Rocky diagnosed with cancer

AMSTERDAM — What would you do if you had 1,416 days to live? That is the heart-breaking question the staff at Montgomery County SPCA had to ask resident Rocky this week. Rocky is a mixed breed dog that has long been a favorite of the staff and volunteers at MCSPCA during his stay, due to his energetic nature and positivity.

“This week, we received the unfortunate news that a tumor that was removed from Rocky has come back positive for cancer,” said Michael Buckley, interim executive director of the MCSPCA. “Rocky has been diagnosed with Keloidal Fibrosarcoma, and has been given an estimated survival time of two to three years. We were all shocked to hear it, but it made us work harder than ever to find the right family for this wonderful dog. He deserves a loving home for these remaining years.”

Buckley explained that since the tumor is only a grade one, Rocky’s time with his new family could be longer, and it is very unlikely the tumor will grow in other places. The tumor most likely will grow back in the original area and will require continued surgeries to remove it when it does come back.

The staff circulated a memo with an imagined response from Rocky to his news. “1,416 days?! That is like 9,912 dog days, I could do so much!! I could go for a long walk or go for a car ride to get a hamburger and go for another walk! I have endless energy, so I really like going for walks. Make more friends! I would really like to have a dog friend to play with, I bet I could make a lot of friends in all that time! But that still leaves me with so many days! Maybe my walks could turn into hikes, or boat rides? I have never been on a boat, but maybe I will love it! The world is just a beautiful place, and I want to be able to see it all!”

“More than anything, we want to see Rocky go to a good home and be loved by his new family,” Buckley said. “A diagnosis like this is never easy, but Rocky is a great dog and will give a lifetime of wonderful memories to the right people. Please share Rocky’s story, we want to get this loving boy into a home as soon as possible.”

People who are interested in meeting Rocky can get in touch with the Montgomery County SPCA at (518) 842-8050, to set up a time to visit the shelter.

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