Belle had a chance to meet her new adoptive Dad for the first time in Madisonville, TN and they will make quite a team. Carl Jones is a disabled military veteran from Florida who was looking for a new companion with therapy dog skills and Belle was a homeless disabled German Shepherd looking for a best friend to share her life with.
She was born missing a back foot and has been fitted with a prosthesis manufactured and donated by Derrick Campana of Animal Ortho Care in Chantilly, VA. Over a 5 month period, the device was fitted and adjusted several times by Dr. Marti Drum at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Derrick Campanhn. Dr. Sandra Priest provided veterinarian chiropractic care.
Belle has been lovingly cared for in two foster homes where she blossomed from the terrified dog that had been turned in to the Monroe County Animal Shelter in January, to the calm, loving beauty that she is today. Carl and his wife, Suzanne Reinhardt Jones will be able to bring her to therapy dog classes near their home in Florida to help her learn the specific skills she'll need to be Carl's very, very best friend. Today she walks with pride thanks to the support and care of the entire Team Belle.
Belle has been sponsored under the Second Chance Pals program and has been adopted through the Pets for Patriots program of the Monroe County Friends of Animals. Visit:
for more information on this program which helps to connect adult and other at-risk shelter pets with members of the U.S. military. The Monroe County Animal Shelter was the first in Tennessee to qualify for this partnership.