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25 Woof Wishes of Christmas

25 Woof Wishes of Christmas

Happy Holidays!

In keeping with our mission to provide happiness to deserving senior dogs, tomorrow we unveil 25 Woof Wishes of Christmas! Every day until Christmas we will feature one lucky mutt on our blog. We hope that you will share these dogs on your Facebook and Twitter with your friends, make a donation to keep these these dogs wrapped up in a nice clean blanket fresh from the laundry, or welcome one of these dogs into your home as a foster dog for the holidays.

AliG | 11.30.09 | 0 comments

Geronimo, our TV star.

Geronimo, our TV star.

Geronimo was our handsome Muttville ambassador on an ABC 7 news segment with anchorman Dan Ashley and Fido Factor’s Justin O’Neill. “Tester dog” Geronimo won the hearts of owners and customers at various “pet-friendly” businesses around San Francisco. And Mr. Ashley was so taken by our little guy that he wanted to give a special announcement that he is looking for his forever home. Our little star!

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=7142448

AliG | 11.28.09 | 3 comments

Thanksgiving day parade at Fort Funston, many Muttville dogs were there

Thanksgiving day parade at Fort Funston, many Muttville dogs were there

Yippee, they said, as they pranced, limped and sniffed all over Fort Funston!

We dressed them up in their adopt-me vests and boy, did they get lots of action! It was a gorgeous day and a great way to kick off the holidays.

Also many Muttville dogs got adopted for the holiday. Max, Bernadette, Michelle, Fabiola and Sophie Lorraine all met their forever families and were whisked off for a fun filled weekend – getting to know their new lives!

That is the upside to the holidays, but there is a dark, sad side also.

Those of us working in animal rescue and shelters know that this is the time of year when people give their dogs to shelters and abandon them on the streets. All the shelters fill up with these sad dogs. Families leave on vacation and choose to take their furry family member to the shelter rather than finding someone to take care of him. Or better yet, taking him with them.

So consider fostering or adopting during the holidays. It is a huge gift!

sherri | 11.28.09 | 0 comments

Evening In Pawris! A Huge Success

Evening In Pawris! A Huge Success

Many many thanks to everyone, our volunteers, our sponsors and our lovely guests! All of you made our event at Hotel Biron so much fun and we raised lots of dough to help us rescue even more needy senior dogs. It was so inspiring to see so many people turn out and bid on our great auction items and even bid on sponsoring some of the lucky dogs of Muttville.
There are too many of you to thank in this blog, but you know who you are and please know how much we appreciate your help.
Also, Emo got a new home, his new parents Doug and Julie, took him straight home…you may know that them, they previously adopted Cujolito, so we know he will be well loved and cared for.
We also just got word from Jessica and Chris from Hotel Biron, Evening in Pawris will become an annual event, so if you missed this make sure you don’t miss it next year!

sherri | 11.23.09 | 4 comments

4 adoptions all on Sunday, 4 lucky dogs found forever homes

4 adoptions all on Sunday, 4 lucky dogs found forever homes

Here at Muttville we got to see MacKenzie, Duffy, Ozzie, and Winston go to their new homes yesterday. A big huge thank you to their foster families in making that happen! Providing a safe harbor, love and security, and helping their dogs find just the right families! Also evaluating what would be the best home, and giving important information to the adopter about their foster dogs. And then the hardest /happiest part- saying farewell and watching them leave with their new loving guardians!
Muttville could not do it without you.
You guys are all amazing, big hearted people.
Check out “The Joys of Fostering” in Bark Magazine
it features photos of Muttville dogs and stories from our foster families!

sherri | 11.16.09 | 0 comments

Today we will honor Goofy's life.....

Today we will honor Goofy's life.....

Goofy, our zany whippet, our mascot, has passed away at 19 years old. It was a peaceful passing.
Goofy came to Muttville 2 years ago and was cared for in a fospice home.
We thank Emma and Kath for giving him all the love and attention, walks at Fort Funston, putting up with his brattiness-yes even at 18 years old- he could be a scoundrel. Goofy full of vim until the end.
Goofy was a therapy dog and ended up at the Alameda shelter when his guardian became unable to care for him, that’s where Muttville found him. He had been there for months.
His zest for life was felt by everyone that met him, he is known all over the country, he will live on in our hearts….
Please watch his video, with music by Gogol Bordello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16p42k7rQqs,
you can also search “Goofy gets his groove on” on youtube
We will be having a farewell party for Goofy at Fort Funston, date and time TBA

sherri | 11.11.09 | 4 comments

Angel will get her eye surgery!! A very special person is sponsoring Angel's eyes.

Angel will get her eye surgery!! A very special person is sponsoring Angel's eyes.

Yesterday, at Muttville’s Castro St outreach, Joe Marko (of Paragon Realty)
one of our greatest volunteers and major dog lover met Angel. He got to see what a wonderful little dog she was. He knew that she couldn’t see and made a commitment to help her. He knew her chances of getting adopted have been very low because of her blindness. Angel is such a little sweetie pie, so full of life and now we know she will be ready for her loving forever home!
Thank you big time, Joe

sherri | 11.09.09 | 6 comments

Help Muttville Win!

Help Muttville Win!

We have exciting news to share. Muttville could win $10,000 in the new America’s Favorite Animal Shelter contest, the third contest to be sponsored by Care2 and Adopt-a-Pet.com! Vote here to help Muttville win: http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/77061. Voting ends Wednesday, December 16th, and begins NOW!

The America’s Favorite Animal Shelter contest is a chance for animal lovers everywhere to raise awareness of the need to adopt shelter and rescue animals while helping their favorite shelter win a much-needed donation. The contest is a fun, free way for you to build support for Muttville in your community and it’s an easy way for our current supporters to help us win a donation that will help saves the lives of senior dogs!

AliG | 11.07.09 | 0 comments

Geronimo, our celebrity spaniel, finally gets his much needed eye surgery.

Geronimo, our celebrity spaniel, finally gets his much needed eye surgery.

We received a generous offer from animal eye specialist, Dr. Dennis Hacker, for eye removal surgery for our sweet cocker spaniel boy, Geronimo. He so badly needed this. He lost his vision years ago and had been living with severe dry eye due to neglect and lack of treatment before he came to Muttville.

He has been quite the celebrity spokesperson for Muttville these last weeks, participating in KOFY interviews, ABC Channel 7 news features with Fido Factor and Anchorman Dan Ashley, an article for SF Chronicle, and one of the featured photos in this month’s Bark Magazine, an article entitled “The Joys of Fostering”.

He has made so many friends in his new life with Muttville. Many people were praying and thinking about him yesterday. We are happy to report that his surgery went well and he is recovering nicely. Still full of energy and wandering the house!

We hope that someone will fall in love with Geronimo’s kind and gentle soul and give him his perfect forever home. Geronimo may be blind but he certainly sees all the goodness life has to offer!!

AliG | 11.06.09 | 1 comment

Imagine - by Beethoven

Imagine - by Beethoven

Beethoven wrote this last night, waiting patiently at his foster home for a more permanent home. I’ve spent a lot of time with Beethoven and he is a gentle soul – gets along with dogs, cats, kids, even guinea pigs. What a sweet thing. Adopt him here – http://www.muttville.org/mutt/beethoven

Imagine there’s a forever home for me
It’s easy if you try
No more worries for me
Around me only happy blue sky
Imagine me and you
Living for today…

Imagine there’s a soft dog bed for me
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to do but rest and relax
And no stairs too
Imagine me and you
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday I’ll join you
And we will be as one

Imagine lots of love for me
I wonder if you can
No need for anything but love and attention
A family of you and me, your man
Imagine the both of us
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday I’ll join you
And we will live as one

AliG | 11.05.09 | 0 comments

Layla's big beach day!

Layla's big beach day!

Our 12 year old chow chow, Layla, who was used as pit bull bait and then thrown into a backyard, took her first trip to the beach. Our lady bear had a romping good time, tail up, sniffing the air though she never touched the water!
She has come so far, she now follows us around the house, loves car rides and sleeps in a cush bed. We still want to find her a loving home of her own, where she can spend the rest of her days as a spoiled bear cub!

sherri | 11.03.09 | 3 comments

We have so many Kern County Doggies, all of them need spay and neuter!

We have so many Kern County Doggies, all of them need spay and neuter!

Kern County is a a nightmare for dogs, they get 400 a week at the shelter.
And the ones we take, the seniors dogs, none seem to be spayed or neutered.
This is a crime. This is the reason we need mandatory spay and neuter. Until this happens we are just putting a finger in the dam. It’s not the dogs’ fault, but they are the ones that pay. We got 5 new dogs, all of them so sweet and on their way to euthanasia-they all needed s/n and other major surgeries. Muttville is lucky to have some wonderful vets that keep our costs low but we can’t save them all. Check them out, Edie,Django, Teddy and Tamara and Devo!
These are the lucky ones…..

sherri | 11.02.09 | 0 comments