COPE Unleashes Potential

COPE Sponsorship changes lives

COPE Sponsorship changes lives


COPE Service Dogs depends on the generosity of its donors and sponsors to maintain programs which benefit a broad number of people in the community.

These include:

  • high school students faced with challenges
  • elementary school students who struggle with reading
  • seniors who may be isolated in hospitals or institutions
  • and clients with disabilities whose quality of life and independence are improved through their bond with a service dog partner.

Over 40 people are helped by each service dog-in-training even before they make a profound difference in the life of a person with disabilities.

We are very grateful to our sponsors whose ongoing support allows us to make a difference in the lives of so many!



George and Susan Cohon - COPE Sponsors

George and Susan Cohon, Founders, McDonald’s Canada and Russia


In 2011, long-time supporters George and Susan Cohon, Founders of McDonald’s Canada and Russia, made a further commitment to the community and to COPE by becoming our first Patrons.

The Cohon’s first became aware of COPE when a golden retriever they took home from one of COPE’s breeding partners did not seem to be a fit for their family.

“Gentle Ben” was donated to COPE, where he went on to a successful life partnership with Krista. The Cohon’s were impressed by the impact that COPE has on youth, those with disabilities and the elderly, and went on to sponsor three puppies through Ronald McDonald House Charities: Big Mac (partnered with Shelby), Golden Arches (partnered with Calum) and McFlurry (breeding program).

Mr. Cohon said: “Anything we can do to help COPE we’d love to, because we really respect and love the organization.

Along with our other corporate and individual sponsors, COPE’s Patrons, the Cohons will help us to help many more people in the future. Our heartfelt thanks from everyone at COPE!

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Jeffrey’s – Fund Development Coordinator, at