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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!