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Cooper Endowment Providing New Beginnings for Homeless Pets

Charles & Karen Cooper with Zoe

Year Founded

Charles and Karen Cooper

Purpose of Fund
The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to the Humane Society of Putnam County to further ongoing and additional efforts to increase adoptions of homeless animals. Through its support of activities such as promotions and transportation of homeless animals to areas with a shortage of adoptable pets, this grant will make a difference in Putnam County.

History of Fund
Charlie and Karen Cooper established the “New Beginnings for Homeless Pets” endowment to increase adoptions of homeless pets in Putnam County. This endowment gives the Humane Society of Putnam County flexibility to accomplish this goal through promotions and will support expenses related to the transportation of homeless pets to other communities where there is a shortage of adoptable pets. 

Karen S. (VanArsdall) Cooper taught in the Greencastle Community Schools for 37 years before her retirement. Charles A. Cooper was employed by IBM until the company closed its Greencastle location. He became a broker and opened Coldwell Banker Putnam Real Estate Center. The couple continues to own manage apartments and self-storage facilities. “We have been looking for a long time to do something to help someone,” said Charlie. “We both love dogs and cats.”

Grants Awarded

First Grant Awarded

2015: $1,055.00

Most Recent Grant Award

2017: $1,206.08

Total Grant Awards



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