Man Gives Shelter Dogs Free Makeovers to Boost Chances for Adoption

Mark Imhof said "almost all" of the dogs he's groomed have found homes.

ByNICOLE PELLETIERE
March 03, 2016, 2:05 PM
PHOTO: Mark Imhof, 45, of New York, New York, travels to nearby shelters giving free haircuts to dogs in need of forever homes.
Mark Imhof, 45, of New York, New York, travels to nearby shelters giving free haircuts to dogs in need of forever homes.
Mark Imhof

— -- A New York City man is traveling to nearby animal shelters to primp pups that are need of forever homes -- for free!

Mark Imhof, 45, who started his grooming business in October, estimates he's given on-the-house haircuts to about 50 dogs -- many of whom have found adoptive families.

"These are dogs," Imhof told ABC News today. "They want to love someone and I think when they have a crusty shell on them and things like that, it makes them unable to do so. When I can clean them up, you can see [their] eyes and it makes them easier to connect. It's trying to bring these dogs to comfort, so they can become more adoptable and that's the goal."

PHOTO: Imhof said he cleans around the dogs' eyes so prospective owners can "connect with their souls."
Imhof said he cleans around the dogs' eyes so prospective owners can "connect with their souls."
Mark Imhof

Imhof said he was inspired to launch "Mark The Dog Guy" after attending the American Academy of Pet Grooming school in Manhattan last April, and adopting two shelter dogs with his fiance.

Six months later, he said, he quit his job as a certified public accountant, started his business and began donating free 'dos to pups of the Big Apple on the side.

PHOTO: Imhof owns his own traveling business, "Mark The Dog Guy."
Imhof owns his own traveling business, "Mark The Dog Guy."
Mark Imhof

Imhof travels to the Animal Care Centers of NYC animal shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan when he's called to give trims.

PHOTO: Imhof posts before and after photos of the dogs on his Facebook page.
Imhof posts before and after photos of the dogs on his Facebook page.
Mark Imhof

"They don't have a variety of razors or clippers and things like that," he said. "Any dog, if it gets dirty or matted, becomes in a lot of pain. I get rid of the [tangles] and if I'm able to, I make them as cute as I can."

PHOTO: Imhof said out of the 50 dogs he's done, almost all of them were adopted by families.
Imhof said out of the 50 dogs he's done, almost all of them were adopted by families.
Mark Imhof

Imhof said he can notice a difference in the dogs' personalities after he gives them the full treatment.

PHOTO: Imhof named this pup "Mr. Dicaprio from The Revenant" pre-cut and Leonardo post-grooming.
Imhof named this pup "Mr. Dicaprio from The Revenant" pre-cut and Leonardo post-grooming.
Mark Imhof

"My soul is renewed everyday when I do this," Imhof said. "I'm just overjoyed...."

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