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Good Karma Rescue

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community


Main St.Montpelier, VT 05602 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Good Karma Rescue is a small group of volunteers that love animals. Our mission is to rescue, provide refuge, and ultimately to find permanent loving homes for abandoned, stray and neglected animals where they will receive a lifetime commitment of loving care, including appropriate gentle training, exercise, and regular veterinary care. Whenever possible we also assist dogs who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to remain in their homes with their guardians. We are located in Central Vermont, and work with local and national organizations to help prevent needless euthanasia, and companion animal overpopulation


Good Karma rescue has several different volunteer opportunites available.

We are currently looking for volunteers to socialize and walk the dogs.

We are also looking for foster parents that are willing to open their homes to our dogs that need a little extra help in getting ready for their forever home. A foster parent must provide a nurturing atmosphere that includes shelter, exercise, but most importantly love; it takes a special person who can provide all of this for a rescued dog and then give them up when a permanent home is found. Foster parents can also contribute immensely in placing rescued dogs in appropriately matched homes by observing their fostered dog's personality traits. This information is essential in placing dogs in the right home.

Good Karma alos has several adoption, information tables, and fundraising events throughout the year. We are in need of folks that are willing to give a few hours here and there to help spread the word about Good Karma dogs, and to spend time with the furry friends attending the events.

We are always in need of new members. If you are interested in contributing to our work, volunteers can help in any number of ways. Feel free to browse our website site, and we wish you good karma!


Would you recommend Good Karma Rescue?
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by Ben W. (February 2, 2011)
We found that the group at Good Karma Rescue were great to work with. They were thorough and honest throughout the adoption process and in the end, we brought two beautiful dogs into our lives. We recommend Good Karma Rescue to anyone who wants to work with an organization that is working in the best interest of their animals. They were a joy to work with and we have no reservations when referring others to them.
by Maggie G. (January 4, 2011)
I adopted a dog from Good Karma in December 2009, and she is such a fun, sweet-tempered, and well-adjusted girl. Her foster parents were wonderful: they gave me tons of information about her to make sure she was a good fit for my home. They really loved her and it was clear they wanted the best for her. They also received tons of support from Good Karma. A fantastic organization!
by Lyndsey T. (December 13, 2010)
We had a wonderful experience when adopting our first dog Lily and then we began fostering for them. This was how we came across our second GKR dog "Switch". Good Karma is very thorough and truly cares about their animals. It's a full time job to take care of these dogs and make sure that they all end up in wonderful homes. Many of them have come from such horrible situations, situations that we would not want to put them back into. These dogs deserve loving homes that will treat these animals as family. Yes, Good Karma has high standards. But their standards are not any different than other organizations in the area. It is essential that the well being of the dog be the most important thing considered when searching for a forever home. Dogs can't talk to us and they can't choose their homes. Good Karma is responsible for these dogs, and does a wonderful job finding them homes. Thank you Teal and Matt and all the other volunteers for being so dedicated!
by Mike T. (December 11, 2010)
I adopted Ema from Good Karma in Dec 08. I had actually contacted them a couple of months earlier looking for a high energy hiking dog. At the time they didn't really have any dogs that were quite what I was looking for. But I got a call a couple of months later from Teal, who told me they had the dog for me. They made a perfect match. While Ema has way too much energy for many owners, she was what I was looking for in a hiking companion. I really appreciate that they kept me in mind.
by Matt P. (December 10, 2010)
We adopted our dog last spring from Good Karma. I would say that from start to finish the experience was great...but there hasn't been a finish yet. I still periodically get an email checking in, or if I have a question I feel comfortable contacting them. Our dog was happy and healthy when we met him...just looking for a home and Good Karma found him the place he was meant to be. Which right now is on the living room floor with his feet in the air sound asleep.....and happy.
by cindi s. (December 10, 2010)
I volunteer for Good Karma by helping transport the lucky dogs that find their way into her rescue. I am very picky about which rescues I will volunteer, donate my time and money for. Good Karma is everything I look for in a rescue. It saves dogs that are slated for certain euthanasia, makes sure they get whatever vetting they need and gets them into foster homes. It is important to me that she screens her foster homes very carefully so that the dogs get the attention, training, patience and LOVE they so deserve. More importantly,she screens her potential adopters even more carefully. The dogs that come into this rescue have not always had the best start in life. It is critical that these dogs go to homes where there is a good 'fit'. Just because an applicant wants a certain dog does not mean that particular dog is a good fit for that family. Good Karma has always put the needs of the animals FIRST. They are a great rescue that is making a major difference.I'm proud to help them do so.
by Laura H. (December 10, 2010)
I found Good Karma on the internet when I was looking to adopt a new dog. They were very professional and thorough during the adoption application process. When I finally met Ginger, she was a very happy dog who seemed to have had a great experience following her rescue. She has been living with me for over a year now and is absolutely wonderful. I am so pleased that I found Good Karma and commend them on the wonderful job that they do!!
by Sue B. (December 10, 2010)
I think they really care about animals and getting them into good homes, they have a pretty extensive home check for potential adopters but that is so they make good choices for the animals they are adopting. Its also the same kind of check that most other rescues use.
by April T. (December 10, 2010)
My family adopted our first family dog from GKR in May. The process was easy and Teal and her volunteers did everything to make sure we were adopting the right dog for our family. The dog was in a fantastically skilled Foster situation and I felt that the best interests of both our family and the dog were being considered. One of the things that makes GKR special is there is sort of a bulit in "check and balance". You feel good in getting an approval for adoption from them. The GKR community is growing as they continue to place more and more animals in loving forever homes and I feel extremely confident and happy to refer ANY persons looking towards rescue as a means of adoption to them!
by Tracy M. (December 10, 2010)
We adopted an amazing dog (Brandy) from Good Karma Rescue. They did the home visit quickly and the foster home where Brandy was living was so nice. It was so much better to visit Brandy in someones home rather than in a kennel or cage. All the people I met at Good Karma were wonderful, kind, compassionate and love animals. I have already recommended Good Karma to many friends and would adopt from them again. Our experience was nothing short of perfect - just like the dog we adopted.
by Ed P. (December 10, 2010)
We wanted to adopt a dog from them, but they turned us down with no explanation why.

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