In another post, the statement was made, "... they only adopt in state...". We are finding this very frustrating, to say the least. We have adopted 5 Shelties over the past 11 years; 4 of them were from a state other than where I live. But now, while searching for (probably) 2 to adopt, we keep hitting the same wall - "We don't adopt out of state". Unfortunately, we live in a state where Sheltie Rescues are very limited and we are close to several other states. PA is 6 miles north, WV is ... out my kitchen window, VA is about an hour away and Ohio is about 2 1/2 hrs away. Personally, there should be a "Sheltie Score" like a FICO Credit Score. #1- We have adopted 4 Shelties ( 2 in 2005 and 2 in 2012) from a rescue in Ohio - NO PROBLEMS #2- We have a fenced in yard. Verified by one Sheltie Rescue for the one in Ohio. #3- Our girls were groomed every 6 weeks #4- Teeth were cleaned every 6 months #5- Shots and vaccinations when needed #6- Yearly Vet well visits and whenever we feel there was a need #7- Have the Vet's cell and home number (on first name basis - small town) We would be more than happy to provide references if only these rescues would even talk to us. We keep seeing dogs available, but I don't think the rescues are doing them justice by not allowing adoptions out of state after the applicants are properly vetted. If we're completely off base with our thoughts, please tell us why.