As many of you know, rescuing animals is something that’s near and dear to my heart. My first dog, Duke, helped shape me into who I am today because he showed me how to be patient, how to love unconditionally and most importantly gave me confidence and stability at a time when I needed it most. As a military kid who moved every three years, Duke was always there for me and helped me through each and every transition. I knew I always had a friend when being the “new” girl was scary.
Today, our family dog, Zara, is also a piece of my heart and soul as well as my family’s. I rescued her on the Today Show in 2012. It was love at first sight and it has been so rewarding to now see the confidence Zara has given my boys. When we moved cross country from New Jersey to California, Zara was also that constant companion who helped my boys through the transition.
Rescuing animals has had such a positive impact on my life and on so many people’s lives that I wanted to share with you a wonderful organization here in California that is saving so many animals who would otherwise be put to death.
Zach Skow is the founder of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, and he knows a lot about being rescued himself. Rescuing dogs helped heal Zach at the lowest point in his life. In 2008, Zach was given 90 days to live. At the age of 28, after years of abusing alcohol and drugs, he was facing end-stage liver disease. Zach miraculously recovered not only by becoming sober, but by the unconditional love he found in his three rescue dogs. This trying time inspired Zach to establish Marley’s Mutts, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, trains and re-homes death row dogs from high-kill centers in Kern County, California. What I love about Zach is that he rescues animals that some would consider broken and would ordinarily be looked past.
Here’s more about Zach’s mission as he told us on Access Live:
Thanks Zach for helping make sure adorable dogs like Cora and Belle are adopted into loving homes. And if you are wanting a lovable furry companion please always consider a rescue first… they are the best breed.