When Shelby Elrashidy began fostering Jamus, he had no hair on his body.

“He was gnarly,” Elrashidy said. Jamus was itching himself to the point of bleeding, and he had a full body skin infection. “He’s been on antibiotics for a while, which has helped significantly,” Elrashidy said. “His hair is finally growing back which is so fun to see.”

Jamus, pronounced Jah-Moose, is a 7-year-old poodle, Schnauzer mix in foster care through the Homeward Animal Shelter.

Jamus’ skin is covered in black spots. It’s part of the allergy, but it’s starting to go away, Elrashidy said. His fur was white and curly and is now growing back in as a tannish, orange color. “When dog’s fur gets yeasty because of the infection, it can stain the fur,” Elrashidy said. “So that’s why he’s got the tan fur.”

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Jamus, a Poodle, Schnauzer mix with an allergy condition. He needs to be given medication twice a day and has a special diet. Chris Flynn / The Forum
Jamus, a Poodle, Schnauzer mix with an allergy condition. He needs to be given medication twice a day and has a special diet. Chris Flynn / The Forum

Jamus was given to the Homeward Animal Shelter when the cost of caring for him became too much to maintain for the family who adopted him. Elrashidy said the medication and special food costs about $150 a month. As cute and sweet as he is, Jamus's medical needs and the cost associated with them was just too much, Elrashidy said.

“Any dog is a lifelong commitment, but he’s just a little, a little extra special on the commitment side of things,” Elrashidy said.

For more information on Jamus or to learn about fostering or adopting go to Homeward Animal Shelter website.