NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The saying is "what goes around comes around." When a pet adoption center in Chesapeake hit a rough patch, "good karma" from a dog named Hendrix helped solve their problem.
GO Rescue Pet Adoption Center is where special dogs go for a second chance at, well,being a dog.
Georgia Obenaus has run the GO Rescue for the past ten years.
"The first shelter I walked into and looked into the eyes of the dogs that, you knew, probably would not get adopted, I walked out crying saying 'I'm never going to go back there again,'" said Obenaus. "It dawned on me, if I never go back there and you never go back there, nothing changes for these dogs."
Obenaus' goal is to match the best human with the right canine.
A dog named Hendrix is a good example. He's been at GO for about two years. His medical condition left his previous owners no choice but to seek Obenaus' help.
But now, the rescue needs help of its own. It has to find a new location - not just for the dogs but for the entire operation.
"We were in a position where we cannot keep the house that we were in," said Obenaus. "Our major concern is what was going to happen with these dogs."
So Obenaus threw caution to the wind and found a new place in Norfolk for all their fury friends.
Currently, the building is just four bare walls.
"We just thought one step at a time," said Obenaus, "find a place, we'll work on floors, work on walls."
But then the "good karma" surrounding Hendrix stepped in.
"The Rodriguez daughter used to be Hendrix's guardian and said if I ever needed anything to call, so I took them up on it," said Obenaus.
Rod Rodriguez immediately jumped in, offering to build out the shelter to where the dogs will feel at home as much as they can.
"I just think that what they do is a great thing and it's a hard job and I just appreciate it," Rodriguez told WAVY News 10.
"I took his dog because I was at position at the time to take him and they were not in the position to keep him," said Obenaus regarding Hendrix. " Now we are in a position where we need help and there able to help us."
Everyone hopes to have the shelter up and running sometime in May.
The GO Rescue Pet Adoption Center says they have lots of dogs up for adoption and they always welcome help.
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