TO BE KILLED – 5/23/2019
He searches every face for the parent he loved, the one who cared for him all the years of his life, who held him, comforted him, cuddled him, kissed him, and promised him that he would always be safe and loved. But we can’t see into the future, we never expect that our lives will take that sudden turn for the worse, or that we will be facing insurmountable hurdles to our happiness. And one day, one terrible day, Rocky’s parent realized that their health was in a downward spiral and they could no longer care for him as they had promised him when he was small. And now Rocky has found himself in the place he never thought he would be, having only known the love of a family home. He is scared, and we know that he was always initially shy and scared of strangers, so he is not at his best in the shelter where all he is surrounded by are strange people, strange dogs, strange sights and smells. All he knows is that this is not the place he wants to be, or the place he should be, and we agree. As we watch, with broken hearts, his anguish as he searches for his parent, and waits for them to return, we hope that someone who is seeing this post, will take him in. At 8 years old, and with no prospects whatsoever, he is counting on you, the rescue community to save his life. If you are an experienced foster or adopter in an adult only home (No children under Age 13), please hurry and Message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance fostering or adopting Rocky.
ROCKY, ID# 62940, 8 Yrs. Old, 54 lbs, Unaltered Male
Manhattan ACC, Large Mixed Breed, Black / Tan
Owner Surrender Reason: Owner’s Health
Shelter Assessment Rating: New Hope Rescue Only
Medical Behavior Rating: 5. Red
AT RISK NOTE: Rocky has not tolerated handling and has attempted to snap when touched. We recommend he go to a New Hope partner prepared to manage behaviors exhibited in the care center. medically rocky is an older dog with some conditions that may require long term care.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR – DATE OF INTAKE, 5/16/2019: Upon entering QRC Rocky was nervous wandering around the lobby area. When he was approached by the counselor he began backing away as the counselor began to scan for a microchip. The counselor was able to scan for a microchip, collar, take profile picture and place in kennel.
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES – BASIC INFORMATION: Rocky is an approximate 8 year old black and tan dog. He lived with 2 adults Rocky can be nervous around strangers and he will bark. Rocky’s behavior around children, dogs and cats is unknown. Rocky does not mind having his toys, food bowl, or bones taken away from him as he is using them. Rocky has no known bite history. He is housetrained and he has a medium energy level. He has never had a medical issue, and has no known medical concern.
Other Notes: Rocky can be nervous during car rides.
For a New Family to Know: Rocky will take some time to adjust to a new household, but when he warms up to meeting new people, he will be very friendly and playful.
SHELTER ASSESMENT SUMMARIES - Date of assessment: 5/19/2019
Summary: Rocky is very fearful at the care center, avoiding handlers and handling. He has snapped when handling has been attempted. As a collar is unable to safely be placed on Rocky, he is not a good candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Please see his owner surrender profile for a report of his behavior in his previous home.
PLAYGROUP NOTES – DOG TO DOG SUMMARES: 5/19: Only a gate greeting was done due to being unable to collar Rocky. When Rocky saw a female dog though the gate, he sniffs the dog with a neutral body and then ignores her.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake:: 5/16/2019
Summary: Backed away, air snapped at counselor
ENERGY LEVEL:: Rocky is described as having a medium level of activity.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to how uncomfortable Rocky is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time. Place with a New Hope partner: Rocky is very fearful with new people, which was reported in his previous home and seen at the care center. He has allowed minimal handling. The behavior department recommends Rocky be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Rocky to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Rocky to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Rocky presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Rocky is reported to be fearful of unfamiliar people and to bark at them. At the care center, he has avoided handling and snapped when it was attempted. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
Due to behavior during transport (hard barking and shaking but will lunge when approached) dog was taken straight to kennel to deescalate and did not receive a weigh in or trazodone. Scheduled for vaccines and intake exam in morning by DVM.
Unable to examine without sedation Given 0.45ml dexdomitor and 0.65ml torb IM and still unable to examine will need to sedate again tomorrow with addition of ketamine antisedan 0.45ml IM
DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: Microchip noted on Intake? Microchip Number (If Applicable): 981010001661013 History : owner surrender Subjective: BAR Observed Behavior -snapping and growling on any approach or attempt at handling. Sedated for exam 0.8ml dexdorm 0.4ml ket 0.8ml torb Evidence of Cruelty seen - no Evidence of Trauma seen - no Objective T = P =60 R =wnl BCS 4/9 EENT: Eyes moderate nuclear sclerosis, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: muzzled for exam unable to examine PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: male intact, 2 testes palpable in scrotum MSI: Ambulatory x 4, caudal hl muscle wastage, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: normal external Assessment: suspect OA Prognosis: fair Plan: trazadone 100mg 1.5 tablet BID indefinitely SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to age
[Spay/Neuter Waiver - Age] It is the policy of ACC not to perform surgery on any animal over the age of 8-10 years due to the higher risks incurred in a shelter setting. The veterinarian is hereby issuing a permanent spay/neuter waiver, from the spay/neuter requirements of the City of NY due to the estimated age of this animal. ACC does recommend you consult with your veterinarian to determine if surgical sterilization is appropriate.
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
ROCKY IS RESCUE ONLY. You must fill out applications with New Hope Rescues to foster or adopt him. He cannot be reserved online at the ACC ARL, nor can he be direct adopted at the shelter. PLEASE HURRY AND MESSAGE OUR PAGE FOR ASSISTANCE!
HOW TO RESERVE A “TO BE KILLED” DOG ONLINE (only for those who can get to the shelter IN PERSON to complete the adoption process, and only for the dogs on the list NOT marked New Hope Rescue Only). Follow our Step by Step directions below!
*PLEASE NOTE – YOU MUST USE A PC OR TABLET – PHONE RESERVES WILL NOT WORK! **
STEP 1: CLICK ON THIS RESERVE LINK: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List
Step 2: Go to the red menu button on the top right corner, click register and fill in your info.
Step 3: Go to your email and verify account
Step 4: Go back to the website, click the menu button and view available dogs
Step 5: Scroll to the animal you are interested and click reserve
STEP 6 ( MOST IMPORTANT STEP ): GO TO THE MENU AGAIN AND VIEW YOUR CART. THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOW BE IN YOUR CART!
Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction
HOW TO FOSTER OR ADOPT IF YOU *CANNOT* GET TO THE SHELTER IN PERSON, OR IF THE DOG IS NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY!
You must live within 3 – 4 hours of NY, NJ, PA, CT, RI, DE, MD, MA, NH, VT, ME or Norther VA.
Please PM our page for assistance. You will need to fill out applications with a New Hope Rescue Partner to foster or adopt a dog on the To Be Killed list, including those labelled Rescue Only. Hurry please, time is short, and the Rescues need time to process the applications.
Shelter contact information
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208
Manhattan Shelter: 326 East 110 St. New York, NY 10029
Staten Island Shelter: 3139 Veterans Road West Staten Island, NY 10309
*** NEW NYC ACC RATING SYSTEM ***
Dogs with Level 1 determinations are suitable for the majority of homes. These dogs are not displaying concerning behaviors in shelter, and the owner surrender profile (where available) is positive. Some dogs with Level 1 determinations may still have potential challenges, but these are challenges that the behavior team believe can be handled by the majority of adopters. The potential challenges could include no young children, prefers to be the only dog, no dog parks, no cats, kennel presence, basic manners, low level fear and mild anxiety.
Dogs with Level 2 determinations will be suitable for adopters with some previous dog experience. They will have displayed behavior in the shelter (or have owner reported behavior) that requires some training, or is simply not suitable for an adopter with minimal experience. Dogs with a Level 2 determination may have multiple potential challenges and these may be presenting at differing levels of intensity, so careful consideration of the behavior notes will be required for counselling. Potential challenges at Level 2 include no young children, single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity, mouthiness, fear with potential for escalation, impulse control/arousal, anxiety and separation anxiety.
Dogs with Level 3 determinations will need to go to homes with experienced adopters, and the ACC strongly suggest that the adopter have prior experience with the challenges described and/or an understanding of the challenge and how to manage it safely in a home environment. In many cases, a trainer will be needed to manage and work on the behaviors safely in a home environment. It is likely that every dog with a Level 3 determination will have a behavior modification or training plan available to them from the behavior department that will go home with the adopters and be made available to the New Hope Partners for their fosters and adopters. Some of the challenges seen at Level 3 are also seen at Level 1 and Level 2, but when seen alongside a Level 3 determination can be assumed to be more severe. The potential challenges for Level 3 determinations include adult only home (no children under the age of 13), single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity with potential for redirection, mouthiness with pressure, potential escalation to threatening behavior, impulse control, arousal, anxiety, separation anxiety, bite history (human), bite history (dog) and bite history (other).
New Hope Rescue Only
Dog is not publicly adoptable. Prospective fosters or adopters need to fill out applications with New Hope Partner Rescues to save this dog.