George and Amal Clooney have left one California dog rescue doing happy dances.
The Clooneys donated $10,000 to 10-year-old Camp Cocker Rescue of Los Angeles, which is dedicated to Cocker Spaniels, after the nonprofit took in nine dogs from a backyard breeder, according to a Facebook post. Watch the rescue here.
“We want to thank George and Amal Clooney for their unbelievable donation and now it’s time to turn to all of YOU to see if you can match it!!!!” the post reads.
Camp Cocker Rescue’s founder, Cathy Stanley, told The Sacramento Bee that she feels an “unbelievable wave of gratitude.”
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The rescue faced skyrocketing vet bills due to the sudden addition of the dogs “that have been neglected for years and that are all interbred with one another,” Stanley said. “Each of these dogs has never been to a vet in their entire lives so it’s quite a bit to get them caught up.”
The donation, which will be used to help match other donations and was only revealed publicly with the Clooneys’ permission, will go toward care for the nine recently rescued dogs, according to Stanley.
George Clooney adopted his first Camp Cocker dog, Einstein, in early 2010. Stanley said Clooney was attracted to the pup’s goofy look.
Clooney revealed the adoption in an interview with Esquire Magazine in late 2011. “It goes a long way when a public figure supports animal rescue, especially when adopting an adult dog,” Stanley said.
Clooney adopted his second Camp Cocker pup, Louie, in late 2013.
Stanley said Camp Cocker’s mission has changed over the years to mainly focus on major medical dogs in need of rescue, which can prove costly.
The backyard breeder case is not a “normal” rescue for the nonprofit as the dogs were not shelter pups, but they were very much in need, she said.
“Anytime we can interrupt the endless breeding cycle and get dogs out of pain, that’s a win-win.”
To donate to Camp Cocker Rescue, click here.