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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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Adoption Pending! Dallas - Dallas is just in from a shelter to the north of Austin. He was picked up as a stray and held for 4 or 5 days waiting for his family, no one showed up. A rescuer pulled him for us and helped to transport him to Austin. He is about 6 years old and has recently had a dental Dallas is about 30 pounds and 15 inches tall. He is up to date on all vaccinations, neutered, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. Dallas is leash trained and house trained. He has a skin infection that is currently being treated. He is what we call a Velcro sheltie. He loves his person and stays very close to them.


On Medical Hold - Arrow - Arrow is a surrender from Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center. His owners surrendered him to the clinic after he had suffered a fall from a moving golf cart, his pelvis was broken in several places and his left rear leg was also broken. He underwent reconstructive surgery and is on the mend. Arrow is 4 months old, born 04/07/17. He is up to date on all vaccinations and is on heartworm preventive.


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.

On Medical Hold - Shooter - Shooter 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.


Ellie Mae - Ellie Mae came out of a North Texas shelter. She is up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm negative, spayed, and on heartworm preventive. She is 16 inches tall and could lose some weight, she is currently around 50 pounds and should be closer to 30 or 35. Ellie Mae is an 6 to 8 year old sable merle and when her coat grows out it will have a lovely silver tone mixed in with the sable….she is going to be gorgeous. Ellie Mae is an easy going girl that loves to be close to the action. She is currently on medication for an infection of the urinary tract.


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, WilCo. 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. Her skin has some issues right now but with loving care, good nutrtiion and medications, we know it will be thick and full before long. Cindy walks well on a leash and may have some problems hearing. She is a sweet easy going lady with a good life in her future.

Update:  When Cindy came into our rescue program, she didn't look good or feel well because both of her ears were infected and she had kennel cough.  Her coat was sparse and dry because she had a fungal infection on her skin.  She is doing so much better now. Her coat is starting to grow back and it looks much healthier.  Cindy, who we think is closer to 12 years old, has a sweet and happy personality and she loves to be petted. She has become her foster mom's shadow and wants to be close to her all the time. She is housebroken and has good house manners.  When it's time to eat, she gets all excited and 'lopes' to the kitchen while nipping on her foster mom's hand. Thus, her new 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 happy girl has a beautiful spirit and is going to make a wonderful companion for a very lucky person!!  .


Loki 2 - Loki 2 is an owner surrender due to many changes in his family and they felt he needs a more stable life style. Loki is 10 years old and overweight at 65 pounds, he only stands about 16 inches tall. Loki is neutered and is up to date on all vaccinations, heartworm negative and on heartworm prevention. Loki has excellent house manners, is housetrained and crate trained. Loki has a thyroid issue that is easily corrected with inexpensive medication. Loki will be working hard to get rid of around 30 to 35 pounds by eating low calorie food, green beans and slow and gentle exercise. He also is showing signs of arthritis because of the weight issue so he is on regular anti-inflammatories. Loki is very mild mannered and he gets along with small children and other dogs. He also walks well on a leash. Watch for regular pupdates on his weight loss efforts.


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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