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  • Welcome to Good Karma Pet Rescue!

    Good Karma Pet Rescue is a network of foster homes in South Florida dedicated to providing dogs and cats in need with the love and care they need and deserve. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    GK was started in early 2011 by Stacey Tollackson Chen, who decided that she could best provide for her foster animals by starting a rescue that aims for high quality care rather than high volume. We intend to stay as small as we need to be to ensure that every one of our foster animals is treated with the same care and respect we show our own furry family.

    GK is based in Fort Lauderdale and is supported by wonderful, dedicated foster parents throughout the South Florida area. If you are interested in helping to save lives through volunteering, fostering, or adopting, please get in touch with us!

The Good (Karma) News! Rescue Spotlight – Spice’s Story

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Meet Spice, a mystery mix puppy who has become very special to many of us at Good Karma Pet Rescue. Read her story and please help us give her the happy
ending she deserves!



Spice is a puppy rescued from the Everglades area who needs our help. She has an inoperable but (hopefully) manageable case of liver shunts. Read her story below. So far, her vet bills have been over $2,000 and she will remain in foster care until she finds a forever home to accept this special needs puppy and her vet bill will grow.

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Sadly, we are nowhere near our fundraising goal. Please consider making a donation at her FUNDRAISING PAGE. If you have had experience with a dog with inoperable liver shunts and care to share any guidance, please contact us!

1. RESCUE: This is the photo we received from some folks in the Redlands. These pups were abandoned on their property and they were asking for help. They were shivering in the rain outside. There was no way we could say no. We had them see our vet, Dr. Simon, right away and we began treatment for internal & external parasites. These puppies were wide-eyed and terrified, but responded quickly to the TLC we gave them.
3. DIAGNOSIS: Although the first couple of days, we were not sure if she would make it, Spice thankfully pulled through. She then spent two weeks hospitalized with Dr. Simon, where we ran lots and lots (and lots) of tests. Then, finally, we scheduled an ultrasound which confirmed Dr. Simon’s suspicion that Spice had liver shunts. As she began to feel better, she came off the IV and her her sweet personality started to shine through. She won over everyone at the clinic.
2. ILLNESS STRIKES: The puppies went to fosters. The two thrived. Unfortunately, the puppy called Spice did not. She visited the Dr. Simon a number of times where her failure to gain weight was cause for worry. We continued to treat her stubborn internal parasites. Then one Friday, Spice crashed. She was brought to the clinic with a swollen abdomen and so weak she could barely lift her head. Spice was in critical condition.
4: LIFE GOES ON: Although Spice’s liver shunts are not the kind that can be surgically corrected, we hope that through careful care and a special diet, we can help her to live a long and healthy life. As you see, she was looking much healthier at the time of discharge to her new foster mom. We are now experimenting with a diet that contains a low amount of high-quality protein, which hopefully her compromised liver can handle. Stay tuned for developments in Spice’s story.

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Meet Ollie!

We rescued Ollie when he was just a newborn puppy. His mama, GG (was Faith), was rescued from a hoarder’s house with her puppies. She had been fending for herself and her babies in a backyard with about 40 other dogs. They were taken to the shelter, and we quickly scooped them up.  You can see the family from the shelter email below, and can pick out Ollie even in this photo; he was the only black baby!

We are not sure of Ollie’s breed, although he looks a lot like his mama who we are calling a lab/terrier mix. He’s incredibly sweet, has the cutest little kneesocks on his front legs, and a gorgeous smile. Ollie is about a year old now and is looking for what we hope to finally be a FOREVER family.

Ollie was looking for his forever home at the beginning of 2014.  We took him to an adoption event at a horse rescue in March of 2014. What a sweet little puppy he was. The barn girls took turns walking him around, and everyone fell in love with him. We even got a couple of applications that day! Some of the girls were fighting over him.

Unfortunately, none of the potential homes that day worked out for our little guy.  Then we got what we thought was the excellent news that his foster mama wanted to keep him. We were overjoyed someone wanted the sweet, very submissive little puppy that we all loved. I think he was looked past because he is a black doggy, but (shhh, don’t tell the others), he was my favorite from the litter. Just SO sweet & affectionate.

Then at the beginning of 2015, the adopter contacted us to tell us that her neighbors were complaining about Ollie’s barking while she was at work so she had to give him back. She gave us a couple of weeks, saying a friend could watch him while we found a foster. Sadly, when we got Ollie back he was dirty and did not appear to have been cared for well.

So, now we have Ollie back. He still has the very sweet personality, and is still really a puppy, but isn’t really tiny anymore… so this time around, it’ll be even harder to find him a home even though he is just THE BEST DOG.  I’ve been fostering Ollie for a few weeks now and have some things to share about this guy’s personality.

He is the sweetest boy. VERY playful, and VERY submissive. He loves to play with all the dogs, ranging from little chihuahuas to shepherds about his size (my guess is about 40 lbs). But when one of the chihuahuas doesn’t want to play, and nips at him? He backs right off. Yes, an 8-lb chihuahua’s bark will send him slinking away.

Ollie LOVES to play with toys. LOVES. The squeakier, the better. Although everyone feels a little bad for him as he hasn’t had the best year of life so far, he surely hasn’t noticed. He bounces around, full of love for life – ALL THE TIME.

The funniest part is, he LOVES to play with some little squirrel toys we have. We weren’t sure if that would translate into wanting to chase actual squirrels. Nope! Completely ignores them. So although we have not yet cat-tested him, I’m guessing (like his mama Faith who lives with a small pack of cats in her forever home), Ollie would be a great companion for cats too.

Ollie never learned to walk well on a leash, or to sit… but he’s picking it up quickly. He goes on jogs now and does very well keeping focused on running. He sits very quickly for a toy, a treat, or even just praise. He doesn’t like to be left alone, or left in a crate, but no more than your average dog.

We’re hoping to find Ollie a home with an active adopter who will take Ollie out lots and wear him out. Are you looking for a family member who enjoys going to the dog park, the dog beach, or just jogging or kayaking with you? Looking for a best friend for you, or for your dog? Ollie would be a great fit.

Ollie’s family from the shelter email:

Ollie at the horse rescue event:

Ollie flashing his pearly whites, hoping I’ll toss him a toy:

If you are interested in meeting Ollie, he is being fostered in Fort Lauderdale, and he would love to meet you. Please apply at: http://adoptadog.goodkarmapetrescue.org and we will get right back with you!

More photos to come soon!

OUR FAVORITE 2014 RESCUE STORIES – TOFFEE

Throughout the month of December, we are going to share some of our very favorite rescue stories from 2014, to celebrate everything we have accomplished and show why it’s so important to support animal rescue organizations like ours.  Today, you are going to meet Toffee.  We are lucky to have a bunch of fosters who have soft spots… grumpy chihuahua? We have you covered. Senior doxie? Covered. We all seem to share a newfound soft spot for hounds and senior. Dianne has been fostering for us for years and can’t seem to turn away the old, sweet, sad ones that need our help. So she was the first person we called when we heard about Toffee, and of course she said yes! Here foster mommy Dianne writes:

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“Toffee was a 14-year-old chihuahua who came to Good Karma as a surrender. Her owner had passed away and no one in his family could take her. In his will he asked for her to be euthanized and cremated with him but the family couldn’t do it.  She was old, yes, but had a lot of life left in her. Another person in the retirement community was watching Toffee but could not care for her for long. Somehow they found our number and called Stacey, who called me, and I got to foster her. When I got her she was overweight, her nails curled under her paws, she was mostly blind and deaf and incontinent and she had a bad heart murmur. We believed she would be a hospice foster considering her age and condition, and we couldn’t imagine who would adopt her, being somewhat high maintenance due to the incontinence and blindness. [Stacey’s note: May we recount how much Dianne loved Toffee when in her care? Every time Dianne mentioned Toffee, she described what a smooshy ball of love she was. Dianne and Marty took such awesome care of Toffee and gave her a REAL HOME while they were fostering her, something every dog deserves!]

“Fast forward a year. Out of the blue, an application! A veterinarian in Virginia was applying on behalf of her mother, a 94-year-old woman in Palm Bay whose old dog had just passed away. She had 24-hour nursing care in her home who could tend to Toffee’s special needs as well–perfect! The whole household fell in love with her and they tell me she’s no trouble at all. We never imagined she would ever be adopted, but in the end she found the most perfect fit ever!”

The first day we had Toffee. Look at those nails!

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Feel free to save this picture, just so you can look at it whenever you are having a bad day. This is Toffee with her FOREVER mama, Trudy.

Want to help us to keep making happy stories like Toffee’s happen?  Go here to donate: HTTP://WWW.YOUCARING.COM/NONPROFITS/GOOD-KARMA-END-OF-2014-FUNDRAISER/271509

See ALL our December Rescue stories in the Facebook album here: HTTP://2014STORIES.GOODKARMAPETRESCUE.ORG.

OUR FAVORITE 2014 RESCUE STORIES – LADY GWEN STACY

Throughout the month of December, we are going to share some of our very favorite rescue stories from 2014, to celebrate everything we have accomplished and show why it’s so important to support animal rescue organizations like ours.  Today, you are going to meet Lady Gwen Stacy.  Her forever mommy Karen writes:

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or click here to help cats like Gwen: HTTP://PAYPAL.COM/XCLICK/BUSINESS=INFO@GOODKARMAPETRESCUE.ORG

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“Lady Gwen Stacy was surrendered to a South Florida animal control shelter by an elderly man. Gwen was a 12-year-old black cat. The man seemed distraught about surrendering her, and brought a bag of dry food and 3 cans of cat food for her. A friend of the rescue, Chris, was at the shelter picking up a dog when she witnessed the heartbreaking scene. She could tell that the man clearly cared about Gwen and was sad to give her up, so he was giving her the little he could. He also seemed to be hopeful that Gwen would be rehomed, which Chris knew wasn’t likely. Black cats have notoriously back luck at the shelter since people walk right past them to find kitties of other colors. Add to her color the fact she was a senior, and Chris knew right away that this cat had very little chance.

“Chris sprang into action, without even getting an actual glance of the cat in the carrier.  She shared Gwen’s story with Dorian, the founder of Your Daily Cute and our transport partner with the Cute Transport Network. Dorian contacted the shelter to see how we could help the poor senior kitty. We were told that Miss Gwen was aggressive towards the vet, so she was immediately death listed. We knew how stressed out animals at the shelter can be, and figured, based upon the man’s loving demeanor towards Gwen, that she was just a terrified girl in that scary place. Dorian pleaded with the shelter to give us a day to find a foster or home for Gwen, and they were nice enough to agree. They told us they would hold her for one day but not longer. As the word spread around Facebook about Lady Gwen, foster papa extraordinaire Kyle stepped up to foster and we were able to bust her out of the shelter. It was a last-minute miracle for old Gwen!

“All the way in Maryland, Karen Ross saw Gwen’s picture and story, and fell in love with her, and applied with us to adopt Miss Gwen! After a few weeks of R&R at Kyle’s Animal House, Miss Gwen began the journey to her forever home with the volunteers of Cute Transport Network.

“Lady Gwen now resides happily as a Maryland resident. Karen says she is the queen of the castle and is the official greeter when anyone comes to visit. It gets pretty cold in Maryland, so Miss Gwen even has her own heated bed.”

We are so happy that little Miss Gwen’s story did NOT end sadly and in a shelter. This was truly an awesome example of what teamwork can accomplish.

Gwen’s story is one that was so darn unlikely that even we were amazed by it. A black cat. A senior black cat. Who was labeled as aggressive. But she found a home, even if we had to get her to Maryland! Want to help us to keep making happy stories like Gwen’s happen?  Go here to donate: HTTP://WWW.YOUCARING.COM/NONPROFITS/GOOD-KARMA-END-OF-2014-FUNDRAISER/271509

See ALL our December Rescue stories in the Facebook album here: HTTP://2014STORIES.GOODKARMAPETRESCUE.ORG.

Gwen’s information, sent from the shelter:

Gwen enjoying a sweet retirement in Maryland, in her cozy little heated bed!


OUR FAVORITE 2014 RESCUE STORIES – FAITH, NOW GG

Throughout the month of December, we are going to share some of our very favorite rescue stories from 2014, to celebrate everything we have accomplished and show why it’s so important to support animal rescue organizations like ours.  Today, you are going to meet Faith, now known as GG.  Seriously, it’s a tear jerker so make sure you have some tissues handy! GG’s foster mommy and now forever mommy Kimberly writes:

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“Upon moving to South Florida in August of 2014, I was very excited not only to live here and own a home, but having our own home provided us with some resources to finally have a dog. I started following Good Karma while still in Michigan, and just immediately felt the compassion that went in to each rescue. Which brings me to my favorite rescue story. I’m a bit bias toward the story of Faith (now GG). I am, after all, her furever mommy.

“She came to us one evening in April of 2014. I had spoken to Stacey about fostering and she really needed a place to go since her puppies where all growing and finding homes. As long as she was good with kitties (since we have 4 of those too) I was willing to try!

“I remember opening the door when Stacey and Faith arrived, and my eyes went right down toward the ground to this broken, frightened, shell of a dog. Faith was a victim, among several other helpless dogs, of a bad hoarding situation where there were upwards of 44 animals. They found her pregnant, emaciated, filthy, and scared to death, living outside in feces and urine. She thankfully was fostered by another Good Karma foster named Peggy, who is an amazing foster with an amazingly supportive family. Peggy saw Faith through the care and weaning of her newborn puppies up until they were little dogs and eating in their own right. Peggy was hoping another foster could give Faith the time she needed to help her overcome her issues, which is where I came in. Faith had no socialization, was afraid of everything. Afraid to go potty on the grass, afraid of going in the car, afraid of people. I remember the first night… she crawled, shaking, into her crate. We dimmed the light and set her up for bed time. I went to bed in tears, not understanding how human beings can be so cruel. When I woke up and went in to check on Faith (now GG) she had gotten out of her crate, pooped and pee peed all over and was wedged under the bed shaking and crying.

“I sat down on the floor and began gently calling her to me. This took about 20 minutes then that skinny little head appeared from under the bed. She slowly slithered out and right over to me. I held her in my arms, as she shook, and cried. Telling her she never has to be scared again. I held her so tight and kissed her head so many times and just rocked her. After about about 5 -6 days with us, she woke up one morning with a full on tail wag! I knew at that point she wasn’t going anywhere else!

“Today, she is happy, healthy, out of her crate and loving life! She goes to the dog park, loves car rides, wears whatever goofy clothes we put on her and is my best friend. She helps out and is such a good surrogate mom to all of our foster kitties, loves her feline brothers and sister and even though it’s only been 7 months, I couldn’t imagine my life without her!”

I remember how happy I was when Kimberly said she would foster Faith. I was SO happy that there was a kind soul who was willing to give a big, black, scared dog a chance. And now she’s her forever mommy… how could it get better?

GG’s story is one of our very favorite rescue success stories. Want to help us to keep making happy stories like GG’s happen?  Go here to donate: HTTP://WWW.YOUCARING.COM/NONPROFITS/GOOD-KARMA-END-OF-2014-FUNDRAISER/271509

See ALL our December Rescue stories in the Facebook album here: HTTP://2014STORIES.GOODKARMAPETRESCUE.ORG

This is the email plea that moved Peggy into saying, “Let’s go get her out of that shelter!”

Faith shortly arriving at her first foster mommy Peggy’s home. How sad is this little frame?

Faith with all her little babies. She was such a good mama!

This is the night she met Kimberly, who would turn out to be her new FUREVER mama!

Kimberly still fosters for us.:)This is GG with her little buddy Bowie kitty.

GG is living the good life with her new family. How cute is she with all those kitties?

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