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. This sweet guy will be very grateful to have a new home!

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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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Beyoncé

She could become the queen of your heart soon after you meet this sweet chihuahua! 

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Beyonce is an adorable, spunky, friendly 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.

Meet lovely Beyonce at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco, you'll fall in love!

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More life lessons from dogs. This time forgiveness.

Volunteering at a senior dog rescue has exposed me to all sorts of dogs arriving for different reasons. Some dogs are strays, others have the misfortune of having their person pass away unexpectedly. Everyone agrees that all the dogs are loved no matter where they come from, or why they are with us at this advanced age.

Something that gets people to dance around is the subject of dogs who get surrendered by a family. I've heard people take absolute positions on this. They feel that if you decide to have a dog then you better keep that dog no matter what. These people have little empathy or compassion for anyone giving up a dog.

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I have a more nuanced response thanks to dogs like Otis.

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

Meet Berry! This precious Shepherd mix comes to us all the way from Taiwan where she was picked up as a stray. Berry spent several months with a loving foster and was fully vetted before arriving at Muttville.

 

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Here is what her foster mom says about Berry:

Berry is a friendly, sweet, and mellow senior girl. She is a happy go lucky dog and loves to be around people and loves to be pet. Berry enjoys her daily off leash walks, rides well in the car, and can wait patiently while her foster mom runs errands. She is now in a foster home with many rescued dogs. Berry gets along with dogs of all kinds of temperament and ages. Berry is very good with young children and is very gentle with them.

Poor Berry was abandoned in a busy street where she was starving. People were not nice to her. They either kick her away or chase her with sticks. A kind high school student felt so bad for her that she bought Berry some food then Berry followed her around. She immediately called several rescue groups but no one was willing to help Berry because she is a black senior dog.

She brought Berry to a nearby vet who helped her contact a rescue group that had a lot of experience. The rescue group was completely full but had a soft spot for black dogs and didn’t want to see Berry suffer on the streets. The rescue agreed to take in Berry. Berry has been doing very well since the first day she arrived at her foster home. She quickly made friends and won the hearts of everyone in the foster family.

Berry has been vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, de-wormed, and passed negative on her blood tests. She is one healthy girl.

Berry is 10 years young and weighs 35 pounds.

Come meet the international darling Berry today at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

 

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

If you are looking for sweet companionship, forget those dating apps and come over to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. You'll discover lovely ladies like Dixie Jane whose available because her family could no longer care for her.

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Dixie Jane is a wonderful Border Collie/ Australian Shepherd mix.

This sweet girl is gentle, mellow, quiet, and sweet as can be. She does great with dogs of all sizes, enjoys going for walks, and likes making new friends.

Dixie Jane has a loving demeanor that will make her an amazing companion.

Dixie Jane is about 14 years old and weighs 50 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 Sansa the poodle!

Volunteering at a senior dog rescue has shown me, over and over again, why assumptions are bad. How many people assume older dogs are boring or sleep all day? I met Sansa last week and she took me for a RUN around the block, and showed off enough of her personality to make me laugh out loud.

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Sansa is a happy little poodle girl who comes to Muttville all the way from LA.

She is well-adjusted and would love a family to call her own. Sansa is great with other dogs and friendly with all people.

Her loving, outgoing personality makes her easy to fall in love with. We know Sansa will make a great companion!

Sansa is 13 years old and weighs 11 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 Betty White!

Betty White may look like a “plain Jane” to some, but this perfect little blend of Terrier and Chihuahua has so much love to give!

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Betty is a loving and soulful gal who would love to find a family to call her own very soon.

She enjoys going for walks, meeting people, and does well with dogs of all sizes. She is a very quiet girl and spends most of her time lounging in a cozy bed or exploring.

Overall she has a gentle demeanor that would make her a wonderful, calming companion!

Betty White is about 10 years young and weighs 12 pounds.

Here is what her awesome foster has to say:

She’s doing so much better than I expected! Betty White sleeps through the night, appears to be house-trained, all of those good things!

Find her at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Have you ever thought about what it means to have an old friend?

One of the benefits of volunteering every week at a senior dog rescue is that I am never without an old friend to visit with, and it feels pretty great. Each dog there offers me something. Look at Henry, this blend of Basset Hound and happiness. Imagine what conversations you'd have together!

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You can't make old friends, but you can adopt one.

Whatever our age, there are times when we need someone to bounce ideas, or share deeply personal thoughts. Who says that 'someone' can't be a dog?

I have all kinds of conversations with the different dogs I meet. It's very satisfying. I love how each has their own way of responding. I might get a wag, a bark or an attempt to climb into my lap. It's a real treat when a dog offers me a little kiss!

What's wonderful about having a dog as a friend is that their positive influence is never-ending, and it never goes away even when they leave us.

My beloved dog passed on almost three years ago but thanks to our time together, and many conversations, I discovered Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

I've been getting up at six once a week for a year now. Helping care for the furry oldsters first thing in the morning always makes the day, and my life, a little brighter. I've appreciated their friendship and ability to always make me feel good.

Look back up at Henry again. Have you thought about what it means to have an old friend?

Learn more about Henry, and Muttville.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Mrs. Jones!

Mrs. Jones is a darling Shih Tzu girl who came to the San Francisco Bay Area all the way from Yolo County. She is a merry prankster and the perfect dog for someone who loves to play, or who wants to be reminded to play!

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Her owners gave her up due to unknown personal matters, but despite all the recent changes in her life, Mrs. Jones is as sweet as can be!

This loving girl wants nothing more than a person to love. She does perfectly well with other dogs and enjoys going for walks.

Her favorite activity is taking in her surroundings from a warm, cozy bed. Come meet this darling girl today!

Mrs. Jones is 12 years young and weighs about 10 pounds.

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

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

Have you know a dog who can fly? How about an senior Chi still so spry he can fly? Acorn, the chihuahua flew over the baby gate and into my arms on a recent visit to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

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If you’re looking for a sweet and spunky companion then look no further because Acorn is the pup for you!

This loving boy is full of love and personality. He is active, happy-go-lucky, and sweet as can be.

Acorn loves people and does very well with dogs of all sizes.

He enjoys burrowing, jumping from bed to bed, eating treats, and cuddling. Can Acorn be your new best friend?

Acorn is about 10 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

Catch him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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

How adorable is Leon!? He loves cuddle piles! This sweet chi comes to Muttville from Oakland where he was found as a stray.

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We don’t know anything about his previous life, but Leon is sweet and loves everyone he meets.

He is still getting used to his new surroundings but has already shown himself to be people-oriented, cuddly, and sweet as can be.

Leon does great with other dogs and would love to be your new BFF!

Leon is about 7 years young and weighs 6 pounds.

Find him at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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Senior Dog Spotlight: City of Elderly Love Rescue

There is something special about older dogs. Is it that having lived beyond the spazzy puppy period, their calm demeanor can lower our blood pressure? When I volunteer at my local senior dog rescue in San Francisco, the adoptable pups there are cuddle bugs and it's a joy spending time with them every week.

Experiencing the warmth and affection these old dogs offer is why I am so happy to shine a light on a new rescue focused on giving older dogs a second chance. City of Elderly Love Rescue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is "dedicated to saving Philly's vintage pets" and in a few years have re-homed over 400 animals.

Since they co-founded the rescue in 2014, Erin Lewis and Samantha Holbrook have saved more than 400 animals.

Erin adds, "We always say that quality is greater than quantity we don't really care how long they'll be with us as long as they have amazing lives and they can make some families really happy during that time."

Erin's own senior dog, Gemma, was the inspiration.

"I call her my soul dog because she was just that amazing and I like to think that every senior pet we rescue could be someone else's Gemma," said Erin.

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If you haven't experienced the love of a senior dog yet, consider visiting this rescue or go to one of their adoption events. Discovering why senior dogs rule will change your life for the better!

 

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San Francisco SPCA Launches Pop-Up Adoption Center at Embarcadero Center!

Need a quick snuggle during an afternoon coffee run? Thinking about adding to your family with an adopted dog or cat? Maybe a bunny? If you live or work downtown the San Francisco SPCA has a pop-up adoption center in Two Embarcadero for the month of February!

They had me at "coffee cuddles"

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February 1, 2017 – The San Francisco SPCA, in partnership with Embarcadero Center, has launched a Pop-Up Adoption Center at Two Embarcadero Center. Visitors will meet adorable, adoptable animals and participate in fun events designed to introduce potential adopters to their new best friend. The Pop-Up Adoption Center will be open weekdays February 1 – 28, 2017 from 11am to 7pm, with the exception of Presidents’ Day on February 20.

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

Nessa is an adorable Papillon whose owner passed away. Now, this adorable girl is looking for a new best friend. Could it be you?

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Nessa is very social and sweet. She does great with other dogs, rarely barks, is house-trained, and loves meeting new people.

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Like most Papillons Nessa is very loyal and would love a companion to spend her golden years with.

Nessa is about 10 years young and weighs 10 pounds.

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

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

Meet the cutest dog in the world who is adoptable!

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Smores is just as sweet as her name! This happy and sweet girl would make a wonderful companion for someone who wants a quiet, mellow, and easy-going dog.

She spends most of her time curled up in a cozy bed. Smores enjoys exploring her surroundings but is also perfectly content relaxing in your lap.

Smores does well with dogs of all sizes and would make a wonderful companion.

Smores is about 13 and only weighs 6 pounds!

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

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