Offbeat Meet the New York City Groomer Giving Free Haircuts to Help Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

05:41  11 october  2017
05:41  11 october  2017 Source:   Mental Floss

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New York City dog groomer Mark Imhof is doing his part to make these pooches as adoptable as possible by offering his services to local shelters free of charge, CBC News reports.

Mark Imhof is a professional dog groomer who visits the Animal Care Centers of NYC to give shelter dogs free haircuts . And A Cute New Cut . Mark has given over 50 free haircuts to shelter dogs , many of whom have since been adopted .

  Meet the New York City Groomer Giving Free Haircuts to Help Shelter Dogs Get Adopted © Mark Imhof Mark “The Dog Guy” Imhof works as an animal groomer in New York City, but his job entails more than just making pets look good on the outside. For the dogs that need his services most, a bath and a haircut can do wonders for their mood and potentially change their lives. That’s why when Imhof isn’t primping pets for his business, he’s offering his services for free to shelter dogs who are looking to get adopted.

The idea to start grooming rescue dogs struck Imhof when he adopted his first pit bull Cleo with his fiancée.

“[She] was so utterly defeated when we brought her home,” he tells Mental Floss. “A simple shower just lifted her spirits and we thought, wouldn’t it be great if someone could go groom shelter animals? And it became me.”

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NEW YORK — Groomer Mark Imhof knows all too well that shelter dogs often need all the help they can get when it comes to getting adopted . Unfortunately with the number of stray dogs entering shelters each year, it can be difficult for all of them to find a forever home.

This CPA gave up his lucrative career to become a dog groomer and help homeless pups get adopted with great haircuts . Some of the dogs come into the shelter with fur so matted, it makes it difficult for them to move — or even interferes with their sense of smell.

Since then, Imhof has done pro bono work for dozens of adoptable pups in the New York City area, and of those dapper dogs many have gone home to loving families. Most of those who are still waiting to get adopted can be found at the Animal Care Centers of New York City.

The project has been ongoing for two years, and the demand for canine makeovers doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

“The shelter workers and other incredible volunteers and foster parents of the animals all love to help get the animal looking better so it can find its furever (forever) home,” Imhof says.

Check out some of the before and after images from his Instagram below.:

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Groomer Mark Imhof of @markthedogguy is helping pooches put their best paw forward with free pet hair cuts pro bono. | Groomer Mark Imhof wanted to use his shearing skills to shelter dogs put their best paw forward when it Lifestyle news New urn will transform your loved one's ashes into a tree.

Mark “The Dog Guy” Imhof works as an animal groomer in New York City , but his job entails more than just making pets look good on the outside. For the dogs that need his services most, a bath and a haircut can do wonders for their mood and potentially change their lives.

Sondheim A1119107 is a Maltese and I believe Shih Tzu mix ready for his furever home. He needed a medical "suave" cut and I gave him a bath to top it off. Come to Manhattan ACC to adopt today!!! #adoptdontshop #easyasacc #nycacc #andisclippers #markthedogguy

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Brownie before and after. #americanacademyofpetgrooming #doggrooming #transformation #markthedogguy #followyourdreams

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Jack before and after grooming. #followyourdreams #americanacademyofpetgrooming #transformation #dogmakeover #markthedogguy

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A1059352 - Sean before and after grooming at Brooklyn ACC. Sean went to a New Hope shelter for adoption. #markthedogguy #transformation #nycacc #adoptdontshop

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Naturally, a dog with a well-groomed coat is going to look more friendly and help a family envision that pooch in their home. Mark Imhof understands this, and as a result, gives free haircuts and grooming sessions to NYC shelter pups.

So with encouragement from his fiancée, he trained to become a dog groomer and open his own business. He collaborated with the Animal Care Centers of New York and is giving free haircuts to shelter dogs in an effort to help them find homes – and it’s working.

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At the Brooklyn Animal Care and Control (ACC), please see the before and after shots of Levi - A1059726. He's adorable and available for adoption. #markthedogguy #doggrooming #transformation #adoptdontshop #nycacc #shelterdog

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