Dog Guy Foundation helps boost adoptions at Animal Care Centers of NYC

Susan Richard
May 04, 2019 - 9:26 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) Are you a dog guy? Maybe, but there's one dog guy whose love of animals is helping to save lives.

"I was having a bad week at work," Mark Imhof told 1010 WINS, "and so my fiance said, why don't you do something with animals?" Imhof did, graduating from grooming school, with the intention of changing careers. To keep up his skills while he sought employment, he volunteered at Animal Care Centers of New York. Three years later, he was known as 'Mark the Dog Guy', the man who had helped some 700 animals get adopted, and in some cases, recover from serious grooming-related medical conditions.

It was then that he was approached by a benefactor who asked if he could expand the operation, and the Dog Guy Foundation was born, with donations funding professional grooming services in at least one of the city's three animal shelters nearly seven days a week.

Watch the Dog Guy Foundation in action in the latest episode of AllForAnimalsTV with 1010 WINS' Susan Richard:

A good cut and blow dry can make all the difference. "Just imagine yourself, if you haven't had a shower or a bath for weeks, you're not going to feel good about yourself," Imhof told 1010 WINS. After a grooming the dogs give off a completely different vibe. "And then when people walk by their cage, they think this is a dog that I want, because they're so confident," says Imhof.

In certain instances, the foundation services can be lifesaving, as severe matting can cut off circulation to limbs and even cause gangrene. In extreme cases, Imhof says, his staff and a medical team will work in concert, with the animal sedated for a pain-free grooming.

And yes, they also groom cats if needed.

The Dog Guy Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) which relies on tax deductible donations to operate.  Get more information at DogGuyFoundation.org.