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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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a puppy from good karma. My wife has had more interaction with the rescue then i have, but we have both been very satisfied. They have been very professional and responsive to all of our concerns and questions.

I have never had the pleasure of meeting Char, I hear that she is a little "brash" and strait to the point. GOOD! The world needs more of this. Life is tough, get over it. Its their responsibility to make sure these dogs go to good homes and are given better lives than they had or would have had before. I would be very thorough too if I were in their shoes.

When we adopted, they explained about parvo and other diseases. They informed us about vaccination time periods and gave us a couple different deworming medicines. I thought that this would be the last we heard from them. A few days later we received a text that one of the puppies from the litter was experience symptoms of Parvo. They gave us the option to monitor the pup by ourselves, in case she developed symptoms, or to drop her off and have them monitor. We dropped her off. We have been lucky that our pup hasn't shown any signs of parvo yet. They administered antibiotics, and have been sending us pictures and videos of her daily. Very nice, caring people! I cant disagree more with the negative reviews on here. Our experience has been stressful, having to give back a pup that might be sick, but they have made it somewhat comfortable given the circumstances.

Bottom line....this rescue CARES, big time! My wife told me that there was a puppy at the adoption event that had motor oil poured over her at one point, and was severely burned by it. She lost most of her hair and was malnourished. Good karma brought her back to health. Amanda from good karma was telling my wife the story and started to tear up over it. Sounds like someone just in it for the profit right? The adoption fee covers a lot of expenses for them, and its not that much money to pay. Go to a pet store in the mall and ask about pricing. You will be floored. Most of those dogs are over $2000. They are the ones in it for "profit", not good karma, they just care about the well being of the dogs.

I don't believe that it is the rescue's fault that these dogs were exposed to parvo, from what I've read there is really no way to get ahead of it. It is extremely resilient, and the only way to protect from it is with vaccinations that only happen at monthly intervals. I'm impressed in the way that they have handled the situation. I cant imagine what the families that have sick pups are going through, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. It may be a little bit easier to write this thinking that our dog probably doesn't have the disease at this point, (She isnt clear yet though) but i don't think that my view on the rescue would change. We have seen first hand how much they care about these dogs.

1 Johnathan E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is becky, and im from pikecounty kentucky where alot of puppies and there mothers are rescued. And if it were not for charmaine, there would be dogs running allover the roads like before she had stepped in and helped us help the animals. I just cant believe what im reading about Goodkarma.you people apparently do not know how much of a blessing she has been to not only me but pikecounty as a whole.charmaine has helped me with getting my animals spade and neutered. She is a awesome lady. And she loves what she does. She doesn't just talk about how she loves and cares for animals.She shows it.so just a word to you people who have negative things to say about Goodkarma. Gets your facts straight before you assume things. Thank you once again charmaine.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have fostered with many of local rescues and my experience with this one was HORRIBLE. The director transports tons of puppies from out of state and when I ask where they come from or what their story is her response was always vague. After doing research it seems to me like this "rescue" is one that gets (or even buys) puppies down south and brings them here to profit. They lie about breeds, absolutely pressure fosters to get them adopted out (money) before actually allowing the puppies to decompress. This rescue also pays their fosters through PayPal per litter. One foster recently had 16 dogs at her house....that is not right. Just goes to show they are out for money, don't really care about the animals, they lie to adopters and need to be investigated to the fullest! Do not adopt and support this rescue. There are too many other local rescues who deserve your support.

Barbara B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Barbara Barber and I'm writing on behalf of my family and myself, that if you're looking to adopt a fur baby then I recommend Karma Puppy Rescue! We've had the most wonderful experience with them that led us to our fur baby! We adopted Berlioz, a cute 12 week old male Boxer/Labrador mix puppy! We renamed him Baxter and kept Berlioz as his middle name. So Baxter Berlioz Barber found his forever loving home with us and we owe it all to Karma Puppy Rescue! They were so professional and caring! It was no pressure and we had access to all these wonderful tail wagging pups! The staff was so friendly and answered all questions and concerns we had. We could tell that they wanted to help those pups find a forever home. When my husband found Baxter he fell in love and so did we! The staff walked us right through the process, so it didn't seem so overwhelming. James gave us all the info and paperwork on Baxter that we needed. It was not just an exchanging of money or hidden information! He was upfront with all Baxter's medical information and gave us instructions on how to properly care for him and assured us that we could call at any time if we had questions once we got Baxter home. Char and Amanda was very helpful as well. Char helped us pick out all the necessary items we needed for Baxter and gave us tips that came in handy! Amanda and the staff kept an eye on all the pups until we were ready to take our newest addition home. We honestly just came to look, but when we saw how healthy and happy these puppies were, we were sold! Karma Puppy Rescue is doing a great thing trying finding these animals forever homes. They also told us is our fur baby wasn't the right fit that we could bring him back. That wasn't happening! We knew that Baxter was a rescue pup and that and that he may have some issues, that's the whole point in rescuing these animals. To give them a chance at life and love! Karma Puppy Rescue helped do just that. I'm definitely recommending them to all our family and friends!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My dachshund of 14 years passed after complications with diabetes, which he received insulin for twice a day for almost 4 years. My husband and I swore we would never get another dog but the house felt so empty. I saw a chiweenie (allegedly) on Petfinder.com and put it in an application, which was approved. I was then invited to their adoption event in Beverly Hills. It was a bit chaotic, but what rescue event isn't? We got to know the dog we wanted and then waited patiently. We were then told that we could take him home and went to get him. His sister, who had been ignored as she looked nothing like him, looked so sad. With her big eyes and adorable overbite, we ended taking both of them home. When we went for a vet check-up, they looked good except for a fecal exam showing Giardia in the sister. We had to treat both of them since it is highly contagious and I informed Char of the results. I thought that they would reimburse for that but that never happened. One also had slight kennel cough, but that went away on its own. We noticed that as they grew, only one seemed to be a true chiweenie. The male that we originally went to the event to get has a bit of jack russell terrier in him and is much larger than we anticipated. Not that it's a bad thing - he's a great dog but it's hard to see how he could be mistaken for a chiweenie. Overall, Char was great at managing the sometimes chaotic event and seemed to truly want to find the best home for the pups, which every rescue should do. She may come across to some as rude, as these posts suggest, but I couldn't imagine doing these events every weekend and dealing with some of the people that show up. I truly give her props for that.
Our puppies are now almost 17 weeks old and are doing amazing. They have their last vet check on Saturday and will be getting their Bordetella vaccinations so they can go to the dog park and be around other animals. I would have given 5 stars if it weren't for the minor issues I noted, but I assumed some of that was to be expected as they were coming from areas where there isn't much in terms of veterinary services. Even though they aren't what was advertised (and I know they do the best they can to determine that and go by the information they receive from the people surrendering them), they are still amazing and I wouldn't change bringing them home for anything.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It seems that we're more likely to make it known when we're dissatisfied than when things end happily. For five years we fostered puppies for Good Karma. I know there have been many happy adopters because there are many who return to Good Karma when they want to adopt again.
The woman who organizes transportation for unwanted dogs and puppies; provides their food, lodging, comfort (blankets, toys, treats, etc.), and health care; and makes them available for adoption is a woman who loves canines and wants the best for them. She is particular about the homes that "her" puppies will be going to. If she seems rude, it may be because she's more of a puppy person than a people person, but it's also likely that she is rushing to satisfy several simultaneous demands on her time.
Overall, she is amazing. She knows a lot about dogs and will do her best to make sure they are loved and cared for.
And, just in case you're suspicious, this is being posted on my own initiative. The "Puppy Lady" neither asked me to, suggested I do, nor even informed me that such an opportunity exists.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

I recently inquired about a puppy that I found listed online for adoption. I wish I had seen these stories first.
I filled out an application and heard back from the chairman of the rescue. She attached a quote from petMD.com breaking down that my work schedule would not work with a young dog even though I disclosed that I would be coming home throughout the day to check on the dog. I let her know that I would be more than willing to make that commitment to a new companion.
In her response, she informed me that the puppy required a fenced yard because of the breed. I then informed that I was still looking to adopt and would be interested in any breeds that suited my living situation. I asked her if she could provide me with a list of the breeds that required a fence for future reference.
Her response was then that all of the dogs from this rescue require fenced yards.
Based on the very off putting, unprofessional experience I've had simply in asking questions about this rescue and the stories I've found here, I would strongly advise against this rescue. There are plenty of great rescues in the area that are professional and care for lives of the puppies more.

4

Client Served

Rating: 1

I'm a little disappointed and concerned for the puppies. I adopted a 3 month old puppy 2 days after bringing home, I discovered had tape worms ( which dogs only get by ingesting infected fleas), so apparently the dog wasn't being treated for fleas or worms. The puppy also seemed to have a parasite as he had diarrhea 7x a day and possible UTI, urinating 10x a day. I don't believe these dogs are receiving any medical care unless the owner complains and then Char is forced to do something. I suspect puppy mill dogs as they come from Kentucky which is notorious for mills. I feel really bad for those poor puppies.

5 Shay Stacy S.

Client Served

Rating: 1

We drove out to a Fosters house a couple years ago to look at a dog that we saw online . The dog did not look great in person, bloated, scabbed feet and lethargic. We asked the foster a lot of questions about her health considering she looked so terrible. we were told she was bloated because she was a pig and ate a lot, her ears were dirty just from playing in the yard and her feet were scabbed because she if she plays rough. We could tell this lady didn't know what she was talking about but it did not deter us from wanting to adopt her and give her a better life . We agreed to pick her up the next day and pay the $250 they were asking for her, unfixed. When we went to pick her up all the paperwork they had for her was for a completely different dog claiming shots and medical history. They miraculously couldn't find her medical history which should have been a red flag and the owner also call to scold my boyfriend for asking "Too many questions" to the Foster about her health as he had had a sick dog before that needed vet prescription food. The owner of the rescue replied to him without knowing anything of that saying that his dog was sick because he was feeding her garbage food. She had no idea what he had been feeding her and all the puppies there we're on the cheapest brand of puppy chow in dirty bowls in the yard, so she clearly knew what she was talking about. She was very rude and talked to us like we were idiots. Apparently we weren't grateful enough to the Foster and she wanted us to apologize for being more interested in why the dog looked so bad rather than complimenting her for having three children under 10 and a yard full of at least 10 puppies and 3 adult dogs, that she clearly could not take care of.

So, in the end, they adopted out a dog with mange to us, didnt inform us, when we called back after the vet visit the first day we had her to tell them she had constipation, coccidia, an ear infection and mange, they told us that we could just give her back to them and get our money back and go find a different dog somehwere else. All we were asking for was help with the medical bills since she had been treated for the mange before but they just dumped her on us without informing us of her situation. there was no way I was giving her back to them. He wanted to help her. We had to rescue her from the rescue

We never got the $100 spay deposit back as the vet wouldn't spay her until she was in better condition so the time they gave us ran out.

12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

NOPE. THIS RESCUE BUYS POORLY BRED DOGS FROM PUPPY MILLS AND THEN MAKES A PROFIT BY SELLING THEM FOR HUGE "ADOPTION FEES". IDIOTS RUNNING THIS RESCUE, THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTED.

6 Renee V. W.

Client Served

Rating: 1

My family had found a few dogs through this rescue that we potentially would be interested in, so we drove an hour and attended an adoption event. The dogs that we had put in applications online for were gone, so apparently we would get 1st pick at the event. WRONG!!
It was mass chaos and when my son finally had bonded with one of the pups, "Char" asked if we had a dog at home. We said no we have a cat. She then shouted over everyone's heads to another volunteer, " These people are a NO, they don't have another dog"!
Omg!! So rediculous, rude and unprofessional!!!
She claimed the puppy would have separation anxiety. Seriously ?? That's when they bond with their humans!!
Unbelievable.