Say hi to Rocco, one of the most laid back easy-going fellas around.
Last month Rocco’s owner dropped him off at the shelter saying he had to work 24-hour shifts and Rocco was tearing up the house while his human was gone. (Personally, I have yet to meet a dog that can go 24 hours without taking care of business, and I can’t say I could even pull that off myself).
“Don’t make this harder than it has to be,” Rocco’s owner said to the intake person at the shelter. I think that meant he didn’t want to hear the chances of Rocco making it out of the place alive, which frankly, were slim. The shelter is overcrowded and Rocco’s owner said he was 13, not exactly the puppy that most people want to adopt when they go to a shelter (though each of the three vets who have examined him since says he appears to be between 8-10, so maybe the owner lost track of time). I’m not sure whether the intake person told him or spared him, but either way, Rocco’s human left him there and went home alone.
It would be easy to judge a person harshly for dropping off a senior dog at a kill shelter, and especially one as sweet as Rocco. But not everyone has resources like a back yard and a doggy door if they find themselves needing to work a 24 hour shift, nor the wherewithal to find a new home for his or her pet. And there are people who do far worse to pets they can no longer keep. So I’m grateful that Rocco landed at the shelter, and then on my Facebook page. And then in the home of my friend, June, who agreed to foster him when I shared his picture and said I wasn’t able to foster him myself.
The good news is, Rocco has been sweet and angelic at June’s house, tearing up nothing at all and even ignoring her five cats and two chickens with whom he shares the backyard for hours at a time.
Further good news is that I brought Rocco on WAFB, a local tv news station that gives our shelter dogs exposure and helps them get adopted, and someone who works there expressed interest in adopting Rocco himself.
But in the interim, two things cropped up:
The first was that Rocco developed kennel cough from the two nights he spent at the shelter. (Fortunately, that is nearly gone now).
The second was that upon further examination, one of the vets discovered two lumps on Rocco’s groin and one inside his cheek. These have to be removed and biopsied because nobody is going to want to adopt him without knowing what is going on.
The good news is, the vet gave us a very reasonable price to do the surgery ($260) and if I can raise the money with your help, we can move forward and assist Rocco in losing these tumors and finding his forever home. Even a donation of $5, $10, or $20 will help enormously, as I know there are many of you big hearted people out there willing to give up a Starbucks coffee or two on Rocco’s behalf. If you are willing to help, please visit www.fotabr.org
Please designate your donation “In honor of Rocco.” Once the funds are collected, we’ll be able to schedule his surgery. Any funds collected in excess of Rocco’s surgical expenses will go towards helping other dogs and cats that this rescue pulls from the shelter.
Friends of the Animals is a terrific organization that holds off site adoption events for shelter animals (where they are more likely to be adopted than at the shelter, which is far from the center of town), pays for heartworm treatment, collects supplies needed at the shelter, and has purchased a double wide trailer to accommodate approximately 50 nursing cats and kittens during their quarantine period as well as 20 other domesticated cats. And SO much more. They have also assisted me in placing many of the foster dogs I have had over the course of the past 18 months.
Please leave a comment below if you’re willing to help Rocco and please share any stories of your own senior dog(s). I love senior dogs! I have an 11 year old Lab and I think senior dogs are so special. They are past all that puppy silliness and they’re just happy to lie around and give you loving looks and tail thumps all day long.
I’ll keep you posted on the fundraising effort for Rocco and keep you updated on his health and (hopefully) good fortune. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Big thanks to June, for taking Rocco in, and to Paula Schoen, for forming Friends of the Animals http://friendsoftheanimalsbr.org which has helped so many cats and dogs who have drawn the short straw in life to move onward and upward to the lives they so richly deserve.
Thanks for caring.