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WHS Pet of the Week: McCoy
WHS Pet of the Week: McCoy

McCoy is a very special boy who is looking for a very special home. He came into the Washington Humane Society (WHS) as a stray. He was severely emaciated, starving and dehydrated, barely able to stand. He went home with a WHS staff member for some much-needed foster care and with the attention of his foster home and WHS's medical director and medical team, he pulled through, gained weight and regained his health. His wounds have healed, he has doubled his body weight and he is doing really well!
McCoy has lots of energy and enjoys daily walks and running around the play yard. He runs in leaps and bounds like a gazelle. He is not for couch potatoes, so if you like being outside or even hiking occasionally, he will be a great companion for you. And a fenced-in yard would make him very happy!
Incredibly good-natured, McCoy is an endearing dog who seems to like everyone. He's usually content to curl up on the floor next to you, but if he hasn't had enough exercise, he'll come over to ask you to play. He's learned to chase toys, though his foster parents are still teaching him how to bring it back! McCoy is very gentle with his toys—and he hasn’t chewed on anything that he isn’t supposed to in his foster home.
McCoy lives with other dogs and with cats, and he tries to play with all of them. Romping and playing with dogs is one of his favorite things to do. He does not mind cats, though he does best with a very confident cat, who may enjoy running around the house with him, or taking in his bouncing energy.
McCoy is also incredibly smart! He has learned several commands and loves to learn new ones.  Plus he is doing great with his house-training. He likes his crate and is able to hold it for a regular workday without accidents, while he is still working on asking to go outside when he is unleashed in the house.
Because of his prolonged starvation, McCoy can sometimes be protective of his food and water. His foster home has been working with him by feeding him by hand and teaching him to sit and stay between handfuls of food. WHS can offer tips to help him continue with this training, and advice for families with other animals in the home.
McCoy may have some residual health problems arising from his time without proper nutrition and care; we aren’t sure what his long-term health prognosis will be, so his new family will need to develop a plan for proper care with a veterinarian. But with one look at his sweet face, we are convinced any adopter will see he’s worth it! After a rough start in life, we hope a special someone will take a chance on him and give him the second chance he deserves.
Estimated to be between 3 and 4 years old, McCoy has Rottweiler markings, but at just 40 lbs., he is already full grown. If you think you would be a good match for McCoy, please contact his foster mom Jess at: jtownsend@washhumane.org and set up a time to meet him!

To help animals in desperate need, just like McCoy, please give all you can to Sophie’s Fund for Emergency Medical Care.