The decision to adopt a pet and bring them home to share your life might be saving more than the animal you welcome into your heart.
“It’s been a heck of a long journey. Naaji comes from Saudi Arabia, he is a paralyzed desert dog,” says Zach Skow with Marley’s Mutts.
From halfway across the world, a dog in a hopeless situation is now in recovery.
“He’s here, he’s safe and his new life begins now,” Zach adds.
At Marley’s Mutts in Kern County, California, you’ll find dogs with heartbreaking stories are given a second chance.
“We rescue the unrescueable dogs,” Zach continues. “Burned, shot, stabbed, hung…anything you can imagine, we’ve rescued.”
Zach is the man behind the mission.
“You really use rescue dogs to help rescue people,” he says. “I was destitute and completely hopeless.”
Zach himself had to be saved.
Rescue dogs helped pull him up from rock bottom in 2008, when he was suicidal and struggling with addiction.
“I was diagnosed with end stage liver disease, given 90 days to live without a transplant,” he continues.
Zach says his dogs became his lifeline and gave him a new purpose.
“I had felt like a throwaway human being for a very long time. I know these dogs feel like throwaways, so I really wanted to breathe new life into them as new life had been breathed into me,” he adds.
Now, Marley’s Mutts has grown to an international reach, recently getting recognition from Jockey, offering to support his rescue efforts.
“Each of these dogs was rescued from a high kill shelter,” Zach says.
Every year, an estimated three million adoptable animals are euthanized. Zach hopes more people will consider adopting pets instead of buying them.
“At the end of the day you’ve saved another animal’s life. That dog wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for you and that kind of bond, that kind of relationship is very powerful, very impactful,” he says.