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Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Dogs

Mission: Marley’s Mutts is a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, trains and re-homes death row dogs from Kern County’s high-kill animal shelters. In addition , we utilize the rescued dogs to transform people’s lives. Through the power of the human-canine bond, we empower dogs and people to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Target demographics: rescuing dogs to help rescue people

Geographic areas served: Bakersfield, CA

Programs: community education, canine rescue and rehabilitation, spay/neuter programs

Community Stories

366 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marley’s is building a great future for dog rescue and shelter dogs in Kern County and is making a positive impact globally as animal advocates!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with Marley's Mutts when my dog, Echo, passed away and I went to the Marley's Mutts ranch to donate his cart (he had degenerative myelopathy). Within days I saw Echo's cart being put to use with another dog that needed it. This dog, Naaji, continues to thrive using Echo's cart. From there I witnessed, first hand, how this Organization is dedicated to helping all types of dogs (and other animals) that are in need. Within months after volunteering, I was asked to be a member of the Board of Directors, and have never looked back. I love all of the work that everyone involved does, and hope we can continue and expand all of the work well into the future.

2 Claudia M S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following them years ago and they are amazing !!
What they are doing is rehabilitating animals and people in a way full of true care, professionalism and love, to much love !!
Is joy what they are bringing to us in all the stories they are building step by step.
Thank you Marley’s Mutt Dogs Rescue for all you have done !!

3 Eddy J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutt Rescue is EVERYTHING!!! Zach and all the people that help the innocent are truly gifted and work tirelessly for them. I can't say enough positive things about this rescue. Keep up the great work.

4 Judith Gardner S.

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2015, I viewed a video on Facebook about a dog who had been physically abused. Hooch was a pit bull who had his tongue yanked out of mouth and had not eaten or drunk water for several weeks. Zach Skow nursed him back to health with love and compassion. That day I became a monthly donor to Marley's Mutts. Marley's Mutts Militia numbers in the thousands now. And Zach continues to dedicate his life to dog rescue with the same love and compassion he showed with Hooch. I am so honored to be a mutt....

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love and respect Marley’s Mutts as an outstanding rescue. They not only rescue dogs and horses, but they also have several programs to help people in need. Their staff works tirelessly, to make all the programs a success. So by rescueing dogs they have also rescued and rehabilitated countless people. Well done!

4 Chris Higgins Busbee S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization! Zach is an honest, caring, & dedicated advocate for dogs & animals that need it the most. I admire how working hard & never giving up has helped Zach in his sober journey & grown into a fantastic rescue organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Marley’s Mutts is so much more than a dog rescue! This organization has a wonderful therapy dog program that services multiple organizations including libraries, recovery groups, and senior centers. Marley’s Mutts has also created the Pawsitive Change program that places shelter dogs in a number of area prisons and teaches selected inmates how to train the dogs in obedience. This gives both the inmates and the shelter dogs a second chance at a better life. Marley’s Mutts also does a terrific job of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming many seriously injured and abused dogs. This is one of the most proactive, productive, and positive nonprofits out there!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The crew at Marley's Mutts does such an amazing job at helping animals. They rescue sick and injured dogs from the shelter and give them a chance to live a happy and healthy life. I am proud to donate to this amazing rescue group!

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Donor

Rating: 5

After seeing what great work this organization does for all the animals, I do a monthly donation to help for the cost of everything. I know all the money they receive from me is truly going to a great cause for all animals they do rescue. Keep up the great work and I will continue to donate to this wonderful organization!!!!

3 Rhonda Dee P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been watching Marleys Mutts for years on facebook never thinking I’d be in a position to adopt one of their dogs because I’m in Idaho. Then I saw Sid and knew he was for me because of his special needs. I was in California visiting my mom and coordinated with Sids foster mom to get him after a lengthy application and phone calls. I drove 3 hours to Bakersfield to pick him up. I absolutely adore my Siddy.
This organization has gone from one guy and his dog to hundreds of adoptions, training, prison programs, youth and school programs, a place for older dogs and now expanding to horses. Zach Scow and his people are an amazing group of giving people dedicated to animals who have no voice and people who are in need. I wish the work they do could be expanded nationwide.

4 Sally S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted a senior dog, Libby, about 2 weeks ago. It's hard to explain what a difference this girl has made in our lives (my husband and I are both retired). We so love her! The adoption process was smooth and everyone at the event on August 25th was so helpful. We had a visit from Emma with some paperwork for Libby a few days afterward and answered a lot of our questions.
We're so pleased with the work Marley's Mutts does. Kudos to all involved in this important work. You are needed and appreciated by humans and the animals you save.

3 Bobbi W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Marley's Mutts for quite some time and have seen them do so much for dogs that others have or would have give up on. They show these dogs what love is and they do everything in their power to nurse the sick back to health and get them into the best forever home they can. They go above and beyond foe every dog that comes into their care!! I can't say enough about them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue on Facebook for 3+ years on Facebook. I love what they do. I love their prison program, where inmates are tasked with rehabilitating dogs so they can get adopted. I love how Zach invests his heart into every dog, every person and every project.
A few years ago Zach was invited to visit a shelter in Romania. He took time out of his always busy schedule to accompany Tom, a young man from Belgium with a heart for dog rescue in Romania, to visit a shelter in Deva. He posted several videos of his trip there, documenting the enormous stray dog problem in that country and the desperate plight of animal shelters. As a result, I became a regular financial contributor to the Deva shelter and have developed a relationship with some of rescuers. I hope to be able to visit them someday.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everything I have ever witnessed of this rescue has been amazing. They take in tough cases, seniors, disabled, you name it. They give life to dogs that would otherwise have been slaughtered in our shelters. The time and dedication they put in for the animals is beyond compare, and it puts them on a level far higher than most rescues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cant get enough of their staff and what they do for animals, they are the best I have seen and I am half the us away from them. Unfortunate that California has one of the biggest abuse of animal problem but so happy these guys are here to help in a very uplifting, positive & powerful way, that I am proud to tune in. wish I had more money to help them out, but very glad there are people and others who do help. I am in love with so many of their success stories and currant animals.

2 Tina F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts saved our dog from China. They fostered her for 3 months, then enrolled her in Pawsitive paws, an awesome prison program where inmates get to train pups. I filled out a questionnaire, and she was a perfect match. It has been 10 months since we adopted her. There were some trust issues at first, but patience and love won out. She is an amazing dog and I can't thank Marley's Mutts enough for the work they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, I love dogs and started following Marley's Mutts a few years ago. I loved how they helped dogs and rescued dogs. I followed the stories of the different rescues and loved this organization even more. When we lost our 13 year old dog in 2015, I was sure I was not going to get another. It breaks your heart when they pass away. But 6 months later I watch this old senior dog that Marley's Mutts had rescued. I watched how no seems interested in adopting him, probably because he was 11 years old. Well, I put in my application. I liked that they completely checked out my husband and I and also our house before we could be considered. We did get to adopt Murray and the whole procedure was wonderful for us and for Murray. This organization does so many wonderful things for their rescues. I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer. Best organization ever!! Thank you Marley's Mutts for all you do for the animals and the people in your organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned of Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue , when a posts showed up on my FB feed. I have many rescues on my page. I began following Marley's Mutts, as their concept of animal rescue was interesting to me. After following them for over a year, I am so impressed with their program. The rescue of dogs almost no one wants to care for! The prison program and community involvement are amazing. I have rarely heard of a group of people as dedicated to animals and humans as these folks are. The financial, bureaucratic and public relations challenges they face daily, are met with passion , determinations and a "no such word as NO"! attitude. I will do my best to always support the warriors and I hope others do as well !! Thank you, Marley's Militia

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don’t have a story but I believe what Zach and His Family and all the Fosters and volunteers are doing is amazing. I am a Rescue Mom myself by rescuing my little dogs who were abandoned by their owners. I hope that they continue to rescue animals and care for them the way they do every animal big or small need homes and someone to love them and that’s What Marleys Mutts is doing giving Dogs a better life and a second chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my pup December 1. It was an out of state adoption. Shannon Paris handled the adoption and I was amazed at how thorough she was in making sure Gerry was going to the right home. I sent pictures of my home & veterinarian contact information. Gerry was doing the Pawsitive Change program prior to the adoption. It amazes me that along with rescuing dogs, the rescue gives back to the community with programs such as Miracle Mutt, Pawsitive Change.....They are a very loving and professional community. I will always adopt from Marleys Mutts and can not say enough wonderful things about them

1 Nikki B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do amazing work. I have never seen a rescue not only rescue animals but humans also thru their programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very diversified rescue organization ... they have a therapy dog program, Pawistive Change program in several prisons, children's reading program at several libraries, plus they do a phenomenal job of rescuing and rehabilitating animals ... not just limited to dogs. I have a dog from this group and have followed them for several years. I never cease to be amazed at what they can accomplish!

3 Jassmine M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Jassmine I've been with Marley's Mutts for 6 yrs I have fostered over 100 dogs puppies seniors and the special needs. I own Minnie Marvel's sober livings in Kern county and have Incorporated a Foster program at 3 of my homes the clients come from all walks of life along with the clients staying clean and sober throughout there stay most clients come in the program lacking empathy.unconditiinal love and responsibility. Clients choose if the want to help foster a dog or puppies it a great opportunity that let's the women learn basic tranning for the dogs and resposibility and receive unconditional love. At the end of 90 days when the women complete they get a certificate that says they participated in the Marleys Mutts Foster program and the clients beam with an accomplishment and show off pictures and the certification. It also teaches the women to socialize with people it give them a sense of belonging to something. The Miracle Mutts also do temperament testing at our Lilac Location and the ladies also participate in this educational part of Marley's Mutts. The best part of this is the dogs that do get fostered at our programs useally have 3-5 foster Mom's. And the children at the program also participate with socializeing the dogs. At present Minnie Marvel's is Fostering 8 puppies. One adult. There is also a forever program. I have a forever foster Queennie who is almost 16 yrs old she will be with me till the end. The Pawsative Change program is near and dear to my heart am an excon and in recovery with 20 yrs clean. Thank You Marley's Mutts.

1 Justine D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog named Maple back in April of this year (2018). If it was not for this rescue going to the shelter to pick up a dog that was brutally mauled and would have died if not for a rescue she would not be here today. Marley's Mutts is not afraid to take on the tough cases and have this ability to work miracles at healing them and getting the dogs adopted. Their fosters are incredible and their backing (Mutt Militia) steps up time and time again. I lived over 400 miles away and when I was accepted to adopt Maple they did not hesitate in working with my schedule to get down there to meet her and bring this incredible girl home. They are supportive, follow through on check ups and are always there to help. I speak highly of this rescue to everyone that I know and encourage people to adopt from them if a dog speaks to them through a photo. I have nothing but praise for Zach, Randi and all the other people who make this rescue the best in the nation, if not the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in Idaho but had been following Marleys Mutts for a couple of years. I love the work they have been doing in every in dog rescue. They way they are branching out is amazing. I had been looking for a small dog and saw a picture of Sid Vicious. I complete application, spoke to Sharon Parrish and SIDS foster mom. I planned my trip to LA to see my mom, drove hours to Bakersfield and finally met Sid. He’s a piece of work, grouchy old man and I love him to death. The fosters are pure gold and just love the dogs they care for as if they were their own. They will do anything to help a dog in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Got the most amazing mutt from Marleys Mutts. He is now my best friend. I love the programs Marleys Mutts has developed such as their Pawsitive Change Program and their therapy dog programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend recommended them to us after the loss of one of our dogs. We found two great young dogs. One was a 14 week old Boarder mix and then shortly there after we can back to adopt a pit mix who had been abused in two other homes. They are a great pair to each other and our family. We live in Northern California and it was worth due drive both times to adopt these wonderful dogs.

3 hafling86

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been an active member of ‘Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue’ for about six years now. I’ve known Zack Skow’s incredible back story since I first heard about his dog rescue organization.
Three years ago, I drove all the way up to Bakersfield from San Diego in order to adopt my precious pup who at barely two months old, was running wild in the hot streets of that city. Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue had found and rescued her and her two siblings. Zach is truly an champion of God sent to earth to save these damaged and throw away dogs. This is truly an organization worth joining and supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud and honored to be a member of the 'Mutt Militia' aka 'Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue.' It's an organization that is passionate and dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding forever homes for these broken and damaged dogs.. Zach Skow and his crew constantly keeps us updated on how these animals are doing. There always seems to be hope and positivity for these precious creatures. 'Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue...ROCKS!!

2 Brianna H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marleys Mutts connected us with such a special dog. She came all the way from Texas after the hurricane thanks to the work MM put in to placing these displaced animals a home. They took extra amazing care of our girl before she found her forever home with us! We are forever grateful for their constant hard work, passion, and love for these forgotten animals. You guys are amazing- thank you for making our lives whole and making such a huge difference in making Kern a no kill county!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue goes above and beyond to help animals in need and match them with amazing homes! I have adopted 2 of my boys from them and absolutely love them. I have also fostered for Marley's for several years.

2 Laura343

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Marleys Mutts dog rescue for over a year. And every day they amaze me. I am most proud of the Pawsitive Change program. we team up death row dogs with inmates. The inmates are responsible for the dogs care and rehabilitating them into dogs that can be adopted into their forever homes. And in at the same time it is forcing the inmates to open out their hearts to both the dogs and to themselves and their fellow inmates. These people will be returning to society and we want them to have the tools to cope with reality, have a confidence about them that they may not of had when they went in. and a employable trade.But these programs come outta the donations we get. Next is our hospice dogs, our camp golden years dogs. Dogs that are in their final chapter of their lives and we say. "come live out your life with us." No dog should die in the shelter, NONE.We have Miracle Mutts that go to schools, retirement homes, hospitals , colleges to give what i call "Fur Therapy." They are amazing and we rely mostly on donations of the loving public.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been following Marleys Mutts for a bit. I started volunteering this year. they are an amazing group of people from all walks of life. I have seen and learned so much. they are doing things that are so much bigger than themselves. One of the many amazing things they do in a long list of incredible things... They rescue dogs that they know may only have a day or may have a month to live and they make sure the dogs goes over the rainbow bridge full of love and kindness. to give a dying animal a bucket list day and to allow your feelings to be expressed on the videos they make is so beyond amazing to me. they have truly helped me be a better version of myself. the integrity of each person in this rescue is ...like they will never know how many people and dogs they have changed with their kindness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LAME!!!!!!!!jk u guys r doing a great thing☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This dog has overcome so many horrible injuries. He is a blessing to each autistic child, prisoner, school children etc who met him and any/all staff of marleys mutts. Thank God for Zach Skow who can say i am so much better because of what i went through and how these dogs are blessings to me!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts is one of the finest rescues I have ever followed and donated to....the team is so genuine and thinks outside of the box in creative ways to get overlooked "mutts" their forever homes. Live videos bring the viewer into the real life stories of often overlooked dogs that turn out to be champions...be it as therapy dogs, companions, or as part of healing for veterans and even prisoners on their way to trying to make a new commitment to a meaningful life. Real people, real dogs, real stories with follow up for those that care. Marley's Mutts makes a difference which leads to as many success stories as you will find out there. Founder Zack Skow is a true hero for our four-legged and two-legged friends alike...the formerly discarded become treasured. We discover the "mutt" in ourselves and realize we make the best beings!