For three years, Rocco had a home and he had a family. But all that changed and somehow he found himself in the cold, loud kennel of a local shelter. The three year old German shepherd was crouched in a corner, scared and sad. He was shaking and confused—how had he gotten here? Sadly, Rocco was purposefully dumped at the Dallas Animal Services shelter in Texas by his family. The family was expecting a baby and they decided that Rocco could no longer be a part of their family. So, he was taken to the shelter.
Despite the fact that he was terrified, Rocco was still very gentle and sweet to every human he encountered at the shelter. A visitor to the shelter took photos of him and shared them online in the hopes it would reach someone who could help him. That’s where Preethi Pillaipakkam stepped in as a foster through the DFW German Shepherd Rescue group. She realized Rocco was not only sad and confused, but he was severely underweight and had not been cared for properly by his former family. The ideal weight for an adult German shepherd is between 85 and 90 pounds and Rocco only weighed 60 pounds.
Rocco was so traumatized by the shelter environment that he tried hiding under the backseat when Preethi took him home. For several days, he was very shy and worried. Then with time and encouragement from Preet and her dog he is now playing with toys and becoming more and more outgoing with time. He still has some room for improvement with trusting humans and just learning how to be a dog, but in the meantime, he’s really enjoying spending time with his foster mom. She says Rocco is her shadow, just following her everywhere and spending ever moment he can by her side.