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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

364 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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.