Dogish Podcast - Stuck In Prison & Afghanistan with Zach Skow 08/31/21
Guest: Zach Skow | Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue - MarleysMutts.org Show Notes: On this week's episode, hosts Jasen Arias & Sylvia Wes connect with Zach Skow from Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue to try and understand the impact of their Pawsitive Change program and what is happening with animal rescues in Afghanistan! Listen LIVE Every Tuesday From 1p-2p PT: Fenix Media Radio - FM.FenixMedia.us/DP Resource Links: FUREVERUSA.com DogUpInThisBitch.com FenixMedia.us Rescued Heroes Road Tour ***License to use music contained in this program was issued by ASCAP (License #: 400009234) and BMI (License #: 60993608) for use by Fenix Media, Sparks, NV.
This week I am speaking with Zach Skow, founder of Marley’s Mutts and The Positive Change program. I first became aware of Zach through the Pawsitive Change Instagram page, and admittedly, I had some preconceived notions about the incarcerated, but after watching their videos and stories, as well as having experienced the transformational healing nature of dogs in my own life, through my two rescues, I quickly found my perspective changing and really saw the power in the work they were doing not only to change the lives of those participating in the program, but also to shift societal perceptions as a whole.As you will hear in our conversation, Pawsitive Change is about much more than photo ops and Instagram posts, and regardless of where you land on the greater issue of incarceration and how we as a society view, as well as treat people who have served time in prison, it’s impossible to deny that they are making a very positive impact on a very under served segment of society. And that’s not even taking into account the residual affect the program has had on the participants families, as well as race relations within the prison walls. And all of this work is made possible through private donations as incredibly they get no federal or state funding.Zach’s personal journey is equally as powerful as the work he is doing with Positive Change, but I’ll let you hear it in his own words. So with that, here's Zach Skow on The Days Between..
Pawareness Podcast # 23 | Zach Skow and the Pawsitive Change Program
On this episode of the Pawareness Podcast, we welcome Zach Skow, Founder of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and the Pawsitive Change Prison Program. Zach has an extremely inspiring story to tell you about how dogs and rescues saved his life. He talks about the Pawsitive Change Prison Program, which is an intensive program that works with incarcerated individuals to rehabilitate people and pets through vulnerability, making a significant impact on those released and reintegrated into society. Then, he shares shocking statistics about incarceration in the US and how the government can help rescues and prisons make positive impacts in the world. “Incarcerated people and pets are my jam. That is what I focus all of my time on, that is what my life is dedicated to, and I feel very blessed and honestly fortunate to have that purpose to plug myself into.” - Zach Skow Tune in to learn about Zach’s journey of spontaneous entrepreneurship and how his non-profits have been affected by covid-19. He shares about how dogs have helped him connect to unconditional self-love and self-confidence, as well as what goals and projects he’s working on this year in 2021. “For me, the silver lining of all this is we’ve been able to introduce a cross-section of our society, our culture, in black and brown folks and introduce them into an economy that is receptive, that is inclusive, and that is willing to engage with them and allow them to access their American dream through the pet industry.”- Zach Skow Did you know? 40 of the incarcerated men enrolled in the Pawsitive Change Program have been released and more than 20 of them have since gained employment in the pet industry! Visit Marley’s Mutts website: www.marleysmutts.org Follow them on Instagram: www.instagram.com/marleysmutts Learn more about the Pawsitive Change Program: www.marleysmutts.org/pawsitivechange Follow Pawsitive Change Program on Instagram: www.instagram.com/pawsitivechangeprogram Follow Zach on Instagram: www.instagram.com/zachskow Follow him on Twitter: www.twitter.com/zachskow Connect with him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/zach.skow Follow Cora Rose on Instagram: www.instagram.com/thecorarose Donate: www.marleysmutts.org/donate Resources mentioned: The Man That Rescues Dogs: www.tmtrd.org The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: www.goodreads.com/book/show/6708.The_Power_of_Now Visit our website: www.pawareness.org Where to find the Pawareness Podcast: www.linktr.ee/pawareness
Pawsitively Sober with ZACH SKOW (Founder of Marley's Mutts)
Sober is Dope!
Welcome to the Sober is Dope Podcast with your host, POP Buchanan. In this episode we cover topics on Sobriety, Rock Bottom, Recovery, Addiction, Service, 12 Steps, Love, Acceptance, and going back to the basics in recovery. Our special guest and sober superhero is the one and only Zach Skow; Founder of Marley's Mutts. https://www.marleysmutts.org/themanbehindthemutts/ Zach Skow was diagnosed with end stage liver disease in July of 2008. At this point, he didn't care much what that meant, only that he could continue living day to day as he had been-constantly drunk, constantly numb. Zach explains in hindsight that his inebriated state was his baseline-this was his normal, and a necessity to his everyday life. He needed to be drunk to drive, to work, and certainly to interact with other people, especially if those other people were new faces. Without alcohol, he was vulnerable and scared-much like the dogs he now rescues from shelters daily. When Zach walks into a shelter, he sees himself in the destitute dogs, and they in him. He knows intimately what it is like to feel worthless and unwanted. He felt like a "throwaway human", and to most people, the dogs in the most hard-knock shelters are throwaway dogs. He tells that he had begun a life dedicated to transformation, and the dogs were a parallel existence in which he could find meaning and progress that he often didn't find in himself. And now, these dogs and Zach work together, creating magic out of fear and rejection, lifting each other up and infusing an infinite amount of love into their surroundings wherever they may be. Zach's ultimate wakeup call came in October 2008, when he resolved to take on life without the crutch of alcohol. The inception of Marley's Mutts coincided with this decision. Through working with the Humane Society, Zach knew that he had a connection with rescue dogs and had fostered several, but he saw a hole in the world of rescue-no one was taking on the really tough cases. The giant Mastiffs, the mangled and mangy mutts, the aggressive and the scared. . . Marley's Mutts would be a home (albeit a temporary one) for these "undesirables." What happened in the process though is that Zach and the Marley's Mutts crew has begun to change the conversation surrounding these types of dogs. They relentlessly educate and inform their followers and fans (350,000 and growing!) to let them know that the dogs are not the problem, but their training and circumstance. The crew at Marley's Mutts provides training resources to dog owners too, to help prevent new problems from arising. Their holistic approach to dog rescue extends even to the community and to their ambitious future goals. Marley's Mutts has plans to expand their human/ canine programs in which rescued dogs will help to rehabilitate people-prisoners, addicts, the mentally challenged. Zach calls the symbiotic relationship between the people and the dogs a "benevolent mechanism" which he experienced first hand, and plans to focus on and fully utilize in the future of the rescue. Today, Zach is healthy-he has worked hard to create a lifestyle in which his liver can heal, and his focus on a work of pure service keeps him grounded and connected to a purpose. Zach knows that he owes his life to the dogs, and through Marley's Mutts, he makes good on a daily debt of gratitude that is truly a labor of love and his life's highest calling. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Amy Klein Full Bio: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6979155/bio Intro Zooland: https://youtu.be/ecUYguN2168--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/soberisdope/message
In the intro to the show Mariann talks to Jasmin about her new favorite book, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk and what a pleasure it is to read a book that really gets it about animals. Jasmin announces that she’ll likely be participating in The Goat Games, a virtual event that challenges participants to finish a 5-kilometer run, walk, bike, hike, or swim at a location of their choosing between August 8 and 16 to raise funds for Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Recently, Catskill, like many other sanctuaries, has lost 30% of it’s funding due to COVID-19. Then, in our continued effort to support vegan-owned businesses, we’re shouting out Charlie Fyffe and his amazing guide to 70+ Black owned vegan businesses in Los Angeles. Over 70! Then, Jasmin talks to Zach Skow. Zach is the founder of Marley’s Mutts, an animal shelter with a difference in Kern County, California. He turned to his dogs to help him when his diagnosis with end-stage liver disease meant that he had to battle to stay sober to access a liver transplant. When Zach recovered, he was prompted to start the rescue to give back, and, since its inception, Marley's Mutts has now rescued over 5,000 dogs and started a pioneering prison program called Pawsitive Change. In this episode Zach joins us to dive into how his love for his dogs and their unwavering acceptance of him pulled him through the darkness and brought him back to his authentic self. He shares why Marley’s Mutts is not only an animal shelter, but is a positive force for change in the community, and how the Pawsitive Change Prison Program works to take rescue dogs into local prisons to train with inmates and give both a second chance. Zach also discusses how he sees Marley’s Mutts developing and expanding in the future to support vulnerable humans and animals in need.
The Dissenters with Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani
Debra and Mandana sit down with Zach Skow, the founder of Marley’s Mutts and Pawsitive Change. They discuss how his dogs rescued him from a near-death experience and why he has made it his mission to save what society can often deem “the throwaways.” Produced by Dear Media.
Zach Skow: Meet the man who is changing the lives of inmates with dogs
Zach Skow developed a drug and alcohol dependency problem that lasted from his teens to 20s. By the time he was 28, doctors told him he had end-stage liver disease. His dogs gave him the will to live and fight for a better a life. Today, Zach is the founder of Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue—a nonprofit that gives second chances to both humans and canines. Follow Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue on social media: Facebook Instagram Twitter Website You can connect with Jared Talavera on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.