Shelties Available for Adoption

For more information about the available shelties, have any questions about adopting a sheltie, or to see if there are any others available, please contact us by email at
Please do not forget to check out the Forever Fosters listed under Support Rescue. You can see updates on our Shelties such as Angel. Bear and others.

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.


Shadow and Nova are very bonded medium size 12 year old shelties.


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 WEBSITE or NATIONAL SHELTIE RESCUE ASSOCIATION'S WEBSITE and check out their rescue groups' webpages. They list rescues by state and you should be able to find a rescue near you.

Adoption Fees:

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.

What Type of Vet Care Do Fosters Receive:

New fosters are scheduled for a complete physical as soon as possible. We make sure the dog is UTD 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.
A word about puppies: In the last 6 years, we've placed close to 300 shelties ~ and of that number, fewer than 10 were puppies. The current adoption fee for a puppy [identified as less than 12 months of age] is $400. You are getting a companion for 13 - 15 years. If you went to a good breeder in the tri-state area, the puppy would cost about $1,000 on a spay/neuter contract {** you are responsible for the spay/neuter vet bill plus sending the verification form back to breeder in order to receive your AKC paperwork}.

* 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.