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Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Success Story Mickey (in memoriam)

Our hearts go out to Katie, who recently lost Mickey:

I adopted little Mickey on August 29, 2016 and he passed on April 12, 2017.

He was the light of my life for the quick time he was mine and he truly did change me. He was feisty, such a bad-ass, but also the best little dude to snuggle with and love. I can’t believe it happened so quick, but I know he’s in a better place. He’s my absolute Angel, just as he was when he was here.

I thank you for your amazing mission and for bringing me a little guy like Mickey. He is truly my best friend and will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give him an excellent life for the later part of it and for accepting these babies regardless of their circumstances. He was easy to love and so very hard to let go. We will think of him daily.

To Mickey, to Muttville- Thank you

Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

mariem3 | 05.24.17 | 0 comments

Success Stories: Mother's Day Edition!

Whether you’re a Mutt Mom, a Mom Mom, or you have somebody you call Mom, we salute you! Did you know that at Muttville we have many in the triple-Mom category? Meet some our stellar mom-kid volunteer teams.


Mom Amy

My 14-year old son, Daniel, and I began volunteering at Muttville last August, and are fairly faithful Sunday afternoon/evening regulars. I must admit, that sometimes my motivation to get out of the house on Sunday afternoons lags a bit, and in an interesting bit of role reversal, Daniel starts urging me to get moving, saying he does not want to be late for our shift. Daniel loves his time at Muttville, and he is a wonderfully dedicated volunteer. During our three hours there, we rarely do the same tasks, and only bump into each other occasionally, which I had not expected when we started as volunteers. When we meet up at the end of the shift, we share notes on the drive home about our favorite dogs, and Daniel likes to tease me about my canine “boyfriends.”

I have been amazed and impressed with his willingness to do manual labor at the shelter, as that is not always the case at home. He has also become a fierce advocate for senior dogs, enthusiastically extolling their virtues to prospective adopters. Daniel’s work in the Muttville kitchen, prepping and administering medications and food for the dogs, has nurtured his interest in the medical field. I have truly appreciated how welcoming and encouraging Muttville staff has been of Daniel and me, and they have enabled Daniel to jump in and volunteer in a variety of ways. And his efforts are truly appreciated by staff-what parent wouldn’t want to hear praise about their child and his work, and see how proud it makes their child as a result?

I am truly proud of Daniel’s volunteer commitment to Muttville. I have seen his incredible compassion for the dogs, especially those most physically challenged. He has also shown that he can work well with others on a team, and has demonstrated impressive maturity and responsibility in his efforts. Volunteering has been a surprisingly wonderful opportunity for Daniel and me to see each other in new and different roles, and I am truly grateful that we have found Muttville.

Son Daniel:

When I started volunteering at Muttville I thought it would feel like work to me. But it is not work, I really enjoy it! I pressure my mom to leave the house every Sunday so that we can get to Muttville on time. It’s cool that there are tasks for both of us to do as Muttville volunteers. My mom is good at washing and folding laundry, and I love preparing food for the dogs. I love when we share stories about our favorite dogs and get excited when they get adopted or fostered. We bond over Muttville, and it is a great experience that we get to share every week.


Mom Michelle:

I would never have guessed that our happening upon a Muttville adoption event in October 2015 would have resulted in a weekly volunteer experience that my daughter is fully committed to, and turn me, a total non-dog person, into a person who enjoys dogs. My daughter has always been an animal lover and would gladly have as many as possible, but because our family is not home during the week much, we aren’t a good option to have a dog at home, so when Chiara had the opportunity to hop into a Muttville adoption pen and pet away, she was in heaven! She wanted to keep coming back every week and so we became regular attendees at the adoption events before we became official volunteers. I’ve been struck by how open and welcoming the staff and volunteers are at Muttville and how you can find the right niche for you. 

Everyone there saw a fellow dog lover in Chiara and took the time to show her the ropes and give her the opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility. When we are there we sometimes work together, but mostly she spends her time with the dogs (washing them, walking them, and giving some TLC especially to the ISO dogs) but also making sure the laundry is done and the ISO rooms are cleaned while I spend time chatting people up about Muttville. I love the fact that Chiara understands that there is more than just the fun parts of having a dog and that there is a lot of unglamorous work to make a place like Muttville work and she embraces that too. Her volunteer work has also allowed her to get more comfortable talking with people she doesn’t know because she is always happy to talk about dogs or what needs to be done around Muttville.

Shortly after the first dog that really captured Chiara’s heart (Louise) was adopted, I was getting her up for school one day and she said, “Oh I wish you hadn’t woken me up, I was having the best dream about Louise.” Each week there is a new dog that captures her attention, across all breeds and physical conditions, that finds their forever home because of Muttville’s great work that we’ve had the opportunity to be small part of, and becomes one of the dogs of her dreams.

Daughter Chiara:

My favorite dog was Louise, she followed me around and would not go anywhere without me. Typically, on the way home, my Mom and I talk about which dogs we liked and our favorites. Coming to Muttville makes me feel sad and happy. I feel bad for the dogs but I am helping. Coming with my mom is fun and I get to spend some extra time with the dogs, because we can’t have one.


Mom Roberta:

Sophie and I started volunteering at Muttville in 2015.  We initially thought we would be foster parents, which we were, immediately for a gorgeous schnauzer named Prince Charming, we had him for 2 days before he was adopted. We realized pretty quickly that we loved Muttville so much that we wanted to spend more time at HQ. We have been volunteering pretty much every Saturday for the last two years. But that’s not all, together we have transported dogs from LA, dropped off and picked up dogs from the vet, worked adoptions events all over San Francisco and become adoption counselor/closers. It has been truly awesome that this is something that we both love and that we love doing together.

I think that a lot of what has made our experience so rich is not just the amazing dogs (which were certainly the initial draw) but the people of Muttville. We had no idea there was such a huge network of people out there constantly communicating about animals that need to be saved and people to save them by car, by plane etc. It is clear to us that Muttville is not only saving dogs it is saving people.

We look forward to being a part of the Muttville family for a long, long time.  And at the moment we are totally and completely enjoying our adorable and sweet foster Calla Lily! 

Daughter Sophie:

I like volunteering at Muttville with my Mom because I love the dogs and the people and it’s a place where we can bond, plus we share a love of dogs.

When we leave for the day we don’t stop talking about the dogs and how cute they are. 

We make my dad suffer through our hour-long conversations about the mutts when we come home. 

My first favorite dog was Reese, she was a gray-black terrier mix. She crawled into my lap one day and I was hooked. 

mariem3 | 05.08.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Rosalind" (fka Gretchen)

Success Story "Rosalind" (fka Gretchen)

We’ve had Gretchen (now named Rosalind after Rosalind Franklin) for about 2 months and she is thriving. She found a good sun spot in the house, shares the bed with the big dog and is befriending the rabbit (see pictures attached). She had 16 teeth removed last month and has slowly started eating again and gaining cute pudge. She is incredibly loving and playful! We are forever grateful to Muttville for introducing us. Rosalind constantly makes us smile and reminds us to be resilient. Another Muttville miracle!

Hope things are going well there!


Lou and Raylan

Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

mariem3 | 04.25.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Betsy"

Success Story "Betsy"

Betsy came to Muttville almost 1 year ago! She says, “Fospice is just a label. I intend to live forever!”

Betsy has been doing great. In addition to the liver support supplements we have been giving her some joint supplements that have helped her joints seem more comfortable. She sure kicks up her heels in the yard and runs around, and is super spunky in general. She has moved off the allergy food and eats normal food with no skin issues. Overall she is great and not exhibiting any overt health issues.

Her favorite pastime is to lay on her best buddy, our Italian Greyhound, and follow her around. She has mastered the dog door, although she still decides to potty in the house at times. Oh well! I’ll take the 95% outside potty rate. A couple of weeks ago she finally figured out she could climb the stairs and thought peeing in our bedroom was a great use of her new found skill. Baby gate now installed! We’ve been camping a few times and she loves to be out and about, especially at the beach. Betsy has lots of funnny little behaviors. We would love to know what she thinks.

Thank you for letting us take care of this hilarious little dog! She send lots of love and little doggie kisses to Muttville.


Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

mariem3 | 04.25.17 | 0 comments

Success Story "Dixie"

Success Story "Dixie"

Two years ago today Dixie came home with me from Muttville. She is a quiet little creature with a zen-like approach to life’s ups and downs; brave and uncomplaining when in pain, serenely happy when lying next to me, and always, always ready to greet friends and strangers alike with a furiously wagging tail.

Dixie is my ambassador to the world. She makes friends wherever she goes and some of those people have become my friends as well. And over time I have discovered that she has become something of a neighborhood celebrity, with fans of all ages. Just the other day a man passed us, stopped short and told me how seeing Dixie and me always makes him smile.

She’s slowing down now and is no longer an active, energetic senior. We don’t go on long adventures in the park like we used to, but as our relationship moves into a new phase I feel more tenderness towards her than ever, and am grateful every day for the high honor of being her human guardian.

Thank you, Muttville, for introducing me to this very special dog.

Are you the proud parent of a Muttville dog? Send us your story! Include 3 of your favorite photos and send to success_stories@muttville.org with the subject line ‘Success Story’.

mariem3 | 04.25.17 | 0 comments