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!”


April 2009

Welcome to Muttville

Most of us have probably walked into an animal shelter at some point in our lives and scanned past hopeful senior dogs in search of a young, energetic puppy. What most people don’t realize is that older dogs make the best pets! A little calmer, past their rambunctious stage, having already chewed their share of cross-trainers and stilettos, these dogs are simply looking to give families all the love they have to offer. For this reason, San Francisco shelter Muttville has a mission that deserves our utmost support.

A nonprofit organization working in collaboration with other animal shelters, Muttville is dedicated to finding homes for senior dogs that, tragically, would be euthanized if not adopted. …

Bay Woof

April 2009

Muttville Makes Happy Endings Happen

When I decided to dedicate some of my free time to a good dog cause, I chose to volunteer with Muttville, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization whose mission is to create better lives for older dogs by providing rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice services. Muttville rescues senior dogs from shelters all over California, provided they are friendly with humans and other dogs. …

Generally the process goes something like this: Muttville get an email or phone call from a shelter where there is a dog (or dogs) in danger of euthanasia. Transport is arranged to take the dog to one of Muttville’s partnering veterinarian clinics to take care of whatever medical issues there might be. Grooming and other essential services are often provided, then each dog is placed in a foster home while awaiting adoption by a forever family. …

Fetch the Paper

January 2009

Wonder dogs: The benefits of loving a senior

Sherri Franklin is the Director of Muttville, an organization that finds homes for senior dogs. She told FETCH that her number one reason for loving seniors is that they’re already set in their ways. “What you see is what you get,” she commented. “Their personalities are there.” …

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