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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

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 2018, Muttville will have saved over 6,000 senior dogs!

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,051 senior dogs found new homes in 2017!

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, Hospice Program

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Danielle Z.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If there is a heaven, Muttville is definitely it! The staff’s love for these special dogs radiates throughout the whole building. As a volunteer I have the privilege of getting to know the mutts and see them off to their new amazing homes. These angels deserve a second chance and Muttville recognizes that all lives have meaning. There should be a Muttville in every city across the country!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and foster, I have volunteered with Muttville for almost four years. This is an amazing organization that gives senior dogs the second chance that they deserve.
The organization itself is run by staff that truely believes in the organization’s purpose and honestly want the best for each dog.
As a foster for almost 20 dogs I have had the opportunity to experience how dogs are taken care of, looked after and eventually adopted out to their forever homes. With each adoption the dog is the number one consideration to ensure that they enter into a home that will give them the care that they need and deserve.
As a weekly volunteer I am able to see day to day operations with the staff to see how they interact with the dogs which means the dogs are in their laps, on their desks and getting all the pets and love.
Muttville is a unique Reacue in that it does not put the dogs in to kennels and they have free range in a few different rooms. This give the dogs an opportunity to socialize and just relax on large beds and fluffy blankets.

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1 Jillian F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Muttville is such an amazing organization! We have fostered two dogs, adopted two dogs and donated to Muttville and I've had five star experiences in all of these areas. Fostering is so rewarding and they are with you every step of the way -answering any questions you have and taking care of all their health needs. My first experience was through adoption, walking in to Muttville the first time and seeing all the senior dogs running free is so special and rare! They have rescued over 5,000 seniors to date and take such great care of each and every one. The staff and volunteers are pawsome - all so knowledgeable and dedicated.

We couldn't imagine our household without Gigi or Sydney. Gigi was rescued from LA where she had mats upon mats with major eye infections and dental issues. Muttville took amazing care of her and removed her eye and took care of all of her dental needs. She is our little one-eyed, 5-toothed wonder and such a loving girl. Sydney was rescued from Fresno with dental issues and a mass in her stomach. Thankfully, Muttville was able to take care of her dental issues and make sure her tumor was ok. We love them both so much. SERIOUSLY this place is beyond amazing saving so many senior dogs who oftentimes are overlooked in shelters.

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1 Christine F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is an amazing rescue that saves the lives of senior dogs! I’ve been volunteering there for 5 years & we just adopted our 2nd dog from there:)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Muttville for over 3 years....I work across the street and started volunteering for something to do on my lunch hour, as well as to get my dog fix! I can't begin to describe what a wonderful organization this is, how many thousands of senior dogs have been saved who otherwise would be neglected or overlooked at the shelters or by owners who can't or won't care of them. these dogs are pampered and cared for like you wouldn't believe! it's such a privilege to be involved with all the wonderful staff and volunteers I see almost everyday!
Just look at this nugget, who was found as a stray in Stockton and brought to Muttville today!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the last 6+ years, I have been a multiple-time adopter, volunteer, foster, and donor to Muttville, and I can't say enough about how truly great and wonderful this organization, and the people who run and support it, are. Some of the things that I particularly appreciate about Muttville include the mission of rescuing senior dogs (and leveraging the Bay Area market to find forever homes for so many), how positive the environment is (cage-free facilities, great people), how passionate the staff and volunteers are in giving their all in the service of these pups, and seeing how well and successfully this organization has scaled and grown over time to benefit so many dogs (setting up a HQ, developing such a deep foster network, etc.). I look forward to continuing to be a part of Muttville and its success for many more years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville Rocks!!
I have been fostering with Muttville for five years and have had the pleasure of fostering over 20 dogs. I started with Mr. Pickles and Nikolo has been my latest dog. Muttville makes fostering so easy! They are very responsive to questions and if a dog needs something, they are on it. They provide anything you need to make the dogs feel safe and cared for. The care of the senior dogs is the most important thing and they obviously love these old dogs. The office is run so efficiently, it's like no other organization I have dealt with. Sherri has assembled a fantastic team and I look forward to fostering for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Muttville for the past year, and I don't have enough positive things to say about this organization. People all too often get the misconception that it's a 'sad' place because its full of senior dogs, but that couldn't be further from the truth. As a cage-free shelter, it is an absolute joy for both the dogs and the volunteers! The dogs get total freedom to roam about their comfortable space, and during your volunteer shift, you often just get to spend time petting and hanging out with the mutts if you aren't going on a walk. They really just want attention and love :)

I've volunteered in both their physical space and as a part of the marketing team. Every volunteer and paid staff member that I have interacted with is so passionate and caring— it is truly a positive, uplifting environment for both the dogs and the humans :)

If you ever get the chance, volunteer with Muttville!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


2

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.

1 Ladyrae

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always wanted to help the animals. But because where I live. I've always been turned down. Muttville has not only considered my application they approved it. They trusted me. And because of the that they have earned my respect. They go way beyond what you are expecting. It's a their warmth and kindness and encourages you to want the enjoyment of doing more than you were planning on. Wonderful nonprofit.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been looking for a dog at several rescues in the SF Bay Area after my terrier passed away. My friend told me about Muttville Senior Dog rescue and I looked them up on the computer. They have a wonderful web site that is very easy to use and I was able to fill out an adoption application right then and there. The next weekend we went to their headquarters in San Francisco. Though they call it a shelter - its not like a City shelter - I didn't see dogs in any cages - they were all out in a big sun filled room with people cuddling and petting them There were futons and lots of dog beds. It bought tears to my eyes to see these wonderful interactions between the dogs and people. There were several volunteers wearing Muttville shirts and they had name tags on which was a nice touch. I spoke with a very nice woman named Michelle and we discussed the types of dogs which Muttville had and who might be a good match for me. A business trip is taking me out of town for awhile, but upon my return I plan to go back to the Muttville shelter. Michelle suggested that I keep an eye on the website as each dog who is saved by Muttville has a profile there which I can read about. What a fabulous group!

2 Susana S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After raising many puppies over my lifetime, I realized that I felt the deepest connection to my pets in their senior years. We adopted a senior dog from Muttville. He's old in number only. His larger than life presence in our household keeps us in laughter every day. We began fostering for Muttville and so enjoy getting the dog's personalities discovered and using our skills to bring out the best in them so they may bring joy to their adopters. We do fall in love with them all, proof that Muttville does rescue deserving senior dogs who can give great companionship to their future forever homes.

Michelle152

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is a wonderful organization and has helped so many deserving senior dogs find loving and caring homes. I am very proud and honored to be able to contribute to such a deserving organization. Everyone I have met involved with Muttville has demonstrated a true love for dogs and their care and well being. The dogs that are lucky enough to find their way to Muttville are able to spend their golden years loved and cherished and all dogs deserve that. I can't say enough about the positive experience I have had volunteering for this organization and the invaluable work this group does on behalf of senior dogs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There are very few non-profits that i would wish to be on the board but i am extremely proud of being on the board of Muttville. The staff, the leadership, the volunteers, the fosters, outreach, senior for senior program - is the best. The organization has so much heart and soul and is runned as a very professional organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent over 30 years of my life working in health care--mostly at the safety net level--taking care of those who so desperately need help, but have no where else to turn for help. The first day I reported to Muttville, I knew I had found where I wanted to spend my volunteer hours---taking care of these precious Mutts, most of which truly had no where else to turn for help. I am constantly amazed at, and in awe of the level of support, dedication, sacrifice and passion of the Muttville organization, fosters, and volunteers. There is such a community spirit where everything is all about the Mutts and what can be done to help each one of them live and enjoy the best life they can have--regardless of how much time that might be.
I feel SO LUCKY to work with and be a part of such a caring group of individuals who do this because they love the Mutts!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville does incredible work! Not only rescuing senior dogs, but also providing talks and trainings and building a strong volunteer community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today marks my 5th week as a volunteer and I absolutely love it! The volunteers and staff are great - so passionate about helping these lovable seniors! Their community outreach is nothing short of amazing, which is why they are able to adopt out and find fosters for so many dogs. I've done a great deal of research on rescue organizations and if you are thinking of starting a rescue, Muttville is the one to emulate, hands down! They just might be the most beloved rescue in the Bay Area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing dog rescue organization! Muttville takes in the dogs that other shelters see as un-adoptable due to their age. Turns out they are so wrong! These wonderful mutts come to us filled with love, though most are kind of battle scarred from neglect. We give them what they need, love, nutrition, veterinary care, more love and then find them a home. We are mostly foster based, so our mutts live in a home until they find their forever homes. In the past 6 years, we have adopted over 1700 "un-adoptable" mutts! WOW! We are growing everyday because of a devoted volunteer base, foster families and donors, all whom make this passionate mission possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Muttville! The organization and people have passion and such a great cause that I was drawn in and have become a very proud board member. I have never met such a hard working group of people. Our rescues are the most lovely, deserving, and wonderful animals ever. All they want is love in return.

Support Muttville and save old dogs!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We found our way to Muttville in 2009, and haven't let go! We have joyfully fostered, adopted, and donated to this wonderful organization spirited by Sherri Franklin and her growing group of volunteers. Every foster brings their own unique story, and every adoption has broadened our circle of friends. I've driven all over the Bay Area and beyond to find forever homes for these deserving senior dogs, and every experience has been worth it. At the heart of Muttville are the dogs that touch your heart, who've seen better days and deserve that "happy ending," and Sherri who reaches out and brings those dogs and people who care together. We love Muttville!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville finds homes for 7 plus year old dogs that otherwise would be put to sleep in the shelters most of them come from. Many of the dogs are "dumped" simply because of their age and end up making wonderful companions in the new homes Muttville finds for them. The founder, Sherri, has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met and is my hero.

Donor

Rating: 5

"Muttville...because it is never too late for a happy ending" is the first bumper sticker that I have ever posted onto a car. Why? I am in awe of what Sheri and her dedicated group of volunteers do for senior mutts day in and day out. My failed foster, Hannah, is my own Muttville angel and I cannot imagine my life without her. When people ask how I could have adopted a third senior dog I simply say that they are the most overlooked, but the wisest and most grateful. Thank you Muttville for your support of underdogs and enabling them to have the dignity, love and respect they deserve in their golden years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a donor to and a "client" of Muttville. I can't say enough good things about this organization. Everything they do and every dollar they spend is for the benefit of the senior dogs they rescue. The founder, Sherri, and the volunteers are passionate, thoughtful, successful, and motivated. This organization serves an underserved and often ignored segment of the stray and abandoned dog population -- the seniors. These older dogs are usually the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Muttville takes them in and gives them the medical and physical care they need, plus a whole lotta love, and helps them find forever homes. The dog I adopted from Muttville was found on the streets with a number of health issues and a timid jumpy temperament. With Muttville's help she became part of our family and is a total cuddle bug with lots more life to live. We are one of over 1700 success stories! Because of our extremely positive experience, and because of the valuable mission of saving senior dogs, our family is a regular donor and word-of-mouth supporter of Muttville. I tell anyone I ever meet who is even considering giving a dog a home (even strangers on the street who admire my precious pup) to check out Muttville first.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Muttville serves the underserved senior dogs who are often the last to get adopted and the first to be euthanized. As a family looking for a dog to adopt, a senior dog was a great fit for us. No puppy training, a shorter long term commitment, and a calm loving dog to welcome into our family. We couldn't be happier with our Muttville dog. She has found her forever home with us and we are blessed to have her. Muttville made sure the fit for the dog and for us was right. There was no pressure, and lots of support throughout the process. Getting to know Sherri, the founder, and some of the volunteers was a bonus. Sherri is a saint with a huge loving heart and an amazing mission. Muttville is a first class organization doing wonderful work. We are proud to be donors, as well as happy clients.

Lorrie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for and donate money to Muttville. After spending time as a volunteer seeing the work they do, I'm a convert to the cause. I've seen dogs come in to Muttville in terrible shape - emaciated, limping, dull eyes. Then when I see them again weeks later they are transformed into a happy, engaged dog. They needed good care and love to transform their lives and Muttville is very good at providing that care and love for them. It's an exceptional organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered, donated money, fostered, adopted, and provided hospice services to dogs at Muttville over several years.
I have done internet searches which confirm that Muttville is the best and most prolific in the world at rescuing senior dogs facing euthanasia. 1750 in 5 years! From every county in California! With 4 paid staff! Nobody else comes even close.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is great! From a volunteer perspective they are very appreciative, considerate, and patient while interacting and instructing volunteers. Friendly yet professional. Their passion and empathy for their rescue mutts is undeniable, each dog is treated with special care and love.

Mo and Lisa work very hard to keep the place clean and organized, and Caroline makes sure to be thorough when training new volunteers. Overall, I feel very honored to be a part of Muttville. I always look forward to my weekly visit. It's also worth mentioning that the mutts are quite special themselves! They are very lucky to have Muttville on their side.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently volunteer as a foster for Muttville. What a wonderful organization! Helping Sr. dogs get placed in loving forever homes and making sure they are happy & healthy in the process. Often highly neglected and abandoned in their twilight years - Muttvile does a much needed job to help get them what they deserve and give people a wonderful companion in the process.