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Hidden Gems: Meet Patricia Gogala of Do Only Good Animal Rescue

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Gogala. 

Hi Patricia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Do Only Good Animal Rescue was started in May of 2017 by 5 volunteers of Oakland County Animal Shelter. At the time, the shelter’s policy was that certain breeds and dogs with certain behavior needs would have to be adopted through a rescue, and seeing as we spent 7 days a week there, getting to know the dogs, we thought we would start our own rescue to help the animals in their care find the best homes possible. In the 5 years since we began, we have found homes for over 1000 dogs. We try our very best to help each dog find their best fit and provide pre and post-adoption training and counseling. We are at the shelter working with the dogs 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no matter the weather. They are like our own dogs. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been a smooth road! Starting a rescue is never quite what you expect. We had to quickly learn to navigate how to deal with dogs being returned, dogs needing extra training and how to support adopters with that, and how to deal with the overall stress and grind of the ups and downs of animal rescue. The one thing we have always tried our best to do is be as positive as possible and remember that we are doing all of this to help the dogs we love so much. It takes a toll seeing dogs dumped at the shelter, looking for their owners, confused and scared. Have we thought of quitting sometimes? Absolutely! But we remain determined to keep going and keep helping as much as possible. Each dog we help is one more dog that no longer has to feel unloved and unwanted. 

As you know, we’re big fans of Do Only Good Animal Rescue. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We are a 501c3 dog rescue that specializes in working with one of the most misunderstood breeds, the pit bull, as well as working with behavior challenges within the shelter. We have 2 CPDT certified trainers on our Board who craft training plans for the shelter dogs and work with shelter staff and volunteers to implement those plans. We are a little different from your typical rescue as we do work directly out of the shelter, which provides its own sets of challenges. But, we also have over 30 dogs in foster homes and work with other organizations to help with fostering when we can. The shelter currently has over 90 dogs available for adoption and we know each of them as individuals which we believe helps them get adopted and stay in their forever homes. We have a small but dedicated team of volunteers who come to the shelter 7 days a week, 365 days a year, during holidays, rain, snow, you name it. We are there. We live and breathe the shelter dogs and are their comfort and companions. 

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
You have to definitely believe in luck in rescue. Sometimes you send a dog to its potential home, unsure if it’s the best fit and if it’s going to be permanent. And we have been pleasantly surprised more than once or twice by dogs who have been having a tough time in the shelter environment and who go on to absolutely flourish in a home. There is absolutely a small amount of luck involved in any adoption. 


  • The adoption Fee $125 and includes a training session, dogs are microchipped, fixed, and up to date on shots

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