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Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

334 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laura343

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

been following this rescue for awhile. It may have started out as a way to save a few dogs but it has branched out into a full size tree. You got the rescuing of dogs that would be put down. the pawsitive program that pairs inmates with dogs that are than trained for future adoption. The barks and books program where kids that may be shy to read outloud can come and read to dogs. the therapy dog program. this rescue has enough heart and faith that they rescued a dog who they later discovered had his tongue cut out. He has become the Hero dog of the Year.

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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!

2 Janice53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This animal rescue org. goes above and beyond to help rescue dogs . Now with their #Pawspostivechange program with the inmates is just to awesome. They take in dogs that would otherwise be put down due to missing limps or they are dogs that are seen as unadoptable. They rehab. them and find forever homes for them...Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue is AWESOME...

1 Leatha M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Oklahoma, so I haven't had personal contact with Marley's Mutts, but have followed their page on Facebook for a couple years now. They work so hard, not just to rescue animals , many of which would be deemed beyond help, but in outreach programs. I'm a huge fan of their work, and if I lived nearby, I would be very proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are several nonprofits that support rescue animals that I follow closely and they each have a special place in our communities. If I were limited to one, and I have thought about this before, I would follow Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue and, if I still lived in California, I would move myself closer to Tehachapi so I could be personally involved with this organization. They have great heart, they are brave, they look for and embrace the most difficult challenges, they are smart and resourceful, and they feel every dog is worth fighting for. They stand for all the good this world needs.

1 Kim_222

Donor

Rating: 5

I have yet to visit Marley's Mutts as it is a few hours south of me. However, I contribute a monthly donation because I love and believe in everything they do. Their devotion and love for the beautiful animals that would be considered the downtrodden and misfits of doggy society is just something of which I am in awe. Zach Skow, taking his own challenges as a human being, and turning that into a mission and vision for dogs is nothing short of inspirational. AND it does not stop there. The recent drive of 22 FOR 22 to bring awareness to suicide rates among veterans, the Positive Change prison program, the efforts to help a homeless individual and his dog. It is all just amazing. The team at Marley's and the wonderful fosters who help them out are true heroes to me. There are just not enough words to sing their praises. Thank you for you kindness, generosity and devotion. Dash and Blue send their thanks also. All my best, Kim Slavan

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Donor

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts is a fabulous organization, saving dogs so dogs can save humans. They have an amazing network of fosters who nurture rescued dogs so that they can become beloved pets. Their outreach in their area ranges from spay/neuter clinics to therapy dogs to a 'read to a dog' program, to a prison dog-training program, and probably some other programs I'm forgetting. But their impact is felt far beyond the Bakersfield area - they've cooperated with dog rescues in Thailand and provided foster and an adoption for an Iranian dog as well. And their internet impact is amazing. They've got over a half-million likes for their Facebook page, and over a million and a half viewings on YouTube. Dog Boy Zach and the talented and awesome men and women who run Marley's Mutts are nothing short of heroes, both to the dogs they've rescued, and to the people who have loved and been rescued by those dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Tony in 2010. He was so shy. He was abandoned. They say we rescue the animals but in actuality they rescue you. Marley's Mutt is an amazing organization!! The love and care to every animal that is rescued from high kill shelters is outstanding! Zach and his staff should be applauded for all they do!

1 Debbie204

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts is a wonderful organization that is not only helping dogs, who wouldn't stand a chance, get healthy and find happy, loving homes, they also help people thus the community.

1 Kim_178

Donor

Rating: 5

I accidentally found Marley's Mutts Rescue on Facebook, and I had never really paid attention to rescues. But seeing what this group of ppl do day and day out, has changed my way of thinking, and made me want to go back to school to be a vet tech, and then go help a rescue. They go way above and beyond normal rescues. They not only help stray dogs, they help ppl in recovery, giving them a trade, they help children by having their dogs there to read to. They have started a prison program, and now some of these men have a trade to fall back on. And they have saved dogs from being eaten in eastern countries!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue is always front and center, out in the community and reaching out internationally. They teach, train, rescue humans as well as dogs and always do it with smiles no matter how hard and heartbreaking it might be! They work with other rescues as well and have wonderful programs in place! They have my vote!

1 Charli2Max2

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue is amazing. In addition to rescuing dogs from deathrow in the US and overseas, many with special needs, they have so many wonderful programs helping both animals and people, ie Barks & Books - children & dogs, Miracle Mutts Outreach & Education/therapy, Spay & Neuter, Pawsitive Change Prison Inmate/Canine Training. The director and staff are very caring people who go above and beyond every day to help animals and people. I am very impressed by their efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts go the extra mile through their various programs, not only rescuing animals but helping and educating people. A fantastic organisation full of compassionate caring people. I wish them well in all their endeavours.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marleys Mutts is an amazing organization dedicated to saving animal lives. So many lives saved this year alone, Zachariah and Amanda are always one step ahead when a dog needs help. I myself have adopted a mutt who is the sweetest dog I could have imagined. Thank you for bringing Bowie into my life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is constantly seeking and helping!
My view of Pitties has absolutely changed because of their good work.
Thanks, Marley's Mutts!

Laura301

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the pay-it-forward philosophy of Marleys Mutts!! I will forever cheer on the underdog

melbee56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Marleys Mutts for a few years now. I follow the stories of these dogs that have been mistreated in the most horrible situations and you think, how could they possibly recover? Zach Skow is the answer and his amazing staff, foster parents and of course his mutt militia (which I am very proud to be part of). Marleys Mutts takes in the dogs nobody else wants and rehabilitates them. These throw away dogs as some people call them :(. These dogs are carefully evaluated and then the real work begins. I truly believe that Zach is the true dog whisperer. If you watch his videos and how he interacts with these amazingly fragile and shut down dogs, you will then understand how important this organization is. They take it several steps further by having prisoners rehab and learn how to love not only themselves, but the dogs they bond with. Children who are afraid of reading out loud because someone made fun of them...they read to these beautiful dogs with all love and no pressure. They help train dogs for veterans who come home from war with ptsd. The dogs are used for so many wonderful programs. The women's shelter. It goes on and on and every week it seems they come up with another way to save dogs and dogs saving people. Just having a dog around you makes you smile. This is why I think programs like this should be across the USA . Look at the difference one organization can do. Imagine if they all used Zachs methods and ideas. Zachs story in itself is amazing. The will to survive just like his precious pooches. Every single person associated with Marleys Mutts should be proud of what they have accomplished. With lots of love care and patience and a dedication to these dogs is beyond words. If I could. I'd move to CA and join their team. Imagine going to work every day with all that LOVE surrounding you? I can't think of a better way to live your life. That is really living out loud ❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have any direct experience with them as a rescue, but all you need to do is just follow them on Facebook to see all the AMAZING things that they do.

I donate throughout the year for animals/causes that touch my heart. Their posts make me laugh or cry on a daily basis. I have 3 dogs now that are getting up there in age.......my next dog will be a Marley's Mutt!!

1 LeeAnna V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An incredible man with an incredible heart and integrity. I will always hold this group in my heart for their help during one of my most difficult times!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Please do not donate to this "charity animal rescue". They pull highly adoptable puppies $$$ from shelter's leaving moms to die. These are despicable acts and this group is not worthy of the public's support.

Review from Guidestar