Our story begins on the porch of a sister, with a cousin and a few nieces on a hot July day, where all great ideas start of course. Picture ice cold lemonade, cicadas buzzing, dogs lolling around too hot to bark at the delivery man….Ok there wasn't lemonade but we were complaining that the products we wanted for our beloved canines could not be found. It was the beginning of an idea born from need and love. Where all great ideas start of course. We’ve moved from the front porch but the passion and desire to connect us better to our pets has only grown with every collar, lead, and keychain. And as we build our business we are able to give back to animals in need. Through our products and with deep gratitude we not only honor the connections they create, but we repay just a little bit of what these amazing animals give us so freely with a percentage of our proceeds.
Designed to Create Connection
Kate Coffin is the founder and creative force behind Otis & Roo. As a child growing up in Maryland she found connection and inspiration through nature and animals. Her love of horses was the spark that lead to a lifetime of passion for animals. Many years later, after graduating from Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, she decided to follow a life long dream and try working with animals. This search lead her to the SPCA working as a veterinarian nurse where she saw everyday the needs of abused, abandoned, and sick animals. At the same time she found her first Boxer dog named Lucy: a failed Seeing Eye dog that came with a serious heart condition. And then Roo and Marcus came into her life. Sick little kittens she nursed back to health that stole her heart. After she left the SPCA these 3 unique and amazing sweethearts became the inspiration for Otis & Roo. Her love of these animals and a desire to create beautiful and unique products for them is what has become Otis & Roo.