My name is Rocco!

Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Kansas City, Missouri - Rocco
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Missouri German Shepherd Rescue

Facts about Rocco

  • Breed: Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11247585
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

ROCCO is an adorable, medium sized 2 1/2 year old boy who's had a rough beginning to his life so far. His trouble started off when he was hit by a car as a stray in 2015, and suffered injuries to one of his back legs. After recovering from surgery, Rocco was adopted out for a year, and left outside with little care, attention or handling, before being surrendered to another shelter during a landlord dispute. Now he's with MOGS, and not a minute too soon! He's a super-sweet boy with some rough edges, so he's currently on hold for adoption while he is working on learning the ropes of becoming a good doggie citizen.


Rocco is continuing to make positive progress in his foster home, and has learned to “sit,” “wait,” go “outside,” come “inside,” “go to bed,” “free,” “come,” and “eat.” He is also working on learning both verbal and hand signal commands for “down,” “quiet,” and “place.” Rocco adores his people, and sometimes thinks he’s a lap dog when he wants cuddles and attention. He loves to go for walks and car rides, and is working on not demonstrating his gymnastic abilities on a leash. He loves to race around in his backyard, but settles down well once inside. He is working on crate-training, but sometimes thinks he is a crate Houdini, especially if he wants to get to his “person.” If you make a good impression on him, he might even let you skritch his new favorite itchy spot over his back hips!


Rocco has had to work hard at it, but has been able to get along with other dogs his size or bigger, for short periods of supervised time. Due to his history of neglect, he sometimes works overly hard to lay claim to food, toys, beds, etc., as only his. He does not get along with cats. Even though he is making progress with other GSD buddies in his current foster home, Rocco would prefer to be an only pet, so he can have his fur-ever family’s undivided attention.


Rocco would prefer to be around adults, and should not be adopted into a home with children under 16 years old.


Rocco currently takes medication and supplements to help ease pain and stiffness in his previously injured back legand hip, and will need to continue this regimen following adoption.


Rocco will need a strong leader that will realize when he begins to claim toys, beds, people etc., and gently but firmly correct his behaviors. He has been working really hard in his foster home, and can’t wait to meet his new forever family!

 Rocco's ADOPTION FEE:   $250
This fee covers only part of what we spend to vet, board and rehab the dogs we save. On average we spend over $450 on each dog. We made a decision to keep our adoption fee at the 2005 level even though vet prices have doubled and tripled since then. We are constantly fundraising to cover the deficit. At minimum, your adoption fee includes the dog's spay/neuter, heartworm test, heartworm treatment if needed, rabies shot, distemper/parvo shot, bordatella shot, deworming, monthly heartworm and flea preventives, and microchip. In many cases it also includes surgery and various types of vet treatment for standard issues such as hot spots, ear infections and so on.

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  1. We're picky about our adopters!  GSDs are not for everyone.  They take a lot of time, effort and training.  They shed all year round.  They're big and scare lots of people.  They 'mouth' and are usually strong-willed and stubborn.  You have to have references and a home visit.  If you're not willing or able to deal with any of this, please don't waste your time applying.  
  2. All MOGS dogs must be inside family pets. We do not adopt to outdoor only homes.
  3. When you're not home, you must put your dog indoors (NOT in the yard).  One adopted MoGS dog died after the owners went to run errands, left her outdoors, someone opened the gate, and she was hit by a car.  Privacy fences get broken into, gates are opened, thieves steal dogs. NEVER leave your dog outdoors when you're not home!!
  4. You're required to make a lifetime commitment.  The minute you adopt, it is your responsibility to keep your dog safe, loved and cared for FOR LIFE.  Only you can do that.
  5. Are you unable or unwilling to make a lifetime commitment? Do not apply.
  6. What's your plan for unexpected events and major changes?  New baby? Divorce?  Moving?   How you will provide for your dog if your family breaks up?  If you move?  If you have a child?
  7. You're making a lifetime commitment to a MOGS Dog.   We expect you to keep it!  It's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to stick by your family member -- no matter what. 


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About Missouri German Shepherd Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

MOGS is a newer and growing group in Kansas City, MO. Our focus is German Shepherds but we will help GSD mixes and other breeds as we are able to do so.

Come Meet Our Pets...

All our dogs are in foster homes or boarding facilities. We do NOT have a shelter or physical facility.

Our Adoption Process...

Homes will be required to provide 3 references plus a vet reference and have a home visit completed. The dogs are all completely vetted before being placed in their new homes including microchip, spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, bordatella vaccine, fecal, heartworm test, and current on heartworm/flea preventative.