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Adopted Mutts! November 12-25

Adopted Mutts! November 12-25

Congratulations to these senior mutts who have found their forever homes:

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

Nemo
Billie
Angel
Lovely Rita
BooBoo
Pixel
Toshi
Denver (s4s)
Sooki
JJ
Spike
Jasper
Larry
Evie

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!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 11.28.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Pequena"

Success Story "Pequena"

Poor darling Pequena!! Muttville has rarely encountered a more neglected creature. A 12-year-old poodle mix, she was surrendered to a Los Angeles animal shelter in terrible shape, with an uncertain future. Skin and bones, she only weighed 8 pounds, when her healthy weight should be 12 pounds. Worse still, her tiny frame was weighted down with huge mammary tumors. After years of untreated diabetes, she her sight was nearly gone.

The sad truth is for many, many years, nobody wanted Pequena. Someone kept her alive, but no one took care of her. And once she was dumped in a shelter, the even sadder truth is there was very little chance someone new would take her home.

But when you see that sweet face, donʼt you just want to do something? Muttville couldnʼt let her go – we arranged to have her brought up from Southern California, and as soon as she arrived, got her immediate medical care. We had the tumors removed, had her spayed and vaccinated, and got her diabetes under control with daily insulin injections.

As soon as she arrived at Muttville, we realized that in spite of everything, Pequena had a sweet and shining spirit. Curious, lively, and engaged with her surroundings, Pequena made it her goal to crawl into the lap of anyone who would hold her. We knew we had a special mutt on our hands, and the last piece of the puzzle was to find her soulmate.

That person was Donna. Donna is one of Muttvilleʼs Mutt Angels – she heard about our mission on late-night local radio. Right there and then, she decided that saving senior mutts was going to be her lifeʼs mission. Sheʼs the person who calls saying: “Tell me which dog is going to be the hardest to adopt. Thatʼs the one I want.”

Donna had already been an angel mom to six Muttville dogs: Oliver, Tallulah, Callie, Dorrit, Teddy, and Olive. As soon as she met Pequena, it was love.

Check out the two of them together – hard to believe that formerly sad little string bean is the healthy, robust, and adored creature you see now.

So many people, directly and indirectly, including transport volunteers, dog-walking volunteers, foster parents, participating veterinarians, and supporters made Pequenaʼs happy ending possible. Thank you to everyone for making a muttʼs dream come true!!

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 | 11.26.12 | 1 comment

Celebrate "Adopt a Senior Pet" Month: Loving Senior Dogs...

Celebrate "Adopt a Senior Pet" Month: Loving Senior Dogs...

To celebrate “Adopt a Senior Pet” month, mutt volunteer writer Julie wrote this heartwarming recollection that I think many of us can relate to:

I adopted my first senior dog by accident. Our dog passed many months before and we waited until we were both ready. We went to a local shelter and were overwhelmed by the selection of dogs in need. We were somewhat interested in a 6 month old chocolate Lab, but no one really jumped out at us. I think it was just shock at all the possibilities. Although I’d had dogs I dearly loved in my adult life (none as a kid), I fancied myself more of a cat person. My then-boyfriend preferred large dogs and I had come to love them as treasured family members. When faced with the selection of a single new family member and leaving all the others behind, we crumbled and left. On the long drive home, we decided to “get over it” and get a dog. The next shelter was smaller and we only met a few, quickly selecting Madison, an 8 year old Border collie mix who ended up being a perfect dog for us. We couldn’t believe her family had turned her and their older Golden Retriever into the shelter when they had kids. Their bad judgment was definitely our gain.

Madison was with me long after the relationship ended, and although it has been more than a decade, I still miss her. After she passed, my job was very demanding and I traveled a lot. This made me feel like I probably shouldn’t have a dog. I had a great pet-sitter, though, and finally convinced myself to go adopt the most un-adoptable dog I could find so I could save a life (and not feel so guilty for not being home enough.)

Enter Tres-Tucker, a 3 legged ancient, Mini-schnauzer with a hernia, terrible teeth, heart murmur and bad attitude. We adored each other. Although my veterinarian asked if I thought I had really made a good choice when she first met him, she and the staff also grew to love him and my passion for seniors was born. TT hated being alone when I traveled and cried when he wasn’t at home, so I adopted a 13 year old Saluki, Mariah, to be his friend. When I met a man who loved Mariah when she was 17 and cried when she passed, I knew I’d met someone with substance. Senior dogs can be great for finding out what someone’s heart is all about!

Why are older dogs so great? You get a bigger sense of who they are than with a younger dog that hasn’t come “into their own” yet. They are grateful and know how to love and bond, no matter what they have been through. I used to think it was a noble thing to adopt a senior. It made me feel good about myself to save one. Now I know they are the noble ones and it my privilege to be allowed to care for them. They may not be with me as long as I would like, but I try to make their days as joyous as possible for as long as they have. I feel like this is the way any pet should be treated regardless of their age. People too. After all, there are no guarantees on how long any of us have.

When I discovered Muttville, I thought I was in heaven! So many wonderful little souls with so much to give. And the people are like kindred spirits who don’t question or say, “I could never do that. It is too hard to say goodbye.”

Yes, the goodbyes are hard. But the memories and laughter and love are so worth every tear!

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 | 11.14.12 | 0 comments

Adopted Mutts! October 29 - November 11

Adopted Mutts! October 29 - November 11

Congratulations! These lucky senior mutts found their forever homes:

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

Firefly 1411 (s4s)
Dudley 1470
Schatzi 1447
Bailey 1486
Pequena (s4s)
Molly 1448
Chummy 1477
Blossom 1478
Mugsy 2
Lola 3 (s4s)
Jake 1389 (s4s)
Petie 1441
Frankie 1435
Nestor 1368
Percy 1418
Buddy Boy (s4s)
Minnie (s4s)

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!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.

mariem3 | 11.12.12 | 1 comment

Muttvile WINS New Toyota Sienna in the 100 Cars For Good Contest!

Muttvile WINS New Toyota Sienna in the 100 Cars For Good Contest!

Can you believe it!?!?! Thanks to all of you – our amazing supporters – Muttville is the winner of a brand new 2013 Toyota Sienna!! Back in June, we asked you for your votes in the Toyota 100 Cars For Good Contest, and you came through for us!

And thanks to San Francisco Toyota and Scion, they decided to help the senior mutts yet again by donating the funds to have our new vehicle car wrapped. Check out the gorgeous photo! See more pics on Muttville’s Facebook page.

Many thanks to Muttville’s Marketing Director, Marie Macaspac, for our beautiful flashy design! For sure the mutts will get noticed on their way to adoption events!

And thank you to Toyota for this great article capturing our exciting day when we picked up our brand new vehicle!

You can check out the new Muttmobile! Come meet our mutts andoin us at one of our adoption events every weekend. Visit our Events page for the latest schedule.

You can help create many more new beginnings!
Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate.
mariem3 | 11.09.12 | 0 comments

Success Story "Velma"

Success Story "Velma"

From one of our dedicated volunteers and foster moms, Meryl shares her story about one little mutt that stole her heart named Velma….

Two years ago (almost exactly), Muttville received a call from a local shelter. A stray dog was found – she was described as “timid, distracted and very stressed”, how could Muttville say no? I didn’t know all of this when I went to Muttville the next week to pick up a new foster dog. I had been busy, so when I went to headquarters I also hadn’t read her description online –“sad, sweet Velma Lou”. What I did know was that when I walked in the room, several dogs came up to me, tails wagging, giving kisses, and one dog remained in the corner. She looked over, but didn’t seem interested in me; she was busy watching the other dogs. She let me approach her and sit with her, so I looked up at Sherri and said “this one”.

I ended up taking her home that day to foster, but also brought home a second foster as well. Velma Lou, Vels, Vel-belle, or VL followed this other dog around the house the first few hours. Mimicking her behaviors and putting trust in her – Velma, I quickly realized, was still learning how to be a dog, how to trust her instincts, and trust people. She loved eating, and boy, did she need food, but more than anything, she loved walks. She loved being outside – and I took her everywhere – she got to walk on the beaches up and down the CA coast, play in parks, go on hikes. While she hated being lifted up in the car, she loved that it always took her on new adventures.

Velma and I were always part of a trio, for months we had other foster dogs come in and out of our lives. Each one taught her new dog skills – to give kisses, to play with toys, to not pee indoors (!), to get bathed nicely, to sit on command – she was always kind and gentle when new dogs came in, and she also took on the role of showing them the house. She had a few interested adopters, but she was still very shy when it came to having people touch or hold her. I tried to explain the many other ways she shows her love (she will rub her head into those she trusts and even wags her little tail), but after seeing her interact with others, I knew that the inevitable was happening.

Two years later and Velma is curled up with me as I write this. She has grown so much, and now she continues to grow and learn as part of my family. We still foster other dogs, and every time a new dog walks through the door, she goes to greet them and teaches them what she has learned about trust. She wants everyone out there to know that yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks, it just may take some patience and a lot of love.

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 | 11.07.12 | 3 comments