Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

255 Alabama St.
San Francisco, California 94103
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Local Phone: (415) 272-4172

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.

They reach out to senior and special needs rescue dogs; find suitable homes for those dogs that are adoptable; and offer end of life care for those that are not.

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Photo courtesy: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
At Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, they sometimes take in elderly pooches who, for one reason or another, have a short life expectancy. Maybe an ultimately terminal medical condition, or maybe just reaching the twilight stage after many years. Often, though, these canine elders are having a perfectly fine time right now, and are looking for a bit more fun, adventure, and/or snuggles before they leave us. more »
Photo: Chato - Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Photo: Chato - Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Last year marked some milestones (like 912 senior dogs saved in 2016!) and accolades for Muttville, as founder Sherri Franklin was named a Top 10 CNN Hero in the CNN Heroes program. Since its founding, Muttville has drastically changed the way senior dogs are treated in the shelter system—once seen as "unadoptable," they're now valued, and the ripple effects extend out into the community. more »
Vote Muttville Founder CNN Hero of the Year!
CNN chose 25 people as their 2016 CNN Heroes. Sherri Franklin was selected as one of the 25. Now she's been chosen for the top ten.  more »
Photo: Susie - Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Photo: Susie - Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
It's been an eventful year so far for the good folks at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. In July, Muttville founder and executive director Sherri Franklin was named a CNN Hero (one of 25) for her work as an example of "everyday people making a difference." In this case, to thousands of senior dogs who once faced a grim future, and to the people who've come to see them as the loving companions they are.

August was a record month for Muttville, with 97 senior dogs finding forever homes. And they just rescued senior dog #4,000. That would be Susie here, a 9-year-old Chihuahua mix whose outgoing personality and loving disposition win friends wherever she goes. more »
Sherri Franklin, CNN Hero. Photo Courtesy: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Sherri Franklin, CNN Hero. Photo Courtesy: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
The San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, Muttville is dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, and to creating better lives for senior dogs through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.

The Cable News Network CNN recently named Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of Muttville, a CNN Hero as a part of their ongoing series that spotlights "everyday people making a difference. more »
Muttville dogs dressed for the Senior Prom gala
Save the date! Muttville's 7th Annual Moolah for Mutts fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, August 29 at the San Francisco Design Center. more »
Pops. Photo courtesy: Pilots N Paws
Meet Pops. Things didn't look good for this elderly terrier mix when he landed in the Baldwin Park shelter in Los Angeles with no history and several health issues. The good folks at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in SF were willing to take the little guy in, but they weren't exactly local. more »
Adorable puppy up for adoption at Rescue Row Event San Francisco
Adorable puppy ready for a nap
With over 286 animals adopted out to loving homes in just two days, there was much to celebrate during the Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days event at the newly designated Rescue Row in San Francisco. more »
Varsha - Photo Jane Goldman

Varsha - Photo Jane Goldman

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue reached a milestone this week by rescuing its 2,000th senior dog. Varsha, a nine-year old cattle dog mix, was found wandering the streets of Oakland.  A good Samaritan coaxed her into a car and got her to Oakland Animal Services, where she was given shelter. Covered in scabs with a large portion of her hair missing -- and considered geriatric -- Varsha was not going to be an easy case, so three days later, OAS's rescue partner Martha Klein reached out to Muttville.  Varsha possessed the mild-mannered temperament required of Muttville dogs, and Muttville rescued her.    more »
yellow lab with was on hand and Kayla on paw last Saturday evening for a preview sneak peek at the new Muttville Headquarters, located at the corner of Alabama & 16th Street in San Francisco. Yes, the mutts have finally moved out of founder Sherri Franklin’s home to their new home-like environment for newly arrived dogs. more »
Since we checked in with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue last year, they've been hard at work providing a safety net for elderly canines in the most dire circumstances. Like little Toby here, who somehow ended up in a shelter in Southern California after a lifetime with the same family. Over 1,250 senior dogs to date owe their lives to founder Sherri Franklin and Muttville—so it's no surprise Muttville just scored Best Rescue and Best Fundraising Event honors in Bay Woof's annual Beast of the Bay contest. Congrats! more »
SadieSadie is one of almost 1,200 senior dogs rescued by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, but she’s also one of kind. She spent her first 10 years with a family, giving them all her love. But when the family moved, they took the furniture and locked the doors, leaving her behind. Sadie was all alone, heartsick and starving. When authorities finally came by, all that was in the house was Sadie and an empty box of oatmeal. It was clear she had been abandoned for weeks. She should have weighed 60 pounds, but had dropped to a skin-and-bones 28.   When Muttville Senior Dog Rescue heard about this sad girl and knew no one was coming back for her, they gladly took her in.  more »
DogTrekker was introduced earlier this year to Muttville, San Francisco’s senior and special needs rescue organization. The four-year-young organization, founded by Sherri Franklin, has the mission of changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, and to create better lives for them thorough rescue, foster, adoption and hospice.

DogTrekker attended this year's annual fundraiser, Moolah for Mutts: Night of 1,000 Mutts, which took on special significance as Muttville celebrated senior dog rescue #1,000! more »

Muttville Senior Dog RescueCelebrating its fourth birthday this month is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Sherri Franklin, a longtime foster parent for theSan Francisco SPCA, always took in elderly dogs, knowing they were unlikely to get adopted, and never abandoned them to their fate. Finally she launched an organization just for seniors dumped in shelters, found wandering the streets, or with desperate owners who could no longer care for them.

So far, Muttville has found homes for over 900 dogs. With all sizes, energy levels and personality types, Muttville seniors suit a wide variety of lifestyles, and the rescue's network of foster homes around the Bay Area keeps them happy and safe while they're waiting for their perfect match. Meet some Muttville Mutts at Kiehl's in San Francisco on February 19, Pet Food Express in Novato February 20, and at Bay Area Pet Expo in San Jose February 26.

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