Clifton Times Pet of the Week: Meet Rocco!


Meet Rocco! Rocco is currently looking for a foster through Rosemarie's Rescue Ranch and is an adult mixed bully breed dog, who is a sweet and gentle soul, despite all he has been through. He is known by his rescuers as “The Meatball of Love” and “Gentle Rocco” and this crate-trained, housebroken, leash- trained hunk loves everyone! He will be neutered and brought up to date on his vaccinations by the rescue. For more on Rocco, see his Petfinder profile HERE.

Rocco is such a sweet boy and loves everyone! Can you foster him so he can bloom into his full loving Meatball energy?

Gentle Rocco was abandoned in an apartment building in East Orange when his guardians left him behind in the hallway, roaming the floor alone. They didn’t provide him with food, water, or even a blanket to lay down on. His ears had been freshly mutilated and were bleeding. When the building superintendent found him, he was starving, so he kept him temporarily in the basement until arrangements could be made to find him a foster home even for a few weeks.

Even after being abandoned and left to starve, this sweet boy still loves people and other dogs, and would be a great addition to a family.

Rocco loves everyone and is friendly towards other dogs, so he would do well in a family. He is a big dog and overweight at the moment, so Rosemarie’s Rescue recommends that he go to a home with older children and with a submissive female dog, rather than a dominant male.

This was Rocco just after being found by the kind building superintendent who fed him and gave him water and helped guide this lost pup to Rosemarie's Rescue Ranch.

Abandoning a domesticated animal is a crime under NJ State Law (N.J. STAT. ANN. §§ 4:22-16 - 57) and can result in a disorderly persons offense, punishable by a fine between $250 and $1,000 and/or a prison term of up to 6 months. People who are unable to keep their pets are urged to contact a reputable local rescue or shelter and to work with them to ensure that the animal is kept safe in their transition to a new home.

Rocco is crate trained, leash trained, and 100% Very Good Boy

If you think that Rocco might be a good fit for your family, Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch has a Foster to Adopt Option that is a great way to experience adding a new family member, without making a lifetime commitment first. The minimum commitment is just two weeks. Fosters always get first dibs to adopt within these two weeks, but are not required to. All supplies, including a loaner crate, harness, food, etc are provided by the rescue, along with 24/7 support from a personal liaison who can help you with any questions you might have as you adjust to one another. No pressure, no second thoughts, the Foster to Adopt Option allows you to just enjoy your time together and see if the chemistry is right and if this pet is a fit for your family. The Clifton Times did a feature on Rosemarie's Rescue Ranch and their founder Susan Janett, and their foster-to-adopt program, with more details.

All applications can be found at You can also donate to Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch to help vet, transport, and support lovely dogs like Rocco as they get a second chance at life.

Gentle Rocco, The Meatball of Love wants to roll right into your heart

Please consider adding Rocco to your home! Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch has many wonderful dogs in need of homes, ready to bring lots of love and joy to your home. Check out their page on Petfinder to see their sweet faces.

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