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. We do have a physical location where we host Rock Star Treatment Dog Daycare, centralize operations, host events- but this is not a shelter. We do not have kennels of adoptable animals for you to view. Our animals stay in foster homes- private, families who volunteer their time to host an animal temporarily- and for the sake of safety and privacy, an appointment is required to meet these animals.
Dogs are adopted directly from foster homes during adoption meetings held at our Studio, events and/ or partnering pet stores. After an initial stay in foster care, cats are moved to “cat condos” at a partnering pet store location such as All the Best Pet Care, Crown Hill Pet Supply, Natural Pet Pantry and various Petco stores. Through this joint effort, the cats are cared for daily by the employees of each store- which includes allowing the pets out daily for supervised fun and play before, during, and after store hours; the adoptions are performed by Motley Zoo representatives, after our application process has been completed. Unlike dogs, cats do not get adopted simply being featured online. Cat adoptions proceed more quickly when they are in the public eye and able to show off their personalities in these stores.
Foster families are the backbone of our organization. In an effort to reach more animals in need, we are always searching for more of these 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.
If you are interested in saving lives, it is far easier than you think. Thinking about it is harder than actually doing i, so give it a shot- even just once! You really can’t say you “can’t” foster if you have never even tried!
The Motley Zoo Crew
We have a 99% live release rate. This means that while 1% of the animals we’ve rescued died or were humanely euthanized, we have saved 99%! Our goal is to maintain this high impact, life saving mission!
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Mailing Address (This is a MAILBOX ONLY):
Please Note: This is NOT a location you can visit!
23316 NE Redmond Fall City Rd
Redmond, WA 98053-8376
Our Studio: Rock Star Treatment Dog Daycare & Training
Please Note: This is NOT a traditional shelter location where you can drop in to adopt animals!
We have some adoptable cats on site, others at partnering pet stores throughout the area; NO ADOPTABLE DOGS on site. You need an approved application to meet/ adopt the majority of our animals as they primarily stay in private foster homes. The exception for meeting animals without an approved application is at one of our regular Adoption Events.
16715 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98053
Dog Daycare: M-F 7am-7pm
Cat Visiting Hours: M-F 12-6pm
Training Hours: By Appointment Only, visit NW Dogs for more. New classes start August 17th!
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 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 1000 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 these pets, 10 minutes on your couch/ lap is far better than any time spent in a cold shelter…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 full time, volunteer, 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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