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Mr. Murtz

Sex: Male

Breed: Chihuahua x

Estimated Date of Birth : 08/29/2017

Poor Mr. Murtz just can’t seem to catch a break! He was originally rescued from Shafter Animal Control in 2018 when he’d been picked up as a stray. His family never came for him and there was no adoption interest. Mr. Murtz just sat at the shelter waiting and hoping. He was a sweet shy little guy and we gave him the chance he needed with our Pawsitive Change Prison program. Mr. Murtz graduated the program and landed the adoptive home he’d been waiting for. Sadly that adoptive home retuned him after almost 5 years.

The dog we got back is no longer happy go lucky. Mr. Murtz is now shy and insecure. It takes him awhile to trust and he needs a family that will go slow with him until he feels confident. He’s great with other dogs but wouldn’t do well with in your face crazy energy dogs. He much prefers dogs that are respectful and have a more moderate energy level. Because of his shyness we’d recommend homes with no small children.

Even though Mr. Murtz has changed he’s retained almost all of his Pawsitive Change training. He walks nicely on leash, sits on command and is perfectly crate trained. He’s ready to find a new family and is hopeful he’ll find the patient home he needs. A home that understands no dog is perfect and some dogs take a bit longer to to build that bond trust is made of.


Here’s what you need to know about adopting a cat or dog from Marley's Mutts:

  • Each adoptable pet will be introduced on Facebook

  • Each pet will have its own profile here on the website

  • All pets will be spayed or neutered

  • All pets will be micro-chipped and shots will be up-to-date

  • Each pet has their own application to complete—make sure you use the right one (linked from their bio)

It’s important to us that each pet goes not just to a great home but to the “right” home. Our foster parents work with each pet to get to know them and their needs.

We try hard to list all of the pertinent info about each pet on the site so you can choose the pet that will fit with your family/lifestyle. If you don’t see a specific pet on the site, he/she is not ready for adoption. Please be patient and wait until the bio is listed. We don’t decide on a “first come, first served” basis but rather on a “who’s the very best fit.” So, don’t panic.

It’s not a quick process. We receive dozens of applications for each pet so please be patient. If you’re shortlisted you’ll be contacted as soon as possible.

If selected to meet one of our pets and you currently have pets, you’ll be asked to do an in-person pet intro; we don’t do the long-distance adoption thing. If you live out of town, plan a fun road trip to meet the pet in person.

Don’t be discouraged if your application is not selected. Remember, we get a lot of them! Trust us, the best fit for you is coming.

If you’re lucky and you do adopt a super amazing pet from Marley’s Mutts, don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us for training, medication, or behavior questions. We’re here for you, and your pet.



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