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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!

OUR FAVORITE 2014 RESCUE STORIES – 5/31: 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 – 4/31: 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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“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

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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 – 3/31: 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

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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?

OUR FAVORITE 2014 RESCUE STORIES – 2/31: BILL THE CAT

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.  Tonight, you are going to meet Bill the Cat if you were not following our rescue at the time. If you were, you were probably one of Bill’s fans and are going to love the update! Angela, Bill’s foster mom, now forever mom, writes Bill the Cat’s story here:

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“As last year was winding to a close, Good Karma received a call about a kitten with a skin condition that needed treatment. We weren’t really looking to add another animal the the rescue, as we had our hands full, but when the people texted over a photo, we just couldn’t say no. When Stacey arrived to pick him up, the kitten was so encrusted with dried, crusty skin from scabies that he couldn’t open his eyes. He had been living in the alley behind a restaurant, somehow surviving in his condition. She took him to the vet right away and discovered his body temperature was a dangerously low 96° F (a cat’s normal body temperature is 100-102.5° F). His scabies had been treated thus far with aloe vera lotion and being scrubbed with a wire brush, and he was now near death from a parasite that could’ve been easily treated with a dose of Revolution.  The veterinarian gave a guarded prognosis, but we decided to do everything we could for him. He received subcutaneous fluids, medications, and was kept in a bathroom warmed up be about 88° for days until he was able to regulate his own body temperature.

“Everyone at the rescue immediately fell in love with this poor crusty kitten, and he was dubbed Bill the cat after the wild-haired character in the comic strips Bloom County and Opus. Despite his fur sloughing off in clumps during soaking treatments, he remained friendly and purring through it all.

“After two weeks Bill tested negative for scabies, and moved to a foster home. His foster family fell in love as they watched his metamorphosis from mangy and halfway bald to sleek and gorgeous, and decided to keep him. Today he is an energetic and playful cat who investigates every corner and crevice of his home, and sounds like a herd of buffalo as he races up and down the stairs. His pastimes include napping in odd places such as the laundry room shelves and the pantry, and “killing” each item of clothing as it’s removed from the clothes dryer.”

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

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The first photo we saw of Bill the Cat. Hard to imagine how he could survive outside while so sick and unable to open his eyes!

Bill the Cat at the veterinarian. He wouldn’t even move.

After a nightly combing session. He LOVED to be combed. All that crust must have been so itchy!

Happy & healthy (and gorgeous!!!) Bill the Cat!

Our Favorite 2014 Rescue Stories – 1/31: Raisin Bran

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. First, meet Raisin Bran. I saw Raisin Bran’s photo in a shelter outreach mass email and I couldn’t get over her sad face and defeated body language. Even though she was in a small shelter outside of Tallahassee, once we decided to help her, distance meant nothing. Amazingly, one of our fosters (and adopters) Nikki and her husband Brian stepped up to help Raisin Bran, even though they had no opportunity to meet her before she arrived at their home. Nikki writes Raisin Bran’s story here:

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“Raisin Bran (now Bailey) was the first dog we rescued from the shelter in Wakulla. She was found eating deer corn in someones back yard and was trapped and brought to the shelter. Unfortunately they don’t have public adoptions in the Wakulla facility (luckily a rescue group named Cauzican works with them to help get the dogs out through adoptions & rescues), so they put out the word to see if they could find someone to take her in. Once our rescue offered to take Raisin Bran, a local foster thankfully someone stepped up to keep her while we made arrangements to get Bailey from Wakulla to West Palm Beach. When she arrived at my home she was absolutely terrified. She wouldn’t even make one potty break the whole way down! I had to gently pull her out of the car to bring her into the house, and because she was so scared it took nearly 45 mins just to get her out of the car. It was clear right away that she was terrified of people and had suffered some awful abuse… but… when she saw other dogs, her face lit up! Her foster brothers and sisters took to her immediately, they could sense she was a scared girl. Over time she warmed up in my home. I would catch her outside playing and running with former Good Karma dog Joe, they would play for hours when given the opportunity. Then one day we got a call from someone who fell in love with her immediately — just from a photo, they knew Raisin Bran was meant to be their dog! We are happy to say that Bailey is now in her forever home and is doing great there. She is with a family that truly understands her needs and is really great about helping her ease into her new life at her own pace. She has a new BFF now named Blade and he won’t leave her side. They love to run and play in the back yard, and cuddle on the dog beds. She’s even getting used to going on leashed walks with her new mommy and can be caught walking around wagging her tail (which is huge for her!). We have a big thank you to everyone involved that helped get her to us, we never could have saved this girl and given her this wonderful life without the help of the rescue folks at Cauzican and the transporters that helped get her there.”

And, of course, the biggest thank-you is reserved for Nikki and Brian! Without their kindness, patience, and hospitality, we never would have been able to save this precious dog and help her overcome her fears from everything she has been through.

See ALL our December Rescue stories in the Facebook album here:
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To help us raise funds for all our 2014 rescue work, go here to donate: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/good-karma-end-of-2014-fundraiser/271509

Raisin Bran, now Bailey, in her foster and forever homes:

A photo shared by her Wakulla-area foster mom, while she waited for her transport to South Florida:

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