Max’s story is not unusual. Abandoned at age nine, his chances of finding a new family to love and care for him were grim. Despite mellow dispositions and having long since conquered housetraining, senior dogs are often the last to be adopted — if adopted at all. Lucky for Max, Muttville stepped in.
When I first profiled Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, the organization was in its infancy. Founder Sherri Franklin worked round the clock to fundraise, secure foster families, and provide care for the animals in her charge. Four years later, the organization is celebrating Max, its 1000th adoption. And, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has declared May 10, 2011 Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Day. …
A sobering article on the fate of senior dogs. Includes a section titled “Muttville Is the Name & Old Dogs Are Their Game!” and another by Muttville volunteer and foster mom Marie titled “I Loved an Old, Weathered Border Collie. What Muttville Means to Me: The Story of Collette” (also posted by Marie on our blog).
Snuggled up beside me on my couch is a Poodle named Rex. At eleven years old, he’s a sweet and intelligent dog that is fond of giving and getting kisses.
He loves to look at himself in the mirror (it so happens that he is rather dashing), and he turns to putty at the mere suggestion of a belly rub. Rex is extremely good at catch — and, like most sensible adults, he enjoys an afternoon nap or two.
I watch him as he lets out a deep sigh and his breath settles into that steady rhythm of sleep, and I am reminded of why I came to volunteer at Muttville, recently named Best Cause and Best Rescue Group by this newspaper’s dog-loving readers.
Muttville is a safe haven that provides a second chance for senior dogs like Rex …
In honor of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Day, Comcast Newsmaker host Jack Hanson interviewed Muttville founder Sherri Franklin and the petite and precious Pixie the Pom.
The interview aired on CNN Headline News in the San Francisco area.
There is joy in Muttville.
It’s in the organization’s volunteers, who eagerly line up to take the old dogs for a walk, who offer to foster them in their own homes or who agree to help out at weekly adoption fairs across the Bay Area.
It’s in the face of Muttville founder Sherri Franklin, who felt compelled to save senior dogs that would otherwise waste away in caged sorrow.
But mostly it’s there in the rekindled spirit of the dogs — rescued from the pound, spared the euthanasia needle and given a late-inning shot at happiness.
This year marks Muttville’s fourth anniversary, and to celebrate the agency’s 1,000th dog adoption, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proclaimed May 10 as Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Day.
How did Franklin pull this off in only four years? …
On Saturday, March 19, about 100 dog-friendly folk braved torrential rains to convene at El Rio in the Mission for Bay Woof’s third annual Beast of the Bay Awards party. Live music, a no-host bar, and yummy food – plus plenty of furry revelers underfoot – contributed to the festive mood.
Lots of great canine-oriented items were raffled off to benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, the 2011 Beast of the Bay Award winner for Best Rescue Group. …
HURRAY! The message is getting out there: Senior dogs rock!
Check out the story (as well as the cute, cute pic of our sweet little Otter!) at SFGate’s Tails of the City blog.
Celebrating its fourth birthday this month is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Sherri Franklin, a longtime foster parent for the San Francisco SPCA , always took in elderly dogs, knowing they were unlikely to get adopted, and never abandoned them to their fate. Finally she launched an organization just for seniors dumped in shelters, found wandering the streets, or with desperate owners who could no longer care for them.
So far, Muttville has found homes for over 900 dogs. With all sizes, energy levels and personality types, Muttville seniors suit a wide variety of lifestyles, and the rescue’s network of foster homes around the Bay Area keeps them happy and safe while they’re waiting for their perfect match. Meet some Muttville Mutts at Kiehl’s in San Francisco on February 19, Pet Food Express in Novato February 20, and at Bay Area Pet Expo in San Jose February 26.
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