History of the National Sheltie Rescue Network

We are currently developing a fairly complete, reasonably comprehensive history of the National Sheltie Rescue Network. As you might guess, doing so is a long and complex task, so we anticipate that it will take quite some time.

In the interim, we're publishing a raw "timeline" of NSRN provided to us by Pat Ferrel, ASSA's Historian. Very little effort has been made to organize the following timeline and there are known gaps as well as some likely minor errors. However, we hope that its presence might stimulate some of you who have been around for a while to help us fill in the blanks, correct details, and possibly provide more names and photographs.

1987 (e) Associated Humane Society of New Jersey requesting a contact person for the rescue of stray Shelties – this letter will be published in the Bulletin Board so that interested individual and local clubs could pursue this idea.

1990 (e) No action taken on a support statement on Limited Registrations or the forming of a National Sheltie Rescue committee.

1994 (e) Dorothy Christiansen appointed National Rescue Referral Coordinator. The committee will NOT be responsible for coordinating the rescue of dogs on a national level. She will act as a information resource person and prepare a packet of information.

1994 (e) A list of active Sheltie rescues is being prepared. The ASSA rescue coordinator is a referral position only. Discussion followed on the responsibility of the National Rescue Coordinator.

1996 (e) A National Sheltie rescue fund established to be maintained by the ASSA Rescue Coordinator. It was seeded with $1,000, funds to be used for emergency purposes only. A financial statement to be published in the Bulletin Board on a regular basis. Dorothy Christiansen's title is changed to ASSA Rescue Coordinator.

1997 (a) Rescue will receive an additional $2,000.

1997 (a) It was suggested that members sell pets only on a spay/neuter basis, take back any dog they breed or support local rescue groups that take their animals.

1997 (e) For the rescue bequest of $44,000, $4,000 will be put into the operating account for rescue, the remaining to go into an interest bearing account the proceeds of which will be regularly transferred to the Rescue Fund.

1998 (e) A free booth for sale of fund-raising items at the National for rescue approved, however, only one raffle item will be allowed.

1999 (e) Rescue is interacting with approximately 90 rescue groups.

2000 (e) One free show catalog per rented grooming space, authorized raffle of special item(s) for health research (one item) and for Rescue (two items) & pizza part for attendees at Junior Showmanship clinic.

2000 (a) Consideration given to adding a parade of rescue dogs to the National program.

2000 (e) Rescue asked to develop a policy and practice statement for ASSA Rescue.

2001 (e) Ninety-four rescue groups took in 2,223 dogs,

2002 (e) Rescue authorized to place “paid for” ads in several of the popular, general public dog magazines to the approx. amt. of $1,000 per year.

2002 (m) American Shetland Sheepdog Association Foundation, Inc. has been chartered in the state of Virginia as a corporation and granted tax-exempt status. It was set up as an organization without individual members, but as an entity of the ASSA. This opens the door for ASSA to expand its activities in fundraising, the solicitation of donations and the distribution of money in animal related activities including health research, rescue, education etc.; the money generously donated by individuals to the Foundation is fully tax-deductible.

2003 (e) Health Research and Rescue accounts transferred to the ASSA Foundation.

2004 (e) Monies transferred from the general account to the foundation in support of health research, Junior Handler scholarship, rescue and anti-canine legislation.

2004 (e) A waiver statement for Rescue clubs to be prepared that states that the group agrees not to stand in favor of anti-breeder legislation before the group receives a donation from the ASSA.

2004 Jim Melton and Barbara Edelberg were asked to take over the responsibility for running a Rescue Booth at the National each year, selling goods and raising funds both for National Sheltie Rescue and for any local Sheltie rescue groups wishing to sell items at the booth to raise funds.

2005 (e) The parade of Rescued Performance Shelties had 20+ entrants at the 2005 National. These dogs must compete in a performance event at the National in order to participate in the parade.

2006 (e) Extensive report given by the rescue Chairman.

2007 (e) Handling clinics at the National will no longer allow those without dogs to use the ring facilities as any ringside discussion is a “no fee” event and in the ring “hands on” are a “fee paid” event. $2,000 was raised for the last three programs and was donated to the Foundation for Sheltie Rescue.

2007 (e) Regional Advisory Program Committee reformed as the National Workshops Committee. The list or ASSA Regional Mentors will be removed from the website. 25% of the monies paid for National Workshop Committee programs be paid to the ASSA National Show Treasurer to cover expenses. The remaining 75% is to go to rescue.

2007 (e) Accepted the $2,000 from Pedigree for rescue as they are no longer affiliated with American Humane and acceptance has no strings attached.

2008 Jim Melton and Barbara Edelberg purchase a cash register for use at the National Rescue Booth and establish a system whereby each product is individually tagged with a barcode label that is scanned by the cash register. This makes record-keeping and allows allocation of revenue to the proper groups vastly easier than before.

2009 Dorothy Christiansen discusses with Barbara Edelberg the possibility of Barbara eventually becoming Director of National Sheltie Rescue.

2010 Dorothy Christiansen informs Barbara Edelberg that Barbara is now "in training" to assist Dorothy in her position as Director and eventually (when Dorothy decides that it is time for her to retire) to take over the Director position.

2011 The name "National Sheltie Rescue Network" (NSRN) is created and used to apply to the collection of local Sheltie rescue groups through the United States and Canada that participate in National Sheltie Rescue activities.

2015 Due to continuing health problems, Dorothy Christiansen informs Barbara Edelberg that she (Dorothy) is no longer able to fulfil her duties as Director and that she will formally recommend to the ASSA Board of Directors that Barbara be assigned as the new Director of National Sheltie Rescue and that Jim Melton be assigned as Assistant Director. Dorothy will remain in the leadership team as Treasurer.

2016 Dorothy Christiansen asked to be relieved of her responsibilities as Treasurer due to the increasing severity of her health problems. She is asked to remain part of the leadership team as Executive Advisor, and will of course always keep her role as Founder of National Sheltie Rescue.

2017 Al Bianchi, Treasurer of the ASSA Foundation, suggests that the National Sheltie Rescue Network be legally separated from the ASSA Foundation. NSRN would then be separately incorporated and apply for its own 501(c)(3) approval from the IRS. Al indicates that doing so will make governance of the Foundation simpler, while allowing NSRN to continue to "merchandise" as part of its fundraising efforts. No decision has been made with respect to this suggestion at the time of this writing.