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All of the animals you see here were rescued or have been re-homed with AATPC. We provide a permanent home for the animals, even when they retire or if they no longer choose to participate in therapy. Our commitment is to give our animals the opportunity to live their best lives and do everything we can to ensure they are happy, healthy and free.

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HORSES

Misty

Misty - miniature horse

Misty is a miniature mare. She originally came to AATPC with her half-brother, Stormy, who passed away in 2016. Misty can be a very sweet horse and she can also be very independent. There are many times that Misty chooses to work with clients and sometimes she needs her time alone. Just like all our animals, we respect Misty's right to choose when and how to engage with humans. This is an important lesson for our clients, many of whom are learning about healthy relationships with the help of our animals.

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Hawk - horse

Hawk was adopted in October of 2018 from Equine Angels of the Rockies. He was born in 2016 at the rescue to a mother who was purchased off a feed truck. Hawk has a very curious, rambunctious and playful personality that will make even the stoic giggle. When turned-out Hawk believes it is his responsibility to herd all the animals around and get them moving. In his opinion the donkeys need the most exercise, but Millie will often tell him “enough is enough!”. His big personality paired with his young age gives us more reason to have extra awareness when we are interacting with him. Although he is making big strides in understanding how to live in a world with humans, he is still learning. It is our responsibility to ensure we have the communication skills to interact with a young horse learning the ways of human/horse interaction. Never hesitate to ask for more guidance. 

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BatmanBatman - miniature horse

Batman is only 33" tall at the withers, making him AATPC’s smallest horse. He is very calm and easy-going, making him a great starter horse for clients who have no horse-experience. Even our youngest clients are able to safely walk and interact with him. Batman was rescued and lived with at least two different owners before coming to AATPC. His latest owner rehomed Batman so he could be in a place where he had more human interaction, as he had formerly enjoyed going to the local high schools and visiting with special education students.

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TunkaTunka - horse

Tunka came to AATPC with our barn manager Melissa. She was born in 2011 and has been Melissa’s partner since 2015. She is our gentle giant, who is always a safe, quiet place for young and old to pause. Tunka has adopted Misty as her young to protect, and will move her around to where Tunka deems safe. Misty on the other hand seems to go back and forth with how she feels about this arrangement.

Tunka loves to be led on walks and graze with her humans. She will also assuredly fall asleep during grooming sessions!

DONKEYS

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Daisy - donkey

Daisy and Millie came to live with us at Barking Cat Ranch on December 15, 2018. We adopted them from The Horse Protection League (HPL) of Arvada. Not a lot is known about their history but for a few details. Donkeys come in pairs when adopted and the two have been bonded for five years at HPL before coming to AATPC. Daisy is 9 years old. Previous to being at HPL, Daisy was a part of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. She was reported as being the best adjusted of the pair. One of her favorite activities is to get back end scratches. 

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Millie - donkey

Millie is 10 years old and was at Long Hopes Donkey Shelter before going to HPL. She is believed to have been neglected/abused previous to being rescued by High Hopes and came from a slaughter pen. Her half ear on the right side easily identifies Millie. She tends to be more shy and reserved than Daisy. Both Daisy and Millie are adjusting well and love all of the attention from staff, clients and volunteers alike!

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ALPACAS

Kronk - alpaca

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Kronk was born at Espiritu Alpacas in November 2017. His mother was from a herd of alpacas that was rescued in 2012. The herd was rescued from a location no larger than a suburban driveway, with a cardboard shelter and no veterinary care for years. Kronk is the more confident of our two Alpacas. He enjoys pets on his neck and having his gums rubbed from people he knows. He also likes to walk around the pasture on his leash, roll around in the scratchy plants, and taking dips in his kiddy pool on hot days.

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Kuzco - alpaca

Kuzco  

 Kuzco was born at Espiritu Alpacas in November 2017. His mother was from a herd of alpacas that was rescued in 2012. The herd was rescued from a location no larger than a suburban driveway, with a cardboard shelter and no veterinary care for years. Kuzco is much reserved than our other alpaca, Kronk. He watches Kronk for his cues. He enjoys taking treats from people he knows. He also enjoying rolling around in the scratchy plants and taking dips in his kiddy pool on hot days. Kuzco is an excellent teacher to our clients in how to respect boundaries and recognize nonverbal communication.

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GOATS

 Dahlia - pygmy goat

Dahlia is our Pygmy goat. She is a very calm and sweet girl who loves attention and is happy to be kissed and hugged. She is also a nibbler of fingers and toes and clothing but then looks so innocent it's hard to be mad at her.

Dahlia is very outgoing and enjoys being with children and adults, and even loves to play in groups of children. Dahlia also works with each of the therapists at AATPC and is around most days to interact with the clients.

Dahlia has a lot of character and a very sweet disposition. She loves children about her size and tries to "play" with them by standing on her back legs and dancing towards them! She is also a "house goat" and on especially cold days enjoys meeting her friends inside the cottage. 

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 Wally - Nubian goat

We adopted Wally from a kind family who no longer had time for their goats and wanted them to have a more fulfilling life. With his sister Lilly, Wally moved to the Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch in September 2018. They were born in 2015. Wally is a very large goat with a very large personality! He is super friendly and comes to meet everyone with a goat smile and friendly bump. He is very gentle but loves to goat wrestle with his sister and play push-over with the staff. He and Lilly are very close and stay together throughout the day. You can tell that Wally loves his new life here at the Ranch as he is quick to make new friends. 

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LillyLilly- Nubian goat

Lilly is Wally's sister and she is much smaller than him, but a lot bigger than our pygmy! Lilly is a handful - she is rambunctious and playful, and still a little too rough for our young clients to interact much with her. She is usually very sweet and loves to be pet and brushed. But she also likes to kiss HARD which unfortunately hurts. So until we can curb these behaviors Lilly will be observed by clients more than interacted with.  

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DOGS

Rupert - dog mix

Rupert was born in 2010 and is a Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix. He was originally left at the Dumb Friends League along with his litter mates. Freedom Service Dogs, an organization in Englewood, CO that specializes in training rescue dogs to work as Service Dogs, adopted Rupert and started his training. Shortly into his work they found that Rupert had some social anxiety issues, which disqualified him from their Service Dog program. Dr. Chassman has since adopted him and Rupert has earned his Certification as a Therapy Dog through Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. Rupert is well-loved by children of all ages who identify with his energy and enthusiasm, (as well as his ADHD).

Rupert's favorite thing in the whole world is to fetch the ball and Frisbee. So we spend a lot of time each day meeting this "need" for Rupert so that he can be calm later on when we need him in the therapy room. He is always available to assist in an outdoor session by retrieving any thrown item. He loves his job as a therapy dog!

Woody

Maybel-dog mix

Maybel is a German Shepard/ Shar Pei mix who was adopted in 2013 from Colorado Puppy Rescue.  She has been certified for 2 years and loves her job as therapy dog.  Maybel loves to run around the ranch, go swimming in the creek, and do obstacle courses.  Maybel can be a bit shy at times, but warms up quick (especially if you have a toy or treat to share).  She loves to sniff and smell! Maybel loves doing tricks and getting belly rubs.  She is very spoiled at home and loves coming to the ranch. 

 

CATS

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Sigmund was born in February 2015. He was found wandering around Evans Boulevard in Denver with a lame front leg. He was taken to Cat Care Society in Lakewood where they realized they could not repair his leg (it had either been broken some time earlier or he was born with the deformity) and decided to amputate.

Linda met Sigmund the day after his surgery and quickly fell in love. Even after just losing his limb, he was playful and loving. He loved being picked up and would snuggle and be held like a baby. Linda realized how much Sigmund would love to be at the ranch and how much the staff and clients would love him. 

Sigmund is now the unofficial greeter at the Ranch. He can often be found snuggling on a client who just walked in (especially the new clients) or on the chest of a napping parent. He is a role model for all of us in how to overcome adversity. Despite only having 3 legs, Sigmund is playful, happy and fast! He loves to try to dash outside when possible but doesn't protest when brought back inside.

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Marbles2021Marble - cat

Marble was born in April 2019 and came to us as a 4 week old kitten with a group of other foster kittens from Cat Care Society in Lakewood, CO. She had been rescued with around 45 other kittens from Kansas after a round of terrible storms that left the town flooded and abandoned. Marble quickly became a favorite at AATPC with her playful personality and love of attention, and proved to be a great therapy cat. The staff and clients just couldn't let her go, and we made the decision to adopt her from Cat Care Society in August 2019.

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Blue2021Blue - kitten

 Blue is the lastest addition to the AATPC family. She was part of our last batch of foster kittens, which we named after types of cheese. Like the compelling force that is cheese, we fell in love with Blue and knew she had to stay. She is a playful and sweet kitten that loves to adventure around the house, play with Marble and Sigmund and lounge in the rat room. We are excited to see her grow with us here at the ranch!

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Oliver2Oliver - FIV+ cat

Oliver was born around September 2014. He was found as a feral cat in Denver and often seen wandering across busy streets. He frequented a women's home where she had other cats and gave him food. He was eventually trapped and brought to the Cat Care Society. Upon testing Oliver was found to be FIV+.

When Linda first met Oliver he was living in a room at CCS with Smoke. While very timid, she was making progress in petting him and getting him to feel safe with human touch. Several of our clients have been able to pet him and help him purr. Because of this Oliver is a wonderful therapy cat. 

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FredFred - FIV+ cat

Fred...What can we say? He is incredibly social, walks with clients on a leash and will tell you his life story (he can often be heard as far away as the horses meowing his tales for all those who will listen). We adopted Fred from the Denver Dumb Friends League after his family relinquished him because he was an escape artist and they couldn’t keep him safe. He loves the outdoors, taking naps and getting some snuggle in as well.  Fred also is FIV positive like our other boys, so they all live together.  

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Hagrid2021Hagrid - FIV+ cat

 Hagrid came to us from a family that was looking for an enviroment that had less stress and more cats that get along with him. His previous family described him as laid back, sleepy and wanting people near by and we agree. Since joining us at the ranch, Hagrid has shown us he is quite the talker as well. He likes to join in meetings and sessions usually by laying near people and asking for some attention. We are sad that his previous home did not work out but glad that he has found a space amongst us here at AATPC. 

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Lune2021Lune - FIV+ cat

 Lune is a two year old sweetheart and quite the playful cat. He can often be seen playing with many of his cats toys or even joining a game of Uno with clients. Lune loves to lounge and flop about near wherever you are. He also is not camera shy as you can see from his picture. We unfortunately don't have a lot of information about Lune from his previous home but we are glad that he is finding his place amongst his FIV+ cat brothers. 

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RABBITS

MaggieMaggie - rabbit

We inherited Maggie in 2012 when a family could no longer care for her. While we don't know the exact year of her birth we believe it was around 2009. She had been left in a small, dirty cage outside in the winter for several weeks before she came to us. Initially very shy and reserved, Maggie would squeak and give vocal warnings before she bit! Since we adopted her "mate" KC, Maggie has calmed down and is a very happy bunny. Now clients can sit on the floor and she will come over to receive pets and scratches. She is incredibly soft and it is very calming to pet her.

Maggie and KC have the run of our small counseling room. She is free to roam and jump on the furniture or hide under the chair. We think her life has been greatly improved by living at the Ranch and she now has many new friends who enjoy bringing her lettuce and fruit for treats. Her favorite play toy is her "pants" which are tunnels she can run through.  

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KCpicK.C. - rabbit

K.C. was born around 2012 and is almost totally black, but has a few little wisps of white on his back. K.C. may be the friendliest bunny you will ever meet. K.C. came to us from Colorado House Rabbit Society after being found wandering the streets in Idaho Springs. He has always been a mellow bunny but now that he has Maggie as his mate, he is especially happy.

We adopted K.C. so that Maggie could have a friend. since rabbits are social, and matriarchal. So Maggie actually chose K.C. as her partner. We wouldn't say it was love at first sight, but after a few days getting to know K.C. she definitely wanted him with her. Now they groom each other and snuggle together. We are very happy for these two rabbits now that they have each other!

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GUINEA PIGS

RosieRosie - skinny pig

Rosie was born 11/26/2017. She is a "skinny pig", or a hairless guinea pig. Rosie looks particularly vulnerable without hair, but she has a big personality. She loves to cuddle and LOVES green peppers. She whistles when she's very happy, such as when people come into feed her and play with her. In July 2019, after months of battling issues with her eyes, Rosie had her right eye removed. We learned that eye issues are common with guinea pigs and that they can live completely happy and healthy lives with only one eye. So now Rosie is our hairless, albino, one-eyed beautiful girl!

We love Rosie as a therapy animals because she teaches us about gentleness and grace and internal beauty. While Rosie doesn't look like her haired cousins, she is perfect and lovable, and teaches all of her clients to never judge a book by its cover. 

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GloriaGloria- skinny pig

Gloria was born in September 2019. She is a black "skinny pig", which means she is a hairless guinea pig (although she has a little fuzz around her muzzle). We don't know much about her past, except that she was left in a box in front of the Denver Dumb Friends League.

Like Rosie, Gloria has a bold, curious personality and often wastes no time coming out to sniff whoever is in the room. She is talkative and, usually, within just minutes of being held, will begin making sweet little noises, sounds that guinea pigs use to display happiness. Even though she's just been around a few people, we can already see that she is going to want to be a helper.

As herd animals, guinea pigs are happiest when they have a friend nearby. Gloria was rescued from the Denver Dumb Friends League to be a companion for Rosie. She will spend some time in a separate enclosure, next to Rosie, so they can (hopefully) become the best of friends.

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SnickersSnickers - guinea pig

We adopted Snickers from the Foothills Animal Shelter so that Rosie could have a friend (guinea pigs are herd animals). Snickers was born in August 2017. She was with her mother and father at the shelter - the family had been relinquished from a home that could no longer care for them. It has been challenging for Snickers to leave her parents after being with them for 6 months. She is still shy and nervous.

Guinea Pigs are prey animals and it will take Snickers some time to learn that she can trust the giant humans who want to play with her. As is our policy with all our animals, we are giving Snickers as much time as she needs to feel safe and decide if and how much she would like to engage with the staff and clients. Staff are currently just petting her, and occasionally picking her up, and letting her and Rosie have "play dates" in their play pen. Our commitment is to give Snickers a happy, fulfilled life with us whether or not she decides to be a therapy animal. We will continue to give her the time she needs to decide how much human contact she would like to have.

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RollocloseupRollo - guinea pig

Rollo is the only male guinea pig and was the brother of S'mores. When he was old enough to be weaned from Snickers he was separated from the girls and moved to the Rabbit Room. By accident Rollo escaped and immediately started to purr and cuddle up to the rabbits. He quickly fell in love with these larger, cuddly creatures, and adopted them as his new parents. Now we are pretty sure Rollo thinks he is a rabbit! He still hangs out with them during the day and plays with the clients as well.  Rollo has a ton of personality!

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RATS

Gus GusGus-Gus - Rat

Gus-Gus was rescued from a reptile store along with her four siblings at about 5 weeks old. Initially we were told that Gus-Gus was a male, so the staff voted on some stereotypical male names. Upon meeting with the vet, we concluded that Gus-Gus was actually female! Gus-Gus was too fitting a name for this sweet little rat to change it. Gus-Gus is definitely the most confident and independent rat at AATPC. Clients enjoy building and leading her through the mazes and obstacle courses they’ve built and/or holding and snuggling her.

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OscarOscar - Rat

Oscar was rescued from a reptile store along with her four siblings at about 5 weeks old. Initially we were told that Oscar was a male, so the staff voted on some stereotypical male names. Upon meeting with the vet, we concluded that she was actually female! Oscar was too fitting a name for this sweet little rat to change it. Clients enjoy building and leading her through the mazes and obstacle courses they’ve built and/or holding and snuggling her.

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CHICKENS

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Alma - Chicken

We adopted our chickens in March 2021 after learning what great therapy animals chickens can be! The chickens offer an endless source of entertainment and our clients enjoy watching them, feeding them, and petting them. Alma is the most vocal of the chickens, and is often the to greet us at the door. She has even been known to jump up in the lap or on the shoulder of clients and volunteers who are crouching. She lays dark brown eggs.

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Bonnie - Chicken

We adopted our chickens in March 2021 after learning what great therapy animals chickens can be! The chickens offer an endless source of entertainment and our clients enjoy watching them, feeding them, and petting them. Bonnie is the calmest of our chickens and one of the easiest to pick up and handle. She lays olive eggs.

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Chickpea

Chickpea - Chicken

We adopted our chickens in March 2021 after learning what great therapy animals chickens can be! The chickens offer an endless source of entertainment and our clients enjoy watching them, feeding them, and petting them. Chickpea is the most alert and one of our most outgoing chickens. She welcomes pets from visitors. She lays tan eggs.

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Oscar

Miss Raisin - Chicken

We adopted our chickens in March 2021 after learning what great therapy animals chickens can be! The chickens offer an endless source of entertainment and our clients enjoy watching them, feeding them, and petting them. Miss Raisin is outgoing and enjoys pets. She lays brown eggs

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Oscar

Xena - Chicken

We adopted our chickens in March 2021 after learning what great therapy animals chickens can be! The chickens offer an endless source of entertainment and our clients enjoy watching them, feeding them, and petting them. Although she didn’t start our this way, Xena is one of our most outgoing chickens and welcomes pets from visitors. She lays lavender eggs.

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We have had many therapy animals that have been part of our family but have passed on. We will remember them always. Read Here to learn about our Departed Therapy Animals. 

Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch
(Center for Animal Assisted Therapy)
7275 Kipling Street
Arvada, CO 80005
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