Joe Marko has been fostering senior pups for Muttville since 2008. Since then, he’s lost track of how many dogs in need have come through his door.
During the dark days of winter, it is more important than ever to help homeless animals. Muttville, a senior dog rescue in the San Francisco Bay Area, is one of those organizations who do just that: their staff and volunteers provide warmth, love, and shelter for thousands of needy animals
Having rescued over 2,000 older dogs, it may seem that things have always been easy for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a no-kill rescue in San Francisco, California. However, like so many other rescue organizations, it was only through perseverance and a passion to help an often forgotten canine population that kept Sherri Franklin going and led to Muttville’s success.
Senior dogs are at a huge disadvantage in finding a new forever home when in a normal shelter environment. Often, they arrive following an elderly owner’s death or when an older owner can no longer care for them, confused and traumatized from the change in environment. Then, to make matters worse, every person who comes searching for a new addition passes over them, causing them to slowly lose hope. And this is if they are not just immediately euthanized.
After volunteering in such an environment, Sherri Franklin, the founder and director of Muttville, knew that she had to do something for these older dogs. …
What with Thanksgiving approaching and Christmas coming at us like a giant snowball rolling down a steep, snow-covered hill, we can’t be blamed for overlooking the news that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. But before too much more time got away from us, I wanted to acknowledge this extremely important topic.
Yes, we all love kittens and puppies, and that desire to have a loved pet as long as we can is a pretty strong lure for adopting the youngest animals we can. But older animals are just as cute, just as loving and just as deserving of good homes, perhaps more so.
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, based in San Francisco but serving the entire Bay Area, recently reached a milestone by rescuing its 2,000th senior dog. …
Muttville, located in San Francisco, is a really remarkable organization, and most everyone here at Dogster would admit to having a soft spot in our hearts for the senior-dog rescue group. Rescue organizations abound, but Muttville takes care of dogs that routinely fall through the cracks. Most people, when they start to make the rounds of shelters to take a dog home, want to take home a youngster: Puppies and dogs in their early adolescence are the stars of the dog adoption scene.
Muttville on the other hand, specializes in senior dogs, who often languish in shelters or are simply euthanized because they’re not considered adoptable. When a dog comes into Muttville, the group finds a home for that animal if it can. If the dog just isn’t adoptable, Muttville provides end-of-life care.
That’s some good, praiseworthy work. So, we’re really happy to see that Muttville is celebrating its 2,000th rescued dog since its founding in 2007. That’s an impressive number of dogs in only a few years, especially considering how difficult it is to place older dogs. …
One lucky nine-year old cattle dog mix named Varsha has brought a celebration to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue after she enabled them to reach a special milestone this week by being the 2,000th senior dog rescued since Muttville’s founding in 2007.
Varsha was found wandering the streets of Oakland, California. A good Samaritan coaxed her into their car and brought her to Oakland Animal Services, where she was given shelter. Covered in scabs with a large portion of her hair missing — and considered geriatric — Varsha was not going to be an easy case, so three days later, OAS’s rescue partner Martha Klein reached out to Muttville.
It was an auspicious moment not just for Varsha, but for Muttville: Varsha was Mutt 2K, the 2000th dog to be rescued by the senior dog group. She went to the vet and the groomer to begin taking care of her skin problem, and her spirit seemed to be healed almost overnight. …
The prognosis for Tommy G’s teeth is not looking good. Advanced decay means most of them are going to have to be pulled.
As for the rest of him, though, things are definitely looking up.
Tommy G, you see, is a dachshund. Or, at least he looks like one. No one is really sure.
His age is also a bit of a question mark, though it is clear Tommy G is up there in years.
That last fact is important because it is why Tommy G has found himself at Muttville, and in the hands of Sherri Franklin.
“Oh you are a cutie,” Franklin says as she lifts Tommy G out of the car that brought him to San Francisco. “And a chunker!” she adds after lifting the 20 pound small dog.
Muttville is a San Francisco dog rescue specializing in senior dogs ages seven and older. Tommy G has been brought from another shelter where workers feared he had little chance of being adopted.
At Muttville, though, Tommy G has a great chance of finding a new home. That is, after the dental work is done, a flea bath is given, and Tommy G’s nails get a much-needed trim. …
Shelah Barr tells us you to decode a dog’s body language and Sherri Franklin talks about Muttville’s fundraiser [Moolah for Mutts: Viva Los Mutts!] and adoptions in the Bay Area.
With special appearance by the adorable Payton.
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