KGO-TV San Francisco

September 19 2012

Bay Area group rescues dogs from Taiwan

Twelve airline passengers made it through customs as part of an international adoption of a different kind on Tuesday afternoon.

They came from the streets of Taiwan. Twelve strays, from puppies to seniors, who united with their new families at San Francisco International Airport after a 20 hour flight from the island nation. …

Most of the dogs were Golden Retrievers, a popular dog that’s being over bred in a densely populated country where people live in tight quarters, “In Taiwan what they do is they’ll take these dogs because they’re so cute and their temperaments are so good,” said airlift organizer Melody Chen, founder of Love and Second Chances. “But once they grow to be full size they just set them free.”

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue founder Sherri Franklin says the demand for retrievers in California is high, “One of our adopters is a senior couple and Muttville waives fees for seniors so that’ll be a free adoption for them. But our adoption fee is $200.” …

All the dogs that arrived already had new homes. Dog lovers in Taiwan pay up to $1,000 per animal to prepare them for dog lovers in the U.S.

Maddie's Fund

September 2012

Muttville Nation: A Community in Love with Senior Dogs

An information-packed Q&A with Muttville founder and Executive Director Sherri Franklin, about the dogs Muttville rescues, the adopters who come forward and why they do, the foster families that are critical to Muttville’s operation (who they are and where they come from), and how Muttville has helped to change the plight of senior dogs beyond Muttville. A great read! Plus pix of some heart-breakingly adorable Muttville doggies.

American Red Cross - Bay Area Chapter

August 16 2012

Red Cross Announces 2012 San Francisco County Heroes

Muttville is honored to have been chosen as one of eight recipients of The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter’s 2012 San Francisco Heroes Awards. These recipients are selected to “celebrate everyday heroes, recognizing those local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness.” Muttville was named “Animal Rescue Hero.” See all eight recipients here.

The 2012 San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast will be held on Thursday, September 27 at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco to celebrate all the honorees, and is open to the public. Buy tickets here. All proceeds from the event will support the disaster preparedness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.

popchips blog

August 3 2012

changing the game for timmy.

Oh, look! Our own Timmy created a post in the popchips™ blog about his wonderful new life in Tiburon! As you may recall, Timmy had a day to remember at AT&T Park on July 1st when he took to the field before the first pitch with SF Giants ace pitcher Tim Lincecum after we won the popchips™ gamechangers challenge. Now he’s living the good life every day with his new family.

July 24 2012

Muttville Means Second Chance for Senior Dogs

With their non-stop cuteness and sense of play, it’s easy to fall in love with a puppy. At shelters and adoption events, puppies invariably grab the attention and the hearts of many potential adopters.

But, just as needy of loving homes, are senior dogs. When they find their way into the shelter system, many have a difficult time ever stepping out again. “Once a senior dog arrives at an animal shelter, its chances of being adopted are not good,” explains Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of Muttville senior dog rescue. “Shelters won’t put a dog up for adoption that may have health issues, or a dog that the shelter doesn’t think is adoptable. Many senior dogs fall into that category. They are one of the first to get euthanized when there is no space.”

Fortunately for many senior dogs, special rescues such as Muttville lend a helping paw. This San Francisco-based rescue was founded in 2007 by Franklin who explains, “Years ago while I was volunteering at SFSPCA, I noticed the older dogs always getting passed over while younger dogs were adopted. Many older dogs were euthanized back then, and it broke my heart. I started taking them to my home, one at a time, finding homes for them, but knew that I couldn’t do all the work alone – and to affect more dogs and spread the word, a non-profit organization was needed, hence Muttville!” …


July 3 2012

Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum Gets Cozy with Timmy the Adoptable Pup

It was a homerun for Muttville this weekend when one lucky older dog got to meet San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.

Age is usually a death sentence for older dogs who find themselves without a home. Often suffering from chronic health issues and no longer adorable puppies, they are often left on the sidelines to watch as younger dogs get adopted out to furever homes. But one rescue in San Francisco gives senior dogs a second chance before they strike out. Founded by Sherri Franklin in 2007, Muttville specializes in rescuing, fostering, and finding new homes for dogs older than eight.

Proving that senior dogs still deserve all the perks of puppyhood, one very lucky dog named Timmy got to join SF Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum on the field as part of a very special day for Timmy and the selfless volunteers of Muttville. …

Grouchy Puppy

July 3 2012

Old dogs have a giant in their corner

As everyone who reads Grouchy Puppy knows, our muse Cleo is an old dog now. You probably have also noticed that we kind of love her a lot, and would do anything for her. Being a San Franciscan, we are huge Giants fans, and in 2010 stood in the streets for hours cheering each of them after they won the World Series. Today, it makes us really proud to learn that a Giant has swooped down to lend support to old dogs in San Francisco. …

On Sunday July 1st, Timmy, a long-haired blended dog, took to the diamond before the Cincinnati Reds game [with SF Giant’s ace pitcher Tim Lincecum], raising awareness that there are old dogs in shelters deserving of a new beginning.

What Tim Lincecum did for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is not only help get Timmy a new home, but he used his popularity to raise awareness about the plight of old dogs. He is the only pitcher to have won two Cy Young awards in his first two seasons, and he helped lead the Giants to the World Series title in his third season in 2010. How else did Tim give back to his community, and help Muttville? Tim autographed wood chuck-its and balls for the upcoming Moolah for Mutts auction on July 21st. Tim also shared with Sherri that his two French bulldogs dogs at home, Cy & Kayo, were named after his two Cy Young awards and grandfather respectively. Awwww. …

July 2 2012

SF Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum chooses senior dogs

Last Friday, when I got to the shelter for my usual stint, one of the kennel staff warned me that we were really busy. More than just trying to keep the population cool and comfortable in three-digit temperatures, we’d already received 30 animals that day. And it was barely one o’clock.

Maybe that’s why it felt like such a salve to hear about San Francisco Giants player Tim Lincecum’s big win yesterday – and he wasn’t even pitching. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was participating in game changers, a program created by popchips® brand potato chips to highlight athletes giving back to the community.

Lincecum was asked to team up with one of five local nonprofits, and he happened to choose a DogTime favorite: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. At Sunday’s game, Lincecum, along with Muttville founder Sherri Franklin and 11-year-old adoptable dog Timmy, appeared at home plate for a special ceremony designed to bring awareness to the plight of homeless senior dogs.

The star pitcher also autographed memorabilia for Muttville’s upcoming Moolah for Mutts fundraiser. Lincecum, who has two pups of his own, told Franklin that he would’ve become a zoologist had it not required so much studying. A visit to Wikipedia confirmed he could’ve done anything he wanted – his SAT score was 1450 out of 1600. Impressive guy, him: top notch brain, pitching arm, and heart.

Meanwhile, dogs of all ages keep arriving at our nation’s shelters. The older ones are often hardest to place. I hope word of Lincecum’s actions spread, inspiring dog lovers to adopt seniors from rescues like Muttville. Or better yet, to not discard them in the first place.

June 30 2012

Tim Lincecum Helps Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

On July 1st Major League baseball star Tim Lincecum will make a pitch to sports-loving fans of Fidos in the hope that they will step up to the plate and adopt an older dog.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was among the 15 U.S. athletes who recently teamed up with popchips, all natural potato popped chips, for the national cause marketing program “popchips game changers.” Asking their local communities “What can I do for you?”, nominations were submitted and voted upon, with citizens in the San Francisco Bay area offering Lincecum options which included his final choice- Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. …

Prior to the first pitch at the Giants game on July 1st Timmy will join Tim Lincecum on the field in the hope of raising awareness for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and finding a forever family for a very deserving dog.

SF Gate

June 27 2012

Dogs have their day in workplace in national event

Going to work is for the dogs.

Just ask Megan, who spent Friday in the cubicles at, a food and recipe website in San Francisco. The 10-year-old beagle-Jack Russell mix and her guardian, Jane Goldman, were participating in Take Your Dog to Work Day, a national event sponsored by Pet Sitters International. …

Goldman adopted Megan from Muttville, a San Francisco nonprofit that finds homes for senior rescued dogs – just such an agency that Friday’s event was intended to support. Goldman is also president of the group’s board of directors.

Muttville maintains that dogs are great stress relievers in the workplace, and scientific evidence backs it up.

Last month, Virginia Commonwealth University released a preliminary study showing that bringing dogs to work may lower stress and increase employee satisfaction. The study suggested that both large corporations and small businesses might want to foster canine programs in the workplace to as “low-cost wellness intervention.”

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