Hero Dog Nominees

Ginger and Shadow are 2017 Hero Dog Award Nominee!

Voting for the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, will open February 28th at 12 p.m. PST!

Over 250 deserving dogs were nominated this year, each sharing their own heartwarming, inspiring and heroic story. The heroes at both ends of the leash never cease to amaze us with their courageous feats, whether they are saving lives on the battlefield, protecting our communities, serving those in need, inspiring us with their resilience, assisting the disabled, or simply leading by example as ambassadors for kindness. Voting opens next Wednesday, February 28th at 12pm PT on www.herodogawards.org

Be sure to follow us here for updates and bookmark herodogawards.org for easy voting once a day starting next Wednesday! The winner in each category will be flown to Hollywood this fall for the star-studded Hero Dog Awards, which air on Hallmark Channel USA in October! #herodogawards

Experience The World Of Sgt. Stubby!

Marley’s Mutts is proud to announce their partnership with Fun Academy Motion Pictures on the upcoming animated film SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO, based on the incredible true story of America’s most decorated dog!
After being rescued off the streets by a young Soldier on the eve of World War I, Stubby is given a home, a family, and the chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. (Watch the Trailer) Marching into theaters on April 13, 2018!
As a celebration of this heartwarming tale, Fun Academy is giving back to communities by recruiting a network of non-profit animal organizations and institutional partnerships across North America, highlighting the important role service animals play in society through the true story of America’s most renowned stray dog.
Starring Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gérard Depardieu

Noel Makes It To TOADY!

Full Article Here: https://www.today.com/pets/dog-has-front-legs-amputated-still-loves-life-she-thriving-t120721

Dog has front legs amputated, and still loves life: ‘She is thriving’

by Arin Greenwood / 

Noel loves the same things as any other dog: napping on the couch, romping with other dogs and jumping into bed to spoon with her favorite humans.

What makes Noel different is that she has no front legs — not that she seems to notice much.

Dogs are capable of so much more than we give them credit for,” Zach Skow, founder of the nonprofit dog rescue group Marley’s Mutts, told TODAY. “Just like people.”

In late November, Noel was brought to a California animal shelter by someone who’d found the badly injured young dog, who appeared to have been hit by a car.

“She was brought to us by a good Samaritan — injured with two broken front legs,” said Nicholas Cullen, director of Kern County Animal Services in Bakersfield.

The shelter’s veterinarians tried splinting Noel’s legs at first. “But upon a recheck one of the breaks had become infected and needed amputation,” Cullen said.

 A good Samaritan found Noel after she’d likely been hit by a car, and brought her to Kern County Animal Services. Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

Not long ago, animals coming into this shelter didn’t stand much of a chance of making it out alive. Pets needing significant medical care would have faced even tougher odds.

Cullen said things have changed a lot over the last half-decade, when the shelter went from euthanizing approximately 70 percent of its animals to saving 70 percent of them.

 “There are consistently so many wonderful stories of compassion and lifesaving efforts that are made in shelters across this nation that go untold,” said Nicholas Cullen, director of Kern County Animal Services. “And if more people knew what lengths people like my staff go through each and every day to save just one animal’s life, it might encourage them to get their animals spayed or neutered, or decide to volunteer at a shelter, or donate to a shelter.” Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

“We have since instituted a completely different organizational mindset,” Cullen said, “of making a significant effort to save each and every animal that comes to us.”

Still, while shelter staff did their best for Noel — one of the supervisors even took the pup to stay at her home for a time — a private rescue group would have more resources to devote to the hurt little dog.

Marley’s Mutts stepped in to help about a month ago.

 Zach Skow, founder of Marley’s Mutts, with Noel Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

Two days after Skow brought Noel into Marley’s Mutts, he was faced with a tough decision. Despite initial hopes that Noel’s other front leg could be saved, her veterinarians now advised that either she needed another amputation or would have to be euthanized.

Even though Skow had reservations about leaving a dog with only two legs, Noel seemed to want to live.

 Zach Skow was thrilled with how quickly Noel adapted after her amputations.Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

It quickly became clear that amputation had been the right decision, Skow said.

“Noel has amazed me with her approach towards life. She is moving right along — no pity, no hesitation, no regrets. She has a disability but it’s not going to prevent her from being happy. We can all take a page from her little book,” Skow wrote on Instagram.

“She hasn’t just adapted. She is thriving,” Skow told TODAY.

Noel is healthy and well now. Walking on her two hind legs isn’t the most comfortable way to get around, though, so she’s got a custom wheelchair on the way. She’s also had an adoption application put in by one of Skow’s neighbors — if he can bear to give her up, they’ll have “joint custody,” he explained.

Skow has some big plans for the spunky little dog. He’d like her to be trained to work with Marley’s Mutts’ therapy dog program. He thinks she’ll inspire people in a big way, by helping them see that “I am capable of adjusting to any obstacle,” Skow said. “The therapeutic effect she has on people is immediate.”

 Noel was spoiled rotten with presents and love at Christmas. Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

Skow knows this because he’s been through some tough times himself. He is a former alcoholic and drug addict who credits dogs with having helped save his life a decade ago. He finds comfort and inspiration in Noel now, too, and he knows others will feel the same.

“She is a constant reminder to me,” he said. “I’m missing my front legs and I am making this work.”

Hello, Captain!

Captain was saved from the shelter just in the nick of one after spending A YEAR in the shelter! Thank goodness the shelter staff never gave up hope! He’s an incredibly loving dog, who does well with others, especially if they are of his energy level. He is high energy, despite being 10 years old, and likes to be fulfilled by playing ball and running. He’s a big ole boy at 80 lbs but can easily move in and out of a vehicle. He behaves more like a 3-4 year old. He’s is your typical American shelter mutt, meaning he is mixed with just about everything, but aren’t we all Mutts? Captain is the kind of dog who won’t go a day without thanking you for saving his life! Be a part of this holiday miracle and apply to adopt captain today!

Hooch in the Media

The holidays are all about helping others, and no one embodies that spirit more than Hooch. Rescued in 2013 by Zach Skow, founder of Marley’s Mutts Rescue, the 6-year-old French Mastiff was found with cropped ears, a broken tail, and no tongue—he was underweight and severely malnourished. Since his miraculous recovery, he has dedicated his life to helping humans by working with special needs children—and showing everyone who meets him an incredible capacity for forgiveness. We chatted with Zach about Hooch’s past and what he thinks humans can learn from his story.

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!

Rescue Ranch Wish List!

We’ve done it! We’ve finally found the perfect place for the Marley’s Mutts Rescue Ranch!  We now need your help to get it up to working speed.  These items are what we need asap to begin the move forward! Please for donation of these items contact Cindy Young directly at cindy.young@marleysmutts.com.

We also have our Rescue Amazon Wish for easy shipping and handling.


We want to thank everyone who has supported our efforts to make this dream come true!  Without your love and belief in our mission this would not have been possible.


  • KENNELS (6×10 & 6×4 several each size)
  • POOL
  • ‘BACK YARD’ FENCING (asap as we’ll need to contain personal dogs)

Rescue Ranch Campaign

All proceeds from this Limited addition vintage MarleysMutts T-shirt go to rehabbing the rescue ranch! This shirt helps me feel connected to the foundation and beginnings of this organization, when blood sweat tears in a small group of men, women and mutts made history!

There is a lot to be done, including bringing the barn up to speed, building fences, creating dog parks, and making it safe, fun, and interactive for both dogs and people!
This is the original MarleysMutts design, created back in 2008 when we first got started. Are used to make these with iron on cutouts and Kmart T-shirts!

The shirts fit wonderfully, the fabric is terrific and I think you’ll enjoy the product very much. It is certainly a conversation starter as well as stylish! PURCHASE HERE!

Best of 2016!

Without question, 2016 was the best year yet, for Marley's Mutts, and for the Mutt Militia.  Checkout this little video for some hightlights!  2017 promises to be even better!