The History of Marley's Mutts

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.

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue Introduces New Executive Director, Sharon Johnson

Over the past 5 months the Board of Directors have been assessing the growth plan for Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. In an effort to achieve the goals of our strategic plan the opportunity was right to expand the executive team of MMDR. Today we are excited to introduce Sharon Johnson as Executive Director of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue.

Sharon is a proven leader within the nonprofit community with 11 years experience as Executive Director at Susan G. Komen Central Valley. She has a track record of success building teams, fundraising, grant writing, and strategically developing a nonprofit to maximize results.

The introduction of Sharon as Executive Director along with Mike Lightfoot, Director of Operations, and Zach Skow, Founder/Director of PR, the Senior Leadership Team of MMDR has never been stronger. Together this group will drive us forward to achieve our vision and mission to Make a Pawsitive and lasting impact on communities by rehabilitating souls and creating second chances using the power of human /animal bond.

We welcome Sharon in her new role with MMDR

Foreign Dog Rescue

Humane Society of the United States Presentation

Zach Skow, Founder/PR Directorhas been on the road promoting the programs and mission of Marley’s Mutts across the country. Watch his inspirational talk at the Humane Society of the United States.


Learn More About Our Pawsitive Change Program

Pawsitive Change is a progressive and intensive rehabilitation program which matches death row dogs with inmates inside California State Prisons. Our goal is to reduce inmate recidivism by providing them a viable skill, while at the same time saving dogs lives. The program is guided by experienced trainers over 14 weeks, during which the inmates work towards vocational accreditation and the dogs towards their AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Certification. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PAWSITIVE CHANGE PROGRAM

Marley's Mutts Adoptables

Help Them Find A Fur-Ever Home:

Visit our adoptable dog section. We update our listings regularly and hope to find each and every mutt a good home! Visit: