We saw and heard the human toll of Hurricane Harvey, but there’s also an ongoing problem that affects man’s best friend.
That’s where Lisa Booth, executive director of Good Karma MN and her army of volunteers come in. “We rescue whatever dog we can. I don’t care where the dog lives, where the dog was born. If we can help a dog, we will help that dog," Booth insists. "What sets us apart, we don’t stop. We go down, we see the need, we commit. We keep going, we keep going. So, even when the drama is over, or the story is over.”
Good Karma recently brought yet another batch of dogs from Houston, including a frightened little dog named Carlito. He is a Hurricane Harvey dog, and the seventh foster taken in by KARE 11 meteorologist Sven Sundgaard. Dogs like Carlito bring challenges to those trying to nurture them back to health.
“We don’t; know much about them and they’re stressed out.," explains veterinarian Dr. Heather Douglas of Douglas Animal Clinic in Osseo. "It could take months to get their original personalities back.”
Besides Carlito's stress issues, there are physical problems to deal with, something many of the dogs bring to Minnesota with them. “He's positive for heartworm disease as well as a tick born disease called anaplasma which can affect clotting," Douglas says. "His gums are pale. He hasn’t been drinking as much, and he looks like he’s dehydrated. We’re treating with antibiotic for about 28 days, with a good prognosis.”
Carlito is one of the lucky few who gets a second chance in Minnesota, but Lisa Booth is committed to helping more.
“The dogs I left behind. Um, I think about them all the time. The dogs I left behind, wanting to save more, do more. Help more that I left behind. The ones I left behind are hard.”
Donations and dedicated foster parents are key to helping find a better life for the pets rescued by Good Karma, and Give To The Max Day is a pipeline for those much-needed funds. You can help out all kinds of deserving organizations all day November 16 by donating on the GiveMN website.
“Imagine what we can do if we have more financial resources," said Booth. "We’re going to keep doing what we do but bigger and better, just more.”