Good Karma Pet Rescue » ~* A small rescue doing big things for animals in need *~

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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!

On Saturday, January 23 we had a wonderful get-together of fosters and former Good Karma dogs. It was such a success that we plan on making it an annual tradition! It was so wonderful for our fosters and volunteers to reunite with the dogs (and cat!) that they have helped over the years. It was also awesome to see canine siblings reuniting, and a few of the hoarding house rescue dogs got to see how awesome they are all doing in their respective homes.  Here are a few photos!



Our public service announcement regarding an adopter from 2013 named LAURIE WEST who lives in Dunnellon or Ocala, Florida. Since we shared this, we have been told that people have seen her online SELLING BOXER PUPPIES as well. Please make sure you do not adopt to this woman.

This is her contact information, likely out of date:

Laurie West
9776 SW 156th Place
Dunnellon, FL 34432
Phone: 3528952557



“Dear Santa: I hope you can help me. I’ve been without a “forever home” since the summer. I was running around on the street, trying to find enough to eat, when some nice person picked me up. Since then, I’ve had a full belly and lots of love, but I’m sad no one wants to adopt me. I’m pretty easy to please. I really just want a kind person and a warm lap to snuggle in. I’m about eight years old and a Papillon/chihuahua mix. I just had a dental cleaning, so when I give kisses, they are minty fresh! I do well with other dogs and cats too. Please send my forever family to take me home this Christmas! Love, Pia”

“Dear Santa: Please find me a forever family! I am a very good girl, and everyone says I’m pretty too. I get along with everyone in my foster family, from the kids to the Maltese. I even like cats! I’m so happy I don’t have to live outside anymore.. I love to go on walks, but then it’s air conditioning time for me! My perfect forever family would take me on adventures and give me a nice soft bed to take my naps on. I am about seven years old, so I have plenty of years to give more love!  Also, after you find the forever family, please send some more squirrels to my yard. They’re amazing to watch. Thank you! Yours, Emma Bulldog”

“Dear Santa: Greetings from your biggest calico fan, Mimosa! I was found on the street as a pretty miserable little kitty. I was covered in mange, which means that instead of fur I pretty much was covered in crust! As I got better, my looks and my personality blossomed! I am now a gorgeous kitty, inside and out! I get along with all the other foster kitties in the house, and even have been known to break up fights between the other cats. I was scared of the dog at first, but now I like to snuggle with him on his bed. My foster mama said she would love to keep me, but I’m too good a cat to keep; I have too much love to share with a forever family! For Christmas, please find me a home who will appreciate me for the sweet, loving, easy-going kitty that I am. Also, a couple of dead things to play with would be nice. Thanks!”


This is Badger and Mouse! They are brothers, if you couldn’t tell from the resemblance! They are such little characters! Our volunteers have a Facebook group where we chat, and I always look forward to their updates. You can see more pictures and the letter they penned to Santa here: Badger & Mouse’s Letter to Santa


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Thank you so much for giving these animals a moment of your time. Please pass this email on, and if you are open to adopt, foster, or volunteer, let us know! Have a wonderful holiday and New Year! Stay tuned… we have lots more animals to help in 2016 in beyond, and we’ll need your help!


1-Badger n Mouse

Dear Santa,

Hi, this is Badger and my brother Mouse. We haven’t written to you before because we’re only 6 months old. So we’ve never had a “year” before, but we think that this one has pretty good so far.

We were born as part of a colony of feral cats, which is a pretty rough life. Our parents lived out on the streets, dealing with cars, weather, trying to find food. Luckily for us, there was a nice human who gave us food and tried to help. She trapped us with a cage, took us to get neutered and get vaccines so we wouldn’t get sick.

At the time, we weren’t really appreciative of what a good thing this was, and… well, this is where we may have been a bit naughty. Hissed and hid from the people trying to show us love. But please don’t put us on your naughty list–we learned how nice and fun humans can be, and stopped all that bad behavior! Humans play with using toys, and we LOVE to play. They also give the best neck rubs too. Mouse also loves butt rubs right in front of his tail, but he’d be embarrassed to know I told anyone, so let’s keep it a secret.

Then life got rough again. I had an accident and bumped my head (or so the vet says–it’s hard to remember just what happened after you bump your head), and I couldn’t see anymore! I was super scared and kept walking in circles because I was afraid I would bump into the wall. And I did bump into the wall many times. The vet couldn’t tell the humans what would happen to me or if I’d ever be able to see again. I couldn’t believe this happened right when life was starting to go our way.

But after a week or two went by, an amazing thing happened. I started to see, just a tiny bit. Every day, my eyesight was slightly better than the day before. I could see to play with my toys again, and to run around the room with Mouse and not bump into anything. The vet says my eyesight might not be as perfect as it was before my accident, but if you met me now, you wouldn’t be able to tell anything had ever happened. I run and play and pounce exactly like Mouse does.

So you see Santa, all in all we’ve had a very lucky year. We got saved by Good Karma, we’re healthy, we have a foster mom who loves us and lets us play with other cats, a dog, a little human, and even a lizard. We’ve gone to adoption events and met lots of nice people, and we enjoyed it when everyone paid attention to us. But there’s one thing we still need to make it the best year ever… a forever home. We want to meet the special human who will give those cheek rubs that feel soooo good we can’t keep our eyes open. Maybe we will have cat siblings, or dog siblings, or even little humans… it’s all good because we can get along with anyone. Maybe we will go separately and be in different forever homes, or maybe we will go to the same home and make our humans laugh when are silly together–that would make us so happy that we wouldn’t need to ask you for anything ever again!

Well, maybe just a little of that yummy-smelling fishy canned food every now and then too.

Sincerely yours,
Badger & Mouse

Mila is a sweet little puppy who was abandoned with her mama and two sisters taped up in a cardboard box and left overnight outside a boarding facility in Miami. When the facility reached out for help for the four pups, we stepped up to help! We noticed right away that poor Mila had a disorder called cherry eye in both eyes. We always fix cherry eye because it can cause lots of problems for dogs over the course of their lifetimes.

When Mila went to her foster home, she was a puppy who was withdrawn and untrusting of humans. She obviously hasn’t seen a lot of love in her life. Thankfully with the love of her human foster mama and canine foster siblings, she has started to realize that life can be good and has started to play.

Mila is visiting Dr. Swinger, our veterinary ophthalmologist, this week to get a surgery on the books to have her cherry eye repaired. We need help to pay for her surgery! Please donate to help this little lady get on the road to a happy life.

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