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Review for Good Karma Puppy Rescue, White Lake, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer