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Coco's Cupboard Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We are here to stem the tide of abandoned dogs and cats in the southern crescent of Atlanta. We will fight for every animal in need, and we will work tirelessly to prevent future unwanted litters, surrenders and abandonments. That is our commitment. Coco’s Cupboard, Inc. is an I.R.S. covered 501(c)3, established in 2011, that is a pet rescue, spay/neuter outreach program and pet food pantry mainly serving the areas South of Atlanta where pet overpopulation is a devastating problem; often times with no local or effective animal control. We also have made it our mission to pair rescued dogs with wounded veterans as well as disabled civilians. "Rescue the mistreated, Save the injured, Love the abandoned"

Results: To date, Coco’s Cupboard, Inc. has helped to save over 212 dogs (as service dogs) and veterans, pairing those dogs who have been abused, neglected and abandoned with those who have sacrificed everything for our country and that often feel as if they have no hope for the future. In turn, each saves the other! Additionally, we have rescued and rehomed a total of 696 other dogs and 841 cats. We do not charge any veteran for their dog, or the training that our organization helps to provide through a local trainer. Last year alone we rehabilitated 84 dogs into service dogs that were placed with veterans, on top of the 206 dogs and 310 cats that we placed in new approved pet homes. We also donated over 10,000 pounds of food to help those families facing financial difficulties be able to overcome their short term struggles and keep their pets as part of their loving family.

Target demographics: Save abandoned dogs and cats and turn rescued dogs into A.D.A. compliant service dogs for wounded veterans, provide spay/neuter outreach, and provide pet food to those facing short term financial struggles.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year alone we rehabilitated 84 dogs into service dogs that were placed with veterans, on top of the 206 dogs and 310 cats that we placed in new approved pet homes

Geographic areas served: The Southern crescent of Atlanta

Programs: Rehabilitating rescue dogs to become service dogs, family members and loyal pets.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kat M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love coco's cupboard. They are a wonderful rescue. We adopted our sweet Mr Clayton from them. They work so hard and do a great job with cats, dogs, and dogs for veterans. We are happy to donate and be just a tiny assistance to them.

1 Beth B.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Cocos because they have rescued countless helpless dogs and cats from my local animal shelter. I have too many dogs to allow me to adopt so I donate to support this rescue because I trust them!

Michelle Mikie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coco's Cupboard is an Amazing group of volunteers who give so generously of themselves to help not only the animals but also the community. Coco's offers a Pet food bank, help with low cost spay and neuter programs and low cost shots.

Cocos Cupboard also works closely with other organizations to help educate children and adults about responsible pet ownership.

Coco's also has a group of volunteers who donate there time to help train the foster dogs to become Service dogs for our Veterans.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my service dog, battle, from Coco,s cupboard. He saved my life and they saved his. I can't thank them enough.

Cecily Jayne M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jayne Midura. I became involved with Cocos after working with a professional dog trainer who was helping get this group up & running. That’s was 2012 & this organization has grown by leaps & bounds every year since. Our rural county finally has a full-time ACO with equipment; I’d like to think Cocos played a part in that becoming a reality after speaking at numerous county commission meetings. There still is no shelter, which is badly needed, as there are still abandoned animals discovered regularly BUT, because of Coco’s spay/neuter efforts, education on animal welfare, & grit & determination to save as many animals as possible, we’re seeing a reduction in abandoned dogs & cats. This is a small organization with a gigantic heart, fully run by amazing volunteers who give tirelessly of their time & talents. I’m proud to promote Cocos Cupboard wherever I go!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A truly amazing rescue that rescues, rehabilitates and finds perfect homes for all the animals that come in. They also evaluate and train some of the dogs to become service dogs for veterans and civilians through the training side.

Cassie Schell R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Coco's Cupboard a few years ago, fostering 2 little kittens. What I thought was a way to help local animals in need proved to be so much more!! I can not even tell you how fulfilling it is to know I've made a real difference to these sweet kitties, big and small, young and old. I honestly can not even tell. you how many have come through the doors of our home to date (I'd have to go back through pictures for that) but each and every one has made an impact on us. As the saying goes, Who rescued who? What's just as wonderful is the close knit group of like minded and kindred souls I have met along the way who understand how important it is to help these voiceless animals. Whether it be a case of abandonment, neglect, relenquishment, abuse, or a caring citizen helping out strays, every single one of these animals deserves a loving home with a family that can no longer imagine life without their new fur baby. I have seen lives literally pulled from deaths grip by volunteers much more experienced than myself and watch these cats go on to live a life they never knew possible. I have seen the cat, or dog, that cowarded at the thought of being touched by a human now curled up on a lap and purring contently. I have seen animals that once fought for every morsel walk away from dishes with food still remaining because they now know they can count on being fed again later that day. It is an amazing process to witness and, even more so, be a part of the solution. I love that my children are growing up surrounded by this unconditional love and learning life lessons of how to help God's creatures learn to trust again and be given a second chance. I hope those are lessons they take with them through life and realize it does not only apply to cats and dogs. While I am not involved with the dog side, I am in complete and utter awe of the amazing turnarounds I read about and see in these gentle animals, all because a small group of people care and believe in these often broken souls. I also see how much our community has benefitted from Coco's Cupboard and how now they turn to us for help. I see the comments on Facebook where adopters encourage others to visit our site or stop by an adoption event because they know first hand how dedicated each and every volunteer is to these sweet babies. And I see the tears in other volunteers eyes and feel them stinging my own when we watch one of our kitties leave us and start their new life with their new family. To say it's a rewarding experience is an understatement. I truly feel blessed to have become a part of the Coco's family!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many reviewers can write about the numbers of pets Coco's has rescued, fixed, trained and even transformed into service dogs; it is an astonishing record for such a small group of people. But perhaps no one else will think to write about the changes in our community. I remember Pike County before 2010, the year Coco's was started with the original intent of just helping pets stay with their people. Families in financial difficulty would apply for help with pet food, flea meds, and spay/neuter surgery. Modest goals for a county with out-sized needs. Pike County did not have a shelter and voters were not likely to change that even though a woman had been killed by roaming dogs in her own yard. A culture that does not value a shelter is also a culture that doesn't value population control for pets. So in 2010 Pike County's roadsides were the dumping ground for unwanted litters. Dumped dogs that survived formed dangerous packs endangering livestock, pets and people. In those nine years since Coco's started, Pike still hasn't progressed to voting for a shelter, but thanks to Coco's spay/neuter efforts abandoned pets are rare now instead of the norm. Most importantly, because of Coco's educational efforts the next generation is growing up aware of pet-owner responsibility that includes not only fixing their pets but training them to be good citizens. Coco's is accomplishing more than anyone dreamed of back in 2010. Sure, there are still litters tossed out of moving pick up trucks, but not as many as there used to be. Most importantly, those acts of inhumane violence now provoke outrage. Hearts and minds are changing thanks to Coco's Cupboard and that's just the start.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing group of people I have ever seen! They will stop at nothing to rescue an animal! They have so many amazing volunteers who give endlessly their time and resources just to see these amazing animals find their forever homes. So very grateful for Cocos Cupboard! They rescue, heal, love train, foster, adopt and care for so many animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Coco's while volunteering for the organization that provides service dogs to veterans. Coco's trains those dogs. By taking in a foster, I've been able to see the love and care that goes into the training and especially the proper matching of dogs and their future people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love love love this organization and all that it does for our community. I am a served client and a volunteer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A very unique rescue that emphasizes on rescue, rehabilitate and rehome . Large number of volunteer trainers that really help the dogs. Many of them are trained to be service dogs for veterans and civilians.
Huge cat program too!!

3 Dixiegirl1212

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working with this organization about 2 years ago. They are truly some of the best people I've met. Some of them have become my best friends. I was lucky enough to receive a Coco's dog. That dog has become my Service Dog.

GADog

Client Served

Rating: 5

The rescue work Coco’s does is incredible. Great team of volunteers making a huge impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coco’s saves the life of my very foster dog. My first foster was a handful and about to be euthanized by the previous rescue that had him. I didn’t know how to deal with very active dogs. He soon got into a fight with one of my dogs and I was injured. My husband says he had to go. I reached out to Coco’s and they took him in because Coco’s takes in the very difficult cases. They worked with this precious pup and now he’s a loved and loyal service dog to a verteran. Coco’s helped save two lives.

1 Kathy F.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer with Coco’s Cupboard for over a year now, and I’ve bever seen a group of people more devoted to the pursuit of a single cause — the rescue of abandoned dogs and cats. I am particularly moved by the group’s work in developing abandoned dogs into service animals for deserving veterans and civilians. I have the privelege to see 2 lives saved in each of these situations, and I can tell you that’s changed my life. I LOVE this goup, and the people who bring its vision to reality!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coco's Cupboard is an amazing organization that steps up to help not just dogs and cats in need but also our wounded veterans. They rehabilitate rescue dogs with extensive training and volunteer hours to get the ones who are best suited to serve as A.D.A. compliant service dogs assisting those who have given so much in service to our country. As a volunteer for this organization I am truly blessed to be a part of something so special. Coco's will also take in the dogs that no one else wants and they have been given up on and makes it their mission to save them. They have saved many dogs that were feral and while some may not ever find their forever homes within a family unit, they are happy, loved and well cared for within the Coco's "pack".

Client Served

Rating: 5

Suzanne and her team knew exactly which short-term foster puppy would fit perfectly with me and my dog, and set me up to foster fail! :) Couldn't be happier. Their dedication to the animals they find or are asked to help is astounding.

Whitney M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is phenomenal! They are always willing to lend a helping hand and truly csre about all animals not just a specific breed! Rave reviews and two thumbs up!

1 Mary Catherine M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Coco’s Cupboard for bringing Lulu into our lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family had the pleasure of adopting a dog through this organization as well as fostering several puppies. They genuinely care and I trust them with no reservations. They are saving lives and need our help and support. Help them save more dogs and cats by donating or volunteering today.