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My name is Shelby!

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American Staffordshire Terrier
Gray/Blue/Silver/Salt & Pepper
(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
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Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

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Meet Shelby!  Shelby arrived at the shelter after being picked up as a stray. She had been seen wandering the area for a couple of weeks before she was called in. When we tested her, she was a solid pass, and we fell in love with her on the spot!

This poor girl had so many things wrong with her, it's kind of mind boggling. Want to hear all of the things this girl had going on? Here goes:
She had a very significant skin issue, and was missing roughly 50% of her hair. It wasn't mange, and it wasn't ring worm, so it was likely flea dermatitis, that had caused lots of secondary skin infections. She had a urinary tract infection when we met her, and then contracted giardia at the shelter. She was treated for both of those, and then developed an upper respiratory infection. When the spay was performed, it revealed that she was pregnant - not her first pregnancy either - and so a spay abort was done. Her ears appear to have been cut off with scissors, and don't even come close to matching. There are several scars on her head that are likely from encounters with another dog, or dogs. And . . . the icing on the cake is that she was heartworm positive.
This poor girl hasn't had much go right in her life, has she??? And yet, she's the sweetest, most cuddly girl you will ever meet.

When we pulled Shelby from the shelter, and moved her to our building, the upper respiratory infection that she was on an antibiotic for did not improve - it got worse - way worse. Shelby landed in the hospital for a few days with severe pneumonia, and there it was revealed that in addition to everything else, she has a significant heart murmur. Poor girl.

We brought her back to our building when she was discharged, and created our own version of an ICU, where it was quiet and she could recover. We bought a nebulizer for her breathing treatments, and started administering coupage to break up the congestion in her chest. Gradually, with lots of meds, lots of vet visits, and lots of love - Shelby has recovered from everything, and has also finished her heartworm treatment!

If comeback girls are your special kind of happily ever after stories, then this girl might be the one for you! Shelby is located in Atlanta. She can be adopted at any time, and will be available to go to her new home when she graduates in August.

September 25, 2022, 8:14 pm


Canine CellMates - Atlanta Chapter

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Atlanta, GA 30318

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Visit our website or email us to get an adoption application and schedule a meet and greet with one of our amazing dogs today! Upcoming events will be added, but we will gladly schedule a mini-Jail break to introduce you to any of our awesome dogs!

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Sandy Springs Festival Meet & Greet - September 19, 2015...10am-4pm Heritage on the Green 6075 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs, GA 30328 We are so excited about this event. Come see us, meet our dogs, and learn all about our awesome organization! Upcoming events will be added, but we will gladly schedule a mini-Jail break to introduce you to any of our awesome dogs!

More about this rescue

Canine CellMates is a jail dogs program that operates out of Fulton County Jail, in Atlanta, Georgia. The mission of Canine CellMates is to establish a continuing partnership between Fulton County Animal Services, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Fulton County Jail, and Canine CellMates to rehabilitate inmates housed at Fulton County Jail and homeless dogs from Fulton County Animal Services through a Good Behavior Incentive program. We want to give the inmate a productive new sense of hope and newly trained skills to care for and train shelter dogs, and give the dogs the skills they need in order to become adopted into and spend the rest of their lives in loving and caring homes. There are many programs across the country that are all slightly different, but with one important common thread - dogs which were otherwise subject to being euthanized are saved and given a new and better chance. The inmate handlers get to learn responsibility in caring for a living creature, accountability in working towards a goal, and are able to experience unconditional love and positive physical contact in an environment where those are not possible. The incidence of violent outburst in prison and jail facilities where these program are in place has shown a dramatic decrease, sometimes as much as 50%. Recidivism rates have also shown marked improvements. The Atlanta metro area has one of the highest recidivism (or re-offend) rates in the country, around 70% within the first 2 years after release. In Gwinnett County, over 300 inmates have gone through this program to date, and only 6 or 7 of them have since re-offended, which is roughly 2.3%. This is a program that has a huge ripple effect in the community, and that’s why we are so excited that this program launched in Fulton County Jail on June 3, 2013. We are already seeing amazing changes and invite you to be part of improving lives - both canine and human! Visit us at and on Facebook at Canine CellMates to see more pictures, information about our program, updates and more!