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From Floods to Foster Homes: A Louisiana Rescue Story

TWENTY DOGS and SIX Kittens were brought to Good Karma from Louisiana! They are all settling into their foster homes. Our updated photo shows you the animals who arrived in need of medical care beyond the normal spay/neuter/vaccines. Every animal you see on our main photo is either heartworm positive or being treated for severe infections and/or injuries. 20 of these dogs and cats also need to be spayed/neutered/ vaccinated.

All of these animals could not have been brought back if it were not for the tireless efforts of our Director and army of volunteers. Not only did four of them travel across multiple days to make the 2400+ mile trip with minimal sleep, but they also brought needed supplies to an area that has been devastated by flooding and were needed for the animal welfare efforts there. Then, upon arrival back to Minnesota, the veterinarian and vet techs had to oversee care for these animals to go through the intake process and evaluation to get them moved and settled to their new foster homes. Each family was there waiting to show these animals the love they deserved. As already mentioned, we brought back many animals with special medical needs, and some of them will require a multi-month investment in time to make sure they are ready to be adopted. 

Thank you to Lisa Booth, Director of Good Karma, and all our volunteers who made this trip possible. The team was able to free up room for animals there displaced by the flooding who are simply waiting to be reunited with their families.

For more information about how to join our team of foster families, please click here.
For more information about current adoptable dogs, please click here.
To help with the costs of operation and vetting for all of these dogs, please click here.

Strut Your Mutt Has Arrived

It's like March of Dimes but for our fabulous dogs’ benefit.  Dogs, dogs, Good Karma dogs!  Let’s get them strutting!  Strut Your Mutt is our fundraiser wrapping up in less than one week (that’s a HUGE hint to act today to register with our team to walk!) that culminates in a fun-filled day of strutting our mutts on September 11!  If you do want to be part of #TeamGoodKarama, register to join our Strut Your Mutt team, help us raise money, and then bring your four legged friends along on September 11th for a fun walk!  

Please let your friends and family know that you're raising money to help save lives!  Last year we raised $13,000 in partnership with Best Friends’ Animal Society.  We have hospice dogs, senior dogs, other dogs also getting expensive medical care, puppies, plus healthy dogs in our rescue right now, and we need your help! That doesn’t even count the dogs we rescued from Louisiana to free shelter space for displaced flood dogs. Needless to say, we would love your support! Our aim is to surpass last year’s fundraising total, and we are a touch behind right now so we’d love for you to join our Strut team or make a donation today!  

Can't make it? We sure will miss you! Yet, you can still support our team here!

Other opportunities to help include:

Avoid the Back-to-School Blues

Overheard this summer: “Grab Spot’s leash kids, we’re heading to the dog park!”  “Time for a trip to the lake; Buddy wants to swim!”  “Kids, come in the house for supper! You can’t play with Lucy in the backyard all night long you know!”  “Didn’t we have the BEST time taking Daisy to Woofstock today? That was FUN!”

 Now, summer has come and is nearly gone and the kids are returning to school. There is a bustling of activity to buy school supplies which you’ve been seeing at Target since July. Trapper Keepers are being purchased and organized by excited kids. Locker interior are being planned, lunch money is being sent. The start of school is an exciting time!    

While you may breathe a small (or huge) sigh of relief when your kid(s) return to school, let’s think about this from your dog’s perspective.  Many times, contrasted with more consistent school year schedules, summer schedules are non-existent for children and pets alike. While the unpredictable nature of fun summer activity is a blast in June, July, and August, the sudden stoppage of daytime companionship can be jarring for some dogs. For your dog, going from constant activity and engagement to a quiet and lonely house can sometimes create some loneliness, or a mild depression or back-to-school blues.

Here are a few tips to help you help your dog adjust to the change in house activity as the school year starts.    
  • Establish a routine before school starts which includes daily walks and a feeding schedule.

  • Save a special toy that your pet really loves and have your children give it to them just before they are ready to leave for school. Put it away again once the children come home so it remains the "special toy".

  • If your dog is a day time roamer, hide favorite pet treats around the house for your pet to discover while you are away. Rubber Kongs or hard hollow bones can be stuffed with a little peanut butter or cream cheese and can even be frozen for a long lasting treat!

  • Take your pooch for a long morning walk to get him plenty of exercise and tire him out.

  • Spend quality time with your dog when you are at home; include her in family activities to assure her that she’s still an important part of the family.

Helping your dog remain happy and content is important.  If you’re in a situation in which your dog may experience some loneliness come September, take some time to be proactive using these tips which you can read about in more detail in this article and/or this one.  


Sponsor a Rescue Run!
Want to make a HUGE impact saving dogs? Do as Elizabeth did; she  financially sponsored the 8.9.16 Rescue Run!  Now 8 deserving dogs are out of the shelter, which included a litter of four baby sister puppies!  Three cheers for Elizabeth:  Hip, hip, hooray! Let us load up the Rescue Rover in your name and honor!  We’ve designed a new program specifically for Rescue Run sponsorship. You too can save a whole Rescue Rover full of dogs!
Woofstock 2016: A Huge Success
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all who took part in our biggest WOOFSTOCK to date! THANK YOU to our event sponsors Bubbly Paws, Paws & Claws Pet Hospital of Maple Grove and Sidewalk Dog (insert applause here - Yay!). Thank you to ALL of the amazing vendors who participated– it is because of you that Woofstock is free for everyone to enjoy - YAY! Thank you to The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, an immense supporter of Good Karma! Finally, a great and hearty THANK YOU to EVERYONE who visited Woofstock!
Amazon Wish List & Amazon Smile
Want to help us out, but you don’t have a bunch of time to spend figuring out what we need most, or shipping a bunch of items to us?  Our wish list will tell you exactly what we need most, and the items you purchase will ship directly to us! It takes a LOT of stuff to run a rescue! Helping dogs has never been easier!  Oh and PS: use Amazon Smile and choose Good Karma as your charity of choice, and we'll get a little kickback! Thank you!
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