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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 imaged. 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 can offer a challenge when needed. We worked with Cody on his manners and clients often help 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 is 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.


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.

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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