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By Liz R. Kover
Animal Assisted Activities Director Marleys Mutts Dog Rescue 

Program Updates

It's a Dog's Life


Ginger and Sully bring smiles to cancer patients' families at CBCC in Bakersfield.

The " Miracle Mutts" program – Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue's Outreach, Education, and Therapy Dog Certification endeavor – continues to spread joy across Kern County, reaching ever-farther into the community in a variety of unique and meaningful ways.

Our new class at The Mission at Kern County is called "Moving Forward With Dogs: 12 Steps at a Time"; it integrates dog handling, walking and training into addiction recovery work. Both the Men's and Women's programs are benefitting, as are the therapy dogs in training who participate in these classes to earn hours toward therapy dog certification! Furthermore, our classes at the Kennemer Center, part of Turning Point of Central California, bring similar content to men finishing up prison sentences with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, while living in transitional housing.

Our Barks & Books program continues to grow as well, with extended sessions available at Tehachapi Library for the summer months of June and July. In addition to our regular time slots available each second and fourth Monday of the month between 4 and 6 p.m., we now have dogs on site from 11 to 12:30 p.m., each first and third Wednesday through the end of July.

Another new affiliate in Kern County, of which we are very proud, is the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC). Our therapy dogs are now visiting with cancer patients and their families twice a month, infusing some much needed joy and lightness into what might otherwise be emotionally trying moments in the waiting room.

Our prison program, Pawsitive Change, wrapped up its first fourteen week session with great success! We will be bringing you an in-depth story about that soon. In the meantime, please reach out and let me know if you're interested in having the Miracle Mutts visit your school or organization, at Take care and dogspeed!


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