Old shelter dogs need to be loved just as much as the young, easily adopted ones. Sadly, their age and often neglected appearances leave them invisible to the eyes of potential foster parents. Mark Imhof, a professional dog groomer, is on a mission to change that. He visits Animal Care Centers of New York City to give old dogs free baths and haircuts so they can finally find a home.
Imhof was inspired by his fiancée. “She didn’t want to see me go for another soulless job, and she saw the joy I had when I interacted with our animals,” says Imhof. “I have seen such transformations in almost all the dogs and it is so uplifting and I KNOW they will pay that love forward to their future forever homes,” he added.
These before-and-after photos show what a difference a nice haircut can make!
Imhof and his fiancée remembered how dirty their shelter dogs were before adopting them.
“Sean was my first shelter dog, and when they brought him to me, he was on the un-adoptable list because of behaviour issues”
“Of course, I explain to people, if we were to mat your hair, and then ask you to go do a job, you would probably have behaviour issues too”
“So I worked through and he became the most adorable guy”
“I have seen such transformations in almost all the dogs and it is so uplifting”
“I KNOW they will pay that love forward to their future forever homes”