Adoption Process

SSPSNJ only accepts adoption applications from New Jersey residents.
In order to be considered, RENTERS must submit their Renter's Agreement along with their adoption application.
The Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ reserves the right to refuse any application at any time.

Thank you for thinking about adopting a sheltie.

The adoption process begins when you submit the ADOPTION APPLICATION form to us. We cannot stress enough how It is important that you answer all the questions. There are no right or wrong answers and no trick questions. Your answers will help us match you up with the right rescue.

It is important, however, for you to understand that each of these dogs comes with its own life experiences. Some come from loving homes, whose owners may have passed away, or perhaps moved and couldn't take their dog with them. Some dogs are given up for health or other personal reasons. Other dogs were abandoned and are looking for loving homes.

Once SSPSNJ gets a dog, the dog is examined by a veterinarian, spayed/neutered, and brought up to date on all its shots. With all this complete, we do our best to find the right home for the right sheltie.

  • Once the "Adoption Application Form" loads to your screen, move your pointer towards the bottom of the form on your screen. You should see a control panel pop up to download the form to your computer, OR "right click" on the form OR go to the "file" menu to SAVE the form to your computer, then... download controls
  • • after downloading (saving) the form to your computer, fill it out
        and save it, then email the form to us.
  • • OR after downloading (saving) the form to your computer, fill out
       the form and print it, scan it and then email it to us.
  • • OR after downloading (saving) the form to your computer, print and
       fill it out, then mail to:
    SSPSNJ, 370 Union Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807

When we receive your application, it will be reviewed. A member of SSPSNJ will contact you, and let you know if we have any dogs that we feel would be a good match and answer any questions you may have.

The Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ is a New Jersey based rescue. We place Shelties in New Jersey.
If you live outside the area that we place Shelties, please go to Sheltie Nation's web site and check out the rescue page. They list rescues by state and you should be able to find a rescue near you.


People have asked why we do not post specific adoption fees on the website.
Each foster's adoption fee is decided within a range based first on age ~ and then on other factors [i.e., a known medical condition that makes the dog more difficult to place]. Adoption fees for younger dogs are always higher than middle aged and older dogs. The fees [which are tax deductable] help offset vet care for "all the fosters", but mostly for the seniors.


New fosters are scheduled for a complete physical as soon as possible. We make sure the dog is up-to-date on all shots; a fecal is checked for various types of worms; blood is checked for for heartworm and tick-borne diseases; spay/neuter if needed [and the dog is healthy enough to undergo surgery]; thorough dental if needed; older dogs have a senior panel to evaluate kidney, liver and pancreatic organ function, as well as screen for diabetes and other metabolic disorders, CBC & differential checks for anemia, infection and immune system status. A thyroid panel is run on dogs showing signs of hypothyroidism.

We've spent as much as $1,500 to bring a 10-year old sheltie up-to-date on vaccines, thorough dental, spay/neuter, plus treat a long-term medical condition that would have been a fraction of the cost had the condition been treated when the dog was 5 or 6. We do not ever come close to breaking even when you see the vet bills vs. donations.