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Muttville teams up with Compassion Without Borders for a "seniorita" named Wanda

Muttville teams up with Compassion Without Borders for a "seniorita" named Wanda

Up until August, Wanda the Pug lived every day of her life on the end of a chain in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. She was brought to a free veterinary wellness clinic sponsored by Compassion Without Borders based in Santa Rosa, CA. A woman handed Wanda over to Compassion Without Borders’ Founder Dr. Christi Camblor – and the woman was glad to do so, knowing Wanda could receive the care she needed.

Wanda was covered in mange and had painful scabs, skin and ear infections. Her eyes were infected, too. Thankfully, this harsh life in the Sonoran desert ended when Compassion Without Borders rescued her, got her the medical care she needed and helped her to recover in Northern California. When she was first rescued, Wanda would wander aimlessly and hardly engage or interact with people. Today she wags her tail, loves to go for walks, has a spring in her step and seeks out affection and attention like a normal happy, snorty, sweet little Pug.

She recently went to a loving Muttville foster care home in San Francisco, blossoming and enjoying her newly found freedom to roam around as she pleases. As her scabby, hairless coat has sprouted new fur, her sweet spirit has emerged and she is learning that life is indeed worth living.

Compassion Without Borders and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue hope to find the perfect home for Wanda.

Dr. Christi Camblor said, “Wanda’s transformation is nothing short of miraculous. She went from a listless, despondent, scab covered dog living on the end of a chain, to a robust, happy, confident and engaged soul who charms everyone she meets. I am so grateful to Muttville for helping during this final stage of her journey to the happy ending she so deserves.”

Muttville’s Executive Director Sherri Franklin said. “It’s no wonder that Wanda has so many people to help her, Muttville is lucky to have her. She is such a cuddle muffin and we know she will make someone very very happy.”

Compassion Without Borders provides a brighter future for animals in need. Their programs include; International and local dog rescue programs in the U.S, humane education and outreach, free veterinary wellness clinics in the U.S. and Mexico, humane euthanasia programs in Mexico, veterinary training in Mexico.

Learn more about them:


Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, in San Francisco, is dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, aged seven years and older, and to creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.


Read Wanda’s Muttville profile

Muttville prefers that Wanda be adopted in Northern California. if you are interested in Wanda, please visit her profile and complete an Adopt Me Form.

mariem3 | 10.19.14 | 1 comment

Success Story Lady (a.k.a. Milady)

Success Story Lady (a.k.a. Milady)

We can’t help but smile when we get heartwarming updates like this! Read on to hear about Lady (formerly Milady) and her great new life with Karen and Calvin:

Lady (shortened from her Muttville name, Milady) has been with us since June this year and we want to thank you so much for bringing Lady into our lives. While generally in good health, Lady does have some issues common in older dogs like urinary incontinence and arthritis in the hip, but Sherri and Muttville volunteers were so knowledgeable and helpful on how to go about handling these issues.

We are happy to report that Lady’s mobility and energy has greatly improved. She likes playing hide-and-seek with us and enjoys chasing us around. She has really opened up and is just such a loving dog who just wants to hang out with her humans, take walks on the beach and around the neighborhood, and get belly rubs. Everyone in our neighborhood is charmed by her gentle and loving ways.

Thanks Muttville!


Calvin and Karen

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’.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 10.15.14 | 0 comments

Success Story "Figg" (a.k.a. Fig Newton)

Success Story "Figg" (a.k.a. Fig Newton)

Figg is living the good life! Thanks to Diane and Kevin for sharing their love story:

My husband and I adopted Fig Newton (now “Figg”) this past May. He was a stray in the Central Valley, with no identification, but luckily he made his way from Tracy to Muttville! He was a bit of a mess when we got him — 15 pounds overweight, skin on his poor little tummy all black (likely from food allergies), and lots of anxiety from whatever sad turns his life had taken.

We suspect he had been largely an outdoor dog, as the skin on his elbows was calloused and tough as leather. Four months later, our Figg boy is a dreamboat. He’s slimmed down, has food allergies are under control, and he has adjusted quite nicely to sleeping with his humans on a warm, comfortable, king-size bed.

He’s a nutcase, for sure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are totally, completely, madly in love with him!

Photo captions:

Figg in his new favorite spot—my side of the bed

Figg chillin’ out on the upper deck of our boat

Figg rolling around with glee after watching a Giants game (they won)

Thank you, Muttville, for all that you do and for sending us our Figg!

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’.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 10.08.14 | 1 comment

Moolah For Mutts: A Great Success, Thanks to You!

Moolah For Mutts: A Great Success, Thanks to You!

Thank You for Making Moolah a Record-Breaking Success!

Overwhelming. Breathtaking. Moolah for Mutts this year was thrilling. Thank you to everyone who attended — you were so beautiful and fun and generous. Thank you to our sponsors. And thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated — you created a gorgeous night. It’s not just the mutts who are special — the people who love them are, too. It was an honor and a delight to spend the evening with you!

If you weren’t able to attend (sold out! But next year we’ll have an even bigger venue!), we’re sorry you had to miss this. The evening flew by, with tasty cocktails (and a Pinnacle vodka sno-cone machine), great wine, delicious food, a fun and moving program, and — in honor of our theme, Mutt Magic — strolling magicians! We wish we could pour you a glass of Uptick wine and replay the whole thing — but what we can do is share the video that premiered, The Magic of Muttville.

For your viewing pleasure, here it is!

And also enjoy a few highlights from our magical evening, courtesy of Tim O. Photography and Holly Hickman Photography.

View photos from Tim Oben Photography

View photos from Holly Hickman Photography

mariem3 | 10.07.14 | 0 comments

Success Story Moxie & Biscuit (aka Baby and Buddha)

Success Story Moxie & Biscuit (aka Baby and Buddha)

Kristi and Rob are “serial adopters” but they really showed us how big their hearts are when they adopted the mom and son duo Buddha and Baby, now named Biscuit and Moxie. Read their love story:

Baby and Buddha, mom and son Pomeranians (now Moxie and Biscuit), were abandoned when their owner went into a nursing home. They were rescued by a group in Nevada that tried to get them adopted together, with no success – so they were brought to Muttville.

Muttville wanted to keep them together. They are so bonded and love each other so much – constantly lying together and licking each other’s faces. Moxie, the mom, always looks after her son – makes sure he eats before she does and watches him all the time.

My husband and I went to Muttville planning to adopt one dog, to add to our household of several other dogs. However, we fell in love with both Moxie and Biscuit and could see how bonded they were right away. Although we felt a little overwhelmed at the thought of two more dogs, we felt compelled to take them, to ensure they’d be kept together.

As it turns out, they are super easy dogs and blended into our family right away. They do so much together, it is almost like having just one additional dog! Although, they do have very different (but equally cute) personalities – Moxie is very outgoing, charming and funny, and Biscuit is shyer and quieter but super affectionate and loving.

We are so happy to have adopted them together – not just because we were able to guarantee that they remained together for life, but also because we love watching them together and seeing how they relate and enjoy being with each other. I can’t imagine separating them and am so thankful that Muttville kept them together.

Overall, I am now even more of a believer in adopting bonded dogs to keep them together. It’s clear how happy they are and how grateful they are to be together – and having been together their whole lives, they have similar habits and quirks, which makes it almost as easy as having one!

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’.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 10.01.14 | 0 comments