Rocky has been looking for a family to adopt him for over a year.
FISHERS, Ind. – Six-year-old Rocky is full of energy and is rarely seen without carrying one of his favorite stuffed toys. The pit bull terrier mix is like many shelter dogs and is still waiting for a forever home.
“He’s a really good dog, we just need someone to give him a shot,” said Megan Davis, director of training and communications at the Humane Society for Hamilton County.
The Humane Society of Hamilton County team knew Rocky’s first birthday was coming up and wanted to do something special for him.
So that they posted a video on TikTok showing what it’s like to be in a safehouse from Rocky’s perspective. Within days, the video had over 19 million views with over 50,000 comments.
The caption reads, “Rocky wants to know why he can’t find a home. Can you help him?”
“Every day it keeps going up and I’m like, ‘How? How’s it going? It’s crazy. It’s absolutely crazy,” Davis said. “It just blew us away, the reception to him and his video and to shelter the animals as a whole.”
Despite the millions of clicks, Rocky is still not adopted.
The shelter marked its year at the shelter with this video.
“It’s about finding him a home, but it really resonates with people that this is the reality of animals across the country and even the world,” Davis said.
As Rocky waits for his ideal home, he also receives a lot of fan mail, including candy, toys, artwork, and donations. So far, the Humane Society has received about $10,000.
“Everyone who gave and shared helped not only Rocky, but every other animal in our care,” Davis said.
No matter the number of views, the goal of the shelter is to find every dog a loving home.
“He’s a dog with unique needs, so he’s not a dog for everyone, but once he’s comfortable with you, in his space and has his stuffed animals, that’s when he lives his best life,” Davis said.
Much like Rocky Balboa, he’s an underdog who hopes someone will give him a chance.
“He deserves it and I think it’s time. So hopefully we find his home soon,” Davis said.
Rocky is looking for a home with adults only or teenagers 16+. He prefers to be the only pet and likes to get all the attention. He gets nervous with new people. Rocky’s adoption fee is $55.
‘Rocky’ looking for a forever home
The Humane Society currently has about 100 dogs in their care. If you want to adopt Rocky or one of his friends, Click here.