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My name is Stella!
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Shelter Chic

Facts about me

Black Mouth Cur/Labrador Retriever
4 years 7 months old, Young
(Current) 50 lb
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained
Small blue checkmark Has special needs

My story

*** Sweet Stella can ONLY be adopted in the NY/NJ area. She was born around the summer of 2018. Approximately 55lbs. Possibly a Black Mouth Cur Mix.*** adoption instructions below

In order to adopt Stella you must agree to meet with her and her trainer in NJ on at least 3 separate occasions.

See Stella on The Dodo at:

Stella came to us when we got an urgent plea from a good Samaritan to take a dog belonging to an estranged relative. This poor pup was being kept in a back room, chained to an old broken mattress, often with no food or water. Being a large, energetic puppy, she was often difficult to handle, but rather than trying to train her, Stella had been beaten when she made mistakes. She was one of the saddest and most depressing examples of neglect we had ever seen. 

Stella shows just how resilient a pupper can be. Think of her as a shy Party girl.

After gaining her health and strength back, she spent several months living in a special board and train facility where she learned manners and how to greet people in a polite way - as well as learning a lot about life itself. She’s learned that humans can be and are loving towards her, and in turn she’s learned she can hang out calmly. However she still is (and will always be) FULL of energy and would love a very active family.

Her early years have left her with certain behavioral issues around impulse control and meeting new friends which she, with the help of her new family, will need to continue to work on for some time. However this sweet princess wants more than anything to please the humans she knows and trusts. Once she’s comfortable, she just wants to have a good time.

After training camp, Stella was taken in by an amazing foster family who are continuing her training and medication program. She also gets to spend lots of time playing with her foster dog brother and her outlook in life is so joyful.

Stella will always need a special environment, though, with forever parents who are willing to help her learn about the world at her pace.  She will do best in a quiet home with no small children as she can be overly exuberant when unsure.

That said, with a few slow introductions and the right perdonality match, Stella could live with another dog, but she would prefer to be in a family as the only pet.  The ideal family would be one where someone is home most of the time or can bring her to an appropriate day camp program. 

Stella still goes back to training camp from time to time and sees a special behavioral vet who proscribes her medication to help her deal with some of her anxiety behaviors. 

Her camp carer says, “Stella is having a great time at camp! She is always curious about new smells and enjoys the company of her human friends. She loves to run when she's in the big yard and enjoy the tranquil sounds at times. Stella is such a beauty and we love having her here at camp. She's got personality and energy for miles and thats one of our favorite things about her. Stella has so much personality; she is silly, full of so much excitement and energy. She also can be super sweet and whenever she sees you coming toward her, her butt just wont stop wiggling! 

If you think you can give Stella all the love she deserves and would like to meet her, please go to or follow the link below to complete an application to adopt. All of our animals are in foster homes. For the sake of our animals and foster families, you must have an approved application with references before you can meet them.

In order to receive a speedy response to any inquiry, please email us directly at or check out our website where you will find the answer to most questions about our adoption process and fees. Please remember that our organization is run entirely by volunteers in our spare time, and emails are responded to in order of importance. If you do not hear from us and cannot find the information needed on our website or in our animals profile, please reach out to us again. For more images and tales of our pets in foster-care check out our social media pages @shelterchic 

***PLEASE DO NOT email to ask if the animal you are interested in is still available. Just check Petstablished, if they are there, they are available! Please note that 3rd party adoption sites take 6-12 hours to refresh. and are 4+ months out of date. We are not associated with in anyway. Please do not apply for animals you see there without checking they are on the Petstablished website first. 


Shelter Chic

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Pet ID
New York, NY 10019

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

Adoption Fees

Puppy (1 year and under): $400
Adult Dogs: $350
Senior Dogs (7 years and above): $300

Kittens (1 year and under): $200
Adult Cats: $150
Seniors (7 years and above): $100

*1 adoption fee per bonded pair

Visit us at to complete an application for adoption.

All adopters must have an approved application before they can meet our animals. To be approved you must provide professional references, detailed information about your home and past/current pets.

We also conduct an over the phone or in person interview with each adopter.

Go meet their pets

Our animals are currently in foster homes.

More about this rescue

We are a unique rescue, aiming to appeal to people who typically buy from pet stores and breeders. We want to promote adoption in a positive and fun way. We have the same goal as other shelters- to find homeless dogs and cats their forever homes, but we want to change the stigma some people have towards shelters and its animals by creating a chic place that people will want to go to.
We are always on the lookout for animal lovers who are interested in fostering our pets. Please contact us if you would like to assist us with this or other volunteer opportunities.

Other pets at this rescue

There are currently no additional pets at this rescue. Please check back later!