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September 5, 2022

Team Member Profile - Amanda Patrick

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Written by: Bob Guere

For years I had been trying to think of a way to start a movement in Kern County to fix the problem with stray dogs and cats that roam the city. Dogs are constantly seen dead lying on the side of the roads and it’s the worst thing. Last summer, 2012, I heard Zach on the radio talking about Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. It took a couple times to hear him on Fridays before I decided to do the research and look them up. That night I was in tears going through photos of dogs saved, reading the stories, good and bad, but the photos that got me the most were the burned puppies. I immediately wanted to be a part of this organization. I knew it was different, part of something bigger, and I was going to help make a difference for dogs.

As a member of a home vendor show team I decided that I would set up a little neighborhood vendor show, maybe have ten booths and raise a couple hundred dollars for Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. When word got out, I had over 35 vendors, had to charge registration fees, line up insurance and rent a park! We raised $1300 that day, had news coverage and an adoption… That was the day I met Zach and the gang, November 18, 2012.

I remember waiting for the arrival of the “Mutt Crew” and wondering, “what dogs are coming? Sonar? Moses?” Finally when they opened the door and Sonar jumped out ready to play, I got butterflies in my stomach and was completely star struck! Those babies are celebrities and after having been following them for months, I felt a connection. I learned so much about my own abilities after the delegation of the vendor show, aside from being totally overwhelmed from the feeling of giving to such a great cause, that when they asked me to come on board to help with all events, I was honored.

And so, as they say, the rest is history. I get my family involved, from my two year old daughter who is absolutely in love with Zach, to my husband, mother and sisters. I have since worked on the following successful events: Fonzy’s 50 Bash, Adoption Day at the Downtowner Inn, the Memorial Day BBQ in Alta Sierra, all of our Yappy Hour First Friday Events, and most recently, Paws and Pearls. I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff, but you get the picture! I LOVE coordinating events and do not plan on stopping anytime soon. Thank you for your support and love for the dogs we save.facebooktwittergoogle_plusfacebooktwittergoogle_plusby






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