Sheltie Rescue of East Tennessee

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Sheltie Rescue of East Tennessee, Inc is affiliated with the American Shetland Sheepdog Association's national rescue group.  We are a small group of dedicated volunteers in the East Tennessee area that find loving, safe homes for displaced Shelties.  When a Sheltie comes into our rescue he/she is placed in a foster home.  While there, the physical needs, personal characteristics, and emotional stability of the dog is assessed.  Foster parents work on any training that’s needed such as basic obedience and manners, crate training, socialization, and housebreaking.  To help insure good matches, all adoptions include a two week introduction period.  If for any reason during that time you decide a good match has not been made, the dog is to be returned to us and your adoption fee will be returned.

Unfortunately, we've had to raise our standard adoption donations due to increased vet and transportation costs.  Our new donations range from $300 for puppies and young dogs 0-4 years of age to as low as $175 for seniors and special needs dogs.  Special discounts may be made on a case by case basis.

Sending us an Adoption Application is the first step.  Instructions are at the top of the Adoption Application page.

All Shelties placed through us are required to be inside dogs and must have a fenced area for exercise.  Buried, electronic fences are not acceptable.  Although they will contain some breeds, they don’t work well for Shelties nor will they keep dogs or other animals out of the fenced area.  Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue has more information about electronic fences at their web site at

Special Needs Shelties

Information on our special needs dogs can be found on our You Can Help page.

Our Shelties are up-to-date on shots, Heartworm negative, started on heartworm preventative, have dentals if necessary, and are spayed or neutered before being placed.

Sheltie Rescue of East Tennessee, Inc is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.
Donations are gratefully accepted and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

All content found within this website is exclusively owned by Sheltie Rescue of East Tennessee.  Pictures are the property of the person/foster parent that took the picture and may not be used or reproduced without prior authorization and approval.  If you would like to obtain authorization please contact our webmaster at
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If you are donating in the name of another person we will be glad to send a card to them in your name.  After donating through PayPal send an email with the person's name and address to 
We are a 501(c)(3) group and receipts will be sent.
Thank you for supporting Sheltie Rescue of East TN, Inc.