We knew we had to make a difference, and it all started with Coco...
Ava Garrett, Founder
Ava Garrett and Lauren Scapin met in the early 2000s and became close friends bonded by their loving spirit. They decided to travel together to Florida to continue their higher education. While trying to build a home there, they realized something was lacking. They went to look for a furry friend at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. In the first cage they happened upon who they now refer to as the love of their lives.
Coco laid patiently on the cold hard floor waiting for someone to want her and understand her complicated past. They both kneeled to speak to Coco and her eyes perked and her tail wagged lazily. Her head just fell into their hands anxious for love. For Lauren, it was love at first sight she knew they would be taking Coco home. Two days later, they did. Anxious Ava was excited but hesitant as she always was with new sets of responsibility. Soon, they were a perfect family. Coco, who is seen as an aggressive breed, spent her days cuddling with her two moms in their bed, welcoming them home with warm wet kisses and frolicking in the park every chance she got.
Lauren and Ava realized quickly that even though Coco was so perfect to them, most likely anyone else would have returned her. She has extreme anxiety that at times could be infuriating, and she had to have constant vet visits over urinary and dietary issues. This never discouraged Ava and Lauren, but simply made them realize how often animals are overlooked because they have small flaws.
Since then, Lauren and Ava have fostered and re-homed many other at-risk animals under the Camp Coco name. In the Fall of 2020, Camp Coco Inc. became recognized federally as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. While in the grassroots stages of this organization, they are focused on raising money to support Coco's Animal Rescue, other inclusive rescues and owners of adopted animals in need.
In the spring of 2020, our co-founders graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Political Science and Social Work. Wanting to expand the Camp Coco community and utilize their professional skills, they applied to EforAll to help make their dreams a reality.
Through this program, Lauren and Ava have been connected with outstanding mentors, inspiring teachers, and fellow motivated entrepreneurs. They are continually developing the Camp Coco brand by understanding their customer segments, developing revenue streams and building a cohesive business plan.
Co-Founders, Lauren and Ava, will graduate the program this June with firm plans to grow within the upcoming years. A huge thank you to their cohort leaders Deborah Gallant and Casey O'Donnell, and their two outstanding mentors, Gary Bernstein and Eric Gallant.