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Sex: Male

Breed: Labrador Retriever x

Date of Birth : 08/13/2016

Naaji came to us four years ago from Saudi Arabia. Naaji was a guard dog, in fact his name in Arabic means useful. And that's what he was viewed as by his owner as a useful tool to protect his home. When Naaji was hit by a car, he was no longer useful. His owner wanted to euthanize him because he thought, as many think, that there was no quality of life and that there was no purpose to having a "lame" dog.

There was a rescue in Saudi Arabia that stepped in and saved Naaji's life. However, the rescue realized that it was over its head as they did not know how to care for a handicapped dog, though they knew that he still had a purpose. They searched and found Marleys Mutts and Zach Skow. They had seen through our social media that not only could we care for the handicapped dogs but that we were trying to change the perception surrounding them. They reached out to Zach and he coordinated a drop off in New York City, where he picked Naaji up. When Naaji came to the ranch it was clear that he had not been afforded some of the simple luxuries that nearly every pet here enjoys. He did not know how to receive affection and would often snarl. It became clear he had never had positive human interaction.

Through a lot of hard work and perseverance Naaji has done a 180. There is no dog here that better exemplifies the courage and resiliency of dogs. Despite his accident and his years before of very little, if any, human affection he has learned to trust and to love. But the most important thing he has done was to help us and all those online View handicap dogs as handicapable and to not let their disabilities define them, because he’s more than a handicapped dog.

  • 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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