Update: Coconut has been adopted! Head over to aspca.org/adopt to meet more animals in need of a loving home.
A yelp in the dark. A howl. A bark. No one knows for certain how Coconut reacted when he was hit by a car on a cold December night, but what we do know is that what happened afterward is nothing short of a miracle.
A Good Samaritan found Coconut on the road after the accident in Westchester County, New York. The driver who hit him had long since left the scene, and the pint-sized Maltese mix was in severe distress. He had no tags or microchip and no one seemed to be looking for him.
Coconut was rushed to a nearby 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital, where doctors stabilized him just as he began to lose oxygen and turn blue. After taking radiographs, the extent of his injuries became clear: His diaphragm (the muscle between the chest cavity and abdomen) was ruptured, pushing the dog’s intestines up into his chest cavity. Radiographs also showed a shattered pelvis and a dislocated left hip.
Despite his pain, Coconut radiated a will to live and a loving soul. Once he was strong enough, he was transferred to the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) for further evaluation and surgery.
“He was our Christmas present,” said Dr. J’mai Gayle, Director of Surgery at AAH. In a single operation, Dr. Gayle popped Coconut’s hip back into its socket and repaired torn ligaments and fractures. Coconut was also treated for skin wounds, road rash and bruising—painful reminders of his encounter with the automobile. For two weeks he remained at AAH, during which time he befriended every veterinarian, animal care technician and staff member who glanced into his soulful brown eyes. In January, he was placed into a foster home.
“He’s the most phenomenal dog,” said his foster mom, Dr. Jennifer Lander, a veterinarian who works in the ASPCA’s Adoption and Spay/Neuter departments. “Through his arrival, surgery, post-surgery, physical therapy and fostering, he accepted all handling, which is really amazing. It’s hard to imagine how awful he must have felt.”
Dr. Lander conducted physical therapy on Coconut’s right knee and left hip. She noted that he likes to sleep with her oldest son, is housebroken, rarely barks, and prefers the company of one person over many. On February 11, Coconut was X-rayed again and received a glowing report. He is now available for adoption and is eager to find his forever home.
Please help us spread the word about this amazing dog. If you are interested in adopting Coconut, contact the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 3800. To learn more about Coconut, please visit his profile page.
Are you looking for unconditional love this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than the ASPCA Adoption Center! In honor of this heart-filled holiday, the ASPCA is offering discounted adoption fees for our adoptable dogs and cats from Saturday, February 14 through Saturday, February 21. Here’s the scoop:
• The adoption fee for kittens aged four months to one year will be $50.
• If you adopt one kitten, you can adopt a second kitten for no cost.
• There will be no adoption fee for cats aged one year and older.
Winston’s a laid-back cat who charms everyone he meets—in fact, he’s an ASPCA staff favorite! This friendly feline is happiest greeting you at the door or hanging out by your side while you’re watching TV.
Winston loves affection from his favorite humans, but he’ll let you know when he’s ready for some alone time, too. Winston knows nighttime is the best time and would like to go home with an experienced cat adopter who won’t mind his nocturnal habits. He would prefer to be the only cat in the household and would do best with teens-and-up. Adopt Winston today!
Winston 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 Winston, please visit his profile page.
To see Winston in action at our Adoption Center, check out the video below!
Gracie is a sweet and friendly pup who just can’t wait to meet her forever family. Gracie can be shy at first, but if you greet her slowly and become her friend, she’ll never leave your side. This energetic girl loves to be on the move and would be thrilled to go home with an adopter who can give her daily exercise to keep her happy and healthy.
Gracie already knows how to “sit,” but she’d love for you to teach her a few more tricks, too. This pretty lady is interested in playing with other dogs and, with proper introductions, she could learn to make a few canine friends! Gracie has a skin condition that requires medication, but our Adoptions team can give you tips on how to manage her needs. Gracie would do best with an experienced adopter in a household with teens-and-up. Adopt Gracie today!
Gracie 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 Gracie, please visit her profile page.
To learn more about Gracie and to see her in action, check out the video below!
Every now and then, we come across a special adoptable pet who needs a little extra help finding a home. This week, we’re shining our Adoption Spotlight on Ronny, a special cat who will make one lucky adopter very happy.
Ronny came into the ASPCA’s care in October 2013. When this sensitive guy first entered the ASPCA Animal Hospital, he was very nervous and had several health conditions requiring medical and dental care. In fact, Ronny was so anemic that he required a blood transfusion. But even while he was very sick, it didn’t take long for his sweet and loveable personality to shine through.
Ronny loves his special food and will do just about anything for a snack—he’s even learning some cool tricks such as jumping on stools and sitting on command. Ronny’s a fast learner, and he’d love to have you teach him a few more tricks.
This resilient guy prefers to have all four paws on the ground, but shows his affection with plenty of chirping and leg rubbing. He loves attention and being stroked by his favorite people! Ronny’s the kind of cat who can get along with everyone, and with the right introductions, we think he’ll become fast friends with your resident dog or cat.
This sweet boy is FIV positive, and his traumatic past left him with large scar on his neck and a few medical needs that will require lifelong care. His conditions can be well-managed with a special diet and monthly shots.
Ronny is a special cat who has been through so much and would love nothing more than to join a forever family who will love and take care of him. If you’re interested in adopting Ronny, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Ronny, please visit his profile page and be sure to check out the video below to see him in action!