Many senior dogs end up at shelters. Some come from loving homes where someone has died or has become incapable of caring for an animal. Other dogs have been dumped at shelters with little or no explanation. When this happens the majority do not make it into an adoption program. This is where we come in! We are routinely called on to rescue dogs from euthanasia. We check their health and test their temperaments and match them with new families to make a good fit for both.
We rescue senior dogs, but there’s no strict rule about when a dog becomes a senior. At conventional shelters, some larger dogs are considered too old for adoption at 8 years old, while for smaller dogs the cutoff may be 10 or 12. Muttville believes that each dog should be assessed individually. Important factors in our rescue decision are temperament and whether the dog is slated for euthanasia. If a dog will benefit from even a month or a week in a loving home, then we will do our best to provide this for him or her.
The process to adopt a Muttville dog is described on our how to adopt page.
Muttville charges an adoption fee of $200 for each dog that helps to cover spay/neuter surgery, shots, and other medical and general care given before the dog is made available for adoption. Learn more about the adoption process here.
No. Muttville adopts out to loving homes all over California. Read more about the Muttville adoption process here.
We’ve had a lot of experience matching up humans and dogs, and we’re pretty good at it. But to be really sure we achieve our goal of “happily ever after”, our adoption process includes a two-week trial period during which everyone can assess if the adoption works for the dog and his/her new family. If you decide not to keep your dog within this two-week period, we’ll happily take him or her back.
No. While a backyard is nice for everyone to have, it’s no substitute for daily exercise. Walking your dog and/or taking it to a dog park are essential to keeping your dog healthy and happy.
Every Muttville dog is dear to our hearts, and our commitment to their well-being never ends. Contact us with any questions you have about your adopted dog, and we’ll be happy to help.
Please contact us. We will work with you to find a new home for him or her.
Yes. Muttville is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donations are 100% tax deductible. Our tax ID is 26-0416747.
Our biggest expense is caring for the dogs we rescue. Every dog receives a complete blood workup to assess his or her health, and it’s not uncommon for a dog to require spay/neuter, tooth extraction, or other procedures. Here are our approximate expenses for any one dog.
Absolutely! Giving a gift donation is a simple two-step process. First, fill out our online gift donation form with the information about your gift recipient and/or dedication. When you’re done, you’ll be taken to PayPal to process your payment, where you can use any major credit card. (No PayPal account is needed.)
Of course! Make it payable to Muttvile, and send it to:
P.O. Box 410207
San Francisco, CA 94141
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David and Emily Pottruck
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