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Rocco - Rhode Island's Story...
Rocco found himself in he custody of Pawtucket Animal Control after his owner went to jail. Since he was owned, volunteers couldn't work with him and the shelter couldn't list him for adoption. He sat in his kennel just watching all the other dogs pass by to go to the play yard too get attention, affection and loving. But nothing for Rocco. Legally, our hands were tied. After staff tried and received no response from his owner or family, legal custody was taken. By this time, confinement was starting to take a toll on Rocco. He was so desperate for human contact he was slamming himself into the kennel door anytime someone passed by. Let's be honest...that doesn't entice anyone to ask about adopting you, Rocco. Even some of our volunteers became concerned he might not be ok.
Lead Shelter Enrichment Specialist Jacqueline and Shelter Enrichment Specialist Sara, who had spent time outside Rocco's kennel keeping him company for months, took a leap of faith (well, ok they are trained for this...but his shenanigans were still a little scary to the untrained eye), lifted the latch and snuck a slip lead in his kennel. He stopped jumping, barking and slamming the fence. He slipped his big dopey head into the loop of the lead he had seen so many other dogs wear before him. They opened the kennel door and he sauntered out as if to say, "what the heck were you waiting for, ladies?". Rocco went to the play yard, plopped on a blanket and everyone fell in love.
The rest is history. Rocco is a staff and volunteer favorite. He is social with other dogs, knows his commands, is well behaved and just a big giant, affectionate love bug. His kennel presence is now much more well mannered and he shows to visitors like a dream.
Rocco is a resident of Pawtucket Shelter and is matched to Handsome Dan's Rescue Lead Enrichment Specialist, Jacqueline. We are super proud to have him as a participant in our Shelter Dog Enrichment Program, and are grateful to Jacqueline for making a shelter dog HER dog until his happily ever after is found.
It's your turn now, Rocco, we can't wait to see where you land!
To apply to adopt Rocco: http://www.handsomedansrescue.org/adoption-application/