Dog Groomer Gives Free Haircuts To Old Shelter Dogs In Need Of Homes

To improve their chances of getting adopted, a selfless groomer is giving senior dogs free makeovers.

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Still loving, and still just as lovable, but with a whole new look! Via markthedogguy/Instagram
Chrissa Hardy

Older shelter animals always seem to get the shaft. They’re often the last ones to get adopted, if they do get adopted at all, even though they are just as loving and sweet as the younger pups who get picked first.

Luckily, a groomer in New York City is looking to change that. Mark Imhof is a former businessman with an MBA who switched careers and became a dog groomer. In his spare time, Mark The Dog Guy offers up his grooming skills to the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) and gives free haircuts to shelter dogs, to help them find homes faster. He shares the before and after photos on Facebook and Instagram, and they’re truly incredible.

Here are some of the adorable pups who’ve gotten makeovers from the amazingly selfless Mark The Dog Guy.

1. Spartacus

That smile just got a whole lot brighter!

2. Callie

Now the world can see her big, beautiful eyes.

3. Sugarplum

Hard to believe this is the same dog.

4. Sadie

Little lady Sadie knows how to strike a pose.

5. Sean

It’s amazing what a haircut can do for your pride. Sean is BEAMING.

6. Ella

Hold that pretty face up high, Ella!

7. Stryker

Seriously, this dog looks at least five years younger. Amazing!

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  • What a wonderful thing you are doing to help these dogs find homes. Thank you. : )

    Carol Rask March 9, 2016 2:11 am Reply
  • Thank you Mark and God bless you for helping these dogs find a home.

    Pam March 9, 2016 2:22 am Reply
    • Amen!!!

      Nini March 9, 2016 11:27 am Reply
  • Mark, thank you for taking time to show love, compassion and kindness to each of these little loving souls. I am sure they are very thankful and will remember you.

    Patricia March 9, 2016 2:41 am Reply
  • You are an Angel, to help these Beautiful Babies! <3

    Kathy March 9, 2016 3:12 am Reply
  • Thank You Mark!! They are beautiful.

    Sue March 9, 2016 3:13 am Reply
    • Shoot, so that’s that one susoespp.

      Star November 30, 2016 8:56 pm Reply
  • Mark,

    What a great job you are doing with these dogs. It is so nice of you.

    Keep up the great work!

    Andrea Isaacs

    Andrea Isaacs March 9, 2016 3:14 am Reply
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      Gracelyn November 30, 2016 7:50 pm Reply
  • Merci cher Monsieur de leur donner cette seconde chance <3

    RESPECT <3

    Keigler Michèle March 9, 2016 3:19 am Reply
  • I have a rescued longhaired Chihuahua/Yorkie mix named “Jeepers” (he came with the name and it suits him.) He has crazy hair, huge ears and soulful eyes I couldn’t resist! I would never have noticed him had he not first been groomed and photographed before being posted on the HUA (Nebraska) website. It was love at first sight and me & his big brother Frisco, a purebred Long haired Chihuahua, made the 6 hour drive north from KCMO to pick him up 2 weeks later. What you do makes all the difference to these little treasures. Thank you Mark! Snip on brother!

    Nikki March 9, 2016 3:21 am Reply
  • Thank you for making these dogs look beautiful. First impressions count.

    Anita March 9, 2016 3:59 am Reply
  • Our country needs more kind, compassionate people like you. St. Francis ((patron saint of animals) is smiling today because of the wonderful thing you did for these deserving animals. I thank you for beiing such a terrific human being. Please, please never change.

    Margaret March 9, 2016 4:06 am Reply
  • Amazing thank Mark for what you do and giving these little guys a second chance. God bless you

    Belinda March 9, 2016 4:09 am Reply
  • Thank you Mark – you are wonderful for helping these dogs who are in need of your loving care.

    ROBERTA March 9, 2016 4:16 am Reply
  • Thank you Mark for helping these dog with your loving help. You are wonderful!

    ROBERTA March 9, 2016 4:19 am Reply
  • Mark,
    You’re an amazing person! Thank you for taking your time to help the homeless animals! You’re a fantastic groomer and your skills have made homes possible for older dogs.

    Patty March 9, 2016 4:21 am Reply
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      Wood November 30, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
  • You are an angel and a voice to the voiceless …………….thank God for people like you who are so giving and compassionate.

    vee March 9, 2016 5:20 am Reply
  • Mark,

    What an incredible thing you are doing for these animals, few people not only get to do something they love but also something that makes such a difference to so many!

    Peg March 9, 2016 5:24 am Reply
  • there are some wonderful people in the animal world and they do so much for these little guys that help them so much God bless them

    doug kesler March 9, 2016 5:50 am Reply
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      Tallin November 30, 2016 7:12 pm Reply
  • You are a true hero. Thank you so much.

    Jacki March 9, 2016 5:52 am Reply
    • Check that off the list of things I was coeunsfd about.

      Jenny November 30, 2016 8:58 pm Reply
  • Kudos to you, Mark, for thinking ‘out of the box’ ???? ????

    Betsy March 9, 2016 5:52 am Reply
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      Emmy November 30, 2016 7:48 pm Reply
  • You are a God send angel without the wings to care so lovingly for these precious souls to help them get their forever homes. If more people were kind-hearted as you, this would be most definitely a better world. God Bless you for your kindness, compassion and ability to help transform these souls into a wonder. May they all find loving homes soon. Thank you, Mark

    Penny March 9, 2016 6:01 am Reply
  • God bless you for providing this service to these babies. They all deserve a chance and you’re greatly improving their chances for a forever home. We need more people like you.

    Teresa March 9, 2016 6:08 am Reply
  • It’s said Clothes make the Man. You proved Grooming makes the Dog.
    Wonderful jobs–thank you.

    Shari March 9, 2016 6:09 am Reply
  • Love the doggie ‘makeovers’ Mark. The dogs seem happy with their new looks too! Fabulous job done from the heart! Congrats.

    Linda March 9, 2016 6:18 am Reply
  • What a great way to help dogs find their forever homes! Thanks for all your time and efforts! I’m sure the furkids appreciate what you have done for them!

    Robb March 9, 2016 6:23 am Reply
  • Mark–you are an absolute angel–thank you for giving of yourself for these wonderful creatures.

    Nancy Valente March 9, 2016 6:24 am Reply
    • total toll! Ich bin ein wenig neidisch, Du machst mir total Lust darauf, umzuziehen, Sachen ein zu räumen und so… Aber dann erinner ich mich dran, dass ich für sowas leider nicht wirklich ein Händchen habe… >;Aber bei Dir sieht es immer so super schön aus…Liebe GrBŸÃ¼eÃelora

      Geralyn November 30, 2016 7:12 pm Reply
  • YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! This is such a wonderful thing you are doing!!! They look adorable and the new “do” will certainly get them noticed!!! Following you now so I can keep up with the makeovers!!

    Dianna March 9, 2016 6:28 am Reply
  • May GOD’S richest blessings overtake you and fall over you and your family …this action on your part ti benefit thise fur babies is truly amazing and a blessing to and for them. Again GOD bless you mightily! !!

    Wayne March 9, 2016 6:35 am Reply
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      Delores November 30, 2016 7:53 pm Reply
  • Love that you are doing this and I sure wish more groomers would dedicate a few hours, especially in the high kill shelters. It really does make a big difference! Thanks for doing what you do.

    Cindy Murray March 9, 2016 6:36 am Reply
  • Thank you Mark, you make al the dogs look gorgeous!

    Lynn D (Western Australia) March 9, 2016 6:45 am Reply
    • Dude, right on there brroteh.

      Sagar November 30, 2016 9:05 pm Reply
  • GOD BLESS YOU! These dogs look beautiful and ready for their “forever” home.

    Rose March 9, 2016 6:55 am Reply
  • God bless you for helping these dogs find a home!

    Patrick March 9, 2016 7:00 am Reply
    • I’m so glad that the intenret allows free info like this!

      Trixie November 30, 2016 8:42 pm Reply
  • You are an angel from heaven! Thank you for sharing your talents with these precious animals!

    Sherri March 9, 2016 7:14 am Reply
  • God Bless You, Mark! These babies are so adorable and I pray they find good homes. We need more people like you to help these precious angels find furever homes! Thank you for all you do!!!

    Trisha March 9, 2016 7:25 am Reply
    • My immediate family lives close, but my extended family is far away. So I haven't really had that experience. I miss my sister who lives two hours away. We talk da#0&.yi16l;

      Trinity November 30, 2016 10:17 pm Reply
  • Thank you Mark for lending your talent to help these sweet little ones. God Bless you always. Praying each and every one finds a loving, wonderful forever home.

    Diana March 9, 2016 7:29 am Reply
    • Which came first, the problem or the souilton? Luckily it doesn’t matter.

      Idalia November 30, 2016 9:02 pm Reply
  • Mark, you are doing such a wonderful thing. God bless you for helping these precious animals find the loving homes they deserve!

    J. C. March 9, 2016 7:34 am Reply
  • Love you guy!

    Joan W. March 9, 2016 7:42 am Reply
  • Love you fella!

    Joan W. March 9, 2016 7:43 am Reply
  • So glad there are people like you in the world…….thank you.

    Sharon March 9, 2016 7:58 am Reply
    • This has made my day. I wish all poitsngs were this good.

      Kelli November 30, 2016 8:31 pm Reply
  • Thank you Mark. The world needs more people like YOU. oxo

    Susan Nieto March 9, 2016 8:48 am Reply
  • I would take any of these guys in a second! All of my dogs have been shelter dogs. Thank you for what you do for the “least of God’s creatures”. Hope they find their furever homes soon.

    Nancy Fedell March 9, 2016 9:21 am Reply
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      Chuck November 30, 2016 7:21 pm Reply
  • Mark – THANK YOU a million times for the compassion, love and generosity you have shown to and for our wonderful 4-legged friends! You are truly an angel!! God bless you!

    Von March 9, 2016 10:26 am Reply
  • All I can say is God bless you , Mark. There’s definitely a place for you in heaven! Your compassion is Far-reaching. I’m going to show this to my son who is currently Nyla studying for hus MBA- that there is always room for altruism. ????????

    Adriana Chalson March 9, 2016 10:33 am Reply
  • Yes…thank you…what a wonderful thing to do! Bless you…

    RoseMarie March 9, 2016 10:41 am Reply
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      Irais November 30, 2016 7:16 pm Reply
  • What an awesome wonderful thing these guys. I hope and pray they get adopted!! You are truly a blessing !! Thank you.

    Darlene March 9, 2016 10:41 am Reply
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      Janae November 30, 2016 10:33 pm Reply

    Marian F. McAleenan March 9, 2016 10:48 am Reply
  • You are a true hero to these dogs. They look gorgeous!

    annielaurie98524 March 9, 2016 11:15 am Reply
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      Coralie November 30, 2016 8:36 pm Reply
  • God Bless you for taking the time to do such a selfless act.

    Angee March 9, 2016 11:23 am Reply
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      Skip November 30, 2016 8:39 pm Reply
  • YAY!!!What a great guy you are!!! I hope you continue to do such a nice thing. I love seeing good stories about wonderful people like you!!

    KIM March 9, 2016 12:40 pm Reply
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      Brandy November 30, 2016 7:14 pm Reply
  • Stand up tall and proud Mark! That’s fantastic. Thanks for what your doing.

    Don March 9, 2016 12:44 pm Reply
  • You’re living my dream. Wish I could volunteer in a shelter and do what you’re doing. Love, love, love dogs. I would most likely being doing photos. Bless you for making them so beautiful and contributing to their health.

    CAROL March 9, 2016 1:23 pm Reply
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      Cindy November 30, 2016 7:32 pm Reply
  • There is a special place in Heaven for you, Mark Imhof. And it is full of thankful dogs.

    Nancy March 9, 2016 2:21 pm Reply
  • Mark, you are a very special and selfless person. Thank you so much for helping and giving a chance to all these animals. I thank God every night for people like you in the world….

    Michelle March 9, 2016 2:50 pm Reply
  • So very sweet to care that these dogs get adopted! You do a great job on their grooming. I know some must be very hard to do. There r angels on earth and u r one!

    Sherie March 9, 2016 3:31 pm Reply
  • You are a gem for doing such a selfless act she the helpless in this world. You have inspired me. Thank you!

    Maria March 9, 2016 3:37 pm Reply
  • How can a shelter even let them look like that! That shelter is a disgrace

    Tina March 9, 2016 3:43 pm Reply
  • Mark – THANK YOU!! For showing such compassion for these beautiful little animals to help them find their forever homes…..You are truly an angel!! May God bless you for your generous and loving heart!

    Jackie March 9, 2016 4:24 pm Reply
    • I can’t believe you’re not playing with me-th-at was so helpful.

      Moon November 30, 2016 8:49 pm Reply
  • What a wonderful thing to do! What a great job you did grooming those poor babies… What a sweet person to do that for them…

    Nola March 9, 2016 4:26 pm Reply
  • Mark,
    Thank you so much for giving these furry friends an even better chance for a forever home. Every single one of them deserves to be loved snd cared for. Thank you for giving your time and sharing your expertise with these little pups. I know you, too feel their love and appreciation for your help and kindness, and encouragement. THANKS

    Linda March 9, 2016 4:36 pm Reply
  • Mark, you are an angel for these babies. Thank you so much for donating your grooming talents to help these deserving dogs find a new home. The world needs more kind & generous people like you.

    Leanne Martin March 9, 2016 5:09 pm Reply
    • An initeleglnt point of view, well expressed! Thanks!

      Dora November 30, 2016 8:50 pm Reply
  • God Bless you Mark and your family and Thank you so much! you are an inspiration to all. I Pray that all the pups get forever homes. When you lay your head down at night, you can sleep knowing , one humble man has brought change to this world! Never Stop, please

    Dee March 9, 2016 5:34 pm Reply
  • You are an angel Mark.

    R Shirley McCardle March 9, 2016 5:50 pm Reply
    • Wow, that’s a really clever way of thniikng about it!

      Jayna November 30, 2016 9:09 pm Reply
  • Bless you thanks for the attention to our companions and friends
    I hope they find their way to a great home

    Mark March 9, 2016 7:15 pm Reply
  • Mark,I hope you know what a savior you truly are. God bless you in helping these poor innocent

    Diane March 9, 2016 7:52 pm Reply
  • They all look beautiful. Thank you Mark for giving your time to groom these dogs.

    Carol Clark March 9, 2016 8:23 pm Reply
  • Thank you Mark, what a selfless act of compassion. I have volunteered for shelters going on 26 years and have seen how fast a dog will be adopted after a “makeover”. I adopt the older dogs as I know how great they are and how they are passed by.
    Much appreciation from the homeless dogs around the country.

    june edwards March 9, 2016 9:02 pm Reply
    • Shoot, so that’s that one susspoep.

      Jayden November 30, 2016 9:08 pm Reply
  • The world needs more caring, sacrificing people like you…God Bless You and all the shelter dogs and cats!!! They all deserve to find homes and love and you are truly helping make that happen!!!

    Shelley March 9, 2016 9:06 pm Reply
  • Thank you Mark for the kindness & generosity to help shelter dogs!!!! They deserve to be loved & cared for in a home of their own. You are making a huge difference for the dogs & the families that adopt them! If only more people were like you, the world would be a much better place! God Bless You!

    Angie Anglin March 9, 2016 9:21 pm Reply
    • That’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Great postnig!

      Kailey November 30, 2016 9:09 pm Reply
  • I am a groomer in TN and I do free grooming for all rescues…if all groomers would offer a bit of their time…maybe many more would get adopted!

    Norma March 9, 2016 9:43 pm Reply
    • Thank you to you to Norma and God bless you always! It does make a difference and it is huge! Not just in increasing their chances to get adopted, but in lifting their spirits and giving them a moment of love. You are awesome dear lady!

      Christy Parker March 10, 2016 12:18 am Reply
  • My heart rejoices for every humane act toward animals. You volunteer (& paid) groomers, walkers, readers, care givers, vets, etc., are the best of the very best of the human race. Thank you for ever & always; please accept a kazillion loves & hugs & wishes for all good things to come your way.

    Ana March 9, 2016 10:09 pm Reply
  • what a lovely person to do this !!!!

    night magic March 9, 2016 10:18 pm Reply
  • Mark, thank you so, so much! I am in Alaska and I foster dogs. I prefer the seniors. They are so incredible and so loving! I always adopt them too…I wish I could more because it is heartbreaking to know how many are in need of love and kindness. It brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear that someone like you has stepped up in such a big way! God bless you all of your days Mark! I know that there is a special place in God’s heart for you and there will be a very special place in Heaven for you…with a whole lot of appreciative, loving dogs! You are awesome!!!

    Christy Parker March 10, 2016 12:15 am Reply
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    Rocky November 30, 2016 7:11 pm Reply

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