Misunderstood Mutts Rescue exists to ensure the welfare of canines while helping to stop the abuse, neglect, overpopulation, and euthanasia in Washington State.

We're also 100% volunteer-operated and 110% sure that all dogs deserve to be happy, healthy, and loved!


Misunderstood Mutts Rescue (MMR) is a  registered 501(c)3 volunteer-based organization serving the greater Yakima Valley and Puget Sound region. We are dedicated to saving abandoned, free, and throwaway dogs in areas where abuse, neglect, and cruelty are prevalent.

MMR places dogs in temporary foster homes where they are vetted, spayed/neutered (when medically sound), socialized, vaccinated, and any medical/behavioral issues are addressed. We strive to place the right dog with the right family and our process requires not only an application, but a home check, references, a meet & greet, and a representative from MMR performing proper introduction techniques.

​MMR was formed in October 2016 with the goal of rescuing dogs from our own backyards, but in 2020 we expanded our vision to provide low-cost spay and neuter services with the use of voucher systems and traveling clinics.


Our ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for a world free of homeless, neglected, abused, and abandoned pets. the greater the reduction in euthanization rates throughout Washington State.

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Bellingham, WA    |    Olympia, WA     |     Tacoma, WA    |    Tri-Cities, WA    |    Yakima, WA


Meet The Volunteer Team:


Adoption Coordinator
Olympia, WA
Becky co-founded MMR in 2016. She facilitates adoptions in southern Washington - but let's be honest, she does pretty much everything. Home checks, application reviews, behavioral assessments, fostering, transporting, and doing whatever it takes to bring abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs into the rescue.


Vice President
Adoption Coordinator
Bellingham, WA
Cheri co-founded MMR in 2016. She facilitates adoptions in Northern Washington (including British Columbia) - but let's be honest, she also  does pretty much everything. Home checks, application reviews, behavioral assessments, fostering, transporting, and a whole lot of vet appointment coordination.


Website & Media Manager
Olympia, WA
Asia joined the MMR team in 2019. She works on the admin side - keeping emails, applications, and documents organized, as well as updating our website and social media channels with newly available dogs, rescue news, fundraisers, requests for fosters and transporters, and spay/neuter clinic information. 
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Want to help us

save dogs?

We're always looking for volunteers to help with meet and greets, transportation, fundraising, adoption events, reviewing references of potential foster homes and adopters, and performing home checks.
We'd love to have you on the MMR team!