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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

343 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had previously written a review here that was inflammatory, and frankly, unnecessary. Rescue is full of exhaustion, heartbreak, and very hard decisions, and in the midst of that, all of us have made mistakes. What I said previously was one of those mistakes.

The many dogs Marley's Mutts have saved speaks for their dedication to rescue. But it's easy to have compassion for a helpless dog; having compassion and understanding for people who can be much less adorable and agreeable can be far more difficult and is an area where many of us in rescue struggle. Marley's Mutts ability to do so, along with their dedication to learning from mistakes and improving, and ability to address a difficult situation with humility and equanimity is something that sets them apart.


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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother has lived in Bakersfield for 17 years. She has told me for several years about Marley's Mutts and the good they do in this area. I moved here this past August, and soon began seeing stories on the news and in the paper about the rescues, fund raising, and other good works they do around here. I soon read Zach's story, then saw an opportunity to join the militia as a volunteer. I began working with the spay/neuter division, and immediately realized I had found a calling. Working beside other amazing volunteers, all wanting to do right for the dogs is so fulfilling. I quickly wanted to do more, so I took on some more responsibilities within the group, and have also volunteered with Liz Kover ' s group working with the women at the mission.

This group does so many different things to save and help the dogs in this community. They are very deserving of funding and donations. They put the money to good use, no wasteful spending.

Donor

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts is a rescue like no other. They rescue and save dogs that are on a path to be 'thrown away'. I follow and donate because what they do touches my heart.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The crew at marleys mutts take the most deperate situations and high need dogs and with hard work and dedication transform and heal them into highly adoptable pets. They never give up and r selflessly working to create a safe no kill county. They r the best!!

Lydia12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Marley's Mutts Rescue in Tehachapi now for the past year. These incredible rescues by committed personnel - Zach, Amanda, Cindy, et al. have shown these animals love, compassion, patience, care and hope. I enjoy their constant updates on our furry friends via Facebook. I laugh and cry and hope that these animals are adopted by special persons who open their hearts and homes to these animals that have lived in deplorable environments and conditions. Their weekly runs to various animals shelters provide lucky dogs with a second chance. They take in injured strays and provide the necessary medical treatment they need. I am so touched by their commitment that I have made small donations whenever I can. The merchandise, especially the 2015 calendar with some special dogs....yes HOOCH, I had to purchase. This organization is my favorite and I share the stories with my family and friends too. Thank you Marley's!!!!

2 Tammera B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts is an awesome rescue site. They take in the dogs that everyone else overlooks and find them great homes. They also do an awesome job of helping the community out with their various out reach programs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Marley's Mutts for some time and I am amazed at the dedication and love every member of the Mutt Militia exhibits at every turn. It is a herculean task to run a rescue group and these folks do so with a network made up of wonderful foster families who open their homes and their hearts to the most needy of dogs. Dogs with health problems that under other circumstances would be put to sleep or abused dogs that at first appear to be too damaged to be rehabilitated but under the care and expertise of the crew rediscover what it means to be a dog that finally knows love and kindness and becomes able to return that love a hundredfold. My own life has been enriched beyond words by the adoption of a shelter dog and I have become a very vocal advocate of spaying and neutering so that at some point shelters will no longer be filled with unwanted, lonely animals. The successful programs for low cost spay/neuter clinics Marley's Mutts offer is something I support completely. Every dog deserves the opportunity to be a beloved member of a family, the Mutts give so many that chance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We believe in what Zach and the Mutt Militia are doing and trying to do. Their motto: Rescued Dogs Rescuing People. We see what Zach and the Mutt Militia do every day for dogs and people. They are trying their hardest to rescue as much as they can, most dogs are tore up and broken. They have a great connection with Veterinarians and dog hospitals and foster homes. Facebook and the Marley Mutt Rescue website keep us informed with all the stories about training dogs and taking them to the Mission, Bark for Dogs reading, going to the School of Autism and sharing their dogs, Spay and Neuter clinic, etc. And followups on rescued dogs. Zach's honest and open stories about his life and hard work, how he gets down, depressed and his following helps him back up. And they never forget to thank all their fosters, volunteers and donors. Sometimes they can't help a dog and it is very sad for the Rescue and followers but Zach and his Mutt Militia make decisions all the time concerning dogs. And sometimes they get a bad review because of those decisions, but I have been volunteering, following and donating for a few years now and I believe in what they do. They do what is best for the dogs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts is in my opinion nothing less than a miracle group. I have been following them in facebook for the past couple of years and what they do for these animals that would have no shot without them is simply amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization and group of people. Not only changing and saving the lives of pups but also have a huge impact in changing and saving the lives of people. They have developed many programs that impact both K9 and human lives for the better.

3 Barbara212

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thankful for people like Marlleys mutts they do a wonderful job for kern county and other cities for dogs of all kinds if it wasn't for them and all they do animals would die

3 Karen333

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started following Marley's Mutts when they helped the two burn puppies. Since then I've followed them as they have saved hundred of lives, from every situation you can imagine and then some….such a caring well informed team. I want to thank them for all they do for the ones that can't help themselves

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is absolutely the best non-profit rescue! They run a tight ship. All their fosters are trained in fostering. The love and care they give each and every rescue is amazing. They really are a family and treat all the people who help out with donations monetary and otherwise like they are truly part of the Mutt family! Zack, Chris, Amanda and the other are all Angels on earth!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Very upset with Marley's Mutts for their recent decision to rescue puppies from a kill shelter and leave the mother. Even after followers and donaters expressed concern and requested they save the mother, they refused to respond. Luckily another rescue heard about this and saved the mother...I will no longer support this organization, that was the last straw.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just can't say enough about Zach and his Marley's Mutts crew. They are SO dedicated to helping dogs who, most often, have little to no hope for a life of love and tenderness. Their mantra is certainly; All dogs have a right to comfort, love, medical help and freedom to just be dogs. They are tireless and never pass on a call for help with a dog in distress. All praise must go to this amazing, caring, loving team of regular people who give their time and a good part of their lives to helping dogs in need. Kern County and the world, is lucky to have such people who serve great doggie needs. I love these people.

2 Kaitlyn L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Marley's Mutts is my favorite non profit to donate to. I am an animal lover and this amazing group of people takes dogs of all shapes, sizes and health issues and figures out how best to serve each mutt! I am regularly impressed by their patience and dedication to the rescuing of animals. They have touched lives of humans and dogs all over the world. I also love that they are working to make Kern County a "no kill" shelter! How incredible that would be! Keep up the great work Marley's Mutts!

2 KierstinM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am such an animal lover. Sometimes it seems, almost to a fault. This organization does such amazing things for stray and abused dogs. Not only in their own town but neighboring towns and places across the world. I wish I had loads of money to donate to this rescue but since I don't im happy that im able to tell about their success stories and triumphs in hopes that awareness comes to the incredible things they do daily for animals. Please review their page and help spread the word of the outstandingly selfless things they do on a daily basis. Everyday is a story of an animal who came from the absolute lowest place to a level of happiness and love that will boost your faith in humanity. Thank you Marleys Mutts for all you do.

2 momifer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Marley's Mutt's on Facebook. Zach and his team are beyond amazing. They take in, care for, rehabilitate, train, and (if necessary) have the dogs treated medically. Truth be known, most of their animals require medical attention, for many of them, it's extensive. When the dogs are ready, the team finds them new, loving homes. Zach and his team work (and play with these amazing animals) tirelessly in the name of Marley's Mutt's. These are amazing people, working, what usually appears to be, at least 18 hour days for the betterment of societies 'throw away' dogs. I am in awe of them, and their selfless dedication, to the amazing animals that they Save. Please look them up, you will be better off for helping this amazing team continue their journey of love and service.