Good Karma Dog Rescue
As a group, we have a mission to:
1. To provide education programs to the public that promote responsible pet ownership and awareness of issues that affect the population that our rescue serves.
2. To give abandoned, abused and unwanted dogs an opportunity for a new life by bringing them into our foster-based rescue program.
3. To advocate for the adoption of dogs in rescue organizations and in shelters in lieu of purchasing dogs from breeders or pet stores.
4. To provide the public with resources and connections that can aid in the support and rescue of dogs that are abandoned, abused and unwanted.
As a group, are ready to go but we need YOUR HELP! We have been working digilienty on programs and resources but we need to pull together funds in order to do more!
We thank you in advance for your consideration. Every dollar donated goes directly to helping our cause.
Hope (approx 7 mos old) was used as a bait dog, hung upside down and attacked repeatedly (we were told & as suspected by ACO). She will never know that kind of pain again. EVER.
Since her arrival at the hospital, her swelling, has slightly decreased and she has started eating! She is really loving chicken breast, bone broth and wet food! It is important for her to keep eating so that she is strong enough to keep fighting.
She is on 3 massive antibiotics and and so the doctors have decided to hold off on a steroid at this time which could potentially further suppress her immunity and can possibly cause kidney failure.
Hope is getting laser treatments, warm compresses and cleanings several times a day. Her elbow wounds have much improved, some of the bite wounds on her head and face have opened up, which is actually good, so the infection can come out, but for now she will remain on the IV so the meds are almost instantaneously working. She is in great spirits and full of wiggles, wags and kisses. And she snores lol.
There is an open animal cruelty investigation, but all that we care about now is that Hope is safe. We need help raising funds for her necessary (yet expensive) hospital stay!! The estimated cost per day on IV meds is $1,000- $1,500, and we are unsure yet when she can come home.
Donations in any amount help! We are also running a T-Shirt & Hoodie fundraiser which can be found at: https://havealittlehopegkdr.secure-decoration.com
Please pray for our girl and for an end to this disgusting treatment of animals.
Have you ever gotten the feeling that you had to do something even though you weren't sure what the outcome was going to be? Not so much an impulse but more of a "need". You know, when you make a decision and just put all your faith into it hoping that everything would turn out for the best. Well, at Good Karma Dog Rescue, we do that quite a bit more than makes us comfortable but we have never once, regretted acting on that "need". That's how we met, "Faith".
Our VP, Barb, had just put in a long day at an event when she saw the sweetest face in an especially sad post online. Faith, a 6 1/2 month old, female Pitbull had been surrendered to a city shelter because she was very sick. Her family could not afford to pay for treatment and so she was left at the shelter where she would have been put to sleep if we didn't step up and get her out of there. Barb acted immediately and made it to the shelter in time to get her out and directly to the hospital. Barb knew that time was of the essence because, Faith is PARVO POSITIVE.
The Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems. Mortality rates for unvaccinated dogs can reach approximately 90%.
Parvovirus can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog's feces. Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.
Faith was a risk. She was a risk that we felt was worth taking and we couldn't be prouder to have her with us. Faith was immediately admitted to the Brookhaven Veterinary Hospital where she was poked and prodded and set up with lifesaving medication. She will stay at the hospital to receive the critical care she needs until she is strong enough to go to a foster home. While she is at the hospital, all we can do is pray that she is strong enough to fight this horrific virus.
As you can imagine, treatment of the Parvovirus is not cheap. Faith's medical bills will quickly reach four digits. We have faith that this sweet little girl is going to fight through this but with such a high mortality rate, we cannot guarantee it. PLEASE help by keeping this blue beauty in your prayers, by send positive vibes and by considering making a donation to Good Karma Dog Rescue. Every dollar helps us continue to take these necessary risks and throw a little faith out into the universe!
Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Good Karma Dog Rescue is a community of like-minded people, all set out on making a difference to better the lives of dogs. We saw an SOS post on Facebook about a dog who was in need of help. An SPCA officer had reached out to the rescue community to try and find someone to take this dog out of the nightmare he was living in. We weren’t sure how it would play out but we knew that we needed to take him.
Living in a wooden box, in a junk-filled backyard, tucked deep inside a city known for violence, crime and dog fighting, was Artie. Artie is a handsome, blue Pitbull who is approximately 4 years old. He lived in that wooden box through all kinds of weather with not much to keep him warm other than a female German Shepherd that was with him. Also on the property was a male German Shepherd who would attack Artie every day. The fights were so vicious that Artie’s eye was crushed, leaving him blind. Neighbors in the area actually called the police because they believed there was dog fighting going on for sport.
One day, the SPCA officers went to the home to find Artie and the male German Shepherd, mangled and bleeding. They took the dogs and rushed them to a nearby vet hospital. It was evident from the scars and trauma on Artie that he was the submissive dog and had taken years of abuse. On this particular day, Artie fought back and did some major, but not lethal, damage to the Shepherd. This being said, the scars and remnants of untreated injuries left Artie’s face mutilated and this sweet boy traumatized. The SPCA officers talked the so-called “owner” into surrendering Artie over to Good Karma Dog Rescue. On a cold, wet evening, a couple of weeks ago, we were able to go to the property, accompanied by the SPCA officers, and free this incredible boy from the hell that was the only home that knew.
We immediately brought him straight to the Verona Animal Hospital where we knew he would get the best care. Upon arrival, we looked over Artie just to see if there were any injuries that needed immediate attention. We saw that some of his teeth had been removed so that he was not able to fight back again the other dog. We couldn’t believe how bad he had been treated.
As expected, Artie received lots of TLC from the Verona Animal Hospital. He quickly became a favorite among the staff and the doctors and spent many lunch breaks in Dr. Anthony Scriffignano’s office with him. Artie visited the Animal Eye Center in Little Falls and it was confirmed that it would be in Artie’s best interest to have his eye removed. On Friday, April 15th, Artie underwent massive surgery at the Verona Animal Hospital where Dr. Stock removed his eye, extracted several teeth that were broken down to their root and neutered him. (Thank you HarnessLife.org for the neuter grant).
When Artie was taken to his foster home to recover, his foster family could not believe that even after everything that he had gone through, Artie was beyond sweet and was grateful for all the love and attention he was receiving. His foster mom slept on the floor next to him during his first night post-op. She was afraid that he would wake up in pain and afraid. Once again, he surprised her! He woke up happy and excited to have a soft fluffy bed. Over the next few days, he befriended the other dogs in the home, including a female Pitbull, two Chihuahuas and a cat. He proved that he was great with young children and walks excellent on a leash. Artie is a dream dog and deserves all the best that life has to offer.
Artie’s journey is not over. He is still learning to trust and still gets nervous when people raise their voices. We have not introduced him to adult male dogs without a fence in between them, but he did do well with a happy-go-lucky, adult, male, Border Collie. Artie will get his stitches out in about two weeks and after we get clearance from his doctors, he will be ready to be adopted.
Artie’s vet care, surgeries and medications are expensive. The consultation with the eye specialist was over $200 on its own and all it included was an exam! His surgeries exceeded $1000. PLEASE consider making a donation to help us cover Artie’s bills. Helping us cover medical expenses helps us to continue doing what we do to help dogs like Artie that need us. We are so grateful, as always, for your continued support!
About two weeks ago, we saw Artie.
Artie (short for Artemes which means "safe") was living a nightmare. His home was an non-insulated wooden box in a yard full of trash. Artie was being kept by an individual on an inner-city property. He was one of three permanent dogs that seemed to reside there. Artie got along wonderfully with a beautiful, female GSD but a male GSD on the property, was out to kill Artie and tried to do so every day.
Artie was constantly being attacked by this other dog to the point where Artie's left eye is so badly damaged that we need to bring him to a specialist to see if it needs to be removed. The owner tried to keep the dogs separated however his efforts were never successful.
After the local SPCA got involved, Artie was surrendered to Good Karma Dog Rescue so that he could get the love and medical care that he needed.
When we went to the property to get Artie, we found him afraid but so full of love. When he was led off of the property, he initially resisted. We found out that he hadn't been out of the gated yard in over a year and so he was unsure of what was outside. Once we got to the car, Artie just wanted to feel safe. He tried to crawl into the lap of his rescuer when she was kneeling next to him.
Immediately after his rescue, Artie was brought to the Verona Animal Hospital. He was examined and given so much love and attention. During his initial examination, it was discovered that not only did Artie have severe scarring on his face and damage to his eye, but that his upper canine teeth had been removed. We were so upset to hear that this beautiful and loving creature had suffered so much abuse.
Artie is so resilient! Although he may be nervous and have the scars of his traumatic past, he is the greatest dog! He quickly became a fast favorite at the hospital and even found his way into Dr. Anthony Scriffignano's office on more than one occasion for some special one on one time! Even though he has been through hell, Artie is the happiest and kindest boy.
He is currently in his foster home, waiting to see the specialist this week. Artie is living with a cat and has even made a new friend with the foster's sister's female Pitbull. Depending on what the specialist says, Artie may have corrective surgery and then will be neutered using a generous grant from Harnesslife.org.We know that Artie has a bright future ahead of him and we are thrilled that we can help him find his way.
We are more than happy to do what we can for Artie but it isn't cheap. We are grateful that we have an incredible vet team that will work with us but we need some help from our community too. Please consider making a donation to help us with Artie's expenses. He deserves it!
I have just found out that Hope is at your shelter. I have been praying for her every night and day since she was rescued. Thank God she is alive and getting better!! I hope to adopt her when she is ready. I love you, Hope, and I am so proud of you!!! Jo Lopez
Thanks, everyone, for your generosity. I'm Gwen's foster mom and she is doing amazing!!!!!