Camp Cocker Rescue was founded in 2007 in Los Angeles by Cathy Stanley, who had dabbled in animal rescue for a few years. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Cathy responded to a plea for volunteers to help rescue animals from abandoned buildings. Cathy flew to New Orleans, rented a minivan to sleep in, and joined other volunteers in the rescue effort.
Cathy's experience in New Orleans made her realize that she had a calling. She returned to Los Angeles with four heartworm-positive dogs. One of those dogs, an emaciated, blind senior Cocker Spaniel named Muffin, became one of Cathy's personal dogs. In 2007, she began a non-profit corporation and named it Katrina Dog Rescue. Cathy soon became known among local rescuers as a person who was willing to take the homeless Cocker Spaniels that other rescuers wouldn't because of their expensive eye and ear problems...and Katrina Dog Rescue became Camp Cocker Rescue.
Over the years, Cathy has attracted a devoted group of volunteers. Camp Cocker Rescue has expanded from a one-person operation to a small but effective rescue organization that is known for being highly ethical and willing to take on even those dogs who need significant medical rehabilitation.