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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.

NOTE: we will only place him NJ and the home must have a fenced in yard.


UPDATE 1/5/18​:​ Tristan would love to find his forever home soon! He has been improving in his foster home. With consistent training and direction, he will continue to learn how to be a well mannered sheltie. He needs more socialization with men and children. His new home has be dedicated to helping him finish his training and socialization. We do highly suggest that his forever home attend obedience classed at an accredited training center, or have prior proven experience with dogs with similar needs. Tristan does best with clear, concise, structure. Once he gets to know and trust you he will enjoy sitting on your lap! He is a very energetic fella and therefore should have a secured fenced in yard to stretch and play with other dogs (no dogs 16" or smaller and no cats). Tristan will do well in a quiet home. If you are interested in Tristan, please go to and fill out an adoption application.
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Update 8/3/17 Tristan is still not available for adoption. He did well with the surgery and has healed nicely. He has gained some weight. While in his foster home we found some additional issues and he is now with a trainer. She said he is very smart. Tristan is learning obedience.

Tristan is a very sweet 2 year old sable and white male sheltie. He was owner surrendered to the Cape May Animal Shelter and they contacted us once he was available to be released. We immediately took him to one of our vets had updated his shots and he got a micro chip. Unfortunately, neither testical descended so his neutering became a major surgery. The vet was able to find them both and remove them. He is recovering nicely and will be available for adoption soon.

We are requiring a fenced in yard. The fence must be 5 feet or higher. He does have a fear of spray bottles and his foster home is working on it. Tristan walks on a leash and rides nicely in a car. He is housebroken and loves to be with people. We don't know if he gets along with cats but he would do best in a home as an only dog or with a dog that is submissive.

If you are interested in adopting Tristan please go the the Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of NJ website and fill out an Adoption Application or if you are interested in donating towards his medical bills please go to our DONATION web page. Thank you.

* We do not permit adoptions of shelties as gifts. If you would like to give one as a gift you can contact us for advice on how to handle the situation.
Please note that we do NOT adopt to homes with children under the age of 10. Herding dogs, especially shelties, tend to chase whatever/whoever is running & they often will nip at the back of legs in their attempt to gather everyone into a neat, manageable area.
If you cannot adopt but would like to make a donation or to sponsor one of our forever fosters, seniors or special needs dogs, please email Aneita.