4th annual 2018 The Tails of RescueMen USA Charity Calendar

Article by The Bakersfield Californian

A national animal rescue organization recently announced it will feature a local man in its 2018 The Tails of RescueMen USA charity calendar.

Tehachapi native Zach Skow was one of 13 inspirational men to be featured in the calendar for their efforts to support the #AdoptNeverShop for a companion animal campaign.

“It was a no-brainer,” said actress Felicia Greenfield, as to the selection process for the 4th annual calendar.”When we started casting this year, several people threw his name out at us.”

Greenfield is the president of Grandpa Dave’s Creature Comforts and co-founder of the RescueMen USA campaign along with casting director Jen Halpern, president of Pillows for Paws. She said when she and Halpern started on their endeavor, they focused only on New York residents; however, the calendar grew to include the nation by the second printing.

After doing a little research on Skow, Greenfield said they very much wanted him to represent their rescue efforts by featuring him in the 2018 calendar.

Said Greenfield, “He is what a RescueMan really is, and is incredible.”

Initially, Greenfield said, she and Halpern wanted to feature your average, next-door man who loves his dog in their calendar. However, this year, the focus has turned to fully-invested rescue men.

“We have several men whose lives revolve around rescuing and facilitating the lives of dogs and cats,” Greenfield said. “We really are celebrating that because you see so much about women in the welfare world. We wanted to showcase some of the men, and Zach was just a perfect example.”

For his part, Skow, who founded Marley’s Mutts in 2009, said, “I was more excited for the dogs to get the publicity.”

In 2008, Skow said his own rescue dogs saved his life while he was suffering from end-stage liver disease due to years of drinking and drug abuse. The love he received from his pets turned his thoughts away from suicide and focused him instead on healing.

After making a comeback recovery, Skow gained a new purpose in life by founding a rescue that rehabilitates and re-homes thousands of abused and special-needs dogs from high-kill shelters in Kern County.

The 2018 calendar will feature a photo of Skow with Hooch, a rescue dog that suffered severe abuse and later was named the 2016 American Humane Hero Dog after being certified as a therapy dog who taught addicts, the homeless and others how to forgive and start anew.

The RescueMen campaign’s mission is to spread the word that adoption is the only option when bringing a companion animal into your family.

Skow said Marley’s Mutts continues to expand and now operates in four state prisons in California, where 36 dogs are living with inmates.

“We have Miracle Mutts educational group that is education at AD schools and institutions in the Kern County area, and we are going to surpass 1,600 spay and neuters for our low-income folks in our county for this year,” Skow said.

Marley Mutts adopts out on average of 100 dogs a month.

“It’s a lot of work, and I am pretty overwhelmed most of the time, but it’s definitely worth it,” Skow said. “We are making a big impact, and we now have the kill rate at our local shelters drop from 80 percent to around 40 (percent.)”

For more information on Marley’s Mutts and the services it provides, visit marleysmutts.org. For information on RescueMen or to order a calendar in support of the #AdoptNeverShop campaign, visit rescuemen.org.

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Thanks to the love and support of amazing friends like you, Marley’s Mutts continues to rescue, foster, protect, care for, and rehabilitate so many helpless dogs. We have so many programs doing great work right now. We saw a 100% graduation rate from both all dogs and inmates in our Pawsitive Change Program. Mutt Movers is getting dogs into safe shelters and homes up and down the west coast. Our Foster Program has adopted out well over 30 dogs in the past month alone. And we know there is so much more good we can do in the future!

This coming Tuesday we are encouraging all of our friends to honor the occasion of Giving Tuesday by sharing their adoption stories. Rescues are our life’s work and we want to know WHY you chose your beloved dog.

Additionally, we will be kicking off a massive fundraising campaign to support our programs. On average, it costs Marley’s Mutts around $500 per dog in our care. This Giving Tuesday, we are attempting to raise $50,000 in an attempt to save 100 dogs. The goal is lofty but we have a great opportunity in front of us with both Facebook and Crowdrise matching funds for donations and waiving all fees. With the continued support of friends like yourself, we believe that we can save well more than 100 dogs this Tuesday. So keep an eye on our social media for your opportunity to give this coming Tuesday. 

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for US nonprofits. Donations made through Facebook’s charitable giving tools can be matched up to $50K per nonprofit or max of $1K per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out. The match will begin at 8AM EST (5AM PST).

Additionally, Facebook is waiving all fees for donations to nonprofits on #GivingTuesday.

Don’t miss out on this incredible fundraising opportunity to double your donations!