Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HSEC's Foster Valentine: Rocky

Happy Valentine's Day from your friends at HSEC!

As you know, Valentine’s Day is one day out of the year devoted to expressing to your loved ones how much they mean to you. But who’s to say this day is just for humans?!  In light of this special day we'd like to share a wonderful success story with you about one of our dogs currently in foster care, Rocky!  Rocky and his foster mom, Emily, have shown us firsthand how powerful and healing affection can truly be.

Rocky, along with his siblings, was brought to the Humane Society as a puppy.

His siblings were quickly adopted but unfortunately Rocky never found a home due to illness. This sweet pup had stomach problems that just would not go away. The vet couldn’t determine the cause of his illness and the shelter environment he was living in was not able to provide him with the specialized and unique treatment he needed.

After unsuccessful attempts of numerous treatments, Rocky was eventually placed in a foster home with hopes that a different environment would aid in a positive recovery. One of our outstanding foster parents, Emily, took Rocky into her home with loving arms, providing him with care he needed. Special meals, such as ground beef and rice, a warm bed, and an abundance of toys helped lead Rocky on his quick path of recovery.

Shortly after being in his new foster home, Rocky’s stomach issues virtually vanished! Emily not only freed Rocky from his sickness but she also house trained him and taught him basic doggie etiquette.  A new environment and different foods may have significantly aided in recovery and what Rocky needed most was to feel loved.

Here is what Emily had to say in her most recent Rocky update:

"Rocky has shown a knack for being a true southern gentleman. All he requires is a comfortable warm bed, lots of windows to look out of when he is not entertaining guests, a doggie door so he may maintain his clean manners, 3 meals a day of quality southern doggie chow, and lots of toys to transport around his domain. Doggie buddies would welcome to play with along with additional doggie etiquette lessons.  Favorite treats include bits of cheddar and american cheese."

And here is a picture of Rocky turning on that southern charm!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Humane Society to you! Remember Rocky and Emily’s heartwarming story today and be sure to show your four-legged companions extra affection today!

If you are interested in meeting Rocky please visit our website for more information, e-mail us, or give us a call at (252) 413-7247.  Rocky is neutered, up to date on all vaccines, dewormed, and on flea and heartworm prevention.  His adoption fee is $100 and will come ready to go with instructions from Emily on how to keep Rocky happy and healthy!

Unfortunately, there are numerous animals out there just like Rocky. If you think you have what it takes to be a foster parent please give us a call!  We are always looking for more people just like Emily to open their hearts and their homes to all sorts of animals from young kittens to dogs recovering from illness.


  1. I love that he always looks like he's about to take off into the air. It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Rocky!

  2. We are so glad Rocky has done so well in foster! We have our paws crossed that this handsome, sweet and wonderful boy finds his forever home real soon.