On this page I am going to show what we deal with sometimes to help these poor dogs recover so that they may at some point be adopted.

“With Devotion To The Canine World”


Sheltie Rescue


Phone: (904) 262-5420

Fax: (904) 292-4791

Email: DDuffey@aol.com


If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to help care for the Shelties who are presently here,

just ask Pay-Pal to send your donation to dduffey@aol.com


Cassie – Jacksonville Sheltie Rescue girl with Cushing’s Disease


Cassie’s Story:  In mid January 2008, we received a call that a Shetland Sheepdog, in bad condition, had been dumped in the overnight bin at Clay County Animal Shelter.  Of course, we went to pull  her from the shelter.  She had many wounds on her body, had hardly any hair, was lumpy and bumpy and not exactly beautiful.

 As soon as she was released, we drove to our vet where they told us they thought the wounds were caused by burns – perhaps from a cigarette.  Her ears were infected.  She had an open wound that was horribly swollen & infected on her stomach.  She was filthy.  The vet staff bathed her (twice!) and prescribed antibiotics, flea medication, deworming medication (she was full of every possible worm) and we took her into rescue.

 Later, we had Cassie checked for hypothyroidism (low thyroid, not uncommon in Shelties).  She definitely needed

thyroid supplementation.  By mid-March, Cassie had lost 7 lbs – much needed!  Her ears had cleared up.  Her wounds had healed.  She grew a little hair and her potbelly reduced a bit (probably from getting rid of a belly full of worms).  However, there were indications that perhaps something further was wrong with Cassie so we began testing for

Cushing’s Disease.

 The results were positive – Cassie does indeed have Cushing’s Disease.   Untreated, this disease will lead to a

multitude of complications including liver disease, heart issues, kidney failure and possibly SARDS (a form of instant, irreversible blindness) as well as diabetes.  The list of possible complications is long and quite serious.

 Although Cushing’s Disease cannot be cured, it can be controlled; but only through the use of powerful and expensive medications.  Frequent testing is required to insure the level of medications is adequate without overwhelming the dog’s system.  Cassie begins treatment the second week of April

 A member of Jacksonville Sheltie Rescue has dealt with Cushing’s Disease before and the improvement in the dog –with treatment- is incredible.  Hair grows back, the intense uncontrollable hunger pangs go away, thirst and urination return to normal levels.  Best of all, it can appear as though the dog has turned back the clock by 2 to 4 years –

becoming happier and more active.

 Cassie will continue to need special testing for the rest of her life.  She will  require, once through the initial, intensive treatment period, maintenance doses of an expensive medication for the rest of her life.

 If you would like to make a donation to help with Cassie’s on-going treatment, please……………………………………………..

We would be happy to list you as one of Cassie’s benefactors on this page.  And we do assure you that Cassie will be very grateful for your help – and so will we!


                   *Rebound* and he did!

Rebound came to us with a broken front leg. The local Vet set it and bandaged it and we waited. His leg never healed. We were at the point of

either amputating it or calling in the big guns.

We opted for the big guns at UNF Gainesville

After 9 months, many tries and donations from Sheltie people around the United States we succeeded in saving Rebounds leg. Notice that contraption on his leg...Rebounds leg  healed  fully, and he is in a wonderful forever home.


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