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Shelties over 2 years old are our group's most frequently fostered and adopted dogs. If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs on this page, please read our adoption information and fill out an adoption application.

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Duke 3 - Duke was recently surrendered due to his owners health issues. He is 3 years old, up to date on all vaccinations, neutered, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. Duke gets along beautifully with other dogs and cats, his foster mom has a cat that Duke pays tug of war with…it’s a rousing game. He is house trained, crate trained and walks beautifully on a leash. He is much like most shelties in that he will bark and lunge at passing buses, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and most cars…he is probably telling them to slow down.


Roxie - Roxie was adopted from our program in 2014, she stood steadfastly by while her owner went thru cancer treatment. Her owner recently passed away and the family asked us to find her a new home. Roxie is now 7 years old and still as full of energy and fun as she was in 2014. Roxie is a sheltie corgi mix, she stands about 12 inches tall and weighs around 20 pounds. She is up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. She is housetrained, crate trained and walks beautifully on a leash. She gets along great with everyone, dogs, cats, children, tennis balls and squeaky toys. She’s a busy little girl with tons of love and loyalty to give.


Minnie - Pretty Minnie is an independent referal. Minnie is an 11 year old purebred Shetland sheepdog. Sadly, one of Minnie’s owners passed away and the remaining owner no longer felt she could adequately take care of her. She is up to date on vaccinations, spayed, and heartworm negative. She is currently on thyroid medication as well as Denmarin. However, those might be able to be dropped due to her recent diet and weight loss while being fostered. Minnie has an abundant coat and needs regular grooming. She is also an avid ball and/or toy retriever! She loves being loved on and enjoys being petted. Gets along well with other dogs. She is about 14 inches tall and now weighs 18 lbs. Serious inquiries please call/text Leslie at 210-363-2072 or email


Gumbeaux - Gumbeaux is a papillon or sheltie chi mix that was found as a stray in Killeen. The shelter turned him over to us when they could not find his owners. Gumbeaux is about 7 years old, He is about 13 inches tall and weighs 15 pounds. Gumbeaux is up to date on vaccinations, neutered, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. He is working on his house training and learning new manners. Gumbeaux gets along with other dogs and cats but does not do well with small children, they move too fast.


Charlie - Was Duke (he didn’t like Duke and was just not going to respond) was a foundling in the Canyon Lake area. The finders took him to a vet clinic in New Braunfels who contacted us. Charlie is probably 10 years old and has some hearing loss. He is now up to date on vaccinations, neutered, had a recent dental and sadly, he is heartworm positive. It will be at least May before he has completed his treatment and become available. Charlie is well mannered inside the house, is house trained, gets along with other dogs, and walks well on a leash.


Adoption Pending! Lolly - Lolly was an owner surrender to the Austin Animal Center due to relocation of the family. Lolly is 3 years old, up to date on all vaccinations and spayed. Lolly, sadly enough, tested positive for heartworms and will have to go thru treatment. She will not be available until February of 2018. She is working on house training and crate training but enjoys walks on leash and playing with other dogs. Lolly also gets along with cats.

UPDATE: Because of the holidays, Lolly didn’t start her treatment until January and will not be finished until at least the middle of March. Lolly is a high energy girl and will require some behavior training.


Jolie - Jolie was an owner surrender to the Austin Animal Center due to anxiety. Jolie is a sheltie mix (we see some beagle and possibly dachshund), about 8 months old, spayed and heartworm negative. She is up to date on all her vaccinations and is on heartworm preventive. Jolie gets along great with other dogs and immediately loves young children. Jolie gets nervous in new situations and with new adults. She also tends to be a bit submissive and is easily frightened by harsh actions. Once she is used to the adults, she is very loving and snuggly. Jolie is mostly housetrained and loves to take walks on leashes. She loves meeting other dogs on walks but is cautious about adults. Jolie’s favorite quote is “Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime, But old dogs and children and watermelon wine”…tho she says she would rather have just the watermelon. She is a super sweet young lady, working on good manners and looking for a wonderful home that will understand her.


Jackie - Jackie is an owner surrender due to health problems.  Jackie is around 12 years old and is spayed, up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive.  She has recently had a dental Jackie is a loveable girl that is what we call a Velcro dog, she loves to be with her person, will follow them from room to room and lay down right in front of their feet.  Jackie is house trained and crate trained but prefers to sleep close to her person.  She may have some hearing issues.

UPDATE – We have determine thru researching Jackie’s history that she is closer to 5 or 6 than she is 12. We found this information by tracking back on the history of her microchip and where she had it implanted. She also has the energy level of a much younger dog.

Shorty (was Shooter) - Shorty is a mini-aussie that came into the Austin Animal Center and was released to us when no one came for him. He is 12 to 13 weeks old and has had some trauma to his left leg and pelvis, both are fractured and may need surgery.  He is in a wait and see with lots of crate rest status.  We hope his puppy body will heal without surgery.  He will be in our program until he is healed and neutered which may be the end of October.

UPDATE – Shorty has healed from his broken leg and pelvis. He has been neutered and microchipped. Shorty is still working on his housetraining and now that he has been neutered, it should be easier for him. At 7 to 8 months Shorty is small, only about 10 pounds. He needs a home with playful dogs that are not too much bigger than him. He gets along well with other dogs his size or a bit larger. He loves taking walks and playing with toys. He does well with children and loves to snuggle.


Robin - Robin also came from a North Texas Shelter and was shaved down before coming into rescue. His coat is growing in and it is looking great. He is between 6 and 8 years old and is a good weight. He is neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. He seems to be a mellow fellow and he walks well on a leash. He is working on housetraining.


Cindy 2 "Cindy Loper"- Cindy came to us from the Williamson County Shelter. It appears she may have been neglected but is on the road to a better life. Cindy is around 16 inches tall and may be between 8 and 10 years old. She is now up to date on all vaccinations, spayed, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive.

Update on Jan 2018: When Cindy came into our rescue program six months ago, she looked and felt awful because both ears were infected, she had a fungal infection on her skin, and she had kennel cough. She has gotten over all these issues and her overall appearance is much better now that she is healthier. Since she feels better, she is more active and we do think her age is between 8-10 years, as estimated when she came into our program. While undergoing a dental cleaning, our vet suspected that Cindy might have a heart problem. A specialist examined her and determined Cindy has a condition called Atrioventricular block (AV block) which can affect the electrical impulses/rhythm of her heart. We were told this condition would either get worse with time or would stay the same. So far, we have not seen any change in her normal behavior.

Cindy has an extremely sweet and happy personality. She is her foster mom's shadow and wants to be close to her all the time. She loves attention and likes to be petted. She is housebroken and has good house manners. When it's time to eat, she gets extremely excited and 'lopes' to the kitchen while nipping on her foster mom's hand. Thus, her nickname...."Cindy Loper"! She loves to go on walks. She gets along well with other dogs, cats and children. She is almost deaf; however, she can hear loud noises. This sweet and happy girl has a beautiful spirit and would make a wonderful companion for a very lucky person!


Lucas – Lucas is a young sheltie that came in to the local shelter as a stray. He was found wandering around the lake and had a terrible case of sarcoptic mange. He has been thru treatment for the mange and his hair is starting to grow in and cover the bald places. He is also up to date on all of his vaccinations, heartworm negative, and on heartworm preventative. Lucas is about 14 inches tall and came in to rescue weighing around 14 pounds. Lucas is a happy go lucky puppy that has just gotten into a foster home and we will be learning more about him, his personality and what he knows.

UPDATE: Lucas is over his case of sarcoptic mange and after noticing that the fur was not growing back on his face and feet we took him to a dermatologist. It was determined that Lucas may have what is commonly called collie nose or DM (Dermatomyositis). It is not contagious but a genetic issue that effects a small percentage of shelties and collies. Here is a website with information concerning DM: . Lucas is a sweet well behaved sheltie mix. He is house trained and crate trained and has excellent house manners. He loves to go on walks and interacts well with other dogs and with people he meets on those walks. We took him to Barnes and Noble when we were gift wrapping at Christmas and he was a wonderful ambassador meeting and smoozing with all of the visitors. He is currently around 4 years old and is looking for his forever home. He would love an active home as he loves to run and play with toys. He also gets along well with small children and other dogs.


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Abbreviations: VETTING/CLINICALS (dog is in one of our clinics for work-ups); OR (Owner Relinquishment to our program); OTI (Owner Turn In to area shelter); HW+ (dog tested positive for heartworm disease and is going through treatments; should have a re-check 4-6 months after adoption); HW- (dog tested negative for heartworm disease and is on preventative; should have a re-check 4-6 months after adoption); UTI (urinary tract infection); UTD (dog is Up to Date on vaccinations and heartworm preventive); PB (the Sheltie is a purebred; all our Shelties are PB unless otherwise indicated); X (the Sheltie is a Mix, which we determine as best we can with our veterinarians).
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