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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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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!



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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Kronk - alpaca


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 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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 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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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!


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. 



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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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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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Sugar- rabbit

Birthday: 1/9/2018

Adoption: 11/9/2021

Sugar was born in 2018 and adopted from Denver Dumb Friends League in 2021. We don't know a lot about her past and she is a sweet, soft little thing with a wild side. You'll find her charging around her room, and around K.C., with the zoomies and playing with her toys. She is very engaging! 

We adopted Sugar so that K.C. would have a friend. since rabbits are social, and matriarchal. We wouldn't say it was love at first sight, K.C. and Sugar spent a few days on a bunny-moon to warm up to each other, but since then they've bonded and settled in nicely. 

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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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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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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 - 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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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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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. 



Cody was at AATPC for about 7 years. We adopted him at age 25 and he lived many good, happy years with us, and helped more clients than we could have ever imagined. He was donated to Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado by his owner. Cody's partner horse had passed away and seemed lonely. His owner thought Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado would be a good place for Cody to interact with other animals and people. He was happy to be here.

Cody was a big boy (especially compared to our mini's!) and was very playful and interactive with clients. He was very gentle with children, yet able to offer a challenge when needed. We worked with Cody on his manners and clients often helped with this process. We received feedback from clients working with Cody that he is an "excellent" therapy horse and provides just the right balance of nurturing and challenge. Cody had arthritis and Cushings, and so was pretty slow, but he was a big cuddler and loved to meet new people. We will miss our big boy. 


We adopted Peanut with Butter in August 2016 - she was about 2 months old at the time. They were both found at a reptile store to be sold as food. 2 of our staff members saw them and saw how much personality they had and adopted them. Peanut has a very unusual color for a rat, she is light brown all over.

Peanut was a very sweet and silly rat. She loves to poke her nose out of her cube at people and peek at what's going on in the room around her. She likes to be held and run around the play room with her friends.

Peanut passed away on April 4, 2019 alongside her best friend and companion Butter and staff whom she loved. 


Butter was adopted with Peanut in August 2016 at about 1 month old. She and Peanut were fast friends and snuggle together during the day and night as though they are siblings. Butter is mostly white with some splotches of grey. She is an active girl and loves to run in mazes and around the castles her friends build for her in the playroom.

Both Peanut and Butter teach people about acceptance and against bias. Many people are uncomfortable with the rat's tails, especially people who have lived in cities where large urban rats have lived. But once they get to know our rats they realize how sweet and personable they are. They are also very smart and love to interact with humans.

Butter passed away on April 4, 2019 alongside her best friend and companion Peanut and staff whom she loved.






Dwight was also believed to be a male when he was rescued at about 5 weeks old from the same reptile store, only to find out later that she's actually a female! Her markings were similar to Oscar, but she had more grey on her face and less on her body than Oscar. She was also about a week older, we believe, as she was the biggest of the 4 rats that we last got. The staff loved to give her snuggles and hear her sweet little bruxing noise as she cleaned herself on the shoulders of staff members. We will miss you Dwight and all the light your brought to those around you. 





Cinnamon was identified as a female from the beginning, so no surprises there! She was by far the snuggliest of the rats, falling asleep in anyone's hands when given head and nose rubs. She is an albino rat, though it may be hard to tell from her photo, identifiable by her red eyes and light colored fur. Though she isn't stark white in color, albino rats can come in various shades of white, such as her very light grey coloring. We are saddened at her loss and thankful for the time we got to spend with her!



We adopted Smoke in his senior years. His birthday is 2/1/2004. Smoke, Oliver and Neville are all FIV positive. We first fostered all three cats from Cat Care Society (CCS) in 2017 but quickly realized how much we and our clients loved them. We subsequently adopted them. Because they are FIV+ all three cats "the boys" live together in our training/group room. 

 Smoke also had kidney disease and was not only on a special prescription diet, but he received fluids every day. The staff took turns doing this daily and despite the discomfort, Smoke was a good sport. He loved to sit on laps, be held and generally get spoiled by everyone. Smoke was also a big talker and had a large cat vocabulary. We enjoyed all his various vocalizations.

In the last months of his life we learned Smoke had pancreatic cancer, which is a very painful illness. We managed his health as best we could to make him happy and comfortable, but when he started losing his mobility and was no longer interested in food we decided to let Smoke go. Smoke passed away on October 22, 2019 with several therapist friends around him to hug and kiss him as he gently fell asleep. Smoke was loved by so many people and has touched so many lives. We will miss him.

Thank You to Smoke's Sponsor Babbette Kemp - since November 2018

DuncanDuncan - pygmy goat

Duncan was born 2/12/2011 and was a male Pygmy goat. Adopted along with Dahlia, Duncan was full of personality. He was also very bright and had learned to sit up for treats, come when he's called, wave and dig. He enjoyed working with children and adults but was a bit more timid (especially around men) than Dahlia and sometimes needed a little time to warm up. 

Each of the therapists at Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado worked with Duncan, often together with Dahlia, and clients enjoyed teaching him new tricks and playing Duncan's favorite game of chase. Duncan was always a bit mischievous and often head butt his sister and the other dogs if no one was looking. Duncan and Dahlia were mates and you could tell Duncan by the 2 horns that were growing askew on his head.

In the weeks before Duncan's passing, his rumen (digestive system stopped) working the way it should, leaving the first chamber of his stomach bloated and unable to pass food through. After emergency surgery, he improved temporarily and returned home to the ranch before beginning to decline again. He lived his last days out at the ranch with plenty of love, extra snacks, and even time inside the office with the staff. When it was clear that Duncan was living in pain, losing interest in food and no longer interacting with others, we decided to let Duncan go. His fun and sweet personality persisted through the end as Duncan charmed the veterinary staff by waving for treats in his final moments. Duncan's goofy and loving spirit has changed countless lives of clients and staff, and he will always be missed.

Neville2Neville - FIV+ cat

Neville's was born on 1/27/2013. He was a very social, friendly cat, and usually greeted any visitors with a roll on the ground, exposing his belly to show how happy he was to see visitors. Neville was the peacemaker in the FIV+ group, wanting nothing more than to be petted, to run around and chase toys or to snuggle in the sunshine with his best friend Oliver. Neville's gentle and social spirit made him a wonderful therapy cat as he would let just about anyone approach and pet him and he always wanted to be a part of the action, from rolling around on top of a card game or snuggling on the couch with a client. 

Neville was taken from us much too soon, just a month before his 8th birthday. Neville had been in good health despite having FIV+ though a few months prior to his passing was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Neville was on medication and a special diet to address this, however his side effects to the medications continued to get worse. After visiting the vet to try out an injection form of the medication to reduce side effects, Neville was brought back to the ranch to rest and recover. Sometime overnight he had an unexpected and fatal reaction to the injections, and passed in the company of his best friends Oliver and Fred. Neville brought an energy to the ranch unlike any other, and is missed by his best friends, staff, clients, and volunteers every day. 


Clementine - cat 

Clementine came to us when she was about 8 years old after she was rescued from a cat hoarder, and we don't know much else about her history beyond that. She lived with Linda while healing from ringworm, and due to the trauma she faced with the cat hoarder she was very scared around people. She exhibited many signs of typical "traumatized" individual, and because of that was brought to the ranch as a mouser. Over time, it became clear that Clementine was in love with humans and wanted to be touched and loved, but was full of ambivalence and fear. 

Over the 10 years she lived and worked at AATPC, Clementine blossomed into a phenomenal therapy cat. Clients connected with her because of her past, her resilience, and the mutually felt reward of Clementine learning to trust humans and accept love. Through patience, trust and kindness she warmed up to human love and became more and more social and outgoing. She and Siggy bonded as siblings, and when Marble was introduced Clementine was accepting and sweet. Clem loved face scratches and snacks and could often be found lounging in the sun.

Clementine was almost 18 years old when she passed, and for the months leading up to that time she became sicker and sicker from a tumor growing in her lungs. When it was time, Clementine told us very clearly that she was ready to go. She passed peacefully at the ranch surrounded by some of the staff with whom she was closest, as well as her best friends Siggy and Marble. The ranch doesn't feel the same without her, and her memory will never be forgotten.

SmoresSmores - guinea pig

Smores was born, along with her brother Rollo, on the first day of Spring, March 20th, 2018. They were a happy (and quick!) surprise! We did not know that Snickers was pregnant when we adopted her - but on that day, within minutes she produced 2 beautiful, fully-formed babies! S'mores was always the most social and friendly of all the piggies, and made a guinea pig "purr" when she was held and pet. S'mores was also the one who made it possible for all of the piggies to live together in the same enclosure, convincing her mom Snickers to warm up to and befriend Rosie and Gloria. S'mores was a wonderful therapy animal because of her energetic and friendly personality. She taught clients what it was to be a supportive and good friend and how to show vulnerability with safe people.

S'mores was almost 3 years old when she passed unexpectedly. She was acting odd and lethargic and so was taken to the vet for an exam to see what was going on. The vet found that S'mores had an impaction in her digestive system, much like what is found in a horse when with colick. She was kept overnight for treatment, but sadly didn't make it through the night. The guinea pig room doesn't feel the same without her and her spirit will always be missed!


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. Maggie calmed down after we adopted her "mate" KC and lived a long life as a happy bunny. Clients noted that she would come up to them to receive pets and scratches. Maggie was an incredibly soft and calming soul. 

Maggie lived in the rabbit room with KC and honorary rabbit Rollo (one of our guinea pigs). She was free to roam and jump on the furniture or hide under the chair. We think her life was greatly improved by living at the Ranch. She made many new friends during her time with us and imparted gentleness and kindness to everyone around her. Maggie will be missed and remembered for how she touched our hearts!


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 enjoyed building and leading her through the mazes and obstacle courses they’ve built and/or holding and snuggling her. 

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Legacy Donors

Recognizing those who have chosen to support AATPC in their wills and estate plans.
Interested in including AATPC in your planning? Contact Becki, rtaylor@aatpc.org, or 720-266-4444 x15.

Linda & Jeff Craddock
Tami & Danny Lucero

Our Animal Sponsors

Animal Sponsor(s) Name Since
Alma, the chicken Brenda Johnson October 2021
Batman, the mini-horse Linda Smith September 2021
Blue, the cat Pella, Colorado's first Courthouse Facility Dog October 2021
Bonnie, the chicken Becki Taylor September 2021
Chickpea, the chicken Wana Brands Foundation August 2022
Daisy, the donkey Wana Brands Foundation August 2021
Dahlia, the goat Wana Brands Foundation August 2022
Fred, the FIV cat Babette Dicia Kemp January 2021
Gloria, the skinny pig William Gollin June 2020
Hagrid, the FIV cat Steven Hugh Parlier Endowment June 2021
Hawk, the horse Kristin Leitel
Christy Brown
May 2019
April 2022
K.C., the rabbit Brenda Johnson May 2021
Kronk, the alpaca Raynette Garcia
Aaron & Chelsea Kettering
September 2020
May 2022
Kuzco, the alpaca Wana Brands Foundation August 2021
Lilly, the goat Caitlin Peerson April 2021
Lune, the FIV cat Wana Brands Foundation August 2021
Marble, the cat

Briana Ochiltree

January 2020
Millie, the donkey Wana Brands Foundation August 2021
Miss Raisin, the chicken Jesse Madl October 2021
Misty, the mini horse Caitlin Darwin August 2022
Oliver, the FIV cat Lynn DeJohn February 2019
Rollo, the guinea pig Brenda Johnson June 2020
Rosie, the skinny pig Linda Chassman
Heidi & Essence Susko
Sable Alexander & Sophia Ferrer
January 2018
October 2019
June 2020

Siggy, the cat Lisa Isom
Barbara Hainer
December 2018
February 2021
Snickers, the guinea pig Wana Brands Foundation
Briana Ochiltree
August 2021
November 2021
Sugar, the rabbit Beverly Wu
Briana Ochiltree
May 2022
July 2022
Wally, the goat Janel La Conte May 2021
Xena, the chicken Wana Brands Foundation August 2022

Platinum Sponsors ($10,000+)

Rogue Architecture (2022)

Wana Brands Foundation (2022)

Gold Sponsors ($5,000+)

Boeing Employees Community Fund (2022)

The Christian Foundation (2021)

Gardner Grout Foundation (2020)

Schlessman Foundation (2021)

Anonymous Donor (2020)

Silver Sponsors ($1,000+)

Wana Wellness (2021)  Wana Logo

Umba (2022)

Business Partners & In-Kind Donations & Services

Jim's Heroes

Little Eden Plantscapes

2021 Colorado Gives Day Honorary Donations


In Honor or Memory of

Richard & Dee O'Neill In honor of Emily & Jeff Neulieb
Ellen Winston In honor of Sasha
Michelle Jungbauer In honor of Valerie Paget
Kista Brunkhorst In honor of Hannah W
Anonymous In honor of Henry Brinser
Lindsey Chadwick In honor of Bud and Joyce Cook
April Hoffman In honor of Hannah's birthday
Melissa Filter In honor of Michael Flack
Patricia Seno In honor of Erin Peterson who gives her heart to what she does
Jan Pruitt In honor of The Hangout Festival
Ester Kelen In honor of Esther Nio
Stephen Johnson Memorial Fund In memory of Mary Dallas Hetherington
Jena Requist In memory of Colleen Requist
Leah Browder In memory of Little Remy
Tracey Pierce In memory of June and Max
Wendy Brown In memory of Rose Durocher
Georgia Brown In memory of Rose Durocher
Karen Brasselero In memory of Freeda
Caree Cassidy In memory of Joyce Bock
Michelle Jungbauer In memory of Valerie Paget
Susan Kaplan In memory of Frenchie and Homer
James E Hetherington In memory of all the pets known and unknown.
Matt Marker In memory of Stanley Marker


2021 Colorado Gives Day Donors

Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $24,000 for Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado!

MaryAnn Andrews

Tiffany Cardenas

Margaret Gaffney

Brenda Johnson

Andressa Marlan

Arnold and Linda
Reinstein Kaplan

Chuck Taylor

John Arman

Caree Cassidy

Janet Gallup

Sue Joseph

Laryssa Matvichuk

Jena Requist 

Don and Eileen

Cheryl Arnold

Lindsey Chadwick

Julia Gatten

Michelle Jungbauer

Cara McCallister

Martha Ridgway

Annarosa Tomasi

Nanci Asmus

Ira David Chadwick

Lesley Hetherington

Barbara Kane

Kathleen & Jeff McCrone

Jenna Robbert 

James Travis

Adrienne Auerbach

Kyle Chadwick

Jana Gravilla

Susan Kaplan

Vickie McFadden

Barbara Robbins 


Lex Baca

Greg Christensen

Silke Grimm

April Kater

MOD Properties

Leigh Roberts 

Laura Vetos

Sarah Bailey

Kelli Cote

Susan Grinnell

Ester Kelen

Mary Murphy

Kenneth Roberts 

Christine Warnert

Ashley Bailey

Linda Craddock

Carol Hack

Aaron Kendrick

Bonnie Nathanson

Pamela Rodgers 

Susan Wass

Beth Pierce Baker

Leonore Crews

Winn Halverhout

Chelsea Kettering

Kris Nelson

Aviva Rothschild 

Deborah Webb

Elizabeth C Basile

Amanda Crocker

Cole Hansen

Ethan Kirkwood

Modanna Newman

 Heather Rule

Lisa and Dan

Paula Belknap

Susan Crouse

Paul J Harenberg

Karoline Lambert

Candace Nolan

 David Ruskin

Alyssa Weidman

Toby V Bell

Lisa Dahl and
Lee Salem


Melanie Langer

Jose Nunez

 Jenn Sanchez

Joshua Wendler

Wendy Bigelson

Linda Davis

Lynn Harrison

Cheryl Larkin

Briana Ochiltree


Darlene Wertin

Kelsey Bishop

Laurie Davis

Carla Herman

Bridget Lathrop


Samantha Schreiner 


Alana Bissonnette


Therese E. Herzog


Richard & Dee O'Neill

Patricia Seno 

Marcia Williams


Mark S Dorn

James E Hetherington

Michaela Lathrop Miller

Tana Orman

Melissa Smith 

Mary Wilmot

Karen Brasselero


Lesley and Dallas

Patricia Latta

 M E O'Rourke

Suzanne Smith

Ellen Winston

Judy S. Brehmer

Debra Drenth

Kateri Hillis

Marcy Libeer

 William Oster

Dror Sneh 

Robyn Wisler

Leah Browder

Rita Dukes

William Hobbs

Jill Lichon

Russell Owens 

Sherin Spofford 

Lori Wolfe 

Wendy Brown

Cliff Durlacher

April Hoffman

Pamela Lockwood

Sylvia Owens 

 Deborah Spring

 Michael Worth

Georgia Brown

Jordan Eisel

Allie Hoffman

Elyse Lombardi

Mary Owens 

Karen Stackhouse 

Patricia L Zeggert 

Kista Brunkhorst

Janice L Ellis

Colleen Hope

Cynthia Lujan

Nalan Ozisik 

Brittany Stackhouse 

 Mary Zellner

Chelsey Burns

Renee Emeson

John Hornbostel

Arlene M Macdonald

 Terri Peterson

 Gary Stiefler

 Patricia Zishka


DeAnna Falbo 

 Lisa Isom

John MacKenzie 

 Tracey Pierce

Essential Investment
Partners LLC 


Interlocked, LLC

Melissa Filter

Jill Jagemann 

Jennifer Macy 

Bill Plummer 

Afsaneh Taheri 

Tri-County Auto Recovery 

Linda Cain

Chris Fisher

Jerry Jimenez 

 Scott Magnuson

Jill Polanycia 

 Elizabeth Taintor


Michelle Campbell

Shirley Friend 

Stephen Johnson
Memorial Fund 

Trish Manns 

 Jan Pruitt

Vicki Taylor 


Katelyn Cappello

Jessica Fox
Premier Surgeons 

 Joy Johnson

Matt Marker 

 Sarah Quinn

 Becki Taylor


Care for Strays

Since 1988, Care Animal Hospital’s doctors have volunteered their time for animals without owners. In order to provide additional medical care for homeless pets, the hospital started the Care for Strays fund in December of 1997. This fund has allowed the hospital to offer medical and surgical care for animals that otherwise would not be treated. The funds are used to provide examinations, vaccinations, blood tests, surgeries, dental cleanings, emergency care, and food. Following their recovery, suitable homes are found for these animals. In 2011, Care for Strays became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

We at AATPC are very grateful to Care for Strays who covered the cost of our therapy cat, Oliver's complete dental surgery. Oliver had lived on the street for many years before being rescued and his teeth needed a lot of help!

Care for Strays is a nonprofit and worthy of your support!

Watch this video to learn more about who AATPC is and what we do at the Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch:


To learn more about how one of our Professional Therapy Teams can help, or to schedule a consultation, you can contact us at: 720-266-4444, or send us a confidential email. We look forward to working with you.


Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch
(Center for Animal Assisted Therapy)
7275 Kipling Street
Arvada, CO 80005
P 720-266-4444
F 720-266-4444

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