November 23 2010

Bay Area Charity Scores Swag From Oprah

A nearly four-year-old dog rescue organization from San Francisco found itself in the national spotlight, thanks to the generosity of the nation’s talk show “queen,” Oprah Winfrey.

Since 2007, Muttville has rescued more than 800 senior dogs destined for euthanasia, instead finding permanent homes for them.

Muttville founder Sherri Franklin and volunteer Patty Stanton were recently invited to be in the studio audience at the Oprah show. What they didn’t know was that they were going to be a part of “My Favorite Things,” a telecast that finds the audience showered with gifts for the good deeds they’ve performed. …


July 21 2010

Muttville Matches Senior Dogs With Caring Homes Jefferson Award Winner: Sherri Franklin

Sherri Franklin leads two dogs across the grass at a San Francisco park.

“Come on kids, let’s go!” she calls to them.

It’s her life’s mission: saving older dogs.

“It is the reason I get up in the morning. It’s actually because I can save an animal, place an animal in a great home,” Sherri explains.

As a longtime SPCA volunteer in the 1990s, the San Francisco hairstylist developed a passion for older dogs: those last to be adopted, and first to be euthanized. …


July 2 2010

Bay Area Focus: Sherri Franklin

Susan Sikora interviews Muttville founder Sherri Franklin (accompanied by our sweet little Buffy) on CBS 5.

AARP Bulletin

June 2010

Wags and Kisses

AARP California encourages members in the San Francisco Bay Area to consider adopting a pet from Muttville, a nonprofit senior dog rescue group. According to its website, Muttville’s mission is “to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice.”

Compared with puppies, older dogs are often calmer, quieter, housebroken and accustomed to being pets. Besides, older humans can reap health benefits from living with pets, such as increased physical activity, lower blood pressure, fewer trips to the doctor, less depression and a greater sense of security. …

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.


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.

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