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Pet Projects: Mocha-chino

1 May

One of our favorite parts of Eleventh Hour Rescue is the chance to work with a kennel pet project. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who share special bonds with some dogs who need their love and time to help prepare them for their forever homes. Join us as we explore the stories behind these amazing pet projects.


Eleventh Hour Rescue volunteer Michelle Cilurso has a special place in her heart for her pet project, Mocha. When asked how she started working with Mocha, Michelle explains:

“I saw that she was fearful and would nip at people that would come near her. I just decided one day to go into her kennel with a handful of treats and hoped I could sway her to like me. In 5 minutes, she was sitting in my lap. Every time I went to the kennel, I made it a point to visit her and take her out. I’d say after about 3 times, she started to like me and trust me and the rest is history. She is so loving, affectionate and sweet to those she loves.”

Mocha started out as a fearful dog. Although young, it was obvious she had experienced trauma in her short life. Michelle is dedicated to helping her overcome her fears and trust people. She shows her love and helps her meet new people. The second Mocha started trusting Michelle, she became a different dog.

Michelle spends time with Mocha every week. Their favorite activities include playing fetch and snuggling. When Michelle throws stuffy toys to Mocha, she runs around with them in her mouth showing off her catch. Mocha also loves to lay on top of Michelle or next to her on the couch or bed.

Whenever Michelle comes to get Mocha from the kennel, this pretty girl greets her with a cute smile and a wiggly butt. Mocha still has some issues with strangers, but to the people she knows, she is amazing. She is loyal, affectionate, devoted, and just wants to be close to the ones she loves.


Michelle loves Mocha so much and wants her to find a great forever home or event foster home. Michelle loves everything about this gorgeous girl: “She is stunningly beautiful which is what draws you in initially but when you get to know her, she has such a wonderful personality. She is so loving and she just wants to please. She will just stare at you with those eyes and it makes you just melt.”

Mocha’s ideal home would be a place with few visitors since she is still leery of strangers. Michelle thinks a single person or couple with no children and no other animals would be perfect.

It breaks Michelle’s heart to leave Mocha at the kennel. She wishes she could take her home, but unfortunately her dog does not get along with Mocha. However, she loves Mocha like she’s her own and has spent over a year with her.


For more information on Mocha or to fill out a foster or adoption application, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=4427116