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Sex: Male

Breed: Chihuahua x

Estimated Birth Date: 4/26/2015

Poor little Rizzy was a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence often affects the animals in the home just as much as it does the humans. His short life has been filled with trauma but he has known love. Rizzy was originally rescued and nursed back to health when he’d been injured in a dog fight. He was loved for several years but unfortunately violence visited his life again.

Rizzy’s mom fled an abusive situation. Rizzy witnessed the abuse in the home. We can’t imagine how that affected him. Unfortunately for many abuse survivors they have to give up their pets when they flee. Rizzy lost the only kind home he’d ever known through no fault of his own. His moms safety was a priority and unfortunately in situations like this the humans often don’t have many options for their animals.

Rizzy’s mom was a survivor and so is he. He has maintained a positive outlook on life even though life hasn’t treated him well. Fighters like Rizzy are exactly the kind of dogs who resonate with the inmate handlers in our Pawsitive Change Prison program. His story will touch their hearts as many of them are survivors of abuse and trauma. Rizzy will spend the next 3 months at Tehachapi State Prison inspiring our trainers and learning basic obedience skills. He’s a wonderful little dog and our program will give him the 2nd Chance he’s been waiting for.

  • 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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