Brown Dog Foundation was founded on October 16, 2006 in memory of Chocolate Chip, a chocolate Labrador Retriever that touched many hearts in his short, ten-year life.
Labrador Rescue of East Tennessee had saved Chocolate Chip from being euthanized in 2000 because of a tumor that his family could not afford to have removed. They paid for his needed surgery, and Chip was adopted soon after by Carol Smock.
About 6 years later, Carol found a lump on Chip's leg. She could not afford to pay for treatment at the time due to a recent job loss, so surgery was put off a few weeks until she could get the funds to pay for it.
As a result of this experience, Smock along with five friends and her sister, created Brown Dog Foundation as a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides funding to families who find themselves in similar situations - a sick pet that would likely respond to treatment, but due to an unforeseen circumstance, there is not enough money immediately available to make it happen.
Brown Dog Foundation shares stories of love of family pets, responsible ownership, and success stories for those they have saved.