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Mutts Matter Rescue

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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

Programs: spay/neuter, adoption, education, and animal welfare

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I don't usually write reviews but felt the need to share my experience with MMR, especially after some of the recent bad reviews. I have been a Veterinary Technician for 10 years and have worked with many different rescues. I have never worked with one as organized or as caring as MMR. I am currently the manager at one of MMR's vet partners and know first hand that MMR will do whatever is needed for the dogs in their care. I have worked with rescues who will not do dentals or lumpectomies if they are needed, they will leave it up to the new owners. MMR does not work that way. If they take a dog in that needs care they will address the issues. They are always clear on the dogs bios if they have medical concerns. I have also adopted two dogs over the past few years through MMR. One a pug with terminal cancer who needed hospice care. We were able to give him a loving home for 14 months before he declined from the cancer. The second was a severely emaciated pit bull who has doubled his weight since we got him. Both dogs have been family members to us, and my husband and I are grateful that MMR brought them to us and allowed us to give them forever homes. MMR receives a LARGE number of applications on a daily basis and they are run exclusively by volunteers. It is hard to make everyone happy but they try their absolute best!


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the honor and privilige of serving on the board of this great nonprofit. I have seen every mix/breed of dog come into the rescue in every state of neglect, poor health, unloved and terrified. MMR provides not only the basic health care to get this deserving animal well but also the nurturing and love to help heal from the inside out.

We have gotten almost 450 dogs into loving homes where they are not just pets but considered family members that are truly loved and cherished. Every dog deserves a place to call home with belly rubs, kindness and love until their very last breath. Organizations like MMR make this possible.

Robyn A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I live in Houston & had the good fortune of visiting DC recently. I met many of the fosters, volunteers & doggies in the program. I am so impressed with how this organization runs...just a well oiled machine...saving one precious life @ a time. Melanie is a strong, intelligent & fearless leader...& it all trickles down.