Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Oscar!!

We think Oscar is just about the most perfect doggie around! Look at this happy Shepherd face!

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Oscar is an adorable Shepherd/Cattle dog mix, who comes to us from Central Valley ready to find his forever home. Oscar is very friendly with people and other dogs.

This boy loves long walks and would make a great nap buddy. He will politely explore his surroundings and has an amazing temperament.

We think Oscar is pretty much the complete package!

We think Oscar is around 10 years young and weighs around 78 pounds.

Fall in love with Oscar at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Beyonce!!

Beyonce is an adorable, friendly Chihuahua girl who can’t wait to meet you! This sweet girl will make a loyal companion- all she wants is love!

Beyonce is always wagging her tail, loves walks, and is perfect with dogs of all sizes- truly a superstar just like her name suggests! Beyonce is an fabulous gal who is patiently waiting for her forever home!

Beyonce is 10 years young and weighs 12 pounds.

Check out what Beyonce’s foster’s have to say about her:

Beyonce is wonderful. I work from home on my computer so I am home mostly all day. While I’m working she will lay on the bed in the sunshine or lay on the floor next to my chair in a blanket that I have there for her. There’s really not much more to say other than she’s an absolutely wonderful little dog to have around, very sweet and very loving. Beyonce loves to go for walks. Short or long. She is capable of walking quite some distance without getting tired. The longest walk I tried her on was about two and a half miles and she did great. She’s very curious, always sniffing things. Around the home she’s the typical lazy dog just like my other two. She loves to be on my lap. So far she is good with house-training, not one accident in my home. Beyonce is a lovely lady! She loves being held/cuddling, and is great with potty training. She loves going outside on her walks & exploring the great outdoors. She isn’t really much of a barker, but does make noises to indicate she she needs to go out. Otherwise Beyonce loves napping. She is mellow and though she loves her walks will also snooze the day away in her bed. She is great with most dogs. She is doing great at crate training, occasionally goes on pads but I would say pretty much trained otherwise. She has an adorable tongue that sometimes pokes out. She is an angel and loves sleeping in her bed/on the couch with people. She would make a great companion for a mellow lower energy household.

Meet this senior sweetheart at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Are you ready to have a dog? How do you know?

National Dog Day is this weekend and if you don't (gasp!) have one already positively influencing your life, now is a good time to consider the reasons why you don't have a dog.

Below is a handy (and humorous) flowchart to help you, or a friend, with this important decision. Are you ready for a dog? Should you volunteer at a shelter or become a dog sitter instead? Sure, dogs make our lives infinity better, but before you rush out the door, consider these many responsibilities, and real costs, outlined by the clever folks at The Bold Italic:

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Having a dog is wonderful, but also realizing not having one in your life because you answered no to most of these questions above...is also a good thing. Read any of my posts on my volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and you'll see what I mean.

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Dallas!

From his beautiful, intelligent eyes to his adorable ears, it’s hard to believe so much sweetness can fit into one package.

This wonderful senior guy is Dallas, and he’s ready to be your new best friend! He’s calm, quiet, inquisitive, and gentle. While we are still getting to know him, he gets along with all the other dogs he has met at Muttville and he is already starting to build up his trust and confidence in his new human friends. Dallas deserves to be showered with affection and kindness. In return, he will light up your life with his love!

We think that Dallas is approximately 13 years old and weighs about 9 pounds.

Here’s what Dallas’ foster has to say about this sweet boy:

Dallas is an extremely sweet, gentle & soulful dog. He enjoys spending time with humans and other pups, but he also seems to enjoy hanging a bit on his own in his dog bed.

Dallas is very low-key. His favorite activities are snuggling with a human on the couch or curling up on his dog bed. He is fine going on a walk but is pretty low energy overall. Dallas is great with other dogs. No issues with big or small dogs, he’s always friendly and will wag his tail. Dallas needs some work on house-training. He loves taking naps in sun beams, and will even begin to smile once he’s been in the sun for a while.

He seems to love eating chicken or turkey. He’s very quiet and doesn’t bark or whine. He’s fine with being left alone during the daytime. He looks at you like a person would; almost like he’s trying to tell you something with his eyes. While independent at times, he always makes sure to come over to check-in to make sure you’re there and see what you’re doing.

Fall in love with Dallas at Muttville and discover why senior dogs rule.

Muttville is seeking either a permanent adoption home or a fospice (foster-hospice) home for Dallas 4759 so he can live his remaining life to its fullest in a loving home. To adopt Dallas 4759, please complete the adoption process described here.

If you are interested in joining Muttville’s Fospice Program Team as a Volunteer or a Fospice Home, please email fospice@muttville.org.

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SF SPCA Offers Free Adoptions and Films During NBC Universal's Clear The Shelters Adoptathon

The San Francisco SPCA Hosts the Animal Film Festival during Third Annual Clear the Shelters Adoptathon Weekend

Visitors will enjoy free adoptions and award-winning films


August 7, 2017 – The San Francisco SPCA will be offering free adoptions for all animals during NBC Universal’s third annual Clear the Shelters, a national pet adoption event. The free adoption weekend takes place August 19 – 20.

“Last year we set a new record during Clear the Shelters – 167 animals were adopted over the weekend with 101 animals on the Saturday alone, the most ever in a single day!” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Hundreds of shelters across the country participate in Clear the Shelters, and since 2015 the event has helped more than 70,000 animals find new homes."

Animals can be adopted for free all weekend from both SF SPCA locations – in the Mission at 250 Florida Street or Pacific Heights at 2343 Fillmore Street. On Saturday both shelters will host volunteer bake sales and No Worries Cuisine food truck will be at the Mission Campus. Plan to spend the day at the SF SPCA and leave with a new family member!

With the goal of educating and entertaining, the SF SPCA will also be hosting the Animal Film Festival on Saturday, 12pm – 4pm, at its Mission Campus. The film festival, which is produced by the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE), will feature award-winning animal films that are joyful, funny, and thought-provoking.

“These films explore different aspects of animal welfare, including animal rights, the human‐animal bond and programs dedicated to improving the lives of animals,” said Shelley Frost, director of the Animal Film Festival.

Tickets range from $10 – $25 and proceeds benefit the SF SPCA and CAPE. Details, tickets, and a full film line-up can be found at animalfilmfestival.org

To round out the day, those interested in learning more about estate planning are invited to join for a free seminar on August 19 at 10am. Topics will include estate planning basics, pet trusts, and creating a secure plan for your pets should they outlive you. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to this Mission Campus event by emailing specialevents@sfspca.org

Both adoption centers will be open 10am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

To view the SF SPCA’s adoptable animals, visit sfspca.org/adopt

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About the SF SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

For more information call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit sfspca.org.

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Poochie!!

Poochie likes to smoochie! This sweet little lady Yorkie is eager to please and will greet you with a smile…and some doggie kisses too!

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She’s an expert at relaxation and knows her way around a lap and couch.

Poochie also likes exploring the outdoors on mellow walks and meeting new people and dogs.

Poochie is looking for her new forever family and is eager for you to bring her home.

We think Poochies is about 13 years young and is about 16 pounds.

Fall in love with her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Violet!!

Did you know that wild violets symbolize devotion, purity, and spiritual passion? In the Victorian era, violets were carried in order to manifest wishes and keep malevolent spirits away.

This describes senior sweetheart Violet, a dog in Oakland ready to show you why senior dogs rule. Her positive influence is sure to make your life brighter.

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Violet needs a home. 

Miss Violet is a volunteer favorite due to her loving Zen personality. Violet is a daily reminder to stop, relax, enjoy the sunshine, and smell the roses (and violets).

She is a calm and soothing balm to this frantic and fragmented world we now live in. That is what is so special about senior dogs. They are at peace with themselves and the world, accepting of all different types of people and dogs, and they are great listeners. Violet will be a devoted companion who demands very little. She is not in need of long walks, lots of physical activity, or puppy training.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Squirrel

Meet Squirrel! This adorable, tiny little Chihuahua comes to us all the way from Fresno where she was found as a stray.

This sweet pup loves to cuddle, meet new dogs, and make friends. We are still getting to know her, but we can tell what a lovely best friend she’ll make already!

Squirrel is a good little eater with the manners of the delicate lady she is.

Squirrel is 13 years young and weighs 4.6lbs.

Meet her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco, and discover why senior dogs rule!

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Cowboy!

Ever know a dog who could giddy up, right into your heart? Hold on to your saddle because that's what will happen when you meet this handsome blend of Doxie!

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How adorable is Cowboy! We think he’s a big Doxie mix, but we really aren’t sure. All we know is Cowboy is an awesome dude!

He is social with dogs and new people, loves going for walks, and enjoys exploring. Cowboy also loves treats and is easily bribed to do whatever you ask.

He also has the cutest little trot! Cowboy is a special dog waiting for a special family. We know he’ll bring lots of adventure to your life!

Cowboy is about 10 years young and weighs 30 pounds.

Find this sweet cowboy at Muttville in San Francisco on Rescue Row!

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Angelica!

Meet Angelica! This lovely girl came to Muttville because her previous owners could no longer care for her. Luckily, she is very well adjusted and is happy no matter what. She has made herself right at home and is a social and sweet girl.

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Angelica is slightly vision impaired but can see about 4 feet in front of her. Despite this, she gets around very well and is very adventurous. Angelica does not startle easily and gets along perfectly well with all dogs. She is also affectionate and loves people and going for walks. We know this sweetheart will make a wonderful companion!

Angelica is about 9 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

Here is what Angelica’s foster had to say-

Angelica is a pretty quiet dog. She is very loving and will want to snuggle up against you on the couch. She has a low activity level, usually sleeps most of the day. However she loves walks, which we do 2-3 times a day. She is kind towards other dogs she passes by on the street and has no problem with other dogs in the house. She is house trained but needs to be taken out a few times a day. She has a good appetite. She loves to hang out and snuggle on the couch and will sleep in her dog bed. She also appears to be kennel trained and loves a kennel.

Angelica is a sweetie! She loves to be pet, cuddle and be with her person. She likes people and other dogs. When you’re home she’s happy napping in her bed or hanging out as a lap dog. She is low energy and likes slow walks, where she can sniff around and explore.

Angelica is friendly with other dogs. She does need a bit of extra attention on walks or navigating around new places, but is great about staying close and following your voice. She is potty trained and pee pad trained.

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Ahh, imagine the shared joy of discovery when you adopt a dog

When I met Sarge, all I saw was a big handsome dog who had the sweetest manners. His sugar face spoke of a gentleness and thoughtful personality. I never would have guessed that this dog had been thin, filthy and unloved.

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It's moments like these that get my imagination going. I think about the thousands of available adoptable dogs, each with their own unique stories. Each dog offers a new family the chance to learn something powerful about themselves. My own adopted dog positively influenced our lives from the day she arrived.

Choosing to adopt an older dog can bring you greater awareness about your own weaknesses, and strengths.

When I adopted my big old dog, she began as a reserved lady. Similar to Sarge, she was under-weight from stress but somehow maintained unbelievable table manners. I wouldn't have blamed her for gobbling food or trying take anything that might give her some comfort. 

My empathy for her emotional health allowed me to approach our new life together in ways that kept us on a path of wonderful discoveries. She, like Sarge, blossomed under the steady warmth and love being offered every minute of every hour. I didn't know if she'd ever fully look to me as trusted family, but she did, and that is a feeling I will always cherish.

We shared a mutual joy discovering how to communicate with each other. When I'd introduce a word or phrase for something, maybe a food she'd never had before, both our eyes lit up when she learned. The satisfaction you get when you set a dog up for success in their new life with you, in a new forever home, is immeasurable.

Imagine the shared joy of discovery

When I look back on adopting our dog, it makes so much sense now. We discovered how much we loved giving a dog the chance of a happy final chapter in their life. We had moments of mutual joy that is special between humans and dogs. Just getting to know each other brought us both to laughter. Yes, dogs laugh!

If you're a curious person, love dogs, and enjoy discovery then consider adoption. Head to your local shelter, humane society or breed specific rescue, or find them on social media tonight!

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Greta howls her way into your heart, today's Muttville moment

Last week I met a new Muttville mutt named Greta. She is a german shepherd, all legs, and currently skin and bones. Given our immediate mutual affection, I have a feeling she'll be plumping up soon. I can still smell the after-breakfast chicken treats I gave her on my fingers.

Having had a large Shepherd-Husky dog, I was drawn to Greta as soon as I saw her fuzzy gangly body. She loped across the doggy loft as soon as the door opened and I wheeled in the yellow cleaning bucket. Her concerned brown eyes locked on my movements, tracking the mop to the bucket and back to the floor. I was glad to see she was not spooked by my morning cleaning of the loft.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Seymour!

Certain dogs have these furry faces that are look like they have a world of information waiting to share with you. Then when they're oldsters, their sweet face looks like they got into the sugar bowl. Seymour a cute blend of Terrier is like this. It’s hard not to fall in love with Seymour, he’s such a mellow and easy going fella. 

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We don’t know much about his past, but we can tell that all he wants is to love and be loved! Seymour is great with other dogs of all sizes and enjoys all the hustle and bustle of the Muttville loft. He’s easy to walk on leash too.

Seymour will make a great addition to any home! He's a love bug!

We think Seymour is about 16 years young, weighing about 14 lbs.

Due to Seymour’s advanced age, heart disease, and arthritis, he is available for hospice care adoption.

Here’s what Seymour’s Foster has to say about him:

Seymour is the biggest sweetheart! I would adopt him if I could – he brings so much joy with his perennial puppy smile, tolerance for wearing cute flower crowns and bow ties, and ever patient cuddles. Naps are the name of the game with Seymour. He loves following “his person” around. He perks up whenever he can go outside for a walk, and although his preferred pace is a bit slow, he really enjoys being carried in a dog carrier around. I take him in a dog backpack on a bike and on Bart for my commute (an hour each way) & I hardly hear a peep from him. Seymour is house-trained but does well when let out regularly during the day. He doesn’t have accidents overnight. Seymour is the most amazing dog for someone who wants an easy-going companion to accompany them around. He is low maintenance and full of cuddles – and it is just to cute to watch him take naps next to you on the couch or while working!

Fall in love with Seymour at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Summer of LOVE Senior Dog Adopt-A-Thon June 3rd & 4th

Want to feel the groovy love of an older dog? This weekend, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco is have a free adoption event!

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When you meet these sweet sugar faces, you're going to say, "I must be California Dreaming because there are so many adorable adoptable dogs!"

Turn on, tune in, drop everything and come celebrate the Summer of Love!

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Haight hippie explosion. And in honor of that historic San Francisco time, Muttville has got a summer full of love packed into one giant weekend. It’s the Summer of Love Adopt-a-thon Love-in!

Love is free and so are adoptions! All fees waived in celebration of love, love, love!

 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Gandalf

Some older dogs seem to understand how to be zen about life. This wee Yorkshire Terrier rolls with all that life puts in front of him. His positive influence rubs off on you right away. I found myself visibly relaxing when he first walked over to me in the doggy loft.

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Meet Gandalf! This adorable Yorkie is sweet, loving, and social. He enjoys going for walks, meeting new dogs, and actually enjoys a warm bath! Gandalf came to us when his owners moved and could not keep him.

He is still adjusting to his new surroundings, but we know Gandalf will warm right up to a new family. 

Read about what Gandalf’s foster has to say about him:

Gandalf is one excited peppy boy! He’s got a LOT of personality and is a great companion. He’s funny and very loving-a true joy to be around. He’s great on leash, and enjoys a few walks a day. Off leash at home around our dog and at dog parks he’s friendly and social. We are working with him through training-he’s improving! He’s a kisser! If you pet him on his head or chest, he’ll thank you with a few gentle licks. Such a lover.

Gandalf is 10 years young, weighing 12 pounds.

Fall in love with Gandalf at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

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