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American Staffordshire Terrier / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat)

Details about Shelly

  • ID D211299
  • Available for Adoption
  • Species: Dog
  • Gender: Female
  • Estimated Birthdate: 9/7/2020
  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat)
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Adoption Fee: $400

More about Shelly

  • Primary Color(s): Black with White
  • Coat Length: Short
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
  • Reaction to New People: Cautious
  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Obedience Training: Needs Training

Hi there, friend! I’m Shelly and I’m an adoptable pooch through Ruff Start Rescue. I came to Ruff Start from an out of state transfer - Texas and I weigh 50 lbs.

One big thing about me you should know is that I’m heartworm positive - but please don’t let that scare you away from adopting me! After I undergo treatment for my condition, I will be completely healthy again, and heartworm is not a contagious disease.

My foster has this to say about me: Shelly was rescued from Texas after having a litter of puppies that all found their forever home and now it's her turn to find a loving, low energy home. She has been spayed and is currently undergoing heartworm treatment.

Shelly has an incredibly mild temperament and does well with other dogs. Her previous foster parents loved her deeply but they lived life on the road and Shelly will do better with roots. When she is first introduced to new places and people, she is very skittish but when she warms up to you, it is the most gentle love and it is such a rewarding feeling. A cute little personality quirk that she has is she gets very excited and bouncy when she poops.


Shelly is housetrained and is learning to sit and lay down. She doesn’t care for peanut butter but responds well to hotdogs, lunch meat, and Beggin’ strips. She is only about a year and a half old but is very calm. Shelly’s only difficulty is that she loves to eat socks so her area should remain clean and orderly. Loud noises tend to frighten her and she also doesn’t like to be picked up and prefers to sleep in her own space. She is not a fan of benign kenneled but does great in her own gated off/safe space. Don’t worry though, she will cuddle when she wants to. She will simply walk up and look at you until you give her attention. 

Shelly’s current foster family has a small dog named Ella that has really helped her adjust to the new environment. She wouldn’t even let them pet her until the foster family brought Ella to meet her. When Shelly saw how Ella was interacting with her parents, Shelly opened up almost immediately and they became fast friends. Be patient with her and allow her to warm up to her new surroundings and she will love you and trust you in the sweetest way. She truly is a special girl and will do great with a relaxed environment.

Here’s a sweet video of Shelly:  https://youtu.be/2YVI894JRek


Because Shelly needs heartworm treatment, she is available exclusively through Ruff Start’s foster-to-adopt program. You can learn more about that program by visiting www.ruffstartrescue.org/adopt/fostering-to-adopt-available-animals/ .

Shelly will get her heartworm treatment at one of Ruff Start’s partner veterinary clinics in St. Cloud, so her foster will need to be comfortable getting her there for appointments. Shelly’s treatment will comprise three injections: the first will be roughly 30 days after she enters rescue. Then, the second and third injections will happen 30 days after the first.

When Shelly is undergoing treatment, she should be on ‘restrictions’, which just means she should relax in her crate or cuddle with you. Also, when she goes on walks, she should always be kept on a leash so she doesn’t over-exert herself!

To learn more about heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, please visit the following link: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics

To apply for this animal via our foster-to-adopt program, please submit an adoption application: www.ruffstartrescue.org/adopt/adoption-application/