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Maddie's Fund

June 2010

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. …”

San Francisco Examiner

May 30 2010

Credo: Sherri Franklin

Sherri Franklin, a longtime dog advocate, served six years as vice chair of the Commission of Animal Control and Welfare for The City and founded Muttville — which cares for and finds homes for senior dogs. …

Lisa Geduldig interviews Muttville’s founder and executive director about her influences, her philosophy of life, and how Muttville fits into it all.

KFOG

May 22 2010

Sherri Franklin on Peter Finch's Beat of the Bay

Peter Finch interviews Muttville founder and executive director Sherri Franklin. And admits he may have fallen in love with our little Miss Daisy.

The Potrero View

May 2010

Local Resident Gives Senior Mutts a Second Chance

Sherri Franklin is a rescuer at heart. The Potrero Hill resident founded Muttville, an organization that fosters and finds permanent homes for dogs too old to be considered adoptable by many shelters. Muttville’s dogs are more than seven years old, and considered dog- and people-friendly. Many come from shelters that would otherwise euthanize them; others come from owners who have gotten sick or passed away.

Since its inception in 2007, Muttville has rescued more than 600 dogs from throughout California. Franklin and her team of 150 volunteers and 27 foster homes care for the animals and assess their placement needs. …

Family Circle

May 2010

There's No Place Like a Home

Fifty-four-year-old Sherri Franklin scans a group of senior citizens in a Berkeley, California, retirement home. Tucked under her arm is a white miniature poodle wearing a jacket that says, “Adopt Me.” Her gaze falls on an 83-year-old named George. She kneels beside his wheelchair and asks, “Would you like to hold Cappy the poodle? He’s 14 – about your age, in dog years. He’d be so happy to sit in your lap.” After George nods Sherri places the tiny animal in his arms. Cappy drapes himself over George’s body, sighs contentedly and closes his eyes. As if he’s been doing it for years, George strokes Cappy’s white curls with his age-spotted hand.

My Buddy Butch

April 15 2010

Sherri Franklin on My Buddy Butch Blog Talk Radio

Jeff Marginean, author of My Buddy Butch: Confessions of a New Dog Dad and the My Buddy Butch website, hosts a weekly show on Blog Talk Radio. On April 15th he talked to Muttville founder Sherri Franklin about Muttville, the adoption process, the benefits of adopting older dogs, and our “Seniors for Seniors” program.

SFBayStyle

March 14 2010

Kiehl's Helps Old Dogs Find New Homes

Last Saturday, Kiehl’s on Fillmore Street hosted a unique pet adoption and fund raising event for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Every shopper who donated over $10 to Muttville took home complimentary Kiehl’s samples. The event helped raise over $1200 for Muttville, funds that will be much needed for food, shelter and veterinary care.

Bay Woof

March 2010

Bay Woof's 2010 Beast of the Bay Award Winners

Deserving special mention here is the organization voted Best Rescue Group: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Its founder, Sherri Franklin, thinks older dogs who wind up in shelters need and deserve extra help getting adopted. Our readers obviously agree. Senior dog rescue, and Muttville’s efforts specifically, received the most votes as Best Canine Cause.

Best Rescue Group, Best Canine Cause, and runner-up for Best Canine Fundraising Event. Thank you, Bay Woof readers!

Read Mindy Toomay’s lovely introduction and see the full list of winners.

The Bark

Nov/Dec 2009

The Joy of Dog Fostering: Finding fulfillment, saving lives

Fostering animals is a lot like mountain climbing. Everyone agrees it is a noble pursuit—just not something to consider doing oneself. Surely it takes extraordinary courage and strength of character? Yes, opening your home and your heart to a dog only to part with him again weeks or months later can be emotionally bruising. But the willingness of foster volunteers to love and let go brings about an awful lot of good. Without foster homes, Muttville and thousands of similar organizations could not function.

With a lovely photo of Muttville founder Sherri Franklin with one of our lucky mutts.

The Snitch

July 17 2009

Gray Muzzle? No Problem! S.F. Nonprofit Finds Homes for Old Mutts.

“Good work, Muttville,” says SF Blog’s The Snitch (aka Peter Jamison), calling Muttville “a project that does good in the world free from the taint of greed, pride, or ideological bias.”

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