Patch/NJ Aid for Animals Pet of the Week: Hooch (Again)

Hooch is back as the Patch/NJ Aid for Animals Pet of the Week, meaning he still has not been adopted.

New Jersey Aid for Animals board member Kelly Matthews, a Gloucester Township resident, submitted the following to Patch:

Hooch is still looking for a home. Can you believe it? He hopped the bridge from Philly to New Jersey, but still no one has given this poor boy a shot at being a part of their family. Abandoned on the streets in Philly, he came to NJ Aid for Animals in sad shape, scruffy and underfed. We quickly neutered him and worked on getting some weight on him. Hooch has been enjoying nightly walks with a handler and is doing well on basic commands. We're stumped with as loving and calm as he is that no one has taken him home yet. Usually when we take him out, people fawn all over our Hooch man but then leave him behind, with his sad eyes following them as they walk away.

Hooch is a special dog indeed with his willingness to please people and calm demeanor. He will even climb up in your lap and lay his head on your shoulder if you ask him—he's such a snuggler. He also enjoys playing with other dogs, and when we had him at the Blackwood Farmers Market his bark rang out exclaiming "Come Play!" when he saw another dog coming towards him. Hooch is just your all-around great dog, and we hope one of the Patch readers will be featured in a follow-up story telling us Hooch is now their great dog!

Hooch is a pit mix, tan in color, neutered and up to date on all shots. He weighs about 40 pounds and has white toes and makes the funniest faces—which is why we named him Hooch! Currently, he is spending his days goofing off with his friend Pluto. The most noticeable trait Hooch has is his willingness to please. He spends a lot of time next to you leaning into your leg just relaxing. He would make the perfect dog for any family or single person who is ready to adopt.

Hooch would do best in a home with no cats—which seems to be his biggest problem getting into a home since everyone has a cat these days. He will need a fenced-in yard and a family that is willing to finish out his basic training. As you can see from his pictures, he loves nothing more than to play and show off his goofy side. If you are unable to adopt Hooch but know of someone who can, please share this article with them. We would love to see Hooch get home before Halloween. NJAFA always offers a meet-and-greet session at our sanctuary, and we urge you to fill out an application and give Hooch a try.

To fill out an application to bring Hooch home, click here.


New Jersey Aid for Animals is a Winslow Township-based no-kill animal charity enriching the lives of animals by providing programs for domestic animals on wellness, humane education, and spay and neuter, with a focus on impoverished communities. It also reports cases involving and pursues justice for abused animals.

Kelly Matthews September 23, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Hooch is an amazing dog who I would really deserves a home. If you're looking or have been on the fence I can promise you this guy won't let you down. When I had him out at the Farmers Market he sat there calm as could be with all the hustle and bustle just laying against my foot watching the world go by. He has been spending time with a handler going to the beach, long walks and suddenly this is reading like a personal ad! If you're not looking as I asked above please share Hooch with someone you know who may be looking. If you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, donate something as small as coffee money. If you can't donate, volunteer. If you can't volunteer, share animals needing homes with friends or family. There is always a way to lend a hand if you want to be involved with animals even without a lot of time or money.
Linda Trunell September 24, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Sorry I can't adopt him - he sounds like a great dog. Shared on FB - hope Hooch finds a forever home soon.
Kelly Matthews September 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Linda it's *much* appreciated! Sharing is another way of helping and people often over look it, I'm glad you didn't. Hooch really is a great dog and hopefully he will go home to a great person soon.


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