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Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue – Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Today, Monday, July 23rd I am participating in an event called Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue. We are asking all dog bloggers to participate in a special online global event designed to bring attention to dog rescues. BTC4animals.com is proud to partner with Blog Catalog, Dog Rescue Success and YOU to harness a global online community to help save the lives of dogs in need.

This is Hakim. Hakim loves to be around people, play fetch, and be petted! He loves to go for (leashed), walks and plays chase with the other dog in his foster home. He is an absolute sweetheart!
Hakim is 8 years old and available through MNSheltieRescue.org

Across this country there are dog  rescues who, with very little funding, and a small dedicated group of volunteers, commit to fostering, training, promoting, vetting and caring for dogs that might otherwise be abandoned, abused or killed. They have a thankless job. One that requires hours and hours of work, and lots of time spent raising funds, so they can manage the difficult of job of saving dogs’ lives and finding them loving homes.

Maybe you have you have never adopted from a rescue before, or  you don’t really know what a rescue does.

Let me tell you a little more about one particular dog rescue and the work it does to help save Shelties in Minnesota. This is a group that I volunteer for and support – Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR).

MNSR is a 501(c) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. They are an all-volunteer foster-based rescue organization that houses all of its dogs in foster homes until they find their forever homes. Since their founding in 2003, they have found homes for almost 500 Shelties in need.

MNSR not only works with dogs in their care, but also with other rescues and shelters to help dogs in need. They help individuals who may be thinking about surrendering their dog by providing them with resources and information that may help them work through an issue or problem, or if this is no longer an option, they work with the owner to help their dog make a smooth transition to a foster home and eventually to their new forever home.

Below is a list of just some of the things Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR) does on a regular basis. As you read through the list, keep in mind that this is an all-volunteer dog rescue organization, operating with limited funds.

What does MNSR do?

  • Rescues dogs from a wide variety of places and circumstances – owner surrender, shelters, puppy mills, etc.
  • Makes every dog a top priority by dedicating the time, money and care needed to have the best opportunity to find a forever home.
  • Provides medical care for every dog it takes into its care. This includes dental extractions, anti-anxiety meds, heartworm preventative, and Frontline.
  • Conducts home visits with every potential foster home and adoptive family.
  • Offers shy Sheltie training classes for its foster dogs and foster parents. Classes are led by a positive reinforcement dog trainer.
  • Provides support, guidance and assistance to foster parents, adoptive families and strangers who’s Sheltie is missing or lost.
  • Shares adoption listings for Shelties in other states, or with other rescues, who are in need of a home
  • Provides support and guidance to people looking to rehome their pets but who are not looking to surrender to MNSR.
  • Shares resources and tips on everything from working with a shy or fearful dog to dealing with thunderstorm or fireworks phobia to pet food recalls to helping you keep your pet.
  • Provides ongoing support to adoptive families as they get to know their dog.
  • Shares opportunities to attend training seminars and events for volunteers to learn more about helping dogs.
  • Promotes training opportunities available for all Sheltie owners.

You might be thinking that this is a pretty comprehensive list. I agree.

MNSR is a very dedicated dog rescue organization who does a lot to help dogs and their owners. Although I think they are exceptional, I know there are other dog rescues out there doing similar things. That’s why it’s so important to support them whenever you can.

How can you help support dog rescues like MNSR?

  • Adopt, don’t shop. Want a particular breed? There are a lot of dog rescues, like MNSR, who specialize in specific breeds.
  • Foster a dog. Every dog that makes it to a foster home is one less dog that will be euthanized. Not sure you can give them up? Ask to participate in a foster-to-adopt program for a local dog rescue.
  • Donate time, money or supplies. Dog rescues are often operating on a small budget. Any support you can provide will be gratefully accepted. Don’t have a dog rescue in mind? Donate to MNSR.
  • Spay and neuter. The truth is that until we end the supply of dogs entering our shelters, we will never stop killing them. Sharing the miracle of birth with your kids might be cool, but chances are one of those puppies will end up in a shelter and be killed because there just isn’t any room for them.
  • Encourage your friends and family to adopt.
  • Donate your time – Last week, I wrote a post about how you can help if you can’t foster (“I could never foster a dog or cat…”). There are a wide variety of ways you can help a dog rescue.
  • Tell others. Post this to Facebook and Twitter: SPREAD THE WORD – BLOGGERS UNITE FOR DOG RESCUE – Promote dog adoption on July 23rd! http://bit.ly/pO7dZp #BtC4A

Dog rescues make a difference.

Please support them, and the work they do, whenever you can.

Lacie is a beautiful, loving young sheltie mix girl who will make a wonderful companion for that special someone. Through no fault of hers, she’s been shuffled around quite a bit in her young life. This little girl is a sweetie.
Lacie is 3 years old and will need to be on a diet and exercise regimen, but she is really, really sweet!

I am Winston. I am told that I am just the cutest little thing to come along in a long time. I am now learning to deal with two very bossy diva foster sisters (who are Shelties like me) and some cats, but we all get along really well. It would be more fun, however, if the cats would run every now and again – oh a good chase would be so great!
Winston is 8 years old and a mellow fellow most of the time, but he would love a friend who would love to play with him!

Mattie is a beautiful bi-black Sheltie/Eskie, and she just loves to be the princess. She loves playtime in the yard and has quite a few favorite stuffies that she carries outside even to go potty. Mattie is a very affectionate little girl.
And, Mattie has passed the Canine Good Citizen test!
Mattie is 7 years old and will need someone who can feed her on scheduled times and take her for walks.
She is available for adoption through Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Ian is a very cute little guy who has been busy learning many new skills in his foster home. Ian lived all his life in a breeding facility where he had little interaction with people. He is looking for a very special home that understands the needs of shy dogs who are just beginning to learn how to interact with people, and where he will have a doggie friend.
Ian is 6 years and about ~13-15 lbs. He is absolutely gorgeous, but will need someone special who understands working with shy dogs. He is available for adoption through MInnesota Sheltie Rescue http://www.mnsheltierescue.org/
TEMPERAMENT: Ian is very shy with people because he was not socialized prior to coming into rescue. He is not used to being petted, and does not feel comfortable approaching people yet.

  1. July 23, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    awww they’re all beautiful, shelties are amazing

  2. July 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    The really great thing about rescues is how much they can tell you about the dog you’re thinking of adopting. Pet stores can’t tell you anything. But look at the great descriptions you could include with your sheltie pix. You really get a feel for the personality of these dogs.

    Sounds like MN Sheltie Rescue is doing great work.

  3. July 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I am always amazed by the things a group of dedicated volunteers can produce. These people all have jobs, families, and pets of their own and yet they make the time to help other dogs and their families. Congratulations to MN Sheltie Rescue for all of their success. Animal welfare isn’t very easy and its definitely not very much fun, but those 500 dogs are in lovely homes now because of them. That’s no small achievment.

  4. July 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart after MNSR helped you get Lady back. =)

    • Mel
      July 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      You and me both Amy. You and me both.

  5. Jen
    July 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Wow! They have found homes for over 500 Shelties, that is wonderful! That is great that they offer training classes too, I wish more owners would take advantage of this.

    • Mel
      July 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Me too Jen. I think it makes the difference between a dog staying or going into a rescue or shelter.

  6. July 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Thanks for highlighting this rescue group – they sound like a bunch of dedicated volunteers. I hope your post helps find some of those wonderful Shelties new homes.

  7. July 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Great post for a great rescue organization! Hopefully you featuring some of their pups will help them find the right homes.

  8. July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Awesome post – sounds like a truly wonderful group. 🙂

  9. July 31, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Such beautiful Dogs – I’ve got my paws crossed they all find their forever homes 🙂

    Sounds like a great shelter 🙂

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  10. Collin
    December 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Wow! Those dogs are really awesome. They’re so cute. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mel
      December 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      So glad you liked them. A couple have bee adopted since this piece, but a few are still looking for their forever home. 🙂

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