amazing transformation to watch. Toby has a sweet spirit, with a strong will to live.
Please consider helping Toby make a full recovery by donating to help with Toby’s medical care. Donations made directly to Maine Sheltie Rescue are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
Meet Shep. He would really like a home for Christmas.
It is a very sad day for his family as they have lost their jobs and their home. They realize the only fair thing to do is to allow him to go to a home that is able to care for him for the rest of his life. Let’s try to make that happen for him!
Shep is a very sweet sweet boy. He is a little over weight at 30 pounds, but he is not a big boy. He is easy going, respectful other dogs and does not mind cats. Shep is a little shy and reserved, but once he trusts he will be all yours and more, he just wants someone to love.
Please if you have room in your home and your heart let Mid-Floria Sheltie Rescue
know ASAP. The rescue has so many Shelties in rescue right now that they regretfully are not able to take in another at this time.
However the rescue will assist by getting Shep fully vetted and
only ask that the donation be made for the amount of the vet bill. The rescue will not ship him, but he can be picked up. If you do not have an application on file, please fill one out so they know how to get in touch with you.
If Shep isn’t the right dog for you, please check out Mid-Florida’s adoptable page
. Adopting another could open up a spot for Shep in foster care.
Rescue contact info:
Jenny is a spunky 10 year old who came to NJ Sheltie Rescue in August via the Lancaster Humane Society. At that time she was quite chubby from improper diet and needed TLC to get her coat and teeth back in condition. She was given the proper update on shots, had a much needed dental cleaning.
As of November she has lost quite a bit of weight (12 pounds !!) is getting her girlish figure back and her coat is absolutely gorgeous. There’s nothing “old” about this girl. She loves playing fetch with her favorite ducky toy and enjoys walks around the neighborhood. A total love muffin, she greets everyone with a tail wag and smile. The only time she gets upset and barks on leash is when people “leave” — either by walking away after petting/fussing over her or when they drive away from their house.
Jenny does have a jealous, alpha personality and must be an only pet in her new home.
Applications are available at www.njsheltierescue.org. Applicants must be within a 75 mile radius of Mt. Laurel, NJ where Jenny is being fostered (zip code 08054).
We’ve got a little shy guy available for adoption from Second Chance Sheltie Rescue in St. Louis, MO. that we’d love to share on Sheltie Nation!
Dusty came into rescue in late April from a hoarding situation. Dusty’s history is not one of physical abuse, but better defined as neglect. He is on the road to recovery. Dusty is 3 years young, weighing in at 13 pounds, neutered, chipped, his rear dew claws have been removed and he has an awesome set of teeth. He is up to date on all vaccinations.
Dusty is described as shy, but curious. Innocent, but mischievous. Cautious, but eager to please. He likes to be able to see his foster mom at all times. He is gaining confidence daily and has a healthy appetite. He is very alert, did extremely well during the Fourth of July fireworks and is not bothered by thunder.
Dusty is a beautiful fawn color with a white chest and a gorgeous tail. He likes to hide toys in his crate, gather laundry, zoom around the house and is learning what it’s like to feel sunshine on his face and grass under his feet. He is currently sharing his foster home with a senior male and he often tries to get him to play. He does not yet know how to walk on a leash, and teaching him will require patience. Dusty should be considered a high flight risk. We have almost mastered the fine art of pottying outside and he will now bark when he needs to go outdoors. He is crate trained.
We would like to see Dusty placed with another confident dog and with a family who has shy dog experience. He is a work in progress, progressing well but will require time and effort with his forever family. His brown eyes will steal your heart! You can view his page on our website here: Second Chance Sheltie Rescue
Have you ever wanted a Sheltie but wished for one with short hair? Look no further!
Meet Riley. He is a seven and half year old who’s mother was a Sheltie and no one is sure what breed the father was. Riley is a sable and white neutered male who is about 28 pounds and medium in size. He does have many characteristics of a Sheltie (head, markings, body) but he has a smooth (short) coat.
He was well taken care of and enjoys going for walks and/or runs. He is housebroken, up to date on shots, micro chipped, and heart worm negative. He likes being with people. Riley even enjoys getting groomed. He is good with other dogs but we do not know about cats. He is very active Sheltie mix; do not let the age fool you. He has lots of life left and he would love to be a companion dog for someone.
If you are interested in Riley please go the the Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ website and fill out an Adoption Application. This sweet boy deserves a loving fur-ever home. Come on Sheltie Nation, let’s help him find one!
Hutch, along with 10 other Shelties from the hoarder rescue, are being fostered by Kansas City Sheltie Rescue and are available for adoption. They are all flourishing, enjoying life and will soon be ready for their ‘fur’ever homes!
Look at this cute face! Interested?
Hugs for all you do, Debbie!
Gus is a lovable, 10-year-old tricolor male who came to rescue from a private home. He is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, micro-chipped and had a dental. Gus knows a couple of tricks like sit, paw and down. He walks well on a leash and has been trying to herd his foster sister in the backyard.
Gus crates well although he has the run of the house whenever his foster mom is home. He loves to be petted and have his belly rubbed—when you stop, he paws your hand or leg to get you to keep petting. He would do well in a home with at least one other dog.
Whether he is posing in the backyard or relaxing in his crate, Gus is always ready for some hands on loving. :)
To learn more about Gus, visit his page at St. Louis Sheltie Rescue.
Can you believe that this Sheltie was found wandering as a stray with a bullet in his hip? Let’s help this little senior Sheltie find a home! He is currently up for adoption with Sheltie Rescue of Utah. Here is what his foster mom says about him.
Rio is adorable looking and adorable acting. Once you meet him you’ll know how empty your life is without a cutie like this old boy. Rio is a senior boy around 10 years old or older but he is filled with such joy that you can’t help but feel great around him. He LOVES to cuddle. He likes to lay on my couch. He’s fascinated with our cat but doesn’t do anything to hurt her. He likes to follow her around and stare at her. He also likes to talk to her but we discourage that (barking). Rio has a little boy bark…not shrill…but softer than a typical bark.
Whether you have 6 months or 6 more years with Rio in your life, you wouldn’t regret adopting him for even a moment because he brings so much into any relationship. You know how some of your friends build you up and are positive people and others are not? Rio is like one of those great friends who can always see the positive side of things.
Rio was picked up as a stray by the Humane Society who turned him over to Sheltie Rescue. They would normally euthanize him because he is at least 10 years old and was not neutered. He is neutered now. I suspect he was used to breed. He has no teeth at all which tells me that someone was taking him for regular dentals and he needed all of his teeth pulled. When our vet checked him we found that he had a terrible skin infection which we’re treating him for with common antibiotics. That infection is clearing up beautifully.
I gave Rio a medicated bath and when I did it became obvious that Rio is quite used to being bathed and groomed. At some point in this boy’s life someone took excellent care of him. We have no idea what caused him to lose his caring family and become a stray that was picked up by Salt Lake Humane.
For more information about Rio and to look into adopting him please go to www.SheltieRescueUT.org and fill out our Application for Adoption. Rio’s adoption fee is only $100.00 but you’ve got to have a great home for a little old joyous Sheltie-boy, to adopt him. :)