There’s nothing like a good haircut to make you feel like a brand new person. And the same can be said for a dog too. For shelter dogs, it can make all the difference in the world. A good haircut can not only improve their mood and their health, it can increase their chances of being adopted.
Enter Mark Imhof, a volunteer groomer for Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Mark is an NYU MBA former businessman turned dog groomer. A few years ago, he wanted a career shift and to work with animals. After getting his grooming training and certification, he decided to use his skills to help transform shelter animals and make them become more adoptable.
Older dogs with unkempt hair have a little chance of finding forever homes
So, inspired by his fiancée, Imhof visits Animal Care Centers of NYC to give them free haircuts
The before-and-after shots show what a difference a nice haircut can make!
“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”
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 unadoptable list because of behavior 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 behavior 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”