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December 24 2011

Bay Area Senior Dog Center Changing Views On Older Pets

Jefferson Award winner Sherri Franklin joins Anne Makovec to discuss Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and the benefits of adopting an older dog. With special guest star Kenny.

Pet Life Radio

December 19 2011

Sassy Seniors - Episode 10: From Muttville to France

Host Kelly Jackson takes you on a tour of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and its founder, Sherri Franklin. Franklin founded Muttville, based in San Francisco, CA, to help find loving homes for senior pets. Franklin talks to Kelly about Muttville’s mission, the organization’s big milestone last summer and yes…even an Oprah connection.

KGO-TV San Francisco

December 9 2011

Muttville opens pop-up adoption center for older dogs

Muttville founder Sherri Franklin introduces some of the adorable, adoptable mutts at Muttville’s Holiday Adoption Center and talks about the virtues of adopting a senior mutt.


December 2 2011

Dogster HQ Celebrates National Mutt Day with a Visit to Muttville!

Today is National Mutt Day, and Dogsters everywhere are encouraged to seek out and hug as many mutts as they possibly can over the next 24 hours. (That’s an order!)

The girls at Dogster HQ got a head start on celebrating by visiting Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s headquarters in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood earlier in the week.

[Article includes great pix of the Dogster folks meeting some adorable Muttville doggies, as well as a video interview with Muttville founder Sherri Franklin.]

San Leandro Times

November 30 2011

Muttville Finds Homes for Older Pets

Thanksgiving is a special day for Rhonda Gonzalez – it’s the day her family got a special new addition.

On Thanksgiving day last year, Gonzalez adopted a lhasa apso dog named Ricky from an organization called “Muttville” that specializes in finding homes for older dogs.

The family was mourning the death of their golden retriever and the family’s other dog was hit hard by the loss and was acting out. …

“[Ricky] brought a new energy into our household,” said Gonzalez. “His loving and energetic spirit filled that void in our hearts.”

Gonzalez gives credit to Muttville for her happy story, and wants to get the word out about adopting “senior” dogs, who often get passed over in favor of puppies.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

November 20 2011

Nonprofit with ties to Santa Cruz County finds older dogs new homes

One of life’s little-known tragedies is where an older dog, who after giving unconditional love and loyalty to an owner all its life, too often ends up in a shelter facing euthanasia. This heartbreak is what volunteers at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue want to prevent.

“We have a saying, it’s never too late for a new beginning,” said Muttville Senior Dog Rescue founder and Executive Director Sherri Franklin. “Older dogs, like older people, have so much love left to give. They shouldn’t be forgotten.”

The San Francisco-based Muttville began as a one-person startup by Franklin and has grown to 200 volunteers achieving nonprofit status in 2007.

Older dogs are given up by owners perhaps because the owner died, relocated to nursing care, or lost their home in a foreclosure. Other dogs were abused or abandoned. Animal shelters from throughout California contact Muttville and offer senior dogs for possible adoption. Volunteers find temporary foster homes for the dogs waiting to be adopted, and then permanent homes called “Forever Homes.”

“We always have about 60 dogs in our foster care waiting to be adopted at any time,” Franklin said.

The Wall Street Journal

September 29 2011

Unwanted Dogs Stress City Pound

Earlier this month, San Francisco’s pound made an unusual public plea: No more dogs, please.

The city’s Animal Care and Control Department was facing a population problem—it has about 100 kennel spaces, but was taking in some 300 dogs a month from people who abandoned or turned in their pets. “We were completely crunched for space,” says Rebecca Katz, the director of ACC, who put out a request that residents wait a week to surrender their dogs to alleviate the immediate overflow.

Overcrowding at the public pound is afflicting cities across the U.S. amid a weak economy. But in San Francisco, a contingent of animal activists is developing solutions they hope might relieve the pressure. Among them: financial aid for pet owners who can’t handle vet bills; collaboration with private businesses; and specialized placement programs for hard-to-adopt dogs. Some of the programs are among the first solutions of their type in the U.S. to help keep challenging dogs with families—and away from euthanasia. …

San Francisco also has a growing network of nonprofit adoption groups such as one called Muttville, which takes on elder dogs that other facilities would have more difficulty adopting out. Muttville’s founder, Sherri Franklin, began her program in 2007 to give older dogs needed medical care, then pitch them to families in need of dogs with known or calmer personalities.

Sonoma West

September 7 2011

Charity finds homes for senior dogs

Muttville may be for the dogs, but if humans associated with the nonprofit group had tails, they’d be wagging while talking about the organization devoted to saving elderly canines.

Since its inception in 2007, Muttville has placed more than 1000 senior dogs, many with elderly people, according to founder Sherri Franklin, a San Francisco hairstylist in her spare time. …

Franklin’s inspiration to start Muttville took root when she was volunteering at the San Francisco SPCA. “I was watching senior dogs get passed over for adoption … I became fairly obsessed and started taking dogs home, one at a time, and finding them homes,” she said. …

At a Muttville fundraiser in July, [Emily] Pottruck, [a founding donor of Muttville], … said: “If there was ever an organization that combined time, effort, compassion, volunteerism with swimming upstream and being a game changer, Muttville would be it.”

After giving credit to the small grassroots organization, Pottruck likely struck a chord with her audience when she said: “These dogs are the ultimate survivors. They are more resilient than most people I know. When I talk about Muttville, which I do constantly, the response is always the same; ‘When I am old, I hope someone takes care of me the same way that Muttville takes care of their charges.’ And maybe that is one of the answers as to what motivates us; the desire and hope that given enough unconditional love out there, we too will be taken care of at the end of our life this go around.”

August 14 2011

Pet column: Adopting senior dogs helps cause, adds companion

Why not adopt a dog whose puppy years were someone else’s responsibility? Especially when, by doing so, you can save an abandoned dog who otherwise has a very slim chance at a good home.

There are a lot of things to be said for adopting a senior dog…. Most [senior] dogs are house-trained, understand basic commands and don’t require as rapt and constant attention as puppies do. They also are likely used to sleeping through the night and learning to adapt to a caretaker’s schedule.

Organizations such as the Grey Muzzle Project and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue seek to promote the adoption of older dogs and provide information and opportunities for anyone to help their cause.


July 2011

Muttville's Night of 1,000 Mutts

DogTrekker was introduced earlier this year to Muttville, San Francisco’s senior and special needs rescue organization. The four-year-young organization, founded by Sherri Franklin, has the mission of changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, and to create better lives for them thorough rescue, foster, adoption and hospice.

This year’s annual fundraiser, Moolah for Mutts: Night of 1,000 Mutts, took on special significance as Muttville celebrated senior dog rescue #1,000! DogTrekker was present with over 300 people at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco to help raise more than 33% in donations over last year. According to Sherri, “the annual Moolah for Mutts just keeps getting better and better. I love that word is getting out about the plight of senior dogs. I thank the many Muttville supporters who have huge hearts when it comes to the plight of older dogs who need homes.”

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