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.
Muttville founder Sherri Franklin introduces some of the adorable, adoptable mutts at Muttville’s Holiday Adoption Center and talks about the virtues of adopting a senior mutt.
Today is National Mutt Day, and Dogsters everywhere are encouraged to seek out and hug as many mutts as they possibly can over the next 24 hours. (That’s an order!)
The girls at Dogster HQ got a head start on celebrating by visiting Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s headquarters in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood earlier in the week.
[Article includes great pix of the Dogster folks meeting some adorable Muttville doggies, as well as a video interview with Muttville founder Sherri Franklin.]
Thanksgiving is a special day for Rhonda Gonzalez – it’s the day her family got a special new addition.
On Thanksgiving day last year, Gonzalez adopted a lhasa apso dog named Ricky from an organization called “Muttville” that specializes in finding homes for older dogs.
The family was mourning the death of their golden retriever and the family’s other dog was hit hard by the loss and was acting out. …
“[Ricky] brought a new energy into our household,” said Gonzalez. “His loving and energetic spirit filled that void in our hearts.”
Gonzalez gives credit to Muttville for her happy story, and wants to get the word out about adopting “senior” dogs, who often get passed over in favor of puppies.
One of life’s little-known tragedies is where an older dog, who after giving unconditional love and loyalty to an owner all its life, too often ends up in a shelter facing euthanasia. This heartbreak is what volunteers at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue want to prevent.
“We have a saying, it’s never too late for a new beginning,” said Muttville Senior Dog Rescue founder and Executive Director Sherri Franklin. “Older dogs, like older people, have so much love left to give. They shouldn’t be forgotten.”
The San Francisco-based Muttville began as a one-person startup by Franklin and has grown to 200 volunteers achieving nonprofit status in 2007.
Older dogs are given up by owners perhaps because the owner died, relocated to nursing care, or lost their home in a foreclosure. Other dogs were abused or abandoned. Animal shelters from throughout California contact Muttville and offer senior dogs for possible adoption. Volunteers find temporary foster homes for the dogs waiting to be adopted, and then permanent homes called “Forever Homes.”
“We always have about 60 dogs in our foster care waiting to be adopted at any time,” Franklin said.
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Muttville is honored to have veterinarians who donate their time to work in Muttville’s Vet Suite. We thank them for being so generous with their time and so loving with our dogs.
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