20 year old dog surrendered

20-year-old dog surrendered day before Easter – help needed to save him

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A 20-year-old dog is sad and confused after losing his home and family the day before Easter. The elderly dog, named Rocky, was given up because of his owner’s working schedule…and now he needs help to find his way out of the busy shelter.

On Sunday, Chester County Dog Tails wrote:

This poor boy is just beyond devastated to find himself in a loud, scary shelter on Easter after being a companion to his owner for a reported 20 years. He is very unsteady and weak in his hind legs and is having trouble standing on the kennel floor, so wonderful staff and volunteers put down a nice blanket so he will stop falling 

According to information on his owner surrender form, he is an amiable old boy who enjoys the company of everyone, from kids and cats, to other dogs. He also is reported to be a fan of baths. His former family stated that he is “quiet, calm and a “good dog” who just needs a “good home.

Help needed

Rocky needs help to find a reputable rescue group to take him in. Chester County Dog Tails outlines how you can assist:

The heart break is too much to bear just reading his story, so imagine how HE feels being alone in that shelter. He needs a hero fast- RESCUES! Who can help? Email lifesaving@acctphilly.org/ Rocky is at ACCT PHILLY in Philadelphia PA- 111 W Hunting Park Ave . He is currently rescue-only as a new arrival and because he is so scared. Please speak up if you can foster.

Facebook thread for Rocky here.

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4 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    Something is SERIOUSLY wrong with the BRAINLESS HEARTLESS owner!
    PLEASE help this elderly sweetheart find the home he DESERVES!

  2. Bunny Peters says:

    I am crying as I write this….. I wish I was in PA to be able to help……

    It absolutely breaks my heart to think of this special treasure alone, afraid and worst of all, unloved in the shelters (I know that old, “special needs” animals are usually at the very top of the euthanasia lists)…….

    I can’t imagine ever giving up, let alone abandoning, a senior furbaby…….. The POS’s who abandoned this precious treasure will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty…….

    I would give anything to be able to cuddle and snuggle with MacKitty (I know he’s in Heaven with my Dad and our other furbaby angels, but his loss is still very painful).

    I am in Northern CA and I am absolutely heartbroken for this precious treasure.

    I hate to think of him being euthanized just for being old and “existing”…….

    Does anyone have contacts at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah? Or Frosted Faces based in San Diego, CA? Maybe there is an East Coast based rescue group like it?

    I have heard of 2 other groups that take on challenging cases: Rescue Dogs Rock (East Coast placements from other areas) and No Paws Left Behind (I think they are based in Southern California)…… I wish I knew specific people to contact from these groups…..

  3. ann scharf says:

    Happy news! According to the shelter page, the dog has been taken in by a local rescue and is in foster care. Initial vet evaluation shows he is in pretty good shape and is probably about 15 years old, not 20. He is a large breed dog and slightly underweight with some weakness in back legs but he does get around. He is not neutered and has a large testicular mass which needs to be evaluated. Surprisingly his teeth are good. The rescue has lots of support and interest in the dog so he will be well cared for. He is already playing and settling in.


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