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Adopted Mutts of the Week: Sept. 19-25

Adopted Mutts of the Week: Sept. 19-25

Congrats!!

Here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes, thanks to the efforts of our foster parents, volunteers and supporters:
Sadie, Isabel, Lucy, Dusty

We had a lot of fun all weekend at Saturday’s Dogma in San Francisco, sponsored by San Francisco SPCA and 7&7 Magazine, and Sunday we spent a lovely afternoon at Pawtrero Bath and Feed Co. in Potrero HIll.

If you have adopted a Muttville superstar and would like to share your story with our fans, we would love to hear from you! Please email info@muttville.org with the subject line “Success Stories”.

mariem3 | 09.26.11 | 0 comments

13-year-old Jonah's Gift to Muttville

13-year-old Jonah's Gift to Muttville

My name is Jonah and I recently had my Bar Mitzvah. As part of my Bar Mitzvah project, I wanted to give attention to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Muttville is important to me because every dog should have an opportunity to live a happy life.

According to Jewish law, when children reach 13 years of age, they become responsible for their actions, and “become a Bar Mitzvah.”

As part of becoming a bar mitzvah, students are obligated to do a “tzedakah” (social action) project, something they feel deeply about, and one that is important to them. This requirement makes explicit that the idea of mitzvot (commandments) to which they will be obligated involve not only Jewish ritual but also social action.

I’ve learned from my Aunt who volunteers with Muttville that each dog costs Muttville about $800-$1,000 on average for wellness checks and other veterinary care to ready these dogs for adoption.

Prior to my big day, I visited each Sunday School class at my Temple with 2 adopted Muttville dogs.

The kids went crazy over them, some of the teachers did, too. We told all the children about dogs in need and how you should always adopt and never buy a dog from a pet store or backyard breeder because there are too many worthy dogs available without a home.

Then my Aunt addressed the adult congregation and told everyone about Muttville so that even more people would know about the senior dog rescue.

On my Bar Mitzvah day, I included Muttville information in my program and collected funds for the older dogs – $500!!

As I understand it, that’ll cover a dental or two on a dog that may never have seen a toothbrush.

I feel honored to be involved with such a great cause as Muttville and hope that my contribution encourages other kids my age to get involved in a cause and take action.

Jonah Goodman

mariem3 | 09.21.11 | 3 comments

Adopted Mutts of the Week: Sept. 12-18

Adopted Mutts of the Week: Sept. 12-18

Congrats!!

Here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes, thanks to the efforts of our foster parents, volunteers and supporters:

Jeannie, Flower, Khloe, Miss Bea, Rosie!

And Maxwell and Little Prince William went to their new homes this weekend too. Their new families happily reported that they have settled in nicely!

We’d like to thank the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce for hosting this past weekend’s outreach event.

If you have adopted a Muttville superstar and would like to share your story with our fans, we would love to hear from you! Please email info@muttville.org with the subject line “Success Stories”.

mariem3 | 09.19.11 | 1 comment

Guardian Angels Are Out There

Guardian Angels Are Out There

This year has been a hard year for senior dogs, and it shows by how many older dogs are ending up in shelters all over the state. Muttville has grown and been able to step up to the plate-even more now with our network of wonderful foster homes.
Our adoptions have grown too. It is amazing to see all these people stepping up to offer forever home to our seniors.
But all this comes with a price tag, we budgeted to save 350 dogs in 2011 and we have already saved 375 since January, this means we have had to slow down our rescue intake to make sure we can afford the vet care for the dogs we have in our program.
WELL, once Emily Pottruck was told about our budget crunch she found a way to help. Emily’s book Tails of Devotion, a great book that explores the bond between people and their companion animals, was published in 2006 with all proceeds donated to animal welfare organizations nationwide. Today, Emily closes her fund from Tails of Devotion with a huge gift to Muttville. With this we can now say yes to many more dogs in danger.

And with this, Tails of Devotion and Emily have left a legacy of saved lives.

Thank you Emily, once again you are our guardian angel!

mariem3 | 09.17.11 | 0 comments

Sherri Franklin's Presentation, "Caring For Your Aging Dog" for SF SPCA

Sherri Franklin's Presentation, "Caring For Your Aging Dog" for SF SPCA

On September 10th, SF SPCA offered a Senior Dog Care Seminar with experts sharing their advice, tips, and experiences in caring for aging dogs.

Sherri Franklin, Muttville’s Founder and Executive Director, gave a very informative and insightful presentation on ways to make life easier for your aging dog. Sherri was joined by Dr. Jennifer Scarlett and Lisa Dossey of SF SPCA, Cathy Chen-Rennie of The Rex Center, and Dr. Betty Carmack, Pet Loss Counselor & Facilitator of the Pet Loss Support Group at the SF SPCA.

Sherri was assisted by Muttville volunteer and Small Club Lead dogwalker, Russell Ulrey, and ‘demo dog’ Charlie. He was a great demonstrator of the various items, like the belly band, harness, and doggy buggy. He was so charming that he melted the heart of a member in the audience who adopted him that same day!

You can watch Sherri’s 20 minute presentation on our Resources page, as well as download the presentations and handouts from Sherri, Dr. Scarlett, Lisa, Cathy, and Dr. Carmack.

Many thanks to Marie of Switchblade Creative Studios for filming Sherri’s presentation, Russell Ulrey of Small Club for assisting on stage, and Chung Nguyen Photography for our photos.

mariem3 | 09.16.11 | 0 comments

Our Adopted Mutts of the Week: Sept. 5 - Sept. 11

Our Adopted Mutts of the Week: Sept. 5 - Sept. 11

Congrats!!

Here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes, thanks to the efforts of our foster parents, volunteers and supporters:
Quincy, Sammy, Rebecca, Marco, Charlie, Bianca, Blossom, and Cocoberry!

Many thanks to Pet Food Express and all the folks who helped make a great Bay Area Pet Fair & Adoptathon this year! We also want to thank The Honest Kitchen for their generous donation of their great food and teas.

mariem3 | 09.12.11 | 1 comment

Muttville Volunteer Stacey Running For the Mutts in the 2011 Portland Marathon!

Muttville Volunteer Stacey Running For the Mutts in the 2011 Portland Marathon!

A note from Stacey S., one of our valuable Muttville volunteers who is running the Portland 2011 Marathon and raising $2600 ($100 for every mile) to benefit Muttville:

Today I went for a 22 mile training run. As I was preparing last night, I was a bit sad because I knew I was going to see tons of Team In Training folks and other groups running together, supporting each other for their respective causes and I am doing this all alone. So I decided to print out a picture of Jammy and bring her along with me for when I hit the rough stuff and need some encouragement and reminder of the great work you do at Muttville….and why I am running this year. (this is usually around mile 19, marathons are 80% mental and 20% physical endurance)

So off I went with Jammy in pocket and around mile 19, I stopped for water and an energy chew and pulled her out. Her cute little face and sweet expressive eyes were just what I needed to get me through to the finish. Its like the picture shouted “keep going Stacey”. I figured whatever pain I was feeling was nothing compared to what Jammy felt when she was abandoned by her owner, so onward I went.

Thank you again so much for letting me do this on Muttville’s behalf. Its been a great experience thus far. When you next see Jammy, PLEASE give her a pat on the head and a kiss on her glistening and perfectly black nose from me and thank her. She’ll understand, I do think she was a marathoner in her previous human life…she’s obviously got endurance!

Please support Stacey in her final month of fundraising by donating to her Crowdrise page. She has almost met her goal!

Thank you to all of those who have supported her efforts and a HUGE thanks to Stacey for all the love she has given to Muttville!

mariem3 | 09.07.11 | 1 comment

Our Adopted Mutts of the Week: Aug. 29-Sept.4

Our Adopted Mutts of the Week: Aug. 29-Sept.4

Congrats!!

Here are this past week’s lucky Muttville seniors who found forever homes, thanks to the efforts of our foster parents, volunteers and supporters:
Wilma
Chleo
Sunny
Zoe

All these dogs were slated for euthanasia, some (Like Wilma) saved with just hours to spare. Now they are in loving homes and starting new beginnings!

Thank you to Kiehl’s on Fillmore St. in San Francisco and Pet Food Express” in Walnut Creek for hosting our adoption events this weekend!

mariem3 | 09.06.11 | 1 comment