A Shelter Full of Hope and Promise




Breed: Hound X Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 9 years old
Size: Large



Energy Level: Medium  
Training Goals: Basic training, settling into a new home
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, with proper supervision & separation
Cats? Potentially with proper supervision & separation
Dogs? Yes please!
Medical Needs: Daily wound management, including cleaning and bandage changes. Awaiting next steps for his medical plans. When he is healthy enough he will need eye surgery to correct his entropion condition and a dental surgery as he has multiple broken teeth.

About Me:

Hi I'm Rocco!

I am a big beautiful boy looking for my forever home! I have been bravely living with a serious injury for months, but am now in a foster home after being given a second chance at recovery.



WAG has now received the results of the biopsy and the answers are not what we expected, or hoped for. Sadly the wound is not a hygroma as previously believed, but unfortunately a cancerous mass. WAG will continue to do the best we can for Rocco, and we are so grateful for our community support. We are heartbroken at this development and now await a follow up appointment to find out more. Rocco is spending his time in his foster home having days filled with extra fun and joy and of course, adventures. We will update when we are able to.


Rocco has been receiving daily cleaning and bandage changes for a necrotic and infected elbow wound, believed to be a hygroma. When he came to WAG the wound was massive and so infected our veterinarian said it was the worst she had ever seen. Because it is on his elbow, is it incredibly difficult to get the wound to heal, with the constant pressure of laying down and mobility of the joint.


Our goal is to help reduce the size of the large open wound until it is at a point that it can be surgically closed. Fortunately with his progress so far - we were given the go ahead to have a biopsy carried out. Now we must patiently wait for the results to see if he is a candidate for the surgery that could help him. He is currently being kept comfortable in a special foster home alongside another dog and is stealing the hearts of everyone he meets on his journey.

We can't deny that Rocco has a lot of obstacles in his way on his road to recovery but he still has lots of spunk left and is happiest when he is out and about walking and running around. He loves walks and is a social butterfly who loves meeting new people and dogs. He likes to howl when the train goes by and stick his cone head out of the car window. For this reason, we are trying everything we can to help get this loving boy back to his healthiest self! We are so proud of how brave Rocco has been, he's learned to trust and now easily let's his foster parents clean his wound and change his honey bandage daily. You can check out photos of his wound journey if you scroll to the bottom of this page.


Rocco will need an adopter able to change bandages (or willing to learn), someone committed to his recovery and possible future rehab, someone who believes in him and will give him days full of fun, adventure and love, no matter what.

If you are not in the position to adopt Rocco, please share his story or donate to his care if you are able to. He is just one of the many critical care cases we are dealing with this summer sadly. Without you we would not be able to try for animals like Rocco.
We also want to once again thank our partner vets at PVH and Coast Vets for all of your medical help and advice. As well as our current fosters, for all your hard work and love.


My Story:

Rocco came into our care at the end of June after his wound deteriorated at his home. He was very well loved but the injury was no longer manageable.

Rocco is a special boy who deserves a fighting chance. We are all fighting and cheering for him and appreciate everyone’s support so far.

WAG is now fundraising for:

-  surgery costs
-  medication, bandages & aftercare
-  and frequent recheck appointments

As well as anything else that Rocco will need!