Rocco is a rock-and-roll kind of guy, in that he’s built like a rock and he rolls with the punches! This two-year-old German Shepherd was surrendered to the Blount County Animal Center shelter in Tennessee on February 5th. Rocco’s previous owners had bought him from a backyard breeder when he was a pup, but as he got larger and older, Rocco didn’t receive much training or care. Eventually, he ended up with heartworms, and his owners didn’t want to pay for the cost of his treatment, opting instead to surrender him to the shelter.

On February 18th, Stephanie Garrett, RADAR’s liaison with the Blount County Animal Center shelter, reached out to RADAR to see if we could assist with the cost of Rocco’s heartworm treatment. With the potential for Rocco’s treatment costing more than normal due to his size, they needed all the help they could get in order to find a rescue or adopter for Rocco. We agreed to assist, and Rocco got his treatment on March 5th.

Though Rocco hasn’t had much chance to be properly trained, he makes friends with anyone he meets. “He loves people and other animals,” Stephanie told us. According to his previous owner, Rocco nows how to sit and stay, likes to play fetch but doesn’t always want to give it back. Rides well in a car. Wants to be with his people all the time and has some separation anxiety. At the shelter he has been friendly with staff and volunteers, walks well on the leash, and enjoys snuggling. Several volunteers called him a perfect gentleman! Be sure to view more photos in Rocco’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of Rocco’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $277.

UPDATE! All funds for Rocco have been raised! Thank you!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Rocco:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Kristin Baksa; Karen League; Maggi Berwind-Dart; Roxanne Stevens

If you are interested in adopting Rocco, or represent a rescue interested in pulling Rocco, please contact Stephanie Garrett at the Blount County Animal Center.

Added on March 23, 2020.

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