Cocoa was founded in 2012 by Su Harvey and Lynne Harvey (we are unrelated!) We met on Facebook and as well as sharing the same last name, we found that we also shared a love of animals and an equal hatred of the cruelty and abuse that animals suffer on a daily basis.
We pondered as to what we could do to help? After many conversations we decided to start a fund raising charity. Our aim was to raise money to give to struggling animal charities that are on the forefront of animal rescue, to the people who take on abused and unwanted animals as well as many other groups, individuals and organisations.
As well as the dog and cat charities, we've also donated to horse charities, Donkey charities, to birds of prey charities, to farm animal charities, rabbit charities and wildlife charities; to us, all animals are equal.
One thing we both agree on is this; we have never *and never will* put photos of animal abuse on our Facebook page or webpage. These photos have their place as many people do not realise the extent of animal abuse and cruelty, but just as we avoided animal charity pages showing animal abuse, we know other people will do likewise.
Pictured above: Famous Actor and judge of the first show, Colin Wells with Su's rescue dog Wolf
HOW DO WE RAISE THE MONEY?
The big fund raiser is the fun dog show which proves to be a big favourite over the years with a class for everyone and every dog. We give certificates and prizes to our winners as well as hold a raffle, there are various stalls and have many other dog activities - and everyone has a really good time! We also have donations from kind folk who know that all the monies raised for COCOA goes directly to the animals who really need it. We fund all admin ourselves.
We've also had photo competitions, Facebook auctions, sponsored dances, card sales, dance nights etc.
Su even had a Tattoo done to raise funds and awareness. Su does not do Tattoos so this was a big deal for her, but raised a lot of money to help animals so it was worth it.
Pictured above: Radio Stoke interviewing Colin Wells