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   All About Secondhand Shelties




Secondhand Shelties, Ltd. is a not-for-profit Chicagoland 


area breed rescue for Shetland Sheepdogs ("Shelties").  

Foster Care Organization

Formed and incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1995, 

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Secondhand Shelties is licensed by the Illinois Department


of Agriculture.




Secondhand Shelties helps find new homes for abandoned, orphaned, and unwanted shelties and other

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 Breeds at times.   We are not dog breeders nor are we


 members of any breed club.  Although we receive


 referrals for both adoptions and owner give-ups 


from breeders and clubs, our rescue functions as a 


corporation and separate entity from any club or rescue.


We do not exchange dogs with other rescues.  Once a 


sheltie is in our program, the dog stays with us until the dog is adopted – regardless of the time it may take to

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 to find the “perfect home” for that particular dog.






Our "Secondhand Shelties" come from many backgrounds.


Approximately half of the shelties are given up by their 


owners.  The other half come from animal control 


facilities, shelters or are found wandering the streets.

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Everyone involved with Secondhand Shelties volunteers


their services, their homes, and their time because of 


their love for this breed.  All foster homes are licensed to 


insure the best for each and every one of our dogs.


Because all our shelties live in foster homes while awaiting


adoption, they are able to be seen in a normal home

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Everything medically necessary is done in order for our 


dogs to be in good, healthy adoptable condition prior to 


showing them to potential adopters, regardless of the cost.  


All dogs in the care of Secondhand Shelties are checked by a veterinarian upon entry into our rescue program.



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Vaccinations, neutering, dentals and any other needed 


medical procedures are done prior to adoption.    




Normally we have adult shelties of various ages available 


for adoption.  On rare occasions we have dogs under 1 year  of age.  Because we are not breeders, we rarely


 have puppies. 



   How You Can Help 



Please call for an adoption application if you'd like to open your heart and home to a wonderful, loving


your heart and home to a wonderful, loving Secondhand 


Sheltie who needs you.  If calling outside the 630, 708, 


847 or 815 area code we may return your call collect.  You


can also request an application by e-mail, but be sure to 


include your name, home address, city/state and telephone

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number.  Please have patience if you leave us a message


or send an e-mail.  All members of our rescue work full 


time jobs while also caring for their own pets as well as


foster dogs.  Because of this, we may take a day or two to return your call or e-mail.




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