Adoption Procedure


How do I adopt a Sheltie?

(Please note we only adopt our dogs to families in the state of Indiana)

To adopt a Sheltie from Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana, Inc. you must first complete an application for adoption. You can print the application from the website here, complete it, and mail it in, or you may complete an application online.  Upon receiving your completed application a SRCI representative will call or email you to set up a visit with you in your home.  This is to review your expectations as an adoptive "parent", your living situation (home or apartment, etc.), and how one of our wonderful Shelties may fit your needs. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions. We will also check your references.  Once this is all approved you will receive a notice that you’ve been approved to adopt.

We will then work with you to make a match between a Sheltie and your family. Our shelties are housed in private, caring volunteer foster homes throughout the state. You may request consideration for a particular sheltie or we will suggest a few shelties that match your desires and would fit into your home and lifestyle. We will help you make arrangements with the foster caregiver to meet the sheltie. Please respect our advice and knowledge of the sheltie’s personality. The fact that we know the individual sheltie, and its personality, quirks and drives is one of the greatest benefits that you gain from adopting a sheltie from SRCI.

As you work through the adoption process, please understand that our first and PRIMARY concern is the happiness and welfare of the shelties in our care, and in placing them into loving, permanent homes. We work to match each sheltie to the appropriate environment and lifestyle necessary for keeping her/him happy and healthy. Because our adoption process is designed to identify these homes and the individuals processing the applications are volunteers with families, jobs, and pets of their own, it may take 1-3 weeks to work through your application.

The adoption fee to adopt a puppy or young adult up to 18 months of age is $250. For adults over the age of 18 months, the adoption fee is $200. For seniors 9 years of age and over, the adoption fee is $75. Since we are a non-profit organization and the adoption fee often does not cover the expenses of providing routine and necessary medical care for the individual sheltie, donations above the adoption fee are welcome, appreciated, and tax deductable to the extent allowed by law.

Before you decide to adopt a sheltie, please make sure you know about the breed. If you have not previously been owned by a sheltie, visit your local library or bookstore to obtain a book about shelties or review some of the information in our library. If you have questions not answered here, you may email us in the "Contact Us" from the menu at the left.

If you are interested in adopting a Sheltie please go to our Printable or Online Forms area on the menu at the left and choose from the list on that page.