Motley Zoo Animal Rescue is a foster based, 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue based in Redmond, WA.
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue is dedicated to improving the lives of animals locally, nationally and internationally; alleviating their suffering and elevating their status in society through the rescue and rehabilitation of animals in need and through the education of their community on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, advocating the value of all animal life, in hopes to end the neglect and abuse of all animals and to end the devastating pet overpopulation through spay and neuter advocacy.
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue dedicates its work to end pet overpopulation and the resulting euthanization of healthy, adoptable animals due to limited space and funds of our local, national, and international animal welfare organizations as well as working to end abuse and neglect of all animals resulting from lack of information and education of the community, all the while advocating the value of all animal life.
“These birds and animals and fish cannot speak, but they can suffer, and our God who created them, knows their sufferings, and will hold him who causes them to suffer unnecessarily to answer for it…”
– George Q. Cannon, Animal Activist
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue is an official, 501c3 non-profit corporation, foster- based, volunteer run animal rescue, assisting local, national, and international animals (primarily dogs and cats) in need.
We don’t have a shelter facility- instead we house our rescue animals with foster families where they enjoy one-on-one attention in a home environment, as well as receive training and support while we work to find them the best possible forever homes.
- Rescues typically exist virtually, due to the nature of utilizing foster homes to house animals.
- Shelters are locations where animals are housed on site, in kennels.
Both care for animals in need of homes, however in very different ways; with different rules, principles and strategy.
Motley Zoo is a rescue, which does have a physical location- however, it is not a shelter. We do not have kennels of adoptable animals for viewing.
Our facility operates as primarily as Rock Star Treatment Dog Daycare– our service based venture that helps support the rescue. Its a hybrid between the concept of a rescue and shelter- and it’s the first of it’s kind nationwide.
This can be a bit confusing for people, we understand. We believe that some day, our model will be quite ordinary- but until then we will do our best to explain the difference- as well as the immense advantages of operating in this way.
Foster based organizations have many advantages- namely being flexible in size and by carrying less overhead costs. Also critically important, the animals get to live in real homes, providing them a level of comfort that cannot be achieved in a shelter, and also allowing us to really get to know the animals best; so we can determine which adoptive families will truly suit each animal, as an individual…to make pairings that last “furever”. Fostering can take some of the guesswork out of finding the right pet for your family.
Dogs are adopted directly from foster homes and solely housed in this manner and move to new homes through adoption meetings held at our Studio, events and/ or partnering pet stores. They are spread throughout the area- from Redmond to Everett and down to Tacoma. We coordinate virtually to arrange adoption based on inquiries from each pet’s internet profile.
Cats have a slightly different story: after an initial stay in foster care, cats are moved to public arenas. These “cat condos” at partnering pet stores such as various Petcos, or the free roaming Cat Lounge at our Studio in Redmond, allow prospective adopters to interact with the cats…which is the only way cats will find homes. Cat adoptions proceed more quickly when they are in the public eye and able to show off their personalities, rather than just a picture online.
Foster families are the backbone of our organization.
In an effort to reach more animals in need, foster homes allow us to accomodate the needs of the animals at any given time. We can grow as willing families join us- or scale back if there is less of a need for one reason or another. By utilizing volunteer homes in this way, rescue can direct live-saving resources directly to the animals, instead of to rent or other costs. On that same note, each animal gets treated like a family member in the meanwhile- until their adoptive home is found. This makes for happy, healthy animals we know well.
We are always in search of dedicated foster families. As a foster family, you provide our animals with a safe home to relax their minds; fresh water and healthy food to nourish their bodies; gentle hands and soft words to caress their souls.
But also, like children, pets crave routine, boundaries and limitations. Our foster families provide such structure, not only to help these animals become better companions, but also to provide them with (sometimes their first) sense of security. With all this- which is what most people do for their own pets already- these animals are able to relax and become happy, healthy creatures again- which in turn makes them more adoptable. This also helps them to adjust much easier into new forever homes.
You will find that fostering is easier thank you think- and changes so little for you…but makes a world of difference for each animal!
Motley Zoo has a 99% live release rate. This means that while less than 1% of the animals we’ve rescued have died or were humanely euthanized, we have saved 99% of them! In comparison, Washington state has an approximate 90% live release rate. In all, we’re doing pretty well in the northwest.
However in some states, live release falls to a deplorable 40%. This means in many places around our country, more than half of the animals in shelters are put to death.
How can this be?
It is primarily because of pet overpopulation- a very controllable, human issue. Not enough people consider spaying and neutering a priority- or they can’t afford it. Whatever the reason, nearly 4 million animals lose their lives annually because unwanted litters were born when they shouldn’t have been.
Reproduction is not rocket science. It is very simple- so is the solution: spay/ neuter advocacy and adoption.
Our goal is to maintain this 99%, high impact as we perform this critical life saving mission- as well as to decrease euthanizations nationwide.
For specific data on our live release rate, check here.
Founders & Board of Directors
Bryan and jme- Director, Executive Director:
Bryan (Director of Marketing) and jme (Executive Director) are a married couple of avid animal lovers who have been involved in rescuing for the past 8 years. They have 5 dogs (Rat Terriers and Toy Fox Terriers) and a cat (Bengal)- all rescues- of their own…plus they are always fostering or boarding a dog or two (or more) at home.
When they got their first dog Jasmine, they noticed she was very poorly behaved when it came to socialization- this was not normal. Shortly after this, they saw a plea for help needed for dogs on death row- who just needed a place to stay for a little, while a forever home was sought. Although they had their doubts, they wanted to try and help Jasmine learn to be more like a real dog AND save a life at the same time…it worked out magically! They were immediately hooked on the idea that by hosting a dog in their home, they could save a life- and make a huge difference.
They have fostered more than 1,000 dogs and cats, and have helped countless others through their efforts with Motley Zoo. They believe most of all, that anyone can foster- they just have to see the simplicity in the idea: for pets in need, 10 minutes on your couch/ lap is far better than any time spent in a cold shelter…they encourage you to consider giving fostering a chance- even just once. You will be surprised at how much one little creature can truly change your life too!
jme acts as Executive Director for Motley Zoo and is also a Board Member of The Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies. while Bryan has a full-time job making video games. Besides that he spends nearly 20 hours a week volunteering, updating the website, and creating new graphics, t-shirts and marketing materials.
Pate (pah- tee) acts as foster and adoption coordinator for our many pets and people. She brings many years of experience to MZar- especially in regards to birthing litters, working with nursing moms and bottle feeding babies, as well as pets with lack of socialization or behavioral issues, and her favorite, “pibbles” (pit bulls). She is a full time working mom, wholly committing her “spare time” to MZar- she puts in more than 60 hours a week to help MZ run smoothly! Pate is truly an angel to Motley Zoo and our animals in need.
Nancy, Director- Retired
Nancy brought more than thirteen years of dog rescue experience to Motley Zoo. Before moving to Washington, she was a hands-on volunteer with a group in Richmond, VA, where she fostered post-surgical and seriously ill, yet treatable dogs; was active in fundraising, transporting and attending weekly adoption events. Community outreach and the education of companion animal owners are areas of focus for Nancy.
People who know Nancy, know she has always done “whatever it takes” (including her choice of awesome outfits), to draw attention to Motley Zoo’s adoptable animals and in doing so, is able to share our philosophy and mission by promoting better companion animal care and satisfaction through training, proper nutrition and improving social interaction. And bringing home new toys!
We are honored to have had her expertise and generosity over the years.
Fosters & Volunteers:
We have approximately 75 fosters and another 75+ volunteers who dedicate their time and love to our pets in need. Many prefer to remain somewhat anonymous, or are simply camera shy but we couldn’t do this without them! Motley Zoo rocks because of people who are willing to help.
We have many youth volunteers, who assist us not only with fostering pets in their homes, but with adoption events too. To work on-site at the Studio, youth must be 18yrs+, but fostering can be done at home as early as 5yrs old for dogs. This is truly the best way to channel our youths’ desire and need to volunteer- and it can be done from your own home.
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