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Vegetarian Times

December 2012

Who 2 Give 2: VT's Annual Charity Guide

Got room to spare in your holiday shopping cart? Send a little TLC to a dog, goat, chicken, or cow in need. This year, we’ve rounded up six deserving nonprofits whose sole focus is helping animals, whether through advocacy, adoption, or rehabilitation. No worries if you can’t shell out the money: you can still make a difference by volunteering, donating used items, and spreading the word.

What: While volunteering at her local animal shelter, Sherri Franklin longed to save all the elderly dogs, typically passed over in favor of puppies. In 2007, she realized that dream with Muttville, her San Francisco-based rescue group dedicated to the adoption and hospice care of over-the-hill pooches. “Senior dogs matter,” says Franklin. “They deserve the chance to live out their lives.”
Gift idea: $65 provides for the daily care of one senior dog for a month.
Get involved: Foster a rescued dog, donate a dog bed or leash, volunteer with Muttville’s “Seniors for Seniors” program, which pairs senior dogs with senior citizens.
Cool fact: Muttville has placed more than 1,400 dogs—nearly all of them rescued from shelters where euthanasia was imminent.


November 13 2012

I'm not having kids — adopt a senior dog!

Over the weekend, I toured the new digs for one of my all-time favorite animal organizations. Muttville, a rescue created expressly for senior dogs, is moving from the home of founder, Sherri Franklin, to its own facility near the San Francisco SPCA. …

The next morning, a friend and Muttville volunteer sent me a list to pass along to readers: Top 10 reasons to consider an older dog as your next family pet.

I scanned the list and I saw some good incentives, including “very likely to be housetrained” and “will let you get a good night’s sleep.” But I didn’t see what I thought was the most important reason to adopt a senior: Leslie Smith is not having kids. …

However as I scrolled through Muttville’s listings, it hit me: That’s not the way it works at all. …


November 13 2012

Muttville Has A New Home

DogTrekker.com was on hand last Saturday evening for a preview sneak peek at the new Muttville Headquarters, located at the corner of Alabama & 16th Street in San Francisco. Yes, the mutts have finally moved out of founder Sherri Franklin’s home to their new home-like environment for newly arrived dogs.

“We want to make Muttville the safest, most comforting place a stray senior mutt could ever land,” says Sherri, who’s also Muttville’s Executive Director. “Many of these older dogs need a quiet place to adjust to the changes in their life, and we feel we accomplished just that with the private rooms, soft music and sofas instead of concrete cages.”

In addition to these cozy and comfortable surroundings, the new Muttville home features offices, storage space, quarantine, a kitchen, grooming room, and more. Muttville is now accepting housewarming donations to help Sherri, the staff and volunteers continue their great work. DogTrekker.com invites you to be part of this exciting new chapter in Muttville’s growth. Donate here.

Golden Gate XPress Magazine

September 23 2012

A Peaceful Passing

Poor doggie. Poor Max. Just four years old, the black and brown boxer had been diagnosed with stomach cancer a short time ago, and he was slipping away fast-twenty pounds in just two weeks-and now he couldn’t eat, couldn’t even move. Euthanize, the veterinarian at Rancho Santa Margarita Hospital said. That was the best thing to do. …

The decision making process is always the hardest. As heartbreaking and stressful it may be of a dog’s passing, putting him, or her down is the one procedure that provides relief to the client and to their furry friend.

Euthanasia is a very quick, yet pain-free procedure. Director of Shelter Medicine of San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SPCA), Kate Kuzminski, euthanizes animals when they are unconscious. First, the sedative is injected in their muscle or leg, then the euthanasia solution, which consists of pentobarbital sodium and phenytoin sodium as the active ingredients, is injected in the vein, which stops the heart within seconds. …

Sherri Franklin, founder of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, works with SF SPCA to put down their rescued, sick dogs. This is where the “fospice” program comes in.

“We look for homes that are willing to take care of them and give them lots of love until their quality of life is no longer good and then we euthanize,” says Sherri Franklin, founder of Muttville. … “Euthanasia when done with the purest of intentions is useful and I hate to the to use that word being ‘useful.’ But [ending a pet’s life can be] the most caring thing you can do, the most loving thing you can do, when done with the right intention,” Franklin concludes.

[Includes stories of fospice and caring for Muttville’s Collette, Scooter and Frida.]

KGO-TV San Francisco

September 19 2012

Bay Area group rescues dogs from Taiwan

Twelve airline passengers made it through customs as part of an international adoption of a different kind on Tuesday afternoon.

They came from the streets of Taiwan. Twelve strays, from puppies to seniors, who united with their new families at San Francisco International Airport after a 20 hour flight from the island nation. …

Most of the dogs were Golden Retrievers, a popular dog that’s being over bred in a densely populated country where people live in tight quarters, “In Taiwan what they do is they’ll take these dogs because they’re so cute and their temperaments are so good,” said airlift organizer Melody Chen, founder of Love and Second Chances. “But once they grow to be full size they just set them free.”

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue founder Sherri Franklin says the demand for retrievers in California is high, “One of our adopters is a senior couple and Muttville waives fees for seniors so that’ll be a free adoption for them. But our adoption fee is $200.” …

All the dogs that arrived already had new homes. Dog lovers in Taiwan pay up to $1,000 per animal to prepare them for dog lovers in the U.S.

Maddie's Fund

September 2012

Muttville Nation: A Community in Love with Senior Dogs

An information-packed Q&A with Muttville founder and Executive Director Sherri Franklin, about the dogs Muttville rescues, the adopters who come forward and why they do, the foster families that are critical to Muttville’s operation (who they are and where they come from), and how Muttville has helped to change the plight of senior dogs beyond Muttville. A great read! Plus pix of some heart-breakingly adorable Muttville doggies.

American Red Cross - Bay Area Chapter

August 16 2012

Red Cross Announces 2012 San Francisco County Heroes

Muttville is honored to have been chosen as one of eight recipients of The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter’s 2012 San Francisco Heroes Awards. These recipients are selected to “celebrate everyday heroes, recognizing those local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness.” Muttville was named “Animal Rescue Hero.” See all eight recipients here.

The 2012 San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast will be held on Thursday, September 27 at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco to celebrate all the honorees, and is open to the public. Buy tickets here. All proceeds from the event will support the disaster preparedness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.

popchips blog

August 3 2012

changing the game for timmy.

Oh, look! Our own Timmy created a post in the popchips™ blog about his wonderful new life in Tiburon! As you may recall, Timmy had a day to remember at AT&T Park on July 1st when he took to the field before the first pitch with SF Giants ace pitcher Tim Lincecum after we won the popchips™ gamechangers challenge. Now he’s living the good life every day with his new family.


July 24 2012

Muttville Means Second Chance for Senior Dogs

With their non-stop cuteness and sense of play, it’s easy to fall in love with a puppy. At shelters and adoption events, puppies invariably grab the attention and the hearts of many potential adopters.

But, just as needy of loving homes, are senior dogs. When they find their way into the shelter system, many have a difficult time ever stepping out again. “Once a senior dog arrives at an animal shelter, its chances of being adopted are not good,” explains Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of Muttville senior dog rescue. “Shelters won’t put a dog up for adoption that may have health issues, or a dog that the shelter doesn’t think is adoptable. Many senior dogs fall into that category. They are one of the first to get euthanized when there is no space.”

Fortunately for many senior dogs, special rescues such as Muttville lend a helping paw. This San Francisco-based rescue was founded in 2007 by Franklin who explains, “Years ago while I was volunteering at SFSPCA, I noticed the older dogs always getting passed over while younger dogs were adopted. Many older dogs were euthanized back then, and it broke my heart. I started taking them to my home, one at a time, finding homes for them, but knew that I couldn’t do all the work alone – and to affect more dogs and spread the word, a non-profit organization was needed, hence Muttville!” …


July 3 2012

Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum Gets Cozy with Timmy the Adoptable Pup

It was a homerun for Muttville this weekend when one lucky older dog got to meet San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.

Age is usually a death sentence for older dogs who find themselves without a home. Often suffering from chronic health issues and no longer adorable puppies, they are often left on the sidelines to watch as younger dogs get adopted out to furever homes. But one rescue in San Francisco gives senior dogs a second chance before they strike out. Founded by Sherri Franklin in 2007, Muttville specializes in rescuing, fostering, and finding new homes for dogs older than eight.

Proving that senior dogs still deserve all the perks of puppyhood, one very lucky dog named Timmy got to join SF Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum on the field as part of a very special day for Timmy and the selfless volunteers of Muttville. …

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