Every now and then, we come across a special dog who needs a little extra help finding a home. This week, we’re focusing our Adoption Spotlight on Rocco, a sweet 10-year-old boy who is ready to find his forever family.
Rocco came to the ASPCA in October after his guardian became too ill to care for him. Staff at the ASPCA Animal Hospital promptly updated the sweet dog’s vaccines, performed neuter surgery and placed him into foster care to await adoption. Though this special pup is happily residing with his foster family, he can’t wait to join a loving forever home!
Rocco is an affectionate pooch who is a love bug at heart. This big guy is fan of naps, and there’s nothing he would love more than to curl up by your side on the couch. Rocco also enjoys belly rubs and his favorite squeaky toys. He can even give high fives! Don’t let his age fool you—Rocco loves to walk and would make a great companion on your outings around the city.
This goofball has so much love to give and would be thrilled to find a loving forever family. If you’re interested in adopting Rocco, please call our Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Rocco, please visit his profile page and be sure to check out the video below!
Tyra is a friendly cat who loves attention from her favorite people. This pretty lady will play with any toy she can get her paws on—especially ones attached to strings or wires that she can chase.
Tyra may be nervous when she first arrives at her new home. With a little space to herself, she’ll be ready for plenty of playtime before too long. This special girl loves affection from her humans and may nibble on fingers while being pet, but our Adoptions staff can give you tips to prevent this behavior. Tyra would benefit from daily play and exercise, and would be thrilled to go home with an experienced adopter in a household with kids ages 12-and-up. Adopt Tyra today!
Tyra is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Tyra, please visit her profile page.
Kim is a sweet and sensitive pup. This pretty girl is shy around new people and might need a little time to warm up to her new surroundings—but once she gets to know you, she won’t leave your side! Kim loves to play and would make a great companion on your daily runs.
This lady already knows “sit” and would love to have you teach her a few more tricks. Kim is uncomfortable around other dogs and can be nervous when having her food bowl or bone approached. Our Behavior team can walk you through the best ways to help Kim learn to share. This sweet girl would be thrilled to go home with an experienced and patient adopter as the only dog in the household. Adopt Kim today!
Kim is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Kim, please visit her profile page.
When Thomas H. was suffering from trauma and depression, his doctor suggested that a pet might help. Thomas agreed to look into it, but little did he know that a tiny kitten named Jonny would do more than provide comfort—he would change Thomas’s life forever. Here is their very Happy Tail of hope, healing and new beginnings.
Jonny arrived at the ASPCA in May when he was barely four weeks old. It was the height of kitten season, and Jonny, along with seven other siblings, was transferred from Animal Care & Control of NYC. Weighing only eight ounces at the time, he was put on a strict feeding schedule and received round-the-clock care from staff at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. By early August, he was strong, healthy, and ready to begin his search for a forever home.
While all of this was happening, Thomas had taken his doctor’s advice to heart. Not content to just pick out a pet willy-nilly, he prepared for his visit to the ASPCA Adoption Center by reading books on feline science and behavior. He was determined to not only heal his own emotional wounds, but to give some lucky kitten the best life possible, too. On August 20, he was finally ready to take that step: he went to the ASPCA and adopted Jonny.
Back at home, Thomas changed Jonny’s name to O’Reilly, and over the next few weeks the teeny kitty settled in. He explored every nook and cranny of Thomas’s apartment and discovered that he loves to spend his days basking in the sun. But the feline’s connection with his new adopter went deeper than a happy home—O’Reilly proved to be just what the doctor ordered.
“O’Reilly has been of such assistance to me,” says Thomas. “He began as a therapy animal, and I cannot express how much he has been transformative.” As their bond grew, O’Reilly and Thomas helped each other more and more. “My spells of depression are lifted when he wants to play (which is often). His peace is my peace, where I previously had none,” he says.
It’s been four months since this duo found each other, and their bond is already unbreakable. “O’Reilly is now my reference point for a present outlook on life,” Thomas beams. “He is often either curled by my chest or is present on call. His return is immeasurable.”
We are so happy that this tiny street kitten has found such a loving home. Thomas says, “O’Reilly has given me meaning, belongingness and calm.” He adds, “I thank you all at the ASPCA for giving me this comfort,” but we are the ones who want to thank him for giving little O’Reilly the best life imaginable.
Smitty is a four-year-old Pit Bull who was brought to the ASPCA on October 14. Found by a Good Samaritan in the Bronx, New York, Smitty was suffering from first- and second-degree burns that covered nearly half of his body. Despite the severity of his burns—and his apparent pain—Smitty had a wonderful disposition.
At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Smitty was in the ICU for six weeks where doctors managed his pain and changed his bandages regularly. During the early stages of his treatment, Smitty’s wounds were still so painful and fresh that he had to be sedated during bandage changes. Despite it all, his happy attitude and sweet nature never wavered.
ASPCA veterinarians removed dead tissue and skin so new tissue could grow in, and after six weeks, Smitty no longer required bandaging. His fur is growing back in patches, but it’s likely that he will have scars for the rest of his life. Smitty knows how to sit and fetch, and is very playful and active. After a long, hard journey, he is now available for adoption—hoping for a forever home just in time for Christmas.