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Karma Cat & Zen Dog Rescue Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of the Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is to provide a safe and peaceful haven for homeless, abandoned or abused animals. We will help decrease the number of cats and dogs being destroyed in kill shelters through the work of our foster, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return, and education programs.

Results: Since inception (March 2010), we have found homes for over 700 animals and trapped-neutered-returned over 200 cats!

Target demographics: homeless animals find new forever homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 animals!

Geographic areas served: the central New Jersey area

Programs: Adoption, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), Foster

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Krystal6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic rescue society. I was first in touch with them after I'd rescued 3 kittens from a local parking lot. I needed help getting them adopted, and KCZD came to the rescue. They have great adoption days at PetSmart and were helpful, supportive, and flexible while working with me to get the little guys home. They offered their full support to help me through fostering the kittens. I was immediately impressed with the care that they give the cats. I think that stands out to me the most, followed closely by the dedication of the Director and volunteers. The cats were fed high-quality food, and filtered water. If requiring daily "poop" reports doesn't tell you how dedicated the director is - I don't know what will. They are played with multiple times a day, brushed, given cuddles, and helped to improve their adoptability. I was told that no cat is ever given up on here - they stay until we find them a home. I was so impressed with it all - I became a volunteer! Donate to them, adopt through them, or just spread the word to others who may be looking for a new furry friend. This is a well-run organization with high standards. You won't be disappointed.

Carolyn100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Karma Cat + Zen Dog feels more like a group of friends united for a cause than a network of volunteers.
Someone is always willing to lend a hand, no matter what the task is. I've only officially been with the group for a little over a year and it feels like I've known these people most of my life. If you're looking to volunteer with a group of happy, friendly people then you found the right rescue!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue is hands down the best rescue in central New Jersey, and possibly the country! We work as a family to save the lives of cats and dogs. The diversity of our volunteers is one of our strengths, and we use our various talents to fundraise for, foster, clean, and socialize our animals. I have truly found a missing piece with this organization, and I'm thankfully for my inclusion in the family!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic place filled with wonderful people. They work tirelessly to help rescue kitties find their forever homes.

1 Marge7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this group! They are both caring and responsible. I have both volunteered and adopted from them.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization.
I first learned of them a few years ago when I adopted one of the beautiful cats they were caring for. Well about a year later we adopted another and he wasn't quite fitting in. I reached out to them and they spent months trying to help my new addition fit in with no avail so they helped me find him a new home. Well after that instead of adopting again I knew I wanted to help them. So I applied to volunteer. I'm so glad I did. The people involved are amazing!!! The care they provide for the animals is above and beyond what you would expect. There is daily communication between the volunteers. The fosters take such amazing care of the new kittens socializing them, getting them proper medical care. I could go on and on. KCZD rescue society really is one big family of two and four legged beings.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Veterinary Technician for over 20 years. I have "worked" with many rescues as they came through the places I worked at. Never did I actually volunteer with any group before. 2 years ago I started working with KarmaCat and im grateful I found such a fantastic group to work with. I started fostering, which has brought me so much joy with all "my" kitties that found homes. I have just started volunteering with adoption days and now have gotten my kids involved as junior socializers. They love and it and it helps them to learn about different people and animals. And helps mold them into better people. You just have to look at what a great family this group is, everyone is a terrific role model!! Never would I not work with this family/group!! Ohana!!!!!

2 Michael334

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always loved animals and was looking for a way to get involved and make a difference. I came across Karma Cat & Zen Dog on Volunteer Match and started volunteering here doing cat socialization. I look forward to seeing and playing with the cats, and I love knowing I'm making a difference keeping the cats used to human contact and increasing their chances of finding good homes. Everyone that works here is passionate about animals and the leadership is outstanding. It only took me a few weeks here to take home a kitten that I absolutely love. Karma Cat is big on social media and it's so rewarding hearing when the cats get adopted!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Karma Cat & Zen dog is run and supported by a wonderful group of individuals that follow a loving and immaculate standard of care for the kitties and dog's in the group. There is a wealth of knowledge, experience, and care that goes in to taking care of the animals that are rescued, and it shows! The goal is to provide the best care, while finding the most fitting forever home. The volunteers spend countless hours cleaning and caring for the adoptable pets, and so know what type of forever family will be the best for each animal. I love this group, and am a proud volunteer and adopter.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a cat from this group 4 years ago with no issues. I have been a volunteer for 8 months and have had a blast. Christie the director bursts with energy and care for the animals. The training is thorough for volunteers and communication is frequent. Everyone works together for the animals. New ideas are encouraged. Nothing is ever forced upon us. Scheduling of volunteering is detailed and questions are always answered quickly.

A wonderful family group!

3 Sandie T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Karma Cat & Zen Dog take the very best care of their rescues. Our first visit to the vet (a year after we adopted) yielded excellent results...perfect health for both our boys! Their volunteer staff is the best there is! Although it has been 2 years since we adopted, they all recognize us when we walk back into PetSmart :) They are completely passionate about animals and you would be hard pressed to find better taken care of rescues!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I adopted my first cat from Karma and brought him to the Veterinarian for the first time, the Vet was very impressed with how well taken care of he was. That spoke volumes about how well the cats are taken care of and how much the volunteers care about the cats. A few months later, I adopted a second cat. She has some minor medical issues but Karma Cat helped me with any concerns I had. All of the volunteers here are great people with a common love of animals.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even before I became an official volunteer for Karma Cat + Zen Dog they helped me find homes for 8 cats & kittens that I found.
After I joined the ranks of volunteers you realized that it's such a well run and organized group. They manage to efficiently give the fosters nearly around the clock care and love at the Petsmart adoption center, at Cat Quarters which houses more adoptable cats and kittens and in private foster homes for cats and dogs.
Everyone I've met since I started volunteering has been wonderful and so caring towards these homeless pets.
It's been a great experience to work with such a lovely group of kind and devoted volunteers!

2 Linda247

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society on VolunteerMatch.com. I wanted to be involved with animals but I was concerned about seeing the dark and sad side of rescuing animals so I volunteered to be a fundraising coordinator. I met the Executive Director and I knew that I had found the perfect organization!!

Christie runs her organization with passion, compassion and integrity. The animals always come first. All the volunteers are the nicest people that I have ever met and they all LOVE to take care of the kitties and they all love her and want to be a part of this amazing group of people. We represent our kitties in the best, most positive way and stay away from the horrific pictures and stories that tend to turn people away.

It's been a year and I can't imagine my life without Karma Cat. I have made wonderful friends, learned SO much about rescue, fundraising and how to take care of my own kitties. I can't say enough good things about this organization.

2 Michele26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Karma Cat Zen Dog when I adopted my cat, Lucy. I saw how much these cats were cared for and loved, as well as the good it does for the community. That is how and why I became a volunteer. During the time I have volunteered with Karma Cat Zen Dog, hundreds of cats have been carefully placed into good and loving homes. Including Lucy! They definitely deserve 5 stars!

2 Tina24

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had cats my whole life and my closest friends and I have dealt with many adoption groups. Gilda and christie are by far the best! They truly care about the cats and it shoes! I have recently adopted 2 babies from karma cat and they have the best personalities! The care and human contact they recieve promotes wonderful lifetime pets! I love karma cat!

2 Harriet H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Karma Cat by coincidence. My 16-year-old cat had recently died, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to adopt a new kitten so soon after losing him. I met with Christie and told her my story, and we agreed that a "special" cat (or two) would be best for me, under the circumstances. Christie showed me every cat that they had and gave me the low-down on all of them. She didn't try to hide it if a cat had a few "issues"--she made it very clear that what she and the volunteers at Karma Cat wanted most of all was to find a forever home for each and every cat, if they could, and that the only way to do this was to be up-front and honest about each cat's quirks and personalities. I adopted two of their "shy" cats, and I was impressed by how much advice and support Christie was willing to offer in order to help all of us make the transition. Christie announced my kitties' adoption on Facebook and on Karma Cat's blog, and I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of kindness and happiness that came my way from so many of the volunteers. I had been grief-stricken at losing my cat (no, I'm not exaggerating), and Karma Cat helped me to feel good about moving forward and giving two new (wonderful) kitties a home.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to add to our family by adopting a cat. We found our new best friend in Jethro, Karma Cat help us with shot and neutering as well as finding a wonderful new friend. Then two months later we added a second kitty since we were so happy with our first one, when Dylan joined we followed their expert advise and now our kitties are best friends. I would recommend Karma Cat for anyone looking to add a new best friend to their family while having the support of great volunteers at Karma Cat!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came upon Karma Cat & Zen Dog quite by accident. I was shopping for cat and kitten food in a local pet store. It was one of the stores adoption weekend events. Cages were set up in isles around the store with cats for adoption. I stopped to look at the cats one of the rescues had set up. The rescue's representative asked if I was interested in seeing any of the cats and "no" immediately came out of my mouth. I explained I was buying cat and kitten food because in the last few months I had taken in two kittens that were born to feral cats I feed. It was suggested I get my feral females fixed. Of course, I didn't have a clue how I would do this or the funds either. The rescue rep turned out to be the executive director, Christie. She handed me her business card and offered help. She helped my neighbor and myself raise the necessary funds and we were able to TNR ten cats including my two kittens moms. I love cats and became a volunteer. I cannot express the joy and satisfaction I get volunteering for this awesome organization. The care and love our rescues receive is second to none. Being part of Karma Cat as given me the privledge of participating in TNR and spreading the word of its importance. I am honored and proud to be part of this organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years ago, when looking for a cause/organization to volunteer my time with, I found KarmaCat+ZenDog. Fond of animals, I decided to apply for the volunteer position and the rest is history. But, it's a unique history. From day one, I was thoroughly impressed with the selfless dedication that the founders of the organization had. I had low expectations initially, as I figured this to be another rescue organization that just caged and fed animals and nothing more. But the moment I met the first volunteer and the director, etc., I realized this was a labor of love for them. Everyone is truly concerned about the animals and they turn away anyone who isn't. It's an impressively run organization and their number of placements for the animals is a testament to that. Truly a group of dedicated individuals who's hearts are all in the right place and have nothing but the wellness of the animals in mind.