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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Muttville is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, aged seven years and older, and to creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice

Results: In 2013, Muttville reached a milestone of 2,000 senior dogs SAVED!!!

Target demographics: senior dogs, aged 7 & older find a new beginning

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 senior dogs find new homes!

Geographic areas served: The Bay Area of California and beyond. We rescue and find homes as far and wide if we can get transport to these cities and regions

Programs: Mutt Guardian monthly giving program; Seniors For Seniors program

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to Mutville which I came to know through a friend who spends her precious time on weekends volunteering at the shelter. Having rescued so many dogs myself, I love hearing stories with great endings about the dogs at Mutville. I truly admire the work that its founder, Sherri Franklin, has done. If we could all be like Sherri and the Mutville volunteers, then no dog will ever have to suffer. May God continue to bless Sherri and all of the Mutville volunteers and all the dogs that are in the shelter.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue for over two and a half years. It's the first organization I've ever volunteered for on such a regular long term basis. I am hooked.

I adopted my first senior dog in 2005 and had no idea he would become my gateway drug to Muttville years later. It's almost hard to describe the feeling when you walk into the open loft and see all these senior sweeties walking around, getting love and attention while waiting for a special person to take them home.

I got more than I expected at Muttville because I’ve made some great friends along the way. When I joined I was all about the dogs, I wasn’t looking to strike up friendships. But the people there are really great from volunteers to the staff. The staff work their butts off and are still thoughtful. As a volunteer it doesn't matter if it's laundry, mopping, poop clearing, organizing and the best, dog walking, they truly appreciate what you do.

I now volunteer in the vet suite and work with two very amazing women who kick off each dog’s journey from their first intake exam through their medical care at Muttville. I also adopted a fospice dog who arrived at Muttville last year, I’m including his picture before adoption and later at the beach. I was Cooper ‘s foster failure and am all the better for it.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Muttville for the past 2 years and it's truly one of the most fulfilling and fun things I've ever chosen to do! Finding time to do volunteer work can be a challenge with a full time job, but since I work across the street I decided that I would squeeze in time on my lunch hours. There's no better break in my day then when I can leave my desk and go spend time with the pooches (and even the unglamorous tasks like picking up poop, mopping up pee or doing laundry!). Over 4000 senior pups who might have been overlooked or even euthanized in other shelters have been rescued and saved thanks to Muttville. If a dog ends up at Muttville they have truly hit the jackpot as there are so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers and staff who make sure they get the ultimate in treatment and TLC - this makes Muttville a wonderful place to be!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Latka (brown doggie in the picture) adapted quickly and is thriving. She is becoming integral member of our home. We hope with her company, our dog will learn to be more trusting of other dogs again. We learned of Mutville through my best friend who took in few herself. Their mission is great all around.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life forever changed when I learned of Muttville and began volunteering with this organization. Being of service and helping innocent older dogs find homes redefined me and what it meant to give and to work with other people who felt the same way. Muttville is unique due to the spirit and intent of its founder Sherri Franklin who became a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2016. She is hugely inspirational and so are the people she surrounds herself with.

And then there are the dogs. I have taken six of them into my home over the past two years and currently have three. My oldest is more than sixteen, the other two are at least 14 and their energy keeps my energy level high. They are survivors, which constantly shows me how to be a survivor too.

So many dogs with sad stories are freely welcomed into the haven of Muttville and are often in new homes within hours. The time, attention, and money spent on them to maximize their health is without care for their breed or age. Foster homes are quickly found for many dogs in the San Francisco area with loving people while the others live in an open, cage-less environment at Muttville headquarters that is in stark contrast to the high-kill shelters that many come from. Other dogs find their way to Muttville after they are surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them.

Muttville shines far and above the average dog rescue group in so many wonderful ways and works hard to find loving and caring homes as quickly as possible for dogs coming from all corners of California. For me, the best stories involve dogs who were taken to high-kill shelters by their owners to be euthanized. These are always the most neglected dogs as they are usually matted, filthy, emaciated, and covered with tumors. When they are given a detour instead to Muttville, life begins again for them with happy endings and forever homes that make you want to cry.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

6 years ago, I adopted my first dog from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. She was about 8 then when I adopted her.. It was the best decision ever. I truly love this rescue group. They have the best rescues for adoption.
And the adoption process was very positive. The volunteers are all so caring. I adore my rescue dog. She is going to be 14 yrs old soon and still going strong. I had such a wonderful experience with Muttville, I decided recently to go back there to adopt another dog who is 13 years young. Sweetest dog ever. It has been 3 months since I have added her to my family. She blends in perfectly.
Please consider adopting these senior dogs from this place because they have so much love to give.

Review from Guidestar

1 Lara13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for nearly a year and it is as though I've replaced church with hanging out with these amazing animals. The staff is beyond amazing and hardworking, while also being very approachable.

2 Michelle375

Donor

Rating: 5

Muttville is such a happy place for dogs looking for a second chance. It is filled with love, compassion and hope to those that for no reason of their own been dumped or just throw away in their golden years.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is simply the best. They take senior dogs that nobody wanted, and shows the world what rock stars they really are!!! Four THOUSAND lives saved!!!!

Muttville is a happy place, not one of those sad, scary places that are just too hard to go to because of high euthanasia rates. It's an open floor plan with beds and doggy lofts...great pet portraits and even home made dog food! Nutrition is really high on their priority list. A lot of the dogs who come in haven't been well cared for. But that all changes when they get there! They even have a foster hospice program to make terminally ill dogs time here be as meaningful as possible. They care that much.

Sherri Franklin has a vision and her vision is a home for every senior dog. I'm proud to be part of making that dream come true!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Muttville since it began. I worked as a transporter, a foster and adopted several wonderful dogs. I think one of the reasons Muttville has worked so well as a rescue is because the founder Sherri has thought outside the box, so to speak. She has made the adoption process a friendlier one. There is a trial period of 2 weeks where you can see how you and your dog get along and allow each other to sort of settle in and get used to each other. The volunteers are very wonderful and dedicated and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and helpful..There is a dedicated vet suite for when each dog comes into rescue and that is such an incredible bonus. The fospice program is way ahead of its time too. For dog lovers, there are many possibilities for adopting and volunteering. Everyone can find their niche there...The dogs are treated with love and kindness. Muttville has become a very special place in the dog world and indeed, in my world.