The Austin Sheltie Rescue is the result of a cooperative effort by people in the Central Texas area to find permanent loving homes for abandoned, stray, or unwanted Shetland Sheepdogs. The dogs live in foster homes where they receive medical attention and opportunities to interact with people and other animals until they can be matched with a "forever" home. They are groomed, vaccinated and altered before being offered for adoption and a nominal adoption fee is charged to partially cover these expenses. Some veterinary fees are donated by the ASSA from a rescue fund set up specifically for homeless shelties. Fund raisers are supported by sheltie owners and other sheltie rescue organization across the state.