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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

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Briana H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued my Siberian Husky from Coco’s Cuboard! I had an incredible experience. The whole process was full of so much love and great communication. I’m so thankful for this rescue. It is run by so many wonderful volunteers who are so knowledgeable and full of so love love and compassion.

Whitney M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue is amazing, I’ve gotten a few dogs from them but they went above and beyond for my GSD Aurora, she was emaciated and had gone through heartworm treatment when they had her, due to the restrictions that the treatment and the drive of a GSD and was a little wild and hard to handle but they never called it quits on her, after having her for a year I needed a service dog for medical reasons and they stepped up to help me achieve that with her... for those reasons I have started fostering and volunteering with them whenever possible

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been with Coco’s Cupboard almost 2 years now and the most wonderful, caring people I’ve ever met.
I got my precious Jasper from Coco’s which happen to be feral. We attend the training classes, service dog classes and he is now my service dog. I couldn’t of had done it without the help of all the volunteers and the coaches.
Now I started volunteering with some of Coco’s fund raising and I’m really enjoying just being with all the other volunteers.
Coco’s has a wonderful volunteer family.
Everyone works great together and that’s what it takes to make it work. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Coco’s is absolutely amazing. They always do whatever they can to adopt to the absolute best home for the animal, with both the humans and animals’ needs in mind. They always try to match up for furever homes and it has done wonders! Hundreds to thousands of animals saved all because of these amazing people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place run by volunteers. Amazing people who have done amazing things. The dogs are always put first with Coco's. I adopted my sweet girl Bri-Anna and Coco's has also started training me and my girl for service training. So very thankful!

5 Laura332

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Coco's Cupboard for four years and they are a great rescue. It started with them helping me train a rather active dog I was fostering for another rescue. We were this pup's last hope. He is now a service dog for a veteran. I have seen them transform the hardest of cases into healthy and loving pups and placed in loving homes. They have a group of awesome volunteers who work non stop to help every pup and kitty they can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Coco's Cupboard is a fantastic organization! Run by volunteers, this organization saves hundreds of dogs and cats. Volunteers give their heart and soul to the animals they serve. Not only do volunteers save abandoned animals, they love the animals and prepare them for their forever homes. Coco's puts the animals first; egos are not an issue here. Highly recomend volunteering at Coco's or adopting a dog or cat from them!

5 karimitchell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of watching a young friend adopt her very own first dog from Cocos Cupboard. She had a great experience with good communication and was provided a wealth of educational information on how to care for her new companion Otis. It was a joy to witness the time and compassion Cocos gave my anxious friend.

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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.

4 Melanie Boyer N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place will lie to you. We applied to adopt a dog in foster. Did the phone interview, home visit, etc. Horrible communication. At the end I get a sob story about the foster family's dog dying and now they wanted to keep the foster dog. Jump ahead a couple weeks and I come across the foster mom posting pics of her foster dog available for adoption. Why the lie? All they had to say was no, you're not a good fit. Very shady.

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CocosCupboard 02/26/2020

While we understand your disappointment in not being able to adopt the dog applied for. We spoke with you many times how the dog you applied for wouldn’t be a good fit for many reasons. During our home inspection we found a sick cat that wasn’t on your application or getting medical care. Instead of denying you, we were attempting to work on educating you waiting for proof the cat had gotten medical attention. During this time, the foster family was devastated by the loss of their dog & considered adopting. We asked them to take time to grieve and they chose not to adopt. We feel the time frame was quick for a rescue; your app was received on 12/28/19, & on 1/7/2020 you were told we would search for another dog. We are sorry you feel our communication was inadequate & from your review here and on other social media platforms, we can see you are still dissatisfied. We understand how personal a denial can be, but we do our best to honor the best interests of the animals in our care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is our pleasure to be a foster for Coco's Cupboard and to help by providing training and rehabilitation for their dogs. They take on challenging cases and have become a go-to source in the community. Their volunteers are truly committed and spend hundreds of hours working to further their cause. We are proud of our affiliation with this amazing rescue!

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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!!

7 kjb445

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year ago today, Coco’s Cupboard took in the first three of the The Metter 6 (the other three were picked up two days later) from a horrific hoarding case in South Georgia. They took in these dogs knowing that most, if not all, would have emotional issues to some degree and that some may have health issues and that they would be with the rescue long term. Coco’s doesn’t just take in rescues and turn around and try to get them into knew homes as soon as possible. They put a lot of time and energy into making sure these animals are rehabbed and ready for life in a home. As of today, only two have been adopted and two more are ready to find their forever homes. One, will probably live the rest of his life with the rescue. You will never meet a more dedicated group of people with such amazing hearts. I love fostering for Coco’s Cupboard.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so amazed by the time, energy and love that the people of Coco's Cupboard give to these animals. The rescuing, the care, the vetting, the training to become service dogs for veterans, the adoption events, the raising of funds...You can’t ask for a better organization to foster for, donate to, or adopt from.

7 Evelyn L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted both my dogs from Coco’s Cupboard. I foster and donate whenever I can for them. They are extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. They also have a Facebook group for adopters to link together with them. We can share updates on our dogs or get advice if needed too. It’s a wonderful support group. Coco’s Cupboard mission is dear to my heart.

7 Allyson Martin B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family adopted a dog from Coco's Cupboard this past spring 2019. They (Coco's Cupboard) have a very thorough vetting application process. We had requested to adopt a different dog but the adoption team did a good job explaining why it wasn't a great dog for our family. They suggested other dogs and after we met them we truly got the best one!

4 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.

6 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!

5 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.

4 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!

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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.

4 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!!

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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.

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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.

6 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.

3 GADog

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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.

4 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".

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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.

3 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.

3 Ciara Sexton S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Let me tell you something. This rescue.. is.. AMAZING!

1.) This group of people work tirelessly to save animals from all walks of life. Whatever you're looking for, trust me.. they can help you find.

2.) This is, perhaps, the most important. They rely on foster families, which makes all the difference with a rescue animal. If you're interested in an animal, there's not just 1 person, but an entire team that knows them inside & out. They've been socializing them, training them, and working through their quirks (we all have them), before you even enter the picture.

3.) Once you get your new furry family member home, you'll be invited to a special board for families of Coco's rescues. There, you'll find a community of support & information to help you through anything. There's even a handful of amazing families that all adopted a pup from a litter that get together for play dates. I just love the camaraderie. You cant find it anywhere else!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Coco's was founded to assist both companion animals and humans in a county with no shelter and essentially no animal control or resources. Since the organization began, hundreds of spay and neuter surgeries have been sponsored, hundreds of abandoned animals taken in and adopted to loving homes. Citizens of Pike County Georgia have received support in any areas. This organization is small but devoted and truly cares about the animals and people they serve.