We understand that sometimes life takes twists and turns and that an owner needs to make the difficult decision that it is in the best interest of the dog to be placed in a new home.
We can help.
We take in collie, and shelties in Virginia and surrounding states.
Our focus is on finding the perfect home for each dog.
Some owners have driven or flown their pet to us from across the country.
Coastal is also known to be the "rescues rescue" if you are another rescue and need assistance with a special sheltie or collie case please reach out directly.
Whether you are struggling to decide if you can continue to take good care of your beloved pet or if you have already made the decision that you need to find a new home for your dog, we are available to discuss your dog and your situation. We are not here to judge you, we understand this is an extremely difficult choice you are making.
We may be able to make recommendations to help you keep your dog or we may be able to help you by taking your beloved dog into our placement program.
We do not recommend re-homing your dog through online listing services. Some folks respond to those types of listings for the sole purpose of reselling dogs for a profit.
Instead we highly recommend that you select a non-profit rescue group that is dedicated to finding homes for all Sheltie's and Collies.
We can assure you that finding the right home for your dog is our highest priority.
We never charge a fee for an owner to surrender a Sheltie or Collie.
We want to keep you up to date after surrender if you wish.
We ask new owners to write a letter from the dog on how their new life is going and share it with you if you wish.
Currently we are taking in owners surrenders of shelties, collies, Old English sheepdogs and most herding dogs or small full breed dogs such as poodles, yorkies, mini schnauzers and mixes of those.
We are not open to heelers, aussies or shepherds.
We are no longer taking in any behavioral dogs outside of Full Shelties . Shelties with behavioral issues must be evaluated before intake and likely adoptable after training.
To discuss your situation, please contact us at: 804-552-1884 and one of our loving volunteers will walk with you through the process. Coastalsheltierescue@gmail.com
After you have been contacted by the placement team, you may be asked to fill out an owner surrender form.
Dogs who have delivered a Level 2 bite (as defined by Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Dog Bite Scale (see info under forms) dogs will be evaluated by the placement committee as to their suitability for placement. The placement committee shall include the Placement Director and at least two other Board of Directors members. If necessary, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant will be available for consultation (at the cost of the owner). The mission of Coastal Sheltie Rescue + is to offer refuge, medical care, fostering and adoption opportunities for homeless, abandoned and neglected Collies, Shelties and other herding dogs. In addition to medical and physical issues, sometimes dogs surrendered to rescue can be inadequately socialized, untrained, and some may have temperament issue. Dogs with bite histories will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may including consultation with canine behavioral specialists. It is CSR+ goal that dogs placed by us are successful and safe as companions and family pet. Dogs who have delivered a Level 2 bite (as defined by Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Dog Bite Scale listed below) will be evaluated by the placement committee as to their suitability for placement. The placement committee shall include the Placement Director and at least two other Board of Directors members. If necessary, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant will be available for consultation.
Dogs who have delivered a Level 3 bite (as defined by Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Dog Bite Scale) will only be accepted after a full situational analysis. The placement committee and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant must be in agreement for the dog to be accepted by CSR+.
No dog who has delivered a Level 4 bite will be accepted unless the bite occurred under extraordinary circumstances, e.g. a person was bitten when putting his or her hand between two dogs engaged in a fight, in which case the above procedure for Level 3 bites will be followed.
No dog who has delivered a Level 5 or Level 6 bite will be accepted.
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All potential adopters regardless of limitation must be able to physically feed themselves and the dog unassisted, transport the dog to the vet & give physical activity & bathroom breaks outdoors within a safe environment.
* Please see each individual dog for requirements to adopt. Dogs with exercise needs must be able to be met by the adopter.
As a matter of policy we do not discriminate on race, color , gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
We do no adopt out to electric shock collar fencing of any kind