Quivering and cowering with fear, this German Shepherd has just been dumped by his family.
Rocco, three, was abandoned at an animal shelter in Dallas, Texas, because when his owners discovered they were expecting a baby.When did Jamaica become independent and how is the day celebrated?
He was underweight and shaking with fear and nerves after being left at the city’s Animal Services and Adoption Center.
That was until he was taken in by a group that specialises in the rescue of German Shepherds.
Preethi Pillaipakkam said she knew immediately that she had to foster him and bring him back to health.
She told The Dodo: ‘The shelter is certainly not the environment for a dog like Rocco. He was very timid and scared to get into the car. He even hid beneath the seat in the car. He was pacing a bit and seemed very stressed.’
Preethi said a combination of his previous owners likely not being suitable and the sudden change in his circumstances led to the stress that he suffered.
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But after a few days he mixed with fellow German Shepherd Katja and perked up.
Preethi said: ‘He slowly started exploring the house. He loves the couches and his doggy beds, and he really likes squeaky toys and tennis balls. He is a really good fetcher.’
Rocco has now received many applications to adopt him and it is hoped that he will find a new family soon.
Preethi said: ‘Ideally, we would like to see Rocco placed in a new home around mid-September. We wanted to give him at least a week or two [here first] to ensure he feels safe.’