Helping Us Out

How You Can Help

There are many and varied ways that you can help Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana help the Shelties. If you don't find your idea discussed below, contact us from the "Contact Us" menu at the left.  Or if you aren't able to help in any of the listed manners, spread the word about us and our needs by telling your friends, colleagues or a family member. Every little bit helps.
 


Care for a Special-Needs-Sheltie

Many of the shelties that SRCI accepts into its foster program are older or "special needs" dogs that can be more difficult to place. We believe that all shelties, regardless of age or condition, deserve a loving home, but sometimes their prolonged stay in a foster home may prevent another sheltie from being rescued.

Therefore, we hope that you will consider becoming a long-term foster home for one of these special little ones. SRCI continues to be responsible for the cost of medical care, and as with an adoption, you may select one that fits your family and personality. If, at any point, you can no long care for the sheltie, then he will come back to SRCI.

Older and special-needs shelties provide loving companionship, and they appreciate someone to enrich their years with regular meals, routine brushings, gentle pats on the head and lots of hugs!

If you can provide a long-term foster home for one of these special ones, please contact the Foster Home Coordinator.  Their email is listed on our "Contact Us" menu at the left.

 

Donate to Friends of a Sheltie

Friends of Sheltie Rescue is a vital component to the ability of Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana to accomplish its work. The group consists of our donors. To join, simply donate one or more of the following items. All are equally important to the organization and our care of the shelties. We greatly appreciate each and every gift. If you would like to donate or if you have an idea other than these below, email us.  Or if you aren't able to help by donating, spread the word about us and our needs by telling your friends, colleagues or a family member. Every little bit helps.

  • Printing services.

  • Dog toys; food such as Nutro, Sensible Choice, Wellness or other high quality brands; and supplies such as leashes, collars, and gentle leaders.

  • Veterinary services.

  • Color, 35mm film or digital camera

  • Office supplies such as paper, #10 envelopes, colored paper, postage stamps, and calling cards.

  • Monetary donations of cash or bequests.

 

Foster A Sheltie

Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana, Inc. has been very successful with placing our shelties in new and loving homes. Each sheltie spends at least two weeks in foster care while the medical care is completed and we learn about her personality and likes. Some shelties spend more time and sometimes even several months while we train or modify their behavior before they are ready to be adopted. Often times SRCI receives shelties faster than we can place them. Each foster home has limited space for foster shelties, so SRCI is always looking to increase the ranks of our foster caregivers.  What does it take to be a foster parent for a sheltie?  On the surface, it's really very simple.  Foster homes provide appropriate food, care, training and medication for the sheltie. SRCI covers all medical costs involved but we ask the caregiver to donate the food. Becoming a foster parent does require a time commitment on your part, but if you love shelties then it's an easy task. Here are some of your considerations before deciding to join our ranks of foster caregivers:

  • Are you familiar with the characteristics and behavior of the Shetland Sheepdog as a breed?

  • Are you willing to spend time studying and evaluating the dog and make a recommendation about a suitable home?

  • Are you willing to talk with potential owners and provide information about the foster sheltie?

  • Are you willing to administer appropriate medication?

  • Do you have the appropriate physical facilities such as a fenced yard and an area to separate new dogs from yours?

  • Foster caregivers are required to be a member of SRCI. Are you willing to join as a member and be recommended as a responsible pet owner by at least two Sheltie Rescue members?

  • Are you willing to sign the appropriate liability release form?

  • If you think you might want to foster shelties for SRCI, we look forward to hearing from you! Contact us from the menu at the left or print, complete and mail the foster application found in the Printable Forms tab here on our website

 

Volunteer

Some people may not be interested in joining as a member but still want to help Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana with daily tasks. Perhaps you don't currently have time to commit to attending meetings routinely or perhaps you prefer to work locally. Regardless, we welcome you for as little or as much time as you are able to provide.

  • Assist with preparation of mailings.

  • Distribute brochures to local veterinarian hospitals, kennels and training facilities.

  • Do you like to write? Assist with writing newsletter articles.

  • Help staff boothes and tables at local events and PetsMart.

  • If you have artistic skills, provide drawings that can be used on SRCI materials

  • Sell items to raise funds to family, friends and colleagues.

If you are interested in volunteering, print, complete and mail the volunteer form found in the Printable Forms tab of our website. Or if you have an idea other than these identified above, email us to discuss it. We look forward to hearing from you either way.

 

Join As A Member

Membership in Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana can be an extremely rewarding experience. SRCI is always seeking to increase the ranks of its membership. As our numbers grow, we become better equipped to handle the increasing number of shelties that come into our foster program each year. Membership dues are only $10 per year per individual member. Below are some ways you can contribute when you join.

Helping with shelties that are coming into foster care:

  • Identify shelties at your local shelter.

  • Foster shelties in your home.

  • Transport shelties from shelters or owners to the foster home.

  • Make pre-adoption home visits for applications to adopt.

Fundraising:

  • Sell items such as t-shirts, flowers, calendars, and socks

  • Identify ideas for new fundraisers and implement them.

  • Help organize, price and sell at the Annual Garage Sale.

  • Gather donated items for auctions and prizes.

Administration:

  • Keep computer lists for mailings.

  • Fold, label and stamp newsletters for mailing.

  • Serve as a board member or officer.

  • Attend member meetings and events.

Public Awareness:

  • Create marketing materials.

  • Work at tables during events.

  • Create educational displays

  • Arrange for local newspapers to print articles about sheltie rescue.

If you would like to become a member of Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana, please contact us or print, complete and mail the membership application found in the Printable Forms tab here on our website.

 

Sponsor A Sheltie

I wish I could do more to help sheltie rescue, but I am so limited...on time, energy, facilities, or ideas."

In answer to this comment, Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana now presents one more opportunity for those who truly want to help our rescued shelties.

The Sponsor-a-Sheltie program enables a person to partially or completely underwrite the expenses of one of our rescues. Total costs vary, depending upon the dog's condition, but any contribution is helpful.

The sponsor will receive a picture of the Sheltie along with a complete history, financial statement and placement information on the dog.

If you want to Sponsor-A-Sheltie for SRCI, we look forward to hearing from you! Contact us  to learn more about the shelties who need your help. Or print, complete and mail the sponsor a sheltie form found in the Printable forms
here on our website along with your donation to the address on the form.

Be sure to email any questions you may have about the program which are not answered to one of our members on the Contact Us menu at the left.  If you aren't able to help, spread the word about our Sponsor-A-Sheltie program by telling your friends, colleagues or family members. Perhaps someone else would like to help.