They say every dog has its day. For some of them that day just takes a little longer to come. In honor of National Dog Day, we’re highlighting one of our favorite organizations. Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco works to help older dogs find their forever homes.
Founded in 2007 by lifelong animal lover and advocate Sherri Franklin, Muttville is a rescue dedicated specifically to older dogs in search of homes. Many of the dogs Muttville rescues are deemed too old for adoption by regular shelters. According to their website, many shelters consider large dogs 8 years old or older too old for adoption while the cut off for smaller dogs is 10 or 12 years. This is where Sherri and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue come in, taking those dogs in and providing them an opportunity to find a loving home for their golden years.
Since their inception in 2007 Muttville’s rescues have increased exponentially. They rescued 27 senior dogs in 2007, and in 2012 that number reached 408! They also employed almost 200 volunteers in 2012 and had over 70 homes open their doors to foster dogs.
Over the years Muttville has garnered many awards for their invaluable work. In 2010 and 2011 they were named Best Rescue Group and Best Canine Cause by Bay Woof Magazine, and in 2012 their Moolah for Mutts event was named Best Fundraising Event, along with a third win for Best Rescue Group. In 2010, Sherri also received the Jefferson Award for Public Service and in 2012 Forbes magazine highlight Muttville in their 12 Days of Charitable Giving series.
Despite the accolades, the real reward for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is making people recognize the worth of older dogs. As their mission statement says, “Muttville is 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.
With a common goal of changing people’s mindsets and increasing awareness of a worthwhile cause, it just made sense for us to partner with Sherri and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Plus, our photographer, Lacy Atkins, rescued our official Bambeco office dog, Deogi, from Muttville, so they are a group close to our hearts.
To learn more about Muttville Senior Dog Rescue visit www.muttville.org.