The Homeless Pets Foundation, a Marietta-based non-profit, introduced that its founder, veterinarian Michael Good, died Friday after a coronary heart assault.
For greater than 40 years, he was the proprietor of the City and Nation Veterinary Clinic on Gresham Highway, and used his clinic to supply short-term shelter for animals with out properties and to function a hub for different pet advocacy work.
The inspiration “was based to supply an answer to the limitless homeless pets inhabitants by educating our subsequent technology, offering communities, and companies a method to become involved and inform their tales,” stated a publish on the Homeless Pets Foundation Facebook web page. “He was our visionary and the voice of the unvoiced. Dr. Good appeared invincible to all who knew him and our hearts will eternally be stuffed with adoration.”
He was concerned in quite a lot of fundraisers to pay for the group’s work. East Cobb realtor Janice Overbeck, who has held Homeless Pet Basis vaccination clinics at her workplace on Sewell Mill Highway, stated in an announcement that “his loss leaves a gap within the coronary heart of our group, the place he served so many others in numerous methods. Dr. Good had the most important coronary heart for animals of anybody you’ve ever met. It’s virtually in his title.”
He based the Homeless Pets Basis in 1998 and prolonged his animal advocacy to incorporate the Underhound Railroad, which claims to have rescued greater than 20,000 canine from kill shelters within the South and despatched them for adoption within the Northeast and Canada.
In 2016, Good was fined by $90,000 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Company for not correctly recording the stock of medication at his clinic. In response to the AJC, Good stated the incident was the results of a “witch hunt.”
In 2019, a non-profit with which Good was involved was investigated by the Georgia Veterinary Drugs Board for allegations that orthopedic surgeons skilled to function on people have been performing unlicensed operations on homeless animals.
The board discovered no violations on Good’s half, and whereas the non-profit was shut down, Good defended the work of Surgeons for Strays.
Lots of the feedback on the Homeless Pets Basis Fb web page thanked Good for his generosity towards their pets. One lady referred to as him an “earth angel for every part he did for our fur mates” whereas one other remembered that he “additionally personally saved our different cat alive when one other vet all however wrote him off. My lady greeted him in heaven for positive due to his group, she was saved from a kill shelter earlier than we adopted her.”
The Homeless Pets Basis stated a celebration of life service will happen for Good from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Marietta (148 Church St.), preceded by a visitation from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
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