Welcome back to Adoption Monday!

Every other week, we’ll be welcoming another dog from the Monmouth County SPCA to join Bill Spadea live in the studio. We’re hoping to find each of these dogs homes, and we’re looking for your help.

This week we'd like you to meet Coco, a sweet senior in need of a home for the holidays.

Coco is a 14-year-old poodle mix who was surrendered to the Monmouth County SPCA when her owner, who had Coco since she was a pup, went into hospice care.

"She is a super sweet girl who just wants to be held and loved," the SPCA said.

According to the SPCA Coco is people-oriented and loves to snuggle.

"She can be a little timid around cats but is friendly with everyone else that she meets," the SPCA said.

Coco is sporting a shorter fur coat than usual.

"When she came to us she was in need of a grooming since her hair was very overgrown and she had several mats," the SPCA said. "We had to shave her down which is why she is has such short hair now but it will grow back."

Coco is limited to wet food and soft treats due to the condition of her teeth, but the SPCA plans to have some dental work done in the next few days to address this.

Basic qualifications to adopt a dog:

“These are actually pretty simple, and we strive to help adopters find the right fit for their lifestyle and the traits they wish to have in their new pet,” the Monmouth County SPCA’s Lisa Sandor tells us. “Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment, so finding the right match is very important. Adopters should have a place to live where they are allowed to have pets. Be able to pay the adoption fee and care for the dog you are adopting-a commitment to care for the dog for its life.”

How to adopt:

The Monmouth County SPCA asks would-be pet parents to visit the Homeward Bound Adoption Center in Eatontown or the Adoption Center at the Freehold Raceway Mall to meet its pets. It only conducts adoptions in person, and asks that you please bring all family members. To receive more information, call the adoption Line: 732-542-5962.

Adoption Monday is sponsored by the Monmouth County SPCA, which provided the following info on its mission and history:

The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1945 to care for the community’s homeless, neglected and abused animals. The MCSPCA is not affiliated with any other shelter or welfare organization. We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive a majority of our funding from the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, or the Associated Humane Societies, Inc.

Our mission is to protect and advocate for all animals. We are dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven for homeless, abused and abandoned pets while they await adoption; reducing pet over-population through spay/neutering; and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service as a valuable community resource.

Our vision is to be established firmly with our own unique identity throughout NJ and the animal welfare community as a leader in all things related to animals in Monmouth County and the people who care for them. We will be responsible for ensuring that all animal abuse is prosecuted and will increase our support of campaigning for the rights of animals in NJ. We will be a strong partner with other animal welfare organizations throughout the state in order to develop and share best practices, and to work together to make NJ a place where every animal is treated with respect, kindness and love.

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