Sherri Franklin: Fairy Godmother to Senior Dogs
Sherri Franklin didn’t even have a dog when she started volunteering as a dog walker at the San Francisco SPCA about 15 years ago. Today, the organization she founded, Muttville, has saved almost 700 dogs in the last three years and is nearly 200 volunteers strong. And Muttville doesn’t save just any dogs; Muttville specializes in senior dogs and those with the kind of health issues that make them challenging to find homes for.
Franklin’s devotion to the dogs she cared for quickly turned into what she called “an obsession.” She said, “The SPCA required a commitment of once a week, and I ended up doing five or six days every week. I found that it was the older dogs that I couldn’t get out of my mind, the ones with less of a chance. …”