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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal rescue followed by care, spay/neutering as requirted, age appropriate vaccinations & subsequent adoption to qualified careing individuals or families

Programs: Succesful adoption of animals

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Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Char was an amazing experience! She was quick to respond, kind, and takes amazing care of the animals she helps find furever homes. Snoopy is the happiest pup and we are so thankful that Char helped him find his way to us. He is obsessed with his big brother and has melted into our family as if he has always been here. 15 out of 10 for this rescue, would recommend to anyone and everyone. Thanks again Char!

Sydney B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Char was amazing to work with. I submitted my application for adoption and heard back within a few hours! We were able to meet our new pup within a day, and was extremely helpful during the meet & greet with our current dog. I would (and already have) reccomend this rescue to anyone who is looking for a rescue that is thoughtful and caring about the puppy bad your current dog. She even followed up throughout the following days to check in

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Atlas from Good Karma and he’s been such a joy since he walked through the door. The process with the rescue was simple and efficient and they’ve been incredibly easy to contact with any questions or concerns since adoption day. 10/10 would recommend working with them to adopt a happy and healthy pet!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Char and Good Karma were easy to work with any very responsive when needed. The adoption and application process was easy. Our puppy is wonderful with no issues and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our family.

Danielle G.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted these two little cuties, Harley and Bailey from Good Karma. Great organization. Char was great to work with. The process was very easy. Just had their 12 week check with the Vet. These puppies are healthy and full of energy. I recommend this organization.

Amber A.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had previously adopted my dog Beau from Good Karma almost 6 years ago so when it was time to add a new addition to the family, I immediately went to back to Good Karma. I adopted Mason (formerly Cliff) a few weeks ago and he is a wonderful, playful pup that has brought so much joy to us already! Char was amazing to work with and the foster family was great! If you want a smooth process with people who genuinely care, I highly recommend Good Karma.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Elijah 10/30/20. He was underweight and afraid of the world. Charmaine has been very supportive and the process has gone smoothly. As we have rescued before, we understood that many of the dogs need extra patience. I appreciate that Charmaine checks in with me and shares our excitement about Elijah’s progress. She was very upfront from the start about the issues she was aware of and did not downplay the work Elijah would be. It has now been three months and we have a happy little guy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted 2 puppies together. They were fostered with a great family and as a result, we have had NO behavior issues with them from abuse! The application process was really easy and Charmaine worked with us to smooth everything along. After we neutered our pups, we got our deposit back immediately and everything! Overall a really great experience and we are SO happy!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has adopted two dogs and fostered several litters through Good Karma. We who adopt usually know that the dogs have come from less dog-friendly areas and that they’ve already gotten their basic shots, but here are a few things that we who have fostered through Good Karma find out.
–-Dogs and puppies are rescued from many types of circumstances. Very few are surrendered from good homes; most have been abused, neglected, or both. Kind attention soothes the emotional scars, but veterinary expertise is necessary for the physical ones. Even as the animals await their transportation to our area, Good Karma provides for their urgent medical care where they are.
–-Each transport requires attaining use of a sufficient truck, gas to fuel it, perhaps a night or two in a hotel, and provision for special needs.
–-When dogs arrive in Oakland County, their health is checked again. Medications and special foods are provided to the foster families.
–-Foster families are also provided with regular dog foods, blankets, towels, tarps, enclosures, pads, paper towels, and whatever else is beneficial for the particular situation.
–-Since some dogs are too ill or too injured to be adopted right away, fosters may be providing care for weeks before the animals are ready for adoption. Good Karma keeps in communication with and makes visits to the foster homes to make sure any necessary help is provided. This is also true regarding puppies that come too young to be away from their litters.

The more we invest in another, the greater our affection for that other grows. With all that the director of Good Karma invests in these dogs from the beginning, it should be no surprise that she is careful about the homes they will go into. She does not want any of her rescues to have to be re-rescued. However, she has continued to care for several adopted dogs. One of ours recently needed very expensive emergency medical help. Before committing to the veterinary hospitals recommended by others, I called Good Karma’s director to ask if she knew of any other options. She was able to arrange for a local vet to see our dog. He performed major surgery and our dog is recovering promisingly.

THANK YOU to all who have donated to help Good Karma help rescued dogs. The animals you assist provide protective, entertaining, and comforting companionship to hundreds of families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered twice through Good Karma Puppy Rescue. Both experiences were incredibly positive and fulfilling! Amanda and Char were so supportive and easy to reach out to with questions. They were quick to respond. I felt fully supplied and ready for each of my fostering experiences.

I have full confidence that the dogs I fostered went to their best possible forever homes. Good Karma Puppy Rescue ensures the highest quality of care and screening of forever families to guarantee these dogs an excellent and happy life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently fostered a litter of puppies for Good Karma rescue and ended up adopting two wonderful new additions to the family! I can't say enough about how knowledgeable and supportive Charmaine was through the fostering and adoption process, which was new to me. She spent so much time helping me through every step of the process and really cares about each animal that comes through the rescue. Every time I met her for supplies, she had animals with her heading for the vet or to meet someone and they were just as happy as can be.

All of Good Karma's animals are fostered in homes that are carefully screened and selected so that each animal has the attention and loving care of a foster family while they wait for their forever family. Each animal is carefully monitored and treated for any illness or parasites prior to adoption. Once they have been fully quarantined for any potential illness and are happy and healthy, they go up for adoption. Dozens of applications are received for most puppies and Good Karma reviews them all with the input of the foster family who knows the individual pups to find the best family for each puppy. The adoption process is fantastic with the potential adoptive family (or families) meeting the puppy and even bringing their other dogs along for a meet and greet. Once the right match is made, the pups go home with their new families, but the support of Good Karma doesn't stop there. Charmaine is available for questions or help if needed and Good Karma helps with vaccines and spay/neuter surgery as well as any other issues that arise while each animal is adjusting to their new home. I truly don't know how Charmaine manages to do it all, but somehow she helps everyone who has adopted from her to ensure the wellbeing of all of the pups and is still able to answer every question a new foster like me throws at her! She's incredible and I'm so grateful she does what she does for these rescued animals. I know they are set on a better path for their lives as a result of Good Karma's efforts!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Tula Roo the week after Christmas. Our family wanted a second pup and I spent over a week putting in applications everywhere and hearing back from no one. I heard back from Good Karma the evening I put in my application and we met our new puppy the next day. Charmaine asked us really good questions to see if we would be a good fit and James gave us detailed info and advice for the new adoption process. They’ve stayed in touch to makes sure we’re adjusting well. You can tell they really care about these puppies and their moms. Great experience and we’re so happy with our newest family member!

Jaclyn T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Good Karma truly brought me the best gift I could have ever asked for. I got in touch with Charmaine after filling out many applications as I desperately wanted a Christmas puppy. She was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and responsive. Within 12 hours I was introduced to my puppy. The foster home my pup was in was very well kept and clean. The foster mom was also very knowledgeable. The 8 weeks of my puppies life that were spent with this rescue - I can tell - were attentive and nurturing. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a rescue pup to go through Good Karma Rescue. We are so fortunate to have rescued our baby from Charmaine.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been looking for about two years, every once in a while applying or expressing interest in a "brother" for our lab-mix "dog child." Most places don't even bother to respond or acknowledge our interest/application. Good Karma reached out to us right away and the next day, we were able to go pick up our new puppy. We were asked questions and vice versa, able to have a dialogue about the pups. When we went to pick him up, we were able to spend time with him and all the documents were clearly explained. We are over the moon with our new puppy and have had a great experience with Good Karma. The follow up has been wonderful and we've been very impressed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charmaine was amazing with informing us on how to care for our puppy. She helped us with picking out our puppy and on the importance of healthcare. She’s available for any questions and our Milo is very healthy. She still continues to update us through email on shots. This has been an amazing experience and Milo is a happy healthy puppy with a lot of personality. :)

Aly T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted twice from Good Karma and could not be happier with the outcome! The process is simple and straightforward with a reasonable adoption fee. Charmaine is very helpful throughout the whole process, giving great advice and answering all questions you may have. With my second adoption, I contacted Charmaine as my puppy had a worsening skin condition. Within days, Charmaine got her into the vet and medicated, free of cost. She truly cares about the health and wellbeing of the pets she rescues. Couldn’t be more thankful for Good Karma!

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Client Served

Rating: 2

First off, let me say that first and foremost, these dogs need to be rescued. A shady rescue group is still better than shopping for a dog. That said, if you found your pup on Petfinder, met your foster and took your new pup home along with a cute little goodie bag with fresh cooked chicken and had a healthy dog, than you had a wonderful experience with this group and hopefully that is most peoples experience.
I've seen a different side with this group and can confidently say that not every "volunteer" involved with Good Karma has the animals interests in mind or shows compassion toward these sometimes sick and terrified dogs. Also, the vets are SHADY, good luck getting much info on the treatment your sick dog received. Was your dog spayed? Your paperwork will list that there was an iv administered, there wasn't. Yes, that is sometimes the case with low budget, high volume spays/neuter but paperwork will say different, just be prepared to take your foster/rescue dog home looking emaciated with very little instruction on how to care for them. Many of these dogs will come to you with Parvo, heartworm and other parasites that their initial deworming won't treat. Get your pup to your vet and checked out asap. Don't be bullied in having the rescue treat your animal out of their home or shame you for taking your parvo sickened dog to the vet and even pressure you to make an adoption decision. And yes, this happens (because $$$). This rescue takes in a LOT of revenue (you can look up their taxes) but I sadly cannot believe that the amount that comes in, is the same amount that goes toward the treatment of these dogs. The numbers don't add up and their adoption fees are on the higher end in comparison to other rescues. I believe there is a definite profit happening within this organization. Should you avoid Good Karma? Not necessarily, these dogs lives are priority, to be honest, the sooner you can get them out of GK hands the better. Again, I don't fault them for the condition of the dogs, theses poor animals are rescued from Kentucky and other rural areas but the care is sub-par. Just know there is more to this group than what you see, and for an almost $400 adoption fee, you would expect better treatment and compassion. Don't let that cute doggie bag fool ya!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the second dog we have adopted from Good Karma. Our first was in 2013, Charmaine made the process easy, the foster we met was friendly and informative, our dog was healthy and we still love him to pieces. The second time around in 2020, the process hasn’t changed. This new pup needed some extra medical attention- she got a tummy bug-and Charmaine was a rock star and responded immediately to all my calls and texts with advice, she provided the tests and medicine- (even cooked her some livers!)- and helped nurse our pup right back to health over a few days. I could never have expected someone to care so much after the pup had been adopted out. Charmaine is great-she really cares about these dogs, and I would definitely recommend adopting from Good Karma!

Tina L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted Daisy our little sweet pea from Good Karma Puppy Rescue and we had the best experience during the whole adoption process. Char is such a warm and caring person. You can tell that she genuinely cares about the pups in her care. She was very thorough about what to expect during the initial few weeks when adding a new addition to our family especially how our other dog Bella may react and how to handle different situations between the two. Char also explained about how the rescue will support the continuing needs (such as shots)for our pup when the time comes as long as we come to her directly. I just cannot believe how loving & caring they are and I would recommend that anyone looking to adopt a puppy to please consider Good Karma as your first choice in doing so.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted a cute little puppy, last week. Was easy to get into contact with and to get info on how to care for my new puppy

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have never been so happy things worked out this way. There were a couple bumps along our road with other sites or rescues but good karma puppy rescue has been amazing! Very caring, timely and knowledgeable along with supportive and invested for the well being for every soul. We can not express the joy our two baby girls bring every day. Thank you GKPR!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two beautiful puppies from here and they have been a wonderful addition to our family. Thank you!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted 2 wonderful little 8 week old chorkie puppies from Good Karma. The one on the left is Zoro and the one on the right is Bella. Char is a wonderful person to deal with, even more so after the fact. Bella ended up getting sick a few days after we got them and she told me to bring her over to her house, even though it was 9:00pm, so she could give her meds and check her out. She even gave her a test to rule out Parvo. By the time I got her home she was doing better. Two days after that Zoro was not feeling well and she walked me through what to do on FaceTime at 11:00pm! I don’t know any other person at any rescue that would do what she did. She even checked back in the following day on both of them to make sure they were doing ok. She is very supportive and always willing to answer any questions. I wish there were more people like her in this world to do what she does. I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to adopt a pet. By the way, she adopts out 500 pets a year!!!. She is awesome!

Elizabeth D.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet Saffron from Good Karma seven years ago. I pinch myself every day that I lucked out with the best dog in the universe. I adopted her when she was already a couple of years old and Char gave me a clear idea of her behavioral concerns (i.e. counter surfing). Easy enough - I don’t leave food out.

Adopting an older dog has many benefits, including a clear view of their personality from the get-go. My dog is an angel on this earth and has even served as a therapy dog for Beaumont hospital. I have a special needs daughter and Saffron is her best friend. I am so grateful that I stumbled upon Good Karma and adopted Saffron.

Thank you again, Char! I can’t imagine life without this sweetheart and I have you to thank!
- Elizabeth D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We’ve had such an amazing experience with Good Karma. We fostered for them multiple times and they gave us everything we needed for fostering. We were a foster fail and adopted one of the puppies from the litters we had. She is such an amazing sweet puppy and we wouldn’t have been able to find her without good karma. When ever I have questions she is always there to answer them. We had a group of pups that did get parvo and she goes above and beyond to make sure they get the medical care that they need. Our foster pups were lucky to survive and were able to be adopted to amazing homes. As a foster I know how picky the rescue can be with finding the right homes for these pups. They want the absolute best for all of them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Luna (black lab/retriever in the photo) has been an amazing addition our home! Good Karma was integral in making sure that Luna’s health and wellness were top priority during our foster and adoption period. They went above and beyond for our sweet girl!

Krista P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We took two puppy from them, they were well cared for you can tell and the people are amazing to work with. We just love our two additions to the family, they bring such joy. The people are very knowledgeable and really know what they are doing.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I adopted a dog from Good Karma that was listed as a "spitz mix, 12-18 months old, loves to snuggle on your lap". Nothing about needing a fenced yard, nothing about being high energy, nothing about needing another dog to play with. I made it very clear to the foster before adoption that I did not have a fenced yard and that I worked full time, she said that was fine for this particular dog. The dog was pretty calm upon meeting and seemed very sweet. She was very calm at my home the first day I had her. The second day her true colors came through and even though I supplied her with plenty of exercise and chew toys, she was extremely high energy and had severe separation anxiety. I worked with the dog for a week trying to ease her anxiety and keep her energy level down through exercise, but it wasn't working. I finally had to give her back which broke my heart because she was a very sweet and loving dog. I had spent around $500 at this point with the $380 adoption fee and the supplies that I had to purchase for the dog. When Good Karma re-listed the dog on their website, they listed her as a "Jack Russell terrier mix, 12 months old, high energy dog that needed a fenced yard and another dog to play with". When I saw this, I emailed the director about all of the new/changed information in the new listing and asked her to please consider at least a partial refund of my adoption fee. Never heard back from her. I would expect some type of response from a professional person who runs a rescue such as this, but nothing. The dog was re-adopted within a couple of days.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have Good Karma Puppy Rescue to thank for 2/3 of our dogs! We’ve also fostered a total of 13 puppies for them since January 2020. Upon meeting them and learning their fostering process, we felt nothing but certainty seeing how much they handle from medications to food costs to cleaning materials. Working with Char and her wonderful, wonderful team has humbled us. They’re truly caring animal activists and they’ve inspired us to help when we can. We trust their adoption and “meet & greet” process and know they’re always looking out for the DOG and its chance at a safe and nurtured life, integrated into a home like a family member not a pet. Could not recommend this rescue more for puppy adoption or adult dog adoption! They home the best :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our puppy Luna from good karma and felt so supported by this rescue. Our puppy got sick at the beginning and Charmaine advised us on everything that we should be doing for our pup and even provided medication. She was so knowledgeable and caring. I’ve volunteered at many rescues but have not met someone who is as caring and knowledgeable as Charmaine she goes the extra mile!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet boy Maverick from Good Karma Puppy Rescue in the middle of the pandemic. I appreciated how thorough they were in finding a family that had experience with our dog’s breed. It was love at first site and we are so grateful to rescue our pup from such a caring rescue group. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster for Good Karma for almost 7 years. My husband and I specialize in fostering pregnant dogs rescued from shelters. It is a 10+ week commitment and we have loved every minute of it. We have a separate room just for the moms and puppies with comfy beds, food and toys to make their experience loving and comfortable. Char always gives us everything we need to keep the dogs safe and healthy, and vets are always at the ready 24/7. These dogs and puppies that are rescued often have a rough start to life, and the people in the rescue have been nothing short of amazing. Everybody's goal is simple; to loves these animals, give them the best care and find them the happiest of forever homes.

I am often asked what happens to the moms we foster, and I'm proud to say that they are usually adopted first! These moms interact with our dogs to build up their trust, gets lots of love and attention and only separate them from their litter when THEY are ready (not on a schedule or timeline). I'm proud that by the time these moms are ready to be adopted, they are happy and healthy and transition to their forever homes with ease. I'm just as proud of the puppies, because we pay just as much attention to them, to ensure they grow into well-adjusted, happy and healthy puppies.

There is a reason it is called a "rescue" environment. Dogs and puppies are rescued from tough situations (whether shelters or local environments) living in rough conditions. So, that is why Char gives 100% support and resources to her fosters to ensure the well-being of the animals in our care. I love that I have been able to help as many animals as I have been able to while volunteering with this organization, and plan to continue to do it as long as possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a Golden mix from Good Karma, and it was the best experience with a rescue I’ve ever had! We’ve adopted from Adopt-A-Pet and The Humane Society in the past, but Charmaine blew them out of the water. She was so informative about health conditions, what to do if he got sick, and gave so many helpful tips. You can tell her heart is fully in her job and that she loves each dog like they are her own. I’ve never seen someone so passionate about what they do. I had a couple questions after we took him home, and she was quick to respond to every single text. I will forever recommend Good Karma Rescue to all my friends and family! We will never adopt from anywhere else.

Brianna B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family welcomed this sweet boy in our family thanks to good karma rescue. He was the perfect piece we never knew we needed. Charmaine has been a godsend! She went above and beyond her job. She just doesn’t do her job, she loves the job she has and it shows. When needed she was a call or text away to answer questions or help us solve a problem. She really does love this dogs. When you first adopt with good karma she informed you the risk of parvo, what medial treatments/ vaccines they provided, and when the next vaccines are due. With parvo, good karma states that if your puppy were to get sick that they would care for them free of charge.After a week of having him home our sweet bubba, he got sick with parvo. The worst nightmare a new puppy owner could hear. We called Charmaine and she jumped in right to help. She knew that it could be a costly vet bill but that was not her main concern she knew with the condition of our puppy he would be put in a crate and isolated. Bubba hates to be alone. With her training as a vet tech and her vet connects our boy got to heal in a loving environment. She kept us updated with videos and information as she nursed him to health. And best part she opened her home for daily visits to assist in his healing and to show the puppies they were in a loving home. Sweet bubba is healing from his parvo and on his way to a happy life thanks to her. This rescue has been a pleasure to work with. During a stressful situation this was a great decision for our family. So I highly recommend getting your next fur baby from good karma.

Client Served

Rating: 1

My dog was only held at the rescue for 2 weeks. In this time they did not take care of his health conditions. They also did not warn me about his extreme preexisting conditions and in direct correlation I have thousands of dollars that I am not trying to find to pay for the damages and a high anxiety crate. I messaged them multiple times about paying for the preexisting conditions(hundreds of dollars in vet bills) as they had told me they would, and they have not yet responded. Also, even though they advertise that all dogs are up to date on shots I was not given a rabies tag and my vet told me that he was missing a few crucial shots that all dogs should be given. He came full of multiple worms and when I mentioned it I was told I would not be a good owner if I took him to the vet... I only recommend rescuing from them if you have thousands of dollars to spend on vet bills. They also charge a much higher adoption fee than anywhere else.

Erica W.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience!! This is Adrian and she is about a month old now! The woman that helped us was very informative and told us exactly what we needed to do and when we needed to do it. I couldn’t of asked for a better experience and for a better companion for her other dog!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an awesome experience with Good Karma, from start to finish! We were lucky enough to get 2 sweet, precious puppies that they rescued.
And the staff was available to answer our many questions and they also answered questions about the puppies after the adoption was complete. I highly recommend this wonderful shelter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After months of searching for a puppy to rescue, we found Good Karma. Application is comprehensive, but necessary. Charmaine called me to introduce herself and explain the adoption process. Everything went as we hoped and we were add a new happy healthy family member the following day. I appreciate the periodic follow up. Overall, very pleased and would recommend Good Karma to anyone looking to adopt or foster.

Carrie D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted three dogs from Good Karma Puppy Rescue and have been overjoyed every time. I highly recommend adopting from them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have rescued two dogs from Good Karma, And my son has rescued one from them too. Our first was in 2016, “ Glock “ aka Presley, he is a mix breed with very distinct markings, and a birth mark in his face,nobody had applied for him the day of adoptions, one look at him and I fell in “ love”, my husband didn’t want to let him go. He is the best dog, so sweet and well behaved and a faithful companion. The same day my son adopted his beloved “ Ellie”, she and Glock have grown up together and just shy of Glocks 4th Birthday, we adopted “ Nikkolai” Aka “Murphy”, during Covid. He is a husky / shepherd mix with distinct markings as well and a parvo survivor. He and Glock are best friends/brothers. Charmaine is awesome , along with the people who help her, she goes above and beyond for these fur babies and is very helpful to adopters. She puts a ton of work into her rescue and treats all of these dogs as if they were her own. She is a wonderful person. I hope this rescue gets all of the help and support it needs, they certainly deserve it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got Rosie (Bambi) the first of June this year after months of trying to rescue a smallish dog. Our 14 year old Dachshund past away the first of March and since the Coronavirus invaded our world everyone was adopting pets. We had specific details we needed to fit our family. Good Karma Puppy Rescue pulled through for us. After applying at many rescues and no responses, Amanda called and we discussed exactly what we were looking for. I was interested in Bambi. We scheduled a greet and meet and realize this was the dog we were looking for. You know the old song "Unanswered prayer". I was beginning to feel like giving up when I seen Bambi's picture on their site. Everything works out for a reason and I am so happy with this little girl we have. She's perfect and fits perfect with our family. Thanks to Good Karma!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our current dog 8 years ago from Good Karma and were first time fosters in May. We picked up a very scared mom and 11, 2 wk old pups (7 were hers, 4 from a mom-less litter) from the transport van. We were provided food, puppy pads, paper towel and a bag of medications for possible health concerns. As a new foster of puppies i was in constant contact with Char and esp. when health concerns came up with the mom (worms, coccidia and mange). Char was extremely proficient in knowing what the health issues were and how to support the mom without harming the pups (who were too young to receive medications). Her knowledge was impressive and she helped me with any concern i had, responding within minutes. Char provided us with a cooked chicken to coax the mom to come to us and trust, that was so helpful. The mom would not allow a leash anywhere near her, Char suggested a harness, which worked wonders and was less stressful for all of us. We carefully monitored the pups and provided meds for worms when they were old enough. Char made sure they had 2 sets of vaccines before they were adopted. The mom was moved to another foster home a week before the pups were to go up for adoption, We were notified when the mom was adopted, I was so happy! Due to Covid the adoption process was done on line, A location was chosen and potential adopters were scheduled a meeting time. I was delighted that we could meet each family, tell them about the pup and their personality. I could feel how each potential adopting family was carefully chosen and it felt like each one went to the perfect home. We would have fostered again, but received our Leader Dog approval days after the pups were adopted. I love this rescue and their dedication to serving the animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted Lily from Good Karma. She is 1.5 yrs old and a recent mother. She was definitely well taken care of and we had such a positive experience. Charmaine was wonderful, very knowledgeable and conscientious of who she placed Lily with. We have kept in touch and I appreciate her help & ideas making such a smooth transition. I definitely recommend Good Karma.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Good karma is the best experience I’ve ever had. I grew up in Westchester New York, and watched/ helped my parents rescue horses, cats, dogs, and mice. Anything my brother and sister and I brought home, my parents would keep. During college I was blessed to have an internship with a British Newfoundland dog trainer. I have trained dogs, and rescued animals, my entire career. I thought I was pretty good at it, until I met Miss Charmaine. Not only is she an expert, and possesses great knowledge about dogs, she’s also unusually loving. I’ve dealt with many rescues, and many veterinarians in my life, and she surpasses them all She taught me “it’s about the dog, not the owner”.She is authentic, direct, and extremely kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two dogs from Good Karma- one nine years and one this past March. Char was so amazing with both adoptions. I have never seen anyone spend so much time and effort dealing with puppies/dogs. Our first dog’s litter came to her with parvo and she gave the best care to them. Our vet couldn’t believe how well ours looked considering she was so sick. Our second puppy was just as well cared for. I love that we got to see pictures of her mom before she was adopted out to a loving home too. Char spends a ton of time going over everything and making sure the dog is a good fit for you, she truly cares. We would not go anywhere else to rescue a dog. I feel blessed to have found this amazing rescue and wonderful woman who puts her heart and soul into caring for every puppy that comes into her life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So as a foster mom to my latest litter being a momma and her 7 pups was one of the best experiences we have ever had!! As a new foster mom I was aided and supported thru this whole process so it went so smoothly. We got so attached to our babies and momma that we were put at ease by making sure everyone went to a good home and even momma was adopted the same day as the puppies. I really appreciated that the application process is more picky to ensure rehoming these lovable pups to families that will really love them and wonderful living conditions. We couldn’t have been happier to even see momma going to a home where the kids already loved her and she them!! We will continue to foster for Good Karma! They love these animals and want to see them go to good homes!!

1 Jessica L.16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This will be a very long review and I really hope everyone takes the time to read this review. I was a foster for Good Karma Puppy Rescue for 6 1/2 years before personal life changes happened and I was no longer able to foster for this amazing rescue anymore. Char the director of the rescue is an amazing woman and cares so deeply about all animals! All of the fosters that have been fostering for this rescue for years have been truly amazing friends to me and my family and awesome animal advocates for animals all over the US! Some things I would like to address from other peoples reviews are as follows:

the first review where someone mentions the mothers of the puppies... Where are they? Most of the animals rescued by Good Karma Puppy Rescue are animals that have been dumped by their owners to very high kill shelters in Kentucky. More times than not a litter of puppies are dumped at the shelter without mom. Meaning the owners would like to keep mom but don’t want to deal with the puppies. There have been many times where Char has worked with the owners and paid for the spay of mom (to prevent future litters) and she stays with her owners and puppies and once done nursing her puppies come up here to Michigan to find their forever homes. That in no way shape or form is a puppy mill! We are talking about a very poor area that does not have any type of spay or neuter programs in place. So a lot of residents do not get their animals fixed because they cannot afford it. Which of course leads to an overpopulation of unwanted animals that are then dumped at the shelter or dumped on the side of the road and left to fend for themselves. I personally fostered many moms that were brought up from Kentucky with their puppies. I personally fostered many adult dogs that were local surrenders, adults found as strays and not claimed by their owners from Kentucky, adults found as strays here in Michigan and not claimed by their owners.

Another review I would like to address is the health issues of the puppies. NEVER in the almost 7 years I fostered puppies and adult dogs for this rescue were health problems hidden from adopters. If a health issue did arise after adoption Char ALWAYS made it right by returning the adoption fee and offering to do whatever else she could to help the puppy. And never were intestinal parasites dismissed as “no big deal”! As for intestinal parasites being easily transferred to humans I am no veterinarian but the 6 1/2 years that I fostered in my home, I had very young children of my own who were always putting things in their mouth and eating food with their hands and never once did any of my children get an intestinal parasite.

As for the review from the “volunteer” I don’t even know where to begin with this one as there is SO much misinformation in her review. I know who wrote the review as she was a one time foster for Good Karma because she was a terrible foster, upon further research into her background she is not a recommended foster from many different rescues here in Michigan. As for her comment about being paid to foster all I can say is good for Char for being able to afford OUT OF HER OWN POCKET to pay fosters. Some fosters did accept the offer while other fosters did not accept the offer. Because in the rescue community we know the demand for fosters is high and not many people are willing to foster. All of the supplies for each litter are paid for and supplied by the rescue. Chars response to the fosters about the background of the animals are sometime vague and that’s because Char herself is not given much info from the shelter where the animals come from because again most of them are dumped there with no explanation. As far as lying about breed that is not true! It is a best guess by a veterinarian based on the look of the puppy and mom if they happen to get her along with her puppies.

As for the review from someone who didn’t get the puppy they wanted because of their work schedule I TOTALLY agree with and will stand by any rescue that won’t adopt an 8 week old puppy to someone that is gone 8 hours a day! For the health and well-being of the puppy it is not good to leave them crated 8 hours a day 5 days a week with only one potty break in between. That is setting the puppy up for failure and to eventually be surrendered back to rescue because it is going potty in the house and going potty in its crate because that is what it was taught from an early age. Eight week old puppies also need lots of physical and mental stimulation. That cannot properly be done while crated for 8 hours a day. so again puppy is surrendered to rescue because it won’t stop chewing furniture or bouncing off the walls when it is finally let out of the crate after being in it for eight hours a day.

In conclusion Good Karma Puppy Rescue is an amazing rescue filled with wonderful volunteers who truly care about the health and well-being of all the animals in their care.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue is all about saving dogs and finding them amazing homes. I first came into contact with this rescue when I adopted an adult dog through them. I was so impressed I adopted another soon after. It was a wonderful experience and they really know how to support their adopters. It was then that I decided to foster through them. So far I’ve helped place over 35 moms and pups into loving homes that otherwise would, most likely, have not had a chance of life at all.

This rescue is also very good at assisting its fosters with all their needs. Anytime I’ve had a question or was concerned about any health issues concerning my fosters, Char (the director) was immediately responsive and willing to help. She has met me at all times of the day and is truly invested in the wellness of her rescues. I highly recommend this rescue!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the rescue for over 3 years now. During this time I have fostered numerous moms and pups and dogs that were called “aggressive”. Seeing the mom dogs get adopted was definitely more heartwarming and touching then the babies most times. I know the moms didn’t always have it easy and to see them become trusting and then find their happy homes is AMAZING!
My first mom and pups was a difficult one the mom had some issues and wasn’t trusting with everyone but she LOVED me and I LOVED her. If it wasn’t for the fact that she and my one dog would occasionally get in a tussle I would have kept her. I Fostered her for 6 months before she finally found her family. When she did get adopted I cried and I still think about her all the time.
If you have thought about fostering but have never pulled the trigger I would highly recommend this rescue! She truly provides you with everything you need to be successful!
I have adopted my dogs through this rescue as well. Anytime my dogs have needed help she has always been there. One of my dogs broke a leg she helped me. My one dogs got mange she helped. She goes above and beyond for her fosters and her adopters.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good Karma puppy rescue is a FABULOUS rescue solely focused on the well being and care of their animals. I fostered for my first time ever this summer with Good Karma and it was such a wonderful experience! Char helped me through everything and is so focused and committed to the dogs care! She is always available to text or call and has a vet always available to address any questions or concerns. I fostered both a mom and her litter. I wish I could have kept them all! They are loved from the second they arrived until adoption day! Given the best food, first vaccines and tons of love! They are very thorough and particular when it comes to adopting out fosters which really made me feel good as a foster mom knowing they were going to a happy and safe home. I am so happy to have fostered and would do it again in a heartbeat if it weren't for us moving. We did end up adopting one of the puppies and she has been such a joy to our family. Highly recommend!

2 Karen J.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Here’s our pups today at 5 months that we rescued from Good Karma rescue in April 2020. We decided to rescue two puppies from the same litter. We went to the foster home to meet the pups. The pups were golden retriever/white German Shepard’s, beautiful dogs with lots of interest so we were told just because we were invited to visit does not mean we’ll be picked to adopt the pups. We ended up being picked. About 3 weeks post adoption both pups got Parvo. With having two under the care of Char, I was highly involved in their treatment. I spent 3 and a half weeks talking to Char every day and almost seeing her every day. Ultimately, our girl pup Nala passed away, but our boy Simba beat it. Char and I cried together multiple nights about my dogs and other sick pups. Discloser, I did not know Char before adopting my pups. Some of my friends thought I was crazy how much time I was spending at Char’s caring for these pups. We cried together when Nala passed. Char offered to refund our adoption fee or adopt another puppy. Ultimately we knew we wanted two dogs so we choose to adopt Jasmine (golden retriever/lab), Jasmine came into the rescue with Parvo and was cured to health. Char is a great person that you don’t find everyday. Yeah she might come off as a little stern but that’s because she LOVES these dogs. She’s not going to give a dog to just anyone! I seen first hand all the late night texts and calls from fosters or from leads where dogs were abandoned or abused and needed to be rescued ASAP. If you choose Good Karma Rescue as your rescue you can rest assured that Char has done everything she could to care for your new family member. Thank you Char for what you did for me and my family and for what you do everyday. Your rainbow bridge is going to be filled with lots of poop and kisses. ❤️

1 Christiane T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


We have adopted our three animals from Good Karma. Cosmo was a puppy when we adopted him from Good Karma. Char the Director was absolutely wonderful in helping finding us the perfect puppy friend for our then 13 year old Lab mix. She is giving you all the information you need plus some dewormer etc. she is also always available for anyone who adopts and has questions and even when our older dog which we didn’t adopt from her started having health issues helped us talk through it at any time of the day or night. We ended up adopting a kitten as well from her as well as a 2 year old collie mix a month ago after our older dog passed. Over the years we started to foster sometimes and we can say when the transport comes Char takes great care of all the puppies and the moms. She goes way beyond to safe some sick puppies who have Parvo and nobody else would give them a chance. This lady is dedicated her life to safe animals and to be honest for people who adopt and complain about prices- it cost the rescue a great deal of money to make sure they get the vet care they need. Once your puppy or adult dog is spayed/neutered she returns $50 to the adopted. I dislike to read some of the below reviews when people assume things and have never seen how much this rescue does for all the animals they adopt out. If any adopter has an issue and contact Char she will take care of things with you. However leaving reviews and not reaching out to her is not really fair since she can’t do anything about making it right. As one of the reviews stated you never know what puppies pick up and then can happen anywhere you adopt or if you get a dog from a breeder.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began fostering for Good Karma this year and despite what others seem to have said below, we have had a good experience. Char, the director, coordinates the transit and manages the placement of each of the dogs (sometimes moms and litters, which are NEVER separated at time of foster) with an appropriate foster. At time of foster pick up, things can get chaotic. Often, Char has a whole van full of transported rescue animals, each with their own unique and often unknown history and host of problems. She goes over any remaining details (fosters are apprised of all foster home requirements/recommendations before being approved) and hands you the appropriate medicines to get the dogs started on their vax schedule. At this point in time, unless previously treated by a shelter in their point of origin, they have NO medical records and we often have no idea what we’re getting into. Fosters are aware of this and do it for the love and welfare of the animal - I’m not expecting a clean, manicured, trained puppy at time of pickup - so whatever the challenge, I know I’m in it to get this dog on track for a better life. Most puppies are born with some form of intestinal parasite, and many pick up things like Giardia and Coccidia before they ever reach a shelter/rescue. Then again, perhaps they make it to the shelter fully healthy but pick something up easily once there? Either way, people involved in fostering communities know that dogs are often born with a parasite passed to them from their moms, and when dogs come from squalor or are in shelters, they can pick up all sorts of things. Giardia can come from dogs licking stagnant rain water, for goodness’ sake! Our last foster came straight from the transport van into my car FULL of ticks. She was, to the best of Char’s knowledge, a stray and caught in a live trap on a farm before she was picked up by the GK transport. She had (appropriately) received a bravecto the day before transport, and all ticks were dead. I simply had to clean her up when she finally got home. Needless to say, when I get a new foster, I immediately assume it has health concerns, and I’ll say this - to her credit, Char delivers. Inside your little medical packet to support your foster is dewormer, medicines for diarrhea due to coccidia/giardia, etc. There are first doses of flea/tick/heartworm preventatives included, and there’s a Parvo testing kit in case of emergency. It’s all there. Char is literally always available, at all hours, for any questions/concerns. I’ve called her at 2AM. She’s come to my house to pick up dogs for routine vetting (if they make it that long in foster - they’re often gone after 3 weeks as long as they’re of safe age to be separated), and she’s constantly checking in to see how things are going. Really, in my experience, if anything, Char has been OVERLY involved and intense about the welfare of dogs in her care.

I can see there are quite a few spurned adopters on here and that doesn’t surprise me - Char puts a lot of trust in her fosters and not only entrusts us to vet all potential adopters, but also encourages us to be extremely thorough and diligent. The fosters are trusted to determine what the puppies will need to be successful - e.g., a fence, another dog for company, yes/no kids, etc. - and what we say is what goes on their listing. Of course, this will disqualify some wonderful homes immediately, but it’s for the safety and well being of these animals that we do what we do, not for the satisfaction of the people who come to us looking for pets. Overall, I think that about sums up Good Karma’s approach - we’re all in it for the dogs, and we’re not in the business of telling everyone “yes.” I know the feeling of disappointment that comes with being denied, and there’s even some heartbreak, but please know that we don’t ever turn people away for anything other than what we believe is in the best interests of the dogs. I even try to make sure that when I reject someone, I tell them why and encourage them to check out another dog that fits their lifestyle so that they know the hope is still there for them to find the perfect fit. As a foster, I never aim to cause frustration or upset, but it is, unfortunately, inevitable. This is a volunteer only, foster-based network, not-for-profit organization and at the end of the day, we take great pride in placing all our animals in homes that give them what we deem their best chance at success. We do not operate on a first come, first serve basis, and we advertise that point clearly in all postings. Invariably, there will always be hurt feelings - but for each happy new rescue family, another family is upset at being rejected - keep that in mind when the time comes that you adopt your next puppy.

All in all, despite what people have noted below about Char’s demeanor, the organization has been wonderful to foster for and is 100% dedicated to the welfare of its animals.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently fostered a litter of 6 puppies for Good Karma. Char was great and supplied me with everything I would need, checked in multiple times a week to ensure the puppies were all doing okay and I didn’t need anything. When it was time for them to be put up for adoption, I was able to be apart of it and talk with potential adopters to find the right puppy for them, as I had spent 3 weeks with them and knew their personalities very well. They may be a little bit pickier on who they adopt to compared to other rescues, but I appreciate that and to me it shows they want to find the best homes possible. These little pups all became apart of my family, and I was very pleased with the families that were chosen. They were all very timid puppies who had a rough start to life and were all adopted out to homes with other dogs to ensure they were comfortable. I was very pleased with my experience and thoroughly enjoyed being allowed to open my home up to 6 little angels. I ended up adopting one of the puppies myself and couldn’t be happier with him.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good Karma Puppy Rescue is an amazing organization. The rescue goes above and beyond to rescue dogs living in deplorable conditions and place them in loving forever homes. Good Karma is deeply committed to finding the perfect home for both puppies AND their mamas. As a foster for the organization I can attest that many times a mama dog is adopted with one of her puppies! This rescue is selfless and comprised of amazing individuals who just want to help all dogs in need. They take their time at educating new parents and are available even after adoption to help with any questions. This organization is truly a blessing to the animals they help as well as the community.

1 Allison S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I reached out to Char a few months ago to inquire about fostering, and I was completely blown away by the entire process. I had never fostered before at that point and she walked me through the whole thing and got me completely set up with all the supplies and information that I needed and more. I was interested in fostering because I wasn’t sure yet if I was ready for another dog to add into my life. The first litter of puppies that I fostered were in terrible shape when they finally got to Good Karma. It took a solid month for Char and I to nurse them back to health enough to find them homes. When they did find their families, you wouldn’t have even known how sad they looked before. Char and Good Karma do so much to help dogs and puppies from all over and I am so proud to be a part of their team. I was also the typical foster fail and I ended up adding another sweet fur baby into my family. He and Lilly have been completely inseparable.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We lost our 10yo dog in July and decided that fostering would help fill the void in our house. Good Karma was very responsive and guided us through the whole process of fostering a mom and her three puppies. We were given supplies, directions, and access to an expert who I texted quite a bit. All of my questions were answered immediately with equal care and attention to the mom and the puppies. All three puppies were adopted when they met criteria. We realized that the mom had a special place in our heart and she found her forever home with us! Good karma was extremely supportive through the process, especially after putting so much effort into making sure the mom found a good home, too. Great organization doing tough work! I highly recommend!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were so fortunate to have adopted two puppies (littermates) from this rescue. The puppies were rescued from a very bad situation with a Michigan Amish breeder who mistreated them. They were too sick to go home with us right away as they had apparently not been immunized and contracted Parvo. Char recognized the signs early on (before I could even tell they were sick) and insisted on keeping the puppies until she knew they would be ok, but let us freely visit to love on the pups. Her instincts and experience were correct and the entire litter soon thereafter was diagnosed with Parvo. Char provided comprehensive care for all the puppies and did everything she could to get them healthy. Additionally one of our pups needed an eye procedure for entropion and she covered the cost of the eye procedure. She also got them caught up on immunizations and deworming. She was available for any questions we had and was very knowledgeable. This rescue was a Godsend to us and am so thankful to have rescued our pups.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our pup contracted Parvo after we brought him home. Even though due to the incubation period there was no way he had been exposed prior to coming to us. Char was amazing and took amazing care of him making almost daily trips to the Vet. She allowed me to come into her home and be with our sick pup. Today we are so happy to say we have a healthy thriving puppy who has our hearts. I witnessed firsthand the compassion and dedication that Char has for all of the animals that she comes into contact with. She is a truly amazing individual who has devoted her life to saving lives and helping find loving homes for these precious dogs and pups.

1 Autumn G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Char was very kind and informative, we lost our puppy to Parvo and then our other dog got it as well. We brought our older dog Jessie to Char and within that day Jessie was feeling so much better that she could come back home with us. Char did everything possible and gave the best care to our Jessie and we are extremely grateful to her for helping our baby.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I know this rescue goes into Kentucky and other states to bring back a trailer filled with puppies and sometimes their moms. And I guess that's good, but then what happens to the moms? I inquired about a mom just a couple of days after seeing a garage full of puppies. I was told that she went to a good home. Really? That fast? I think they mean well, but the cost is also pretty high for a puppy. If I see a puppy that really resonates with me, I want THAT puppy. I understand that there might be a ton of applications and that is fine, but if I'm approved for that puppy, that's the puppy I want. The lady is nice and again, it's great that these puppies are being rescued, but what about the adult dogs and seriously, what happens to these mom dogs? I kind of question this place and probably wouldn't adopt from them in the future.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog as a puppy from this rescue three years ago and it’s a “happily ever after” story! Our dog is a very healthy, smart, dog and people friendly, well-adjusted girl. We thank Char for the good start she gave to her, along with her two brothers and mother. (It was Frannie who we took home. Frankie, and Fox were her brothers and Peaches was her mom.) Only Frannie and Fox were left. We appreciated the opportunity Char gave us to interact with Frannie and Fox for a good amount of time. It was clear that these puppies were well treated and had been acclimated through touch quite nicely to humans. Char was also very thorough in making sure we were a good fit for her puppy, which included allowing us to bring our current dog along to see what the dog-to-dog interaction would be like which was important to us and Char. We also liked her taking time with us, while signing the adoption papers, to reinforce meeting the new pup’s nutritional needs, etc., and answer our questions. That showed us she was both knowledgeable and cared deeply about making sure any dog she adopted out would be well taken care of. We admired her putting her dogs first.

We are very happy with the experience we had with Good Karma rescue and our wonderful dog who is now named Cricket. Our only regret is that we didn’t also take Frannie’s liter mate Fox who was the only one left. We’d take him in a heartbeat since he was an awesome pup, too. (We hope you are loving life now in your forever home, too, Fox!)

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

we adopted a dog just this past Saturday and Char was wonderful. We had a rough night the first night, the dog would not let us near her to put a leash on her to take her out. We live in a condo and have no yard. She barked and cried all night. The next morning I called Char and asked her to take the dog back. She put me in touch with the foster mom who said it would be about an hour and she would come and get the dog. Well, 1 mins later this dog walked into the kitchen for a pet and that was it. I call Char and asked if we could hold off a few hours to see if she would come around.
She did , she is still a bit timid but is now letting me put a leash on her. She sleeps with me and cuddles all night. She does need a bath and a manicure but that will be taken care of after I take her to the vet for a check up on Friday.
Char was a lady thru this whole ordeal with me and gave us our adoption money back, she told us we were the last chance for this dog or she would be put down. AS soon as I heard that I knew we were going to make this work.
We are taking baby steps with this pooch that we have renamed Ziva.
And next month my husband will take her to obedience school to look leash manners.
I give Char and all the volunteers a great deal of credit for the hard work and dedication
they have to these animals that others have thrown away as if they didn't matter.
( and I like the fact that Char says it like it is !!)

5

Client Served

Rating: 1

These people should be arrested! They are fraudulent and hide the health issues the puppies have or dismiss them as "no big deal" kind of thing. My puppy has a bad case of Giardia, which according to my veterinarian, is extremely contagious to humans. These dishonest people denied the fact that this parasite is very easily contagious to children!!! They are very aggressive to the people trying to adopt the pets. In conclusion, STAY AWAY FROM THIS RESCUE.