It is a sad fact that daily, old dogs in good health with wonderful personalities are euthanized. Old dogs are simply not considered adoptable.
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. Muttville was started in 2007 by Sherri Franklin, a longtime animal advocate and rescue worker. Muttville is located in the San Francisco bay Area. Muttville is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of dogs over the age of 7.
Dogs come to Muttville from shelters as well as from loving homes. A few years ago, for example, Sherri received a phone call about a man who had gone into the hospital with late stage AIDS. He had two old dogs, Artie and Sparky. Nobody could take them. One of his last requests was that the dogs were cared for, but he hadn’t made any plans for them. Sherri took them. Sparky was very old and fragile. Artie was much younger and spunkier. She kept them together until Sparky died and then found a wonderful, loving home for Artie, where he lives now.
Sherry Franklin”s story: She worked at the SPCA for many years and noticed that most of the older dogs were getting euthanized. Sherri pulled some out and started adopting from her home. In the first year, 100 dogs were adopted. This year by the month of August, almost 300 have been adopted. In first 3 years they have adopted 1000 dogs. Today they are up to 1700.
There are over 500 volunteers in the database who do a wide range of things; Out reach to the community, foster families, fund raisers and such. 80% of the funds raised go to vet bills since Mudville pays all the vet expenses. As is usual with many rescue groups, the foster families fall in love with the dogs and end up keeping some of them. The group is always looking for additional volunteers who will help find suitable homes for the dogs that are adoptable; and offer end of life care for those that are not.
Don is one such foster parent. He took in a very sick pom who survived and he kept the dog. Then there was cute little Milo. He had a great deal of back pain. After the vet visit, they found that he had been shot with BB’s and had a BB in his back.
These photos were taken at an event where Muttville volunteers showed some of their dogs to the public. You can learn more about this amazing organization by visiting their website; http://www.muttville.org
More recently, walking at San Francisco’s Fort Funston Park, Sherri saw a group of dogs walking with a woman. One of the dogs, a beautiful corgi mix, was lagging behind, limping, obviously very old. As Sherri got closer, she saw that a sign on his little vest said, “adopt me.” Sherri approached the woman and heard Andy’s story. Old and disabled, he had been slated for euthanasia at a shelter. But he had been a volunteer-favorite so they called a local rescue group, Animal Friends Rescue Project. The project took him from the shelter, but two homes had not worked out, and the rescuers were not sure what to do with him. They were looking for some kind of sanctuary. Sherri said, “You found her!” Andy now lives with Sherri and is a lovely addition to her pack.