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Frequently Asked Questions


Where are you located and what are the hours of operation?
Where does Good Karma get their cats and dogs?
Are the dogs and cats spayed and neutered, and are they friendly?
How do I adopt a dog or cat?
Can I meet the dog or cat before I do an application?
What are the adoption fees?
Does Good Karma accept donations?
What is a Good Karma foster parent?
How can I spay or neuter my animal inexpensively?
How can I vaccinate my animal inexpensively?
How do I surrender my pet?
I found a stray dog/cat. Will you take it?
My pet is sick and I can’t afford the vet bills. Can you help?

Where are you located and what are the hours of operation?
We are a foster-based rescue. This means we don’t have a physical shelter. Our pets up for adoption are shown on our website. All of our adoptable pets stay in foster homes until they are ready for adoption. If you are interested in meeting one of them, please do an application and we will have the foster parent contact you. Applications are at: http://adoptadog.goodkarmapetrescue.org and http://adoptacat.goodkarmapetrescue.org.

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Where does Good Karma get their cats and dogs?
We are rescue partners with shelters all over the state of Florida and rescue dogs and cats in dire need, rather for reasons of health or shelter population. We also will take in dogs and cats found by Good Samaritans when we have the available foster space, and sometimes from owners who can no longer care for their pets.

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Are the dogs and cats spayed and neutered, and are they friendly?
All of our animals are spayed and neutered and are evaluated for temperament before adoption. To the best of our ability, we advise the adopter of the personality of the animal prior to adoption.

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How do I adopt a dog or cat?
Visit the Adopt a Dog or Adopt a Cat pages on our website.

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Can I meet the dog or cat before I do an application?
Unfortunately, no. We need to make sure that the adopter and pet are a good fit before going through the time and effort of doing a meet & greet and home visit. In addition, your adoption application is how we communicate with the foster parent about your contact details. Thankfully the adoption application should not take too long to fill out. Then you are welcome to meet the pet!

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What are the adoption fees?
Fees range from $75-95 for cats & kittens, and $150-250 for dogs & puppies. This includes all vetting, including spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip, and testing.

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Does Good Karma accept donations?
Of course, and with pleasure! Good Karma operates solely from private donations and from fundraising events we hold periodically. Please see our DONATE page for more information.

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What is a Good Karma foster parent?
An awesome person who opens their home to a dog or cat in need. See our FOSTER page for more information.

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How can I spay or neuter my animal inexpensively?
Here are a few providers of low-cost spay/neuter services that we are familiar with:

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How can I vaccinate my animal inexpensively?
Check out the listed providers of low-cost vaccinations:

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How do I surrender my pet?
We are not an open-intake shelter. In fact, we are not a shelter at all – we are a foster-based rescue. This means that all of our adoptable pets are housed in foster homes until they are adopted. We can only take as many animals into the rescue as we have space for in our foster homes.

We recommend that before surrendering your pet to any rescue or shelter, you exhaust all options and explore every alternative to ensure your pet has a safe and happy future. In all likelihood, you can find the best forever home for your pet because you know him or her better than anyone, and know where he or she will thrive. Create a cute flyer with a nice description and photos of your pet. Send it to family, friends, coworkers, and ask them to reach out to their extended network to help you find a family that is able to take your pet into their home and make him/her a part of their family.

If you have already done the foregoing, you can send us a copy of the flyer you created, or the description you have used to advertise your pet for a new forever family, as well as photos of him or her. At a minimum, we need photographs and the following crucial information:

  1. Is your pet vaccinated? Spayed/Neutered?
  2. How old is your pet?
  3. What breed is the pet?
  4. How much does your pet weigh?
  5. Does your pet get along with cats? Dogs? Children? Other people?
  6. Is your dog house trained?
  7. If we are courtesy posting for you, we need a method of communication we can share with the public, e.g. an email address.
  8. If there is any other helpful or important information to know about your pet, please provide that as well.

If we are able to help you after we have this information, we will contact you. If we are able to find a foster, sometimes we can help directly. Otherwise we can courtesy post online to help your pet’s information reach more people.

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I found a stray dog/cat. Will you take it?
We recommend that any found animals be brought to a vet office or shelter so they can be scanned for a microchip to see if there is an owner looking for the animal. If no microchip is found, you should report the found animal to animal control in case his or her owner is looking for him.

If no owner can be found, please be aware that we receive emails and phone calls every day from good Samaritans who found a stray animal and want us to take it into the rescue. However, we are not an open-intake shelter, we are a foster-based rescue. This means that all of our adoptable pets are housed in foster homes until they are adopted. We can only take as many animals into the rescue as we have space for in our foster homes.

Our experience has shown us that often, the good Samaritans who seek help from us end up finding forever homes for the animals themselves, before we are able to assist. To that end, we recommend that you create a cute flyer with a nice description and photos of the animal. Send it to family, friends, coworkers, and ask them to reach out to their extended network to help you find someone who is looking for a dog or cat just like the one you happen to have found.

If you have already attempted to find an adopter for the dog or cat you found to no avail, please send us a detailed description and photographs. If we can help you, we will, but we cannot do anything without photographs and as much of the following crucial information as you can provide:

  1. Is the animal vaccinated? Spayed/Neutered?
  2. How old?
  3. What breed (best guess)?
  4. Weight?
  5. Friendly with cats? Dogs? Children? Other people?
  6. Housetrained?
  7. For courtesy posts, we need a method of communication we can share with others, e.g. an email address.
  8. If there is any other helpful or important information, please provide that as well, and if we are able to help, we will.

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My pet is sick and I can’t afford the vet bills. Can you help?
Unfortunately, we are a rescue and have our own bills; we can’t afford to pay others’ bills. Please ask your veterinarian about a payment plan or apply for credit through their office, when possible. Our own veterinarian is very reasonable, so if you don’t have a vet you can try him: Dr. Simon at 830 East Oakland Park Blvd, Ste 108, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 954-561-3886. In addition, a local rescue named Animal Aid has an on-site clinic, although we do not vouch for them as an adoption source and we have no idea about the quality of their care , they do offer low-cost veterinary services to the public. More information at: http://www.animal-aid.com/

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