East Cobb veterinarian, homeless pet advocate dies out of the blue

The Homeless Pets Pet Foundation, a Marietta-based non-profit organization, announced that its founder, veterinarian Michael Good, died on Friday following a heart attack.

He owned the Town and Country Veterinary Clinic on Gresham Road for more than 40 years and used his clinic to provide temporary shelter for homeless animals and to serve as a hub for other animal welfare work.

The foundation was “established to provide a solution to the endless homeless pet population by educating our next generation, empowering communities and businesses to get involved and tell their stories,” read a post on the Homeless Pets Foundation Facebook Page. “He was our visionary and the voice of the voiceless. Dr. Good seemed invincible to all who knew him, and our hearts will forever be filled with worship. “

He has been involved in a variety of fundraisers to pay for the work of the organization. East Cobb real estate agent Janice Overbeck, who has run Homeless Pet Foundation vaccination clinics in her office on Sewell Mill Road, said in a statement that “his loss leaves a hole in the heart of our community where he has so many others upon countless others Species served. Dr. Good had the biggest heart for animals of anyone you have ever met. It’s practically in his name. “

In 1998 he founded the Homeless Pets Foundation and expanded his commitment to animals to include the Underhound Railroadwho claims rescued more than 20,000 dogs from killing homes in the south and sent them for adoption in the northeast and Canada.

In 2016, good was punished from the US Drug Enforcement Agency for $ 90,000 for improperly recording drug inventories at his clinic. According to the AJC, Good said the incident was the result of a “witch hunt”.

In 2019, a nonprofit that Good was a part of was investigated by the Georgia Veterinary Medicine Board on allegations that orthopedic surgeons trained in human surgery performed unlicensed surgery on homeless animals.

The board found no violations by Good, and while the nonprofit was closed, Good defended the work of Surgeons for Strays.

Many of the comments on the Homeless Pets Foundation Facebook page thanked Good for his generosity towards their pets. One woman called him an “earth angel for everything he did for our furry friends,” while another recalled that he “also kept our other cat personally alive when another vet almost wrote him off. My girl surely welcomed him to heaven because of his organization, she was rescued from an animal shelter before we adopted her. “

The Homeless Pets Foundation said that the First Baptist Church in Marietta (Kirchenstrasse 148) will be held on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a celebration of the service of life for the good, preceded by a visit from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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