My name is Cocoa!

Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Franklinville, New Jersey - Cocoa
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Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue - NJ

Facts about Cocoa

  • Breed: Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
There are so many times in rescue where feeling hopeless is literally the only thing left to feel. Being bombarded - daily, hourly - with emails, texts, phone calls, Facebook messages....the constant desperate plea to help...

She only has until 8pm.

They are only puppies.

A pregnant mother brutally beaten.

An abandoned senior - blind and deaf - trembles in the corner of his run.

Hit by a car and left to die in a ditch. Tied to a tree in the middle of the woods with no food, water, or shelter. Starved. Burned. Dragged. Used as bait. The horrors are beyond anything u could imagine. Yet somehow, we must find a way to not only stomach what we see, but to orchestrate the miracle that will save them. Knowing that the odds are against us in astronomical proportions...

There isn't a foster.

There isn't enough money.

There isn't enough time.

Their suffering is beyond saving.

That desperate plea is now ours to sing as we beg, we plead for someone, for anyone to please help. Completely dependent on others. Yes - feeling hopeless can come quite easy when facing the obstacles forcing it's way against every single effort.

This is Cocoa. A 7yr old pit mix who was struck by a car. The person who did it never even stopped. The side of the road was to be the last thing she would see as no one stopped to help her. Finally, someone did. A person who took pity on her brought her to the shelter. A kill shelter. A senior pit mix who was now injured. She had zero chance at surviving that place. It's easy to feel that hopelessness right away, isn't it? How in the world were we going to save her? Who would possible want to help?

There are so many times in rescue where miracles come out of the blue. Where saviors materialize from nowhere - willing to take on what very few others would. This was one of those times. A dog whose fate was sealed - found herself on her freedom ride last week, right into the home of her adoring foster parents, Teresa and John. And see when this happens? When what seems to be the impossible actually becomes...well, possible? There is no greater feeling. Truly. There are no words to describe the gratitude that fills my heart, the immense PRIDE I feel to have all those involved on my team, and the pure joy knowing a precious life - once slotted to die at the end of a needle - is now surrounded by love.

And hope <3

Cocoa's front leg that was injured when she was hit by a car is almost 100% healed. She walks with a mild limp at times, but it does not stop her from running and playing, especially when there is a ball involved. Cocoa had a very thorough exam with X-rays done that showed NO broken bones. All her abrasions and wounds from the accident have healed and she is doing amazing.

Adoption fee $100

About Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue - NJ

About Our Rescue Group...

Rescue Dogs Rock is a NJ non-profit animal rescue based in Gloucester County, NJ. We are passionate about helping animals in need through rescue work and public education related to animal welfare issues. We work hard to find loving, responsible families for each of the animals we rescue. We are also dedicated to raising public awareness related to animal welfare issues. Through animal rescue/placement, animal advocacy, and education of the public, it is our hope that we may make a positive difference in the lives of animals.

Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue specializes in rescuing and finding loving and responsible forever families for homeless companion animals, focusing primarily on dogs and puppies of all ages and breeds. We are also dedicated to helping animals through raising public awareness related to animal welfare issues. Through animal rescue and placement, animal advocacy, and education of the public, it is our hope that we may make a positive difference in the lives of animals. All of our rescued animals are spayed or neutered prior to placement in forever homes unless they are less than six months of age and/or cannot be spayed or neutered for health reasons. In this case, we require that the animal is spayed or neutered once he/she is old enough and is determined by a veterinarian to be healthy enough to be spayed or neutered. Our animals receive all necessary medical care and are all microchipped prior to their adoption.

To learn more about our rescue, adoption/volunteer opportunities, news and community events, frequently asked questions, and read about some of our happy tails, please visit our website at We also have a section of our website dedicated to providing you with helpful and educational material related to animals and their care.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We would love for you to meet our rescued animals! If you are able to attend one of our adoption events, we would love to meet you and have you meet any of our rescued animals in attendance. However, in order to meet our animals outside of our adoption events, we require that you first complete an adoption application. Once your application is approved, we will contact you to set up a home visit and a time for you to meet our animals. In some cases, we may schedule a time for you to meet our animals prior to an approved home visit, however, we always require an approved application (including approved veterinary and personal references) prior to scheduling a time with you to meet our rescued animals. This is due to the fact that we do not operate a shelter with regular visiting hours, but rather use foster homes for our rescued animals.

For more information about our rescue, please visit our website at

Our Adoption Process...

Please visit out website to download an adoption application which can be submitted by either printing/scanning/emailing or faxing to us. All applications must contain accurate and complete information. We require that you be at least 21 years of age.

Your application will then be received and processed. This includes required veterinary and personal reference checks which will be completed by our volunteers.

We will contact you after your application has been reviewed and, if approved, we will schedule and complete a required home visit. We ask that all family members and animals living in the home be present for the home visit.

When possible, we will bring the animal(s) you are interested in adopting with us to your home to meet you and your family. If this is not possible, we will contact you to schedule another time for you and your family (including animals in your family) to meet the animal(s) you are interested in adopting.

Following an approved home visit and meeting with the animal(s) you would like to adopt, the last step in our adoption process is to complete and sign an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. What's next? You get to take your furry friend home to love and spoil!

Please visit our website for more information about our adoption process and also to read the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page of our website for additional information about our rescue. This page includes information regarding our spay/neuter policy and what our adoption fees include.