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.


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.”

June 12 2009

Animal Friends: Muttville rescues Bay Area senior dogs

The cocker spaniel was found wandering on the streets of San Jose two weeks ago. He is blind and deaf, and his fur was so matted you couldn’t see his eyes.

He would have been put down if someone hadn’t thought to call Sherri Franklin in San Francisco. She is the founder and executive director of a wonderful organization called Muttville, which rescues and seeks homes for senior dogs, at least 7 years old.

Franklin describes herself as “Muttville Central” because she takes in so many dogs herself, but she has a network of 23 foster homes around the Bay Area, including on the Peninsula, where dogs are given a second chance. Some of them have cancer and other diseases, but these kind people take them in to give them a warm, loving place for their last days.

Others might call them rescuers and foster parents. I call them saints. …

SF Gate

June 8 2009

Animal welfare spotlight: Muttville

Sherri Franklin has never met a graying muzzle she didn’t like.

“So many people think that puppies are cute. I feel the same way about senior dogs,” she says. “There’s something special about old, sweet mutts — it’s something in their eyes. It’s like you can see their soul.”

A long-time SF/SPCA volunteer, Sherri founded Muttville, the San Francisco-based senior dog rescue organization, about two and a half years ago. “I saw so many older dogs languishing in shelters,” she says. “Even when they are in good health, senior dogs are often considered unadoptable.” So, one by one, she started bringing them home to clean them up and find them new families. …

The Grey Muzzle Organization

April 21 2009

Perfect Match

The Grey Muzzle Organization helps support Muttville’s Seniors for Seniors program, which matches our wonderful dogs with wonderful senior citizens. Here’s an update from their newsletter “told in pictures – the happy smiles from people and dogs!”

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