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From alcoholic to animal rescuer to O Magazine

Zach Skow, the founder of Marley's Mutts, a local animal rescue in Tehachapi, California, will be featured in the March 2011 issue of O Magazine, according to 23ABC, the Bakersfield and Kern County, California, news station.

Skow was an alcoholic with end-stage liver disease when he started to walk dogs two years ago in order to stay sober and gain muscle. He needed to stay sober for at least 6 months to qualify for a liver transplant.

"I knew I was going to die. I knew I had no future. Even if I survived end-stage liver disease, I had no future as a productive human being. ...So I kept walking and adding dogs and finding homes," Skow told the news source.

Eventually, Skow founded the Marley's Mutts dog rescue and in the two years that he has been sober, he has helped rescue about 300 dogs.

Skow will be featured in the O Magazine section called "We Like This Guy."

Marley's Mutts accepts dogs of all breeds and spays or neuters every dog, according to the website. They are dedicated to finding "loving, capable homes for needy, down-on-their-luck dogs."
 
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