Our first experience with a large group of shelties directly from a puppy mill breeder in Lancaster, Pennsylvania ~ known as the "Lancaster 11". Their journey began in September, thanks to the hard work and coordinated efforts of Laura Flynn, Camille of Rawhide Rescue, Aneita Frey [our President/Founder] and Diane O'Donnell of Long Hill Kennels ~ then off to their foster homes.
Each sheltie has a personal page, whether still being fostered or already in his/her forever home ~ but this page will be maintained to show pictures from September 30, 2007 to most current appearance [if possible]. When viewing the before/after photos for each sheltie, click on the one at right to visit personal page/read their stories.
NJ Sheltie Rescue Annual Picnic, September 28, 2008 .... One year almost to the day since their rescue from the puppy mill !!!
Their entire lives had been spent in small cages under deplorable conditions [3-4 per cage, no sanitation, lack of fresh water, etc].
Never knowing love, kindness or gentle handling .... just being grabbed by whatever part of the body was closest to the cage opening, then roughly pulled out for something unpleasant and/or painful.
Cinnamon was adopted mid-March. This picture was taken April 13th ~ she looks right at home with her new siblings, Willie and Ellie
Clancy ~ 8 yrs old
Clancy was adopted in October, 2007 ~ and renamed BEN. ***** October 2009 update *** Ben was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and has gone to the bridge. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family. Gone far too soon ~ but we hope it helps a little to know that his best two years were spent in their loving home.
Gabriel ~ 3 yrs old
Gabe ~ adopted *** December 2009 ~ Gabe has gone to the Rainbow Bridge ~ very missed by his foster parents & his adopted mom
GloryB ~ 5 yrs old
GloryB has been adopted by her foster mom, Carol
Lady ~ 7 yrs old
Adopted April 2008 ~ picture taken late summer 2008 [Lady loves helping her mom in the garden]
Lexi ~ 4 yrs old
Lexi ~ adopted September 2009
Robin ~ 3 yrs old
Robin is now PATTY, Adopted October 2007
Sadie ~ about 5 yrs old
Sadie ~ adopted by her foster family ~ July 2008
Smiles ~ 5 years old [Smiles slipped her harness October 10th and was on the run for 5 months]
Smiles ~ foster parents = Donna & Greg
Willow ~ 4 yrs old
Willow ~ adopted February, 2008 ~ looks like she's very happy to have her own family PLUS a beautiful garden :)
..... I think the composite picture shown below sums up our hopes for all of the Lancaster 11 Shelties ~