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McCarthy Meets with Marley’s Mutts to Talk about the Pawsitive Change Prison Program

May 23, 2019
Press Release

Yesterday, Congressman Kevin McCarthy met with Zach Skow, Executive Director of Marley’s Mutts – an organization that re-homes death-row dogs living in Kern County shelters. Zach came to Washington, D.C. to talk about the great success of Marely’s Mutts’ Pawsitive Change Prison Program.

Pawsitive Change connects California inmates with shelter dogs to create mutual, meaningful experiences. Through the course of the program, Pawsitive Change has seen inmates and dogs benefit from interactions, which ultimately could help reduce inmate recidivism. 

Congressman McCarthy sits down with Cora Rose and Zach from Marley's Mutts.

“Marley’s Mutts and the Pawsitive Change initiative are not only reshaping the lives of California inmates and dogs, they are transforming our community for the better. Pawsitive Change has a 100 percent success rate – no graduates have returned to jail after completing the program and serving their time in prison,” said McCarthy.

Cora Rose takes a stroll around the office. In early 2018, Cora Rose had a broken pelvis and a bone infection in her front legs. Since then, she has recovered and is thriving with the help of Zach, his family, and the team at Marley’s Mutts.

“I have known Zach for several years and I am proud of what he’s accomplished from our own backyard of Tehachapi. I look forward to seeing the continued success of this great organization and am confident that Pawsitive Change is creating experiences that will last a lifetime,” said McCarthy.
“Additionally, I was proud to support the First Step Act which was signed into law last December. This critical criminal justice reform legislation includes pilot programs to expand recidivism reduction strategies - similar to Zach’s Pawsitive Change - in federal prisons," said McCarthy. "I applaud Zach for putting together such an innovative solution to fight recidivism and providing lessons that will last a lifetime.” 

Popcorn poses for the camera.