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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is the real deal. They are in it for all the RIGHT reasons. Melanie goes out of her way to help the dogs most in need; most having come from abuse, neglect or with health problems others didn't want to deal with. She is so committed to making sure the rest of their sweet lives are spent with joy and love. Mutts Matter has saved countless lives...and us animal lovers are comforted by it. I wouldn't dream of adopting from anyone else. -lori

Carla C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got a call from my sister one day last February. "Mutts Matter could use your help and your SUV to pick up some Mastiffs that need to be rescued." Uhh...ok. I had no idea how or where, but I knew a little bit about this wonderful organization and couldn't say no to my sister ;) She and I drove to a shelter in our vehicles and met up with Melanie, the organization's founder and president who is a very passionate woman who knew what she wanted and didn't want to take no for an answer. We walked through the shelter, which is no easy task to do seeing all of the dogs wanting to leave and be loved! Pointing out the Mastiffs that were part of a cruelty case of a backyard breeder, she said we'll take them! Loading 3 of the adult Mastiffs we had room for and two puppies into our vehicles, we drove to the vet in a caravan to have them checked out. I was so taken with Melanie's drive and compassion for these very large helpless dogs, I couldn't help but be feel compelled to do more! Mutts Matter has a large networking capability, allowing them to bring the dogs to the public very quickly and lining up fosters to have them adjusted and evaluated before they are adopted. Their fundraisers have been fantastic! Again, using the wide networking capabilities that are needed for a rescue organization to get the word out for the much needed support they need to survive and thrive, allowing them to continue their wonderful work! I am so fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to volunteer with Mutts Matter. After all, Mutts DO Matter and their chances just got a lot better with this organization! 

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with many rescue organizations in the past and I wanted to take a moment to express how much I admire the dedication and devotion given by Mutts Matter Rescue to neglected, abused and abandoned dogs. This organization is led by the heart and does everything possible to provide safe haven for dogs that many other rescues would pass up, either because of known medical issues or because the dog isn't considered "adoptable".

I'll continue to volunteer as long as I am able and will do so happily for Mutts Matter!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MMR is a wonderful non-profit, dedicated to saving dogs and puppies from kill shelters. MMR pulls, transports, vets, fosters, screens, and places all of the animals it rescues. The volunteers are very dedicated, often driving long distances, bottle feeding, attending adoption events, etc. The do a wonderful job in all aspects of rescue and are extremely committed to the cause. It is a pleasure to work with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my Rottweiler last Sept. My daughter knew how upset I was not having a Rottweiler. She said we should help out a dog that was abandoned or abused. We agreed that it would be a fabulous idea. That is how we found our new additions to our home. Mutts Matter Rescue answered our email the next day, and had us fill out the application. They were great telling us all about the puppy we were interested in. When it came time for them to check out our home to make sure we had the room for this puppy we ran into a problem we live in CT they are in Maryland. So right away Melanie suggested we ask our local shelter if they would come out and look at our house and then call Melanie and report to her, so that is what happen an everything worked out fine, it was done quickly and before you knew it we were on our way to pick up our new Rotti puppies. Yes puppies, when we said we would take Louise, Suzanne mentioned her sister is up for adoption also so we took Thelma and Louise, now is known as Shadow and Scarlett. I would recommend anyone who is looking to adopt a dog to call Mutt Matters because they care. All the vet visits and shots they already had were sent to us immediately along with a copy of the micro chipping information. These girls have adapted to us very easy and seem to be calming down from being abandoned and mistreated. They love to romp around our wooded back yard trying to figure out how to catch a squirrel and how they could climb the tree to get to the squirrels.
Maryellen Woods

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Mutts Matter and my family and extended family has adopted dogs from the organization. The women who started this organization and continue to run it are amazing, they have saved over 300 dogs lives and enriched so many peoples lives including my own. I am proud and grateful of all the work this rescue does, they are passionate about dogs. My family got 2 dogs from Mutts Matters and I was so inspired by the rescue process that I wanted to do more to help them. I now volunteer for the rescue and I have met some of the nicest people from all over the Maryland and Virginia area who are dedicated to animal welfare.