It Started with Lunch…

Yes, really.  After an Oprah show about puppy mills, two friends went to lunch and asked each other a question… “How can we do more?”  A pet-sitter and a graphic designer who wanted to give more – more money, more time, more than they could give by themselves. And to support their passion, dogs!  And, they weren’t alone.  After a bit of brainstorming, a fundraising dog wash just seemed like a fun idea.  And isn’t ‘fun’ part of fundraising?  They shared their idea with friends and family and the idea grew.  Everyone wanted to help.  So they turned to their community, looking for sponsors, and again, everyone wanted to help.  The idea was now more than an idea, it was an event – a yearly event to raise money for dog based charities in their neighborhood.

Jennifer Ward ~ “The Graphic Designer”

When Jennifer went to Washington State University – her major was actually veterinary medicine.  But a couple years later – she changed direction and started to focus more on her creative side.  Still, the love of animals that was there as a little girl never left her. Everything from the name of her design company, Pick Of The Litter Design; to her office decor – a vast collection of dog art; to her office mates – four footed partners;  Jennifer’s definitely a crazy dog lady! And when she interviewed Elizabeth in 1999 to be her pet sitter – the seed of friendship was planted.  Little did they both know – how that friendship would take them to great places in the world of pet rescue. A move to 15 acres allows more fostering of many prison break puppies, dogs requiring quarantine or isolation, and even special needs care. With her husband Greg, Jenn’s dream of opening a boarding kennel and separate rescue kennel is now in sight.

Elizabeth Woche ~ “The Pet-Sitter”

ElizabethSince September of 1998, Elizabeth has been the owner and operator of Wag-A-Muffins Pet Care Services.  Taking care of so many cherished family pets over the years has not only taught her a great deal, but has created wonderful relationships with the families she works for. It was the relationship with her customer Jennifer, now a treasured friend, and a shared love of the animals that created Scrub-A-Mutt.  Elizabeth is the heart behind Scrub-A-Mutt’s devotion to rescue. She began fostering dogs for Old Dog Haven (ODH) in September of 2008, and quickly became a beloved “foster failure.”  Elizabeth is a “mom” to several senior dogs – but she can be found trolling the local shelters looking to save even more of these gray muzzled beauties. She is also “mom” to some special rescue cats.  The most important part of Elizabeth’s circle is her family.  Bill, William, Noelle, Stephen, and countless other family and friends of the heart.  Their endless supply of love and support allows Elizabeth to be who she is!

Our Future

Scrub-A-Mutt’s first annual dog-washing fundraiser was on Sunday, August 17, 2008.  The newspaper got the date wrong. Nobody knew where the park was.  Yet, they washed 25 dogs that day, and made over $1000.  Since then hundreds and hundreds of dogs and their people have attended the annual event. Thousands and thousands of dollars have been donated to local rescue groups.
In 2014, Scrub-A-Mutt became Save-A-Mutt and we transformed from a fundraising group, to a rescue/dog saving organization. We had developed amazing relationships with our sponsors, volunteers and the other “crazy dog people” in our community, so the transition was easy. In 2019, another change, Save-A-Mutt installed a board of directors, while Jennifer and Elizabeth stepped back as Executive Directors. The purpose was to give SAM new blood and help with new growth. Jenn and Elizabeth could then spend their time working in the rescue community, doing what they love.