Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society

All Ages of Geek supports Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society and we want you to learn more about them:

“Rescuing an animal must create good karma – though this is not why we do it. To rescue an animal is to literally save a life – to change their fate or destiny. Saving a friendly animal from a harsh life outside, from a hoarding situation or from having litter after litter because they are not spayed … lives saved. If some good karma comes along with it – bonus!

Zen can be considered a state of mind – particularly one that is calm. When we thought of the rescue process – going from a situation that is probably far from ideal to one of calmness and safety – the state of zen came to mind. That is the goal – to move animals into that calm state so that they can flourish and, in turn, find their forever homes.

Mission + Vision

“The mission of the Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is to provide a safe and peaceful haven for homeless, abandoned or abused animals. We will help decrease the number of cats and dogs being destroyed in kill shelters through the work of our adoption, trap-neuter-return, and education programs.

The vision of the Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is a world where every companion animal is respected, fed, warm, happy, and not in danger of being killed because it is temporarily homeless.

Karma Cat + Zen Dog vows to treat all persons with respect and consideration – regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, maternity, marital or family status, disability, age or national origin.

Our Story

Christie & Clarence 2010

Christie with Clarence, a 2010 rescue

In 2010, sisters Christie and Michelle Arlotta formed Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society; an organization that puts a positive light on animal rescue efforts. They knew that they wanted to change the fate of homeless, abandoned, or abused animals, while offering them a safe and peaceful haven during the transition.

Through the help of our leadership and animal care volunteers, board members, donations, and grants, we are able to operate our adoption, trap-neuter-return, and education programs to further our mission. We are a volunteer-run, New Jersey-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with two locations: an adoption center in Milltown and a location within the PetSmart in North Brunswick. Every year, special events, including the annual spring gala Paws for Celebration, are held to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments as well as raise much-needed funds to continue saving precious lives.

We are not a religious organization and we mean no disrespect of any organization that identifies with the concept of karma or the study of zen.”

Volunteer Programs


“We have several volunteer positions:Fosters, Socializers, Cleaners/Feeders, Adoption Counselors, Transport, Foster, Event and Fundraising,TNVR, Crafters, and general office.” Descriptions are attached. HERE:

How do people who are interested in adopting get in contact with you? What are the requirements? 

“Our adoptables are listed on Petfinder. Most folks that don’t know us that wanting to adopt find us there and complete an online application. We have an adoption center in Milltown that, until COVID, was open to the public. There are typically at least 5 cats in the center. we did have a presence at the PetSmart in North Brunswick. We backed out of having cats there with COVID but hold monthly adoption events. Some potential adopters hear about us for Social Media or other sources (we are on Magic 98.3 and have had interviews on Philly NBC channel 10). for them we get an application from our website, an email, or a call to our office. “

Adoption Stories!

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How to Support?

“We accept donations from food and supplies (Chewy wishlist) to stock. We sell merchandise and hold several events throughout the year.  Ways to support are on our website, https://karmacatzendog.org/support

Interview with Artist @itskleine

I was scrolling through Twitter one day and came across @itskleine art page and fell in love with their work. So I decided to reach out and interview them all about their art!

1. What inspired you to start making art?

A lot of things inspired me to start making art like anime, manga, all the animated movies such as Studio Ghibli and Pixar were major sparks for me in creating when I was younger! I feel like a lot of artists can share this as well. However these days, a lot of my inspiration draws from nature and everyday things that seem so mundane, yet they stick to you. Fleeting moments that others can notice and realize that sometimes there’s joy in the small things. It can be as simple as a juice box I really like and it begins to develop in my head. Next thing I know you got a little frog selling his wares for coin in a little juice box!

2. Favorite thing about being an artist?

There are so many things I love about being an artist, the creation process, picking colors, and just mindlessly doodling when I need to brain-barf out ideas. My most favorite has to be making someone’s day, helping give that little bit of joy in their life is honestly very fulfilling. I also really like drawing frogs and being able to draw them in cute or encouraging scenarios is a major plus in my book!

3. Advice for new artists?

Advice is so hard, especially because a lot of artists have already said what I wanted to say. So here are a few things that I think might help:

-Do hand, wrist, and arm stretches OFTEN. These are some of your greatest assets when it comes to drawing, so constantly working without taking the time to stretch will result in injury in the future. Injured limbs mean less time to draw and that is not fun at all 🙁

-Surround yourself with things that you like. May that be artwork, plants, figurines, or pictures. Whatever your heart desires! You create a little artistic bubble that gets you in the mood to create and these fond objects of yours are the cheerleaders. I know a lot of probably draw on the bed, and I am very guilty of that too, but try not to do that too often! Once in a while is fine but the bed should be reserved for rest if possible.

-There is an audience for everything, but know that sometimes it can take a long time for the audience to find you. You can post every day but still not have the results you might want. So take your time and enjoy what you make. Do a hashtag here and there but remember that following trends isn’t the only way to grow. Balance is key as well as confidence.

4. Plans for 2021!

I have a few things planned for 2021, one of them being apparel! I’ve always wanted to make my own little brand of clothing, but I’m very picky about what I’d like so I have a lot of research to do. I’m hoping to do a hoodie, socks and maybe a t-shirt! Other things would be new merchandise like stickers, charms, and wash tape. I also hope to move off Etsy this year, fingers crossed I can get the ball rolling!



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