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Adopted Mutts! Oct. 13 - Oct. 28

Adopted Mutts! Oct. 13 - Oct. 28 Congratulations!!!
These senior mutts have found their forever homes:


(s4s indicates the adoption was part of our Seniors for Seniors Program)

Jake (s4s)
Lexie
Buddy Boy (s4s)
Mo
Comet
Pia (s4s)
Leo
Spudz
Polka Dot
Moomoo (s4s)
Jiffy pop
Vladmir (s4s)
Olive
Schatzi (s4s)
Pedro
Gizmo
Glenda
Pocket
Jackson
Alma
Butch (s4s)
Spanky
Gus
Babs

To see the profiles of these lucky mutts, visit the Recent Adoptions section of our Mutts page.

Every dog adopted means another life we can save. There’s a perfect senior waiting for you! Click here to see all of our mutts.


You can help create many more new beginnings!
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mariem3 | 10.29.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Zito"

Success Story "Zito"

David and Bernadette really scored big when they joined Muttville and had the opportunity to foster little Zito. Here is the story of how David and Bernadette came to love the little pom lovingly named after San Francisco Giants pitcher, Barry Zito, and how they decided that Zito was for keeps:

We had lost our “doggie” son, Capone, and we needed something to help us with the healing process. I saw an article in the San Francisco Examiner about ‘Bring Your Pets To Work’ day featuring dogs from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. I decided to check out the organization and loved the fact it helped senior dogs.

Zito was our second Muttville foster dog. I was blessed to meet Zito when I went to pick up my 2nd foster doggie. I couldn’t stop staring at Zito! He looked like a bird to me. He was so tiny and had no teeth, which gave him such a huge personality. I could not resist.

What were the first few days like with Zito? I have three cats who all welcomed him with open arms. They weren’t sure if he was a cat or dog at first. Zito definitely ran the show with us and knew he had us wrapped around his little paw. We fell in love right away and knew he was our new little guy.

One of the things we love about Zito, when he gets excited he looks like he is dancing the salsa. And also…what perfect timing! We have a dog that turns out to be a huge San Francisco Giants fan named after Barry Zito! We knew he was special and the Giants’ ‘lucky charm’.

Today, Zito is ‘a big man on campus.’ He makes us laugh. We can’t help but spoil him, and we jump at every chance to make sure he has everything he needs. We’re very happy that he is part of our home and he knows he has a family that will make sure he’ll stay very happy too!

Zito Jojo Abordo. His middle name is in honor of our first Muttville foster dog whom we also loved.

Thank you Muttville!

David and Bernadette



If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

You can help create many more new beginnings!
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mariem3 | 10.25.12 | 1 comment

Success Story "Butters"

Success Story "Butters"

When Butters joined Muttville, we knew her smile could melt hearts. We’re so glad it was Katie who won her heart too! Read their ‘butter-sweet’ tale:

As we just celebrated our one year anniversary with Butters, I had to write a note to thank you, Sherri.

She is the light of our life and our magic little dog. When people stop to comment on what a precious dog she is, the next question is always “how old is your puppy?” You can imagine their surprise when we say our puppy is 11 years old! People think you are crazy when you move out of your apartment because your landlord won’t let you adopt a 10 year old dog. But we knew Butter’s was our once in a lifetime dog. I am certain there is no better dog in the world than our sweet Butters. Don’t let her fancy bows fool you, she is a little girl who loves to get down and dirty. She loves her walks on the beach, rolling in the grass, digging in her back yard, and chasing squirrels. We love her so very much! She is a part of our family and goes everywhere we go. From vacation, pilates class and trips to the pumpkin patch, Butters is always the bright spot in everyone’s day. Thank you for all that you do to find forever homes for the very well deserving senior dogs.

Much Love,

Katie, Dave and Gigi



If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

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mariem3 | 10.24.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Lily"

Success Story "Lily"

Lily was at SFACC with no hope of rescue until Sherri saw her darling little face and pink cast on her front leg! At Lily’s first adoption event she met Rachael, a new volunteer, and the rest is history! Read on to see her beautiful photos and hear from her family how much she is loved!

Lily has been with us a little over a month and she is doing great! It’s taken a bit, but we’ve found our groove. Lily is used to the routine and doing a lot better with her separation anxiety. She has bonded with her sister and two brothers (Bella, Bailey and Sam). They run around like a little pack now. It’s adorable. :) Her fractured paw was determined to be an old, repetitive injury…like we thought it was. Luckily, she’s not in any pain with it. It’s just not as strong as it should be. We’re going to set up a consult with an orthopedist, but our regular vet doesn’t really think that even with surgery she’ll have a completely normal leg again. That said, it doesn’t stop her from doing anything. She runs around and jumps and plays even with her little limp, which is actually pretty darn cute. We had a little set back when she decided to jump from somewhere much too high to get closer to mommy, for which we lovingly call her “Geronimo,” but she’s doing much better now. She sure has a big personality in her tiny, little frame. Lily is the sweetest thing and we have so much fun together. She is a great car buddy. We just hook her up in her little seatbelt and off we go. :) She sleeps in our bed and is a great snuggler. We love her so much and feel so lucky to have her as part of our family. She has made us all better by just being in our lives. We’re looking forward to many wonderful years and adventures with her.

All Our Best,

Rachael, Sonia & The Crew



If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

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mariem3 | 10.17.12 | 3 comments

Success Story "Archie"

Success Story "Archie"

Late last year, I signed up to foster dogs for Muttville, and after finding homes for a few lovely pooches, I got an urgent call from Sherri. This dog, she said, needed a place where he’d be the only dog in the house. A wonderful family had taken him as a foster, and he didn’t get along with their lab. That evening I received Archie, and my life changed.

He was emaciated and his red coat was threadbare in patches, but his tail couldn’t stop wagging. Immediately I felt that this was one of those special animals that Muttville exists to save: a dog that has been hard done by all his life and is still waiting to be someone’s good boy and constant companion, the pet that completes your life. A dog waiting for his people.

Still I thought Archie would be someone else’s dog.

As he put on weight, he grew back into his shaggy paws and powerful frame, and his amazing copper-and-flame coat became lustrous and fluffy. The training Muttville provided meant soon his furry butt was hitting the ground the moment the treat bag came out and before the syllable ‘sit’ passed my lips. I showed him to some very nice prospective adopters- an older couple, a young political operative, a hip software engineer- but with each one, his inability to get along with other dogs promised problems these folks wouldn’t experience with other animals. Soon it became clear that it would be harder to place this boy with a good home than his fantastic looks, generally docile temperament and universal love of any human being would indicate.

When you do dog rescue, there are essentially two different perspectives you can use to approach the prospect of doing as much good as you can. One is the mass strategy, whereby you help as many dogs as you can in the time you have, and as a rescue organization, that’s certainly what Muttville rightly does, and they sometimes have to make some hard decisions about which dogs they can help and where best to allocate their limited resources of foster homes and shelter space and volunteer time.

But as an individual person devoting your time and your home to saving dogs, sometimes you have to look at the dog in front of you, the one that circumstance and fate have placed before you and decide whether to devote every measure of your resources to them.

I’m more of a spiritual than a religious person, but that feeling of duty I have to the animal that has been placed in my care, the bond that grows with this creature that has been placed in your path is one of the closest things I feel to communion with the godly.

So it was with Archie. And when I looked into his droopy face and deep brown eyes, I knew it was both my duty and my luck to keep him at my side, and I have never regretted adopting him for my own.

Now he wakes up every day when I do and starts my day off with that nonstop wagging tail. He is my partner on hikes, beach walks, and car rides, and helps me make new friends everywhere I go. Sometimes I think he’s more like an exasperated old grandpa who indulges my young man’s foolishness as his roommate. But there are times when I come home and he just wants to snuggle that I see the puppy he once was and I’m endlessly glad I got the chance to let that joy come out here in the twilight of his years.

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

You can help create many more new beginnings!
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mariem3 | 10.11.12 | 3 comments

Success Story "Annie"

Success Story "Annie"

On my 53rd birthday this year, my beloved Dutchess (rescued 16 years ago) crossed the Rainbow Bridge and left the hugest hole in my heart. Her last months were rounds of meds, IV fluids, numerous trips her Dr., special diets and then finally whatever she would eat. Some thought it was extreme, I thought they were nuts even questioning my efforts. This was my baby after all, why would I not go to any length for her comfort and care. But finally on that day, I knew what she was telling me.

I had let some time pass, but to no avail, my empty lap needed love and companionship and I knew there was a soul out there Dutchess would lead to me. I started the search specifically for a Senior dog, any special needs or age was a non issue for me. This is when I came across Muttville and Sherri Franklin. I sent her my story and she did not hesitate, she knew EXACTLY who was meant to find her way to my lap and into my heart – Annabelle aka Annie. The second I met Annie I knew Dutchess had led me to her. Interestingly enough, Annie Lauck from Muttville, who took care of all our paperwork, transition etc was from my home town and my Aunt had worked for her family at a jewel of a bakery there for years and years. I knew it was meant to be and because of her, Annabelle became Annie :-) and came home with me June 1, 2012.

With her precious under bite and missing tooth, she became an immediate part of the family and I became hers. It was if we had been together for years. Annie travels everywhere with me, and I mean everywhere, weekend road trips, the Sierra’s, Monterey etc… Wherever I am, she is too. This year she participated in the American Cancer Society San Francisco’s Crissy Field Relay For Life (one of my passions) and stepped into some rather large shoes becoming Relay’s honorary Relay Dog (Dutchess holding the previous administration :-) ). Everywhere we go, everyone loves Annie!

Things she loves: her new family, her little tennis balls and loves to play fetch, stealing socks, stealing the soap from the bathtub, jumping in the swimming pool to reach me, short little walks because of her short little legs (longer walks yes, she does have a stroller LOL) and weekends! Things she doesn’t love: Grooming appointments (separation anxiety), and strangers (but only at first).

We have found our forever home with each other and I am so grateful to Sherri and Muttville for all she does, but especially for filling my empty lap and broken heart, and for Annie never having to ever ever be hungry, thirsty, scared or alone again.

We love you Muttville!

Michele Phillips and Annie

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

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mariem3 | 10.10.12 | 2 comments

Adopted Mutts Of the Week: Sept. 24 - Oct. 7

Adopted Mutts Of the Week: Sept. 24 - Oct. 7

Woof Woof! Congrats to these lucky senior mutts who found their forever homes:
(Click here to see their profiles.)

Chata
Lucia
Moca
Dakota
Snickers
Mandy
Waffles
Margo
Tessa
Violet
Candace
Famu
Grace

Every dog adopted means another life we can save. There’s a perfect senior waiting for you! Click here to see all of our mutts.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.
mariem3 | 10.08.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Duchess"

Success Story "Duchess"

Many thanks to Paula for sharing her story of Duchess, formerly Midnight. And special kudos to Duchess! As a result of this wonderful connection, Paula featured Muttville in the premier issue of her publication, The Scout Guide San Francisco.

I sat next to a woman at a small dinner party about eight months ago. I told her I wanted a black lab For my 11-year-old son who really wanted a dog. We had a good experience years ago rescuing Duke, who was also a black lab.

She said, “What a coincidence! I volunteer for Muttville and I think they just got a black lab a couple of days ago.”

I called Sherri the very next day And you know the rest of the story…..

Duchess is a sweet and wonderful dog. She is extremely well-behaved and seems to understand English!

She loves a lot of care and attention and has been a wonderful companion for my son, Brendan. She loves to run with other dogs and make new friends at Chrissy Field. We are so happy that we have adopted her. She is a wonderful addition to our family.

I am so glad I could include Muttville in the premier issue of The Scout Guide San Francisco.. It is just a small way to say thank you for the wonderful work Sherri does.

If you adopted a Muttville dog, we would love to feature you in an upcoming ‘Success Story’. Please contact success_stories@muttville.org with the Subject line ‘Success Story’

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.
mariem3 | 10.03.12 | 0 comments