K-9 Karma Animal Advocates was started by Curt and Deb Farrington, who had served about nine years on the board of another local rescue, and between them have decades of experience volunteering in animal rescue.
“We felt that organizing a smaller dog rescue we could be more responsive to the community and the homeless dogs within the community,” Curt Farrington said.
Last year, they began putting together together a small group of dedicated and passionate dog rescuers, and in June, incorporated K-9 Karma Animal Advocates Inc. as a Kansas not-for-profit corporation with the mission of an all breed dog rescue to provide refuge for stray, abandoned or injured animals, place adoptable pets in permanent homes, educate the public aobut the humane treatment of homeless dogs, responsible pet ownership and canine overpopulation issues through any means possible.
“All of the dogs who come into our rescue are completely vetted,” Farrington said. “They receive all vaccinations, are spayed or neutered and any other health issues are dealt with. We currently use Dr. Joshua Alberg DVM and Dr. Bernard Koster DVM at the Goddard Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Johnnie Bruner DVM and Dr. Christie Rafferty DVM at the Oakcrest Animal Hospital. All of them are strong animal advocates and have provided help and support for the rescue for which we are greatly appreciative.”
K-9 Karma has a waiting list of dogs n need of rescue as the organization seeks to prevent dogs being surrendered to a shelter or animal control. The first effort is to help an owner keep their dog rather than surrendering it to the rescue. Though they will be proactive in removing a dog from a home if it is not a good situation for the dog.
K9 Karma began with two full-time and one part-time emergency foster home, and is adding foster homes as applications are approved and funds allow for taking in additional dogs. “We can also use volunteers who want to help, but may not be able to foster,” added Farrington.
The Farringtons are looking for steady and measured growth, matching the addition of foster homes with the funds raised to be sure that all dogs accepted are properly vetted and cared for. K9 Karma provides for the veterinary care, food, and supplies for fostered dogs, as well as support and mentoring for foster homes.
“We encourage anyone who is interested to contact us through the K-9 Karma web site or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org,” said Farrington.
For people who are afraid to foster for fear of being unable to give up the dog, Farrington admits that it can sometimes be heartbreaking, but knowing that when a dog is placed, it means two lives are saved: the dog who has been adopted, and the next one that needs to be fostered is what makes fostering very rewarding.
“To be able to foster is such a privilege,” Farrington said. “Those of us who foster get to be a bridge for an animal on its way to a permanent home, this time the right home, and an opening is created to save another life.”
While K-9 Karma is an all breed rescue, each foster home is responsible for deciding which dogs they can or cannot foster depending on their particular home situation. The organization seeks to empower its foster homes, allowing them as much autonomy as possible, even giving the foster home “parents” the final say in who adopts their foster dog.
With just a few exceptions, the adoption fee with K-( Karma is $125. Prospecitve adoptive homes should expect a vet and reference checks as well as a home visit, which is very typical of all rescue organizations. K-9 Karma will make exceptions, such as out of state adoptions, almost anytime that it is in the dog’s best interest.
“Sadly I receive e-mails asking for help almost daily. It is my hope that as we grow we will be in a better position to interface with other community groups such as our local hospices, women shelters and military support groups,” said Farrington.
K9 Karma is also licensed by the Kansas Animal Health Department as a Group Home Shelter and it is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and donations are always welcome to help take in more dogs in need of a new home.