Mutts Matter Rescue

Rating: 4.16 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO BOX 2047 Rockville MD 20847 USA

Mission: Mutts Matter Rescue is a 501 (c)3, non profit, all volunteer based organization, with combined rescue experience of over 15 years. We work in conjunction with shelters and other organizations to help save animals on death row, the strays on the street, or ones in unsafe living conditions. We adopt in the DC, VA, and MD areas, with a few exception out of the tri-state area depending on the dog and situation. We are driven by love, compassion, and hope. With enough dedication, we hope to be able to empty the shelters one day soon.
Target demographics: save dogs on death row, and ones in abusive situations.
Geographic areas served: the Northeast
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

See How $25 Can Help

More Info

EIN 30-0614593
410-227-8889
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 4 stars  

Not every rescue is perfect and our mission is to be the advocates for those animals who have been rescued from neglect, abandonment, abuse and from deplorable conditions. I know that each applicant wants to open their hearts and home for an animal that they are willing to give a second chance at life. It is a very difficult thing to try to find that loving and caring home for a dog and hope it will be a forever companion to someone. With all rescues, we do our best to screen the applicant, check with the vet and speak with personal references. Sometimes in spite all we have done to try to match the applicant with the dog, it does not work out. There are so many dogs who are waiting for a chance to be a part of a family and get an opportunity to be appreciated and love. Do not lamb baste Mutts Matter because your application for a dog was not selected. The shelters are full with dogs who have been neglected and surrendered. Why not think of a dog who you can save no matter where is rescued from.

No rescue is perfect and neither are the people who volunteer. If you were ever to see first hand the places Melanie Samet has been to rescue dogs, it would make your stomach turn. It is her total dedication and devotion to Mutts Matter Rescue that she is able to save so many dogs. She has worked tirelessly in every way shape and form, to help animals who are in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

Unfortunately, people don't understand what goes into finding a home for a dog that has been abused, neglected, abandoned, living on the streets or sitting a high kill shelter because the owner just did not want to care for it anymore. Sure it would be nice to place a dog in every home that we get an application for, but it does not work that way.

No one can speak for the dogs except those who are in rescue. If one could see some of the conditions that some dogs were found in it would make one sick. Some were rescued from back yard breeders,living in filthy conditions, sores on their paws from being in a wire cage, never knowing what soft grass feels like or any kind of kind and loving human interaction.

One is responsible for taking care of the pets and making sure their vaccines are up to date, they are on Heartworm and Flea and Tick preventative. In any rescue, vet checks are important because it indicates how an individual takes care of their pets. After what these animals have been through both physically and mentally, all rescues want to do their best to find the right home. There are so many dogs and cats that every rescue is trying to save and it is every rescue's goal to help find them one.

We understand that you wanted to open your heart and home for an animal and sometimes we do have to turn someone down but we also try to reconsider the application. If the vet information is incorrect, it is everyone's responsibility to make sure it is accurate. Check with the vet first before you apply and ask if the vaccinations are up to date.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I wanted to write in response to ShannonElizabeth's review. While I certainly am sorry if she felt that she was not treated professionally, I think it is important to understand that although the individuals who volunteer with MuttsMatter are extremely dedicated, they do have other jobs. In other words, MuttsMatter volunteers have other commitments that may make it difficult for someone to contact you immediately. We try our best to respond as quickly as possible. Additionally, and this may not have been known to whomever you spoke with, but just because you have an application for a particular dog or dogs, does not mean that there is not someone else who has also placed an application for the same dog or dogs and is farther along in the process than you are.

MuttsMatter is a wonderful organization that has rescued hundreds of dogs -- all with the help of individuals who volunteer their time for free.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

This is without a doubt the best organization I have ever been a part of. From the top down, volunteers give their heart and soul in everything they do. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a dog or to volunteer their time. You won't regret it!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

First let me say that my review may be a little biased as my wife is Melanie Samet who co-founded and runs MMR. But without question I can tell you that she pours 100% of her heart and soul into every dog that comes through the rescue. She spends endless hours making sure that each dog that goes to their forever home is the perfect fit for the adopter. She is about quality and not quantity...although MMR is really starting to save more and more dogs. That just means more work for her and she is ok with that...that is the type of person she is. It's all about the dogs and trying to make a difference. This world is a better place with Melanie in it and because of her the lives of many many dogs and many many families have been changed forever.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

almost every dog that comes through the rescue. I love seeing the difference when a dog comes into rescue and seeing them happy and healthy in their forever homes months/years later.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Let my wife get a paycheck for doing it :-)

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Having volunteered with several rescues in the area, I can say that Mutts Matter is always the one I go to when I find a dog in need. On several occassions I have come across stray dogs, of various sizes and breeds, who were in need of rescue. And with nothing more than a phone call to Melanie, she has been more than willing to help in an instant. That is what true dog rescue is about. She cares about the animals she helps and does everything within her means to help as many as possible. There are lots of "crazy rescue people" out there, myself included at times, but Melanie is one of the goods ones. She comes from a good place, with good intentions, and does everything she can to help those in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

This is an organization that focuses on one thing - rescuing dogs and finding them loving families. It constantly amazes me how "unadoptable" dogs became the most loving family pets after some time with an MMR foster family.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I was looking right around the time MMR started up and I was e-mailing a few rescues to see if I can help out and get a real perspective as I want to start my own rescue once I have relocated. Not a single rescue responded EXCEPT for MMR. I am ever so thankful that MMR wrote back and accepted me into their family. I started as a foster and have had 7 rescues come into our home. Melanie is wonderful as she is there and just a phone call away no matter the time! She is rooted in EVERY dog, she knows everything there is to know about them all and makes sure they are a good fit for the foster and their furever home. She has a WONDERFUL team behind her that amazes me everyday with how well everything is run! Melanie has also now entrusted me with the position of foster coordinator which I feel so honored to hold as we have over 70 foster families. But, Mel is with me every step of the way!

Our family has also adopted 2 dogs from MMR, and they are amazing, we love them more and more everyday and they bring such joy into our lives.

MMR is just overall amazing!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fostering program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have volunteer for a number of animal rescue organizations and I can easily say that Mutts Matter Rescue is a top knotch rescue. While all the organizations that I work for share the same passion and mission to rescue animals in need, Mutts Matter has something that I don't find in other rescues. They are very organized and deliberate in their approach to animal rescue. Their ability to masterfully manage their organization makes a difference in their response time with interested adopters, their diligence and patience in finding the best "fit" when placing dogs, the quality of care and support given to foster families, the level of satisfaction of new owners and countless . I'm grateful and proud to be a part of such an amazing rescue that shares the same mission as I do in rescuing and the well being of the dogs!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In all aspects of running a organization and rescue!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise more money to keep the goals and mission to save all the animals!

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteer for a number of animal rescue organizations and I can easily say that Mutts Matter Rescue is head and shoulders above the rest. While all the organizations that I work for share the same passion and desire to rescue animals in need, Mutts Matter has something that I don't find in other rescues. A tightly run ship! Melanie Samet and her crew are very organized and deliberate in their approach to animal rescue. Although this may sound trivial it is actually an invaluable quality. Their ability to masterfully manage their organization makes a difference in their response time with interested adopters, their diligence and patience in finding the best "fit" when placing dogs, the quality of care and support given to foster families, the level of satisfaction of new owners and countless other areas. I'm grateful and proud to be a part of such an awesome organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in... my experience as a foster care mommy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

"If I had to make changes to this organization, I would..."not make any changes. It's a phenomenal organization.

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

From remarkable people come remarkable achievements and Melanie Samet is no exception. I have worked both professionally and personally with many rescue organizations over my career and life however Mutts Matter stands out and alone as one of the most effective, competent and successful of its kind. I am so proud to be a tiny part of this great rescue and I cannot thank Melanie and the folks at Mutts Matter enough for all their hard work, effort and most of all, their compassionate hearts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

animal rescue and welfare

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase available foster homes

Was this review helpful?