Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day, a howl-aday (ugh, sorry, couldn’t help myself) that’s not only about celebrating our canines, but also about encouraging people to adopt dogs from shelters and rescues. One SF rescue that participates in Take Your Dog to Work Day is Muttville, one of my favorite local groups that rescues senior and special needs dogs from shelters and finds them homes. This TYDWD, Muttville will be shuttling some senior pooches to dog-friendly offices, including Advent Software, Zynga, OpenDNS, and Udemy. The cool part about this program is it’s a symbiotic relationship: the dogs get socialized, pet, loved, and maybe even adopted; while the humans get the relaxing effects of hanging with an awesome, chill dog. That’s the great thing about senior dogs – they’ve been around the block, so they’re not usually all crazy hyper and they’re potty trained!
If you work at a dog-friendly company and are interested in having some senior dogs in your office, email Muttville at email@example.com. And if you want to do some extra good, help Muttville win a new Toyota minivan to transport their golden oldies in style.
Pet overpopulation is fed by unregulated or illegal puppy mills, and often results in unwanted pets being dumped in animal shelters or simply abandoned in the streets. …
The most fortunate of rescued senior doggie citizens end up in the care of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a nonprofit founded in 2007 by Sherri Franklin to improve the lives and welfare of senior dogs.
Franklin is known in the animal welfare community as the “fairy godmother.” Among animal enthusiasts, she is an angel who has changed many lives, humans and dogs alike.
Equipped with a few crockpots in her kitchen, she cooks organic and healthy food for the dogs daily.
Franklin has converted her Potrero Hill home of 20 years as Muttville’s headquarters which houses up to ten rescue dogs. The backyard has special ramps and comfy beds for the dogs to enjoy the warm sun, with up to five volunteers per day who dedicate their time.
She gets inundated with hundreds of e-mails a week, yet Franklin is relentless in her crusade: “Senior dogs get euthanized. They get to shelters and nobody adopts them.” …
An Assembly committee has rejected a proposal by Governor Jerry Brown to repeal the so-called “Hayden Law”. Animal welfare advocates say it ensures the humane treatment of stray and lost animals in California shelters, postpones euthanasia for four to six days, and provide animals with necessary and prompt veterinary care.
Muttville’s Patty Stanton and Anne Lauck spoke at the Hayden Law rally at the Alameda Courthouse in Oakland, as aired on The Pacifica Evening News with Mark Mericle on KPFA.
San Francisco Village members can take advantage of one of Muttville’s most heartwarming programs, Seniors for Seniors, which matches senior dogs with senior citizens.
“Senior dogs are generally pre-trained, come from homes where they have lived with seniors, and are usually calmer and easier to care for than energetic younger dogs,” [Sherri] Franklin said.
Dog ownership for seniors promotes relaxation, better mental and physical health, lowered blood pressure, increased exercise, feeling more secure at home, improved community relations, companionship and love. Through “customized pairings” seniors fill out applications and Muttville finds the right canine match. A good fit is assured by a two-week trial period.
In January 2012, the Doris Day Animal Foundation provided a grant to Muttville specifically to underwrite the cost of adoption. Since starting the Seniors for Seniors program in 2008, an estimated 300 dogs and seniors have been paired. …
When Nancy Wong (Wong Ch’ien) lost her father, a renowned musician in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, she reacted as many people do after the death of a loved one: She felt sad and lost and stopped taking proper care of herself.
Then one day the San Francisco resident looked in her closet and noticed some clothes she hadn’t worn in a long time. With a jolt, she realized that the last time she’d worn those clothes – as a volunteer dog walker – was the last time she felt happy. That was the motivation she needed to become a foster “parent” for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. And that was how she met a Pomeranian named Herman.
I’d never owned a dog before and was a bit afraid of taking the leap. I thought fostering might be a good way to get acquainted with a dog, which is how I met Herman. He was with me just six months before being adopted by a family. I was glad that a 12-year-old dog with no teeth had found a forever home, but I was also surprised at how much I missed the little guy. Just seven months after his adoption, Muttville told me that Herman had died.
Herman was a toothless powerhouse of energy and my constant companion. At Thanksgiving, I sneaked him into a cafe in the Mission for a delicious meal, smiling at the furry little secret that was nestled in my bag. On Christmas Day, we entered Grace Cathedral and stood by the indoor labyrinth, a powerful symbol of peace and healing. …
Read more of her tribute to Herman in SFGate.
[Nancy wrote another lovely tribute to Herman for our blog.]
PG&E has partnered with 7×7 magazine to award grants to San Francisco’s favorite charities.
Magazine readers voted for the winners in an online survey and social media campaign.
After all the votes, the winner is… Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. The nonprofit saves senior and special needs dogs from euthanasia and helps find them permanent homes. Ezra Garrett, PG&E’s vice president of community relations, presented a $10,000 check to the nonprofit during a recent ceremony and celebration.
Jefferson Award winner Sherri Franklin joins Anne Makovec to discuss Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and the benefits of adopting an older dog. With special guest star Kenny.
Host Kelly Jackson takes you on a tour of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and its founder, Sherri Franklin. Franklin founded Muttville, based in San Francisco, CA, to help find loving homes for senior pets. Franklin talks to Kelly about Muttville’s mission, the organization’s big milestone last summer and yes…even an Oprah connection.
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