Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to bring a good friend of mine, Zach Skow, to Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family”.
I first met Zach wandering the kennel corridors at Kern County Animal Care in Bakersfield. My first thought was, “Hmmmm he’s pretty cute.” My second thought was, “Why is he here as much as I am?” Then I came to learn that he is the founder of an animal rescue in Kern County called “Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue” that specializes in dogs who have been abused, neglected, on death’s door, etc.
I could go on and on about the amazing things he does, but in 2015, he started a new program called Pawsitive Change. What is it you asked…?
Pawsitive Change takes death row shelter dogs and pairs them with prison inmates. It’s currently at 4 high security prisons in California. The inmates work with the dogs for a total of 14 weeks. They learn dog psychology, training techniques, social/life skills and participate in a graduation ceremony at the end.
Robbie Miller, who was behind bars for 12 years, was the spark that brought this program to life. He turned to Zach when he was released and decided to adopt Shadow. Shadow is a female pitbull who was found locked in a cage in the desert. One of the other dogs died, but Shadow managed to survive. Shadow and Robbie quickly developed a mutual bond. They provided each other with love, compassion, respect and patience. It was truly a win-win situation!
A few weeks later, Shadow fell ill and was rushed to the vet. It turned out, she had been previously shot and had to have emergency surgery. She survived surgery and is thriving, but the situation only solidified the fact that Robbie was in love and finally had a reason to live.
Please watch the segment and learn more at MarleysMutts.org or Facebook.com/PawsitiveChangeProgram