Pet Mascot

Meet our 2021 Pet Mascot… Cooper! This happy, six-year-old boy loves to play and run around. His owner, Wendy Ferguson, shared a little bit about him, but he has such a big personality, there is a lot more that can be said about Cooper!

“Cooper has been excited for life since the day we picked him up. When we walked into the room to greet the owners he was already trying to jump out of his gated area, he wants to be involved. He wakes up happy, loves to play, and never turns down a Kong filled with his food. He’s a Maltese, so by nature he craves attention, and I’ll never tire of having him dance around in circles every time he sees me.


Year 1: Cooper thinks he is part of the Big Boy PackWhen Cooper was about 6-months old, I drove up from Huntsville, Alabama to visit my family here in Charlottesville. On one of those days, we went out to our farm with my mom’s Golden Retrievers. Like the little brother trying to fit in, Cooper watched one Golden after the other jump into the lake, chase geese, chew on sticks, and all kinds of other dog-like mischief, even sticking their heads into groundhog holes. 


You can see where this is going. My three-pound puppy was trying to carry around big sticks (see images), chase the geese, and, yes, ran right behind the 80-pound dogs into the lake. There are no pictures of that as everyone jumped in to get Copper out. He made it out okay, shook it off, and when it looked like he was going back in, everyone walked back up to the house.”

“One of his signature traits is he hops like a bunny when he plays. We may be playing fetch or chasing a moving object under a blanket, but Cooper has always hopped if it makes getting from one spot to another faster.”

Cooper playing!

Do you have the cutest canine or fanciest feline in town? Make your cherished pet the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s mascot for a year! During the Critter Ball fundraiser in the fall, the “Make Your Pet a Star” auction item will give you the chance to show off your four-legged friend.

The winner of the 2020 “Make Your Pet a Star” was Cooper! As part of the auction package, Cooper will have his portrait taken by Jen Fariello Photography, an animal kennel dedicated to him for one year with a customized plaque, a featured story in an SPCA e-newsletter, will represent the SPCA as the mascot on our business cards, and greet guests every time they enter our doors as the official mascot of the donation box in our foyer! ​ Cooper will be featured on the 2021 Critter Ball invitation, Critter Ball website, and the 2021 bowWOWwalk tee shirt! He and his owner will be invited to the 2021 Critter Ball to welcome the new family into their mascot role.