Look at Eno, the cute, fuzzy, mini-poodle pup, reclining in his new owner’s arms and eating up the love like it’s Milk-Bone ambrosia. And check out spunky Baxter, the small Australian terrier mix, nipping at heels and kicking up his own, ready for a new home and adventure.
What? Eno’s 13? No way! And Baxter is about 10? Sweet little guys like this may have a few years under their collars – senior citizens in canine culture – but there’s no expiration date on love. And while it certainly takes a special breed of human to open heart and home for older pooches, more and more people are looking past gray muzzles, adopting senior dogs and giving them a new “leash” on life.
“It’s getting popular to adopt senior dogs,” says Laurie Routhier, director of operations at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco – an internationally known nonprofit dedicated to finding homes specifically for dogs ages 7 and up. Muttville placed 519 dogs in 2013, and they’re on track this year to reach 600 – animals who have lingered at other shelters on the verge of euthanasia or whose older owners have died and relatives don’t know what to do with the little guys and gals. …
Muttville a senior dog rescue facility in San Francisco gives dogs, 7 years or older, a second chance to be be loved and adopted. A dizzying array of different types of mixed dogs hang out together in the “dog loft” lounging in soft beds, a big velvet chair, and large sofas waiting for the right pet owner to take them home to care for them for the rest of their senior life.
[With some pretty darn cute doggy pix!]
A San Francisco street will be honorably renamed “Rescue Row,” due to the location of four of San Francisco’s premier animal rescue organizations on the same city block of Alabama Street, between 15th and 16th streets. This section of street is home to the San Francisco SPCA, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Northern California Family Dog Rescue and San Francisco Animal Care and Control.
On May 6th, 2014, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to officially recognize the street as Rescue Row, making it the first of its kind in the country. Having the four rescue organizations on the same street makes it especially easy for adopters to find their perfect companion.
Sherri Franklin, the Executive Director of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, remarked on the occasion:
“We are so glad to be a part of Rescue Row with our other animal adoption partners. We think it’s going to be a win-win for all of the dogs, cats, birds and more that are hoping to find their forever homes on Rescue Row!” …
If you’ve ever owned a senior dog, you know how special they can be. Most are happy to spend their golden years lounging on the sofa, taking easygoing walks, and offering lots of cuddles. Unfortunately, many senior dogs lose their owners to old age or are abandoned because of medical or behavioral issues. In San Francisco, that’s where Muttville comes in.
Muttville is a senior dog rescue organization that was founded in 2007 by Sherri Franklin, a long-time volunteer at local animal shelters and a member of the San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare.
“I’ve always loved the underdog,” says Sherri who, in addition to being the founder of Muttville, is also the organization’s Executive Director. “I’ve learned that it takes a village to do it well, and our Mutt-village grows larger every day. Muttville has hundreds of volunteers and foster parents, and for each and every person, I am grateful that they care about abandoned senior dogs as much as I do. It’s gratifying to save each and every life and see the impact every dog has on the people that care for them. Then, to see a rescued senior find a new beginning with an adopter is the icing on the cake!”
So how do senior dogs end up at Muttville? …
Marion Cleverly and her husband, Roger, of Oakdale, Calif., had been looking for an adult dog when they found Webster, a happy, 11-year-old Labrador retriever at the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco.
“We had the space and thought, why not help an older dog have a nice life? I also (wanted) a role model for my two younger dogs,” says Cleverly.
Webster settled right in, seemingly aware that he was finally home. “He’s like your best, old uncle. He puts up with the younger dogs, and they’ve learned calm behavior from him,” says Cleverly.
Dogs are generally considered senior when they turn 6 or 7, and many become homeless through no fault of their own. …
This handsome guy is Sir Sean Connery. He’s eight years old and was found in a kill shelter in Alabama, where he’d been surrendered for getting older.
It’s never easy to think about what’s happened to the animals who’ve wound up at shelters. The stories are especially heartbreaking, and seem especially unfair, when they aren’t spring chickens.
But if this is the season when thoughts normally turn to renewal – flowers and kittens and, yes, spring chickens – why not also think of this as the time to give some golden aged animals a brand new chance?
Muttville’s Kristin Hoff and senior mutts RJ, Chelo, and Sally (by Kristin’s feet) were featured guests on KTVU Channel 2’s Bay Area People! Shortly after this broadcast, Sally was adopted. Learn more about Muttville’s mission.
In this episode of Fundraising Fundamentals, Patty Stanton, a board member and volunteer for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and Susan Cooney, founder and chief executive of Givelocity, talk about the approaches their organizations use to attract monthly gifts. Among them: Make the giving option prominent on your website, and show supporters how regular gifts can help the organization get better results.
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