Get free love every weekend at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

One of our favorite places in the city of St. Francis is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Every week I love volunteering there because I never know what dog will want as many cuddles as I can offer!

After a year of spending time with these sweet oldsters I can tell you there is something special about a senior dog. If you want to discover what I’m talking about, come down to Rescue Row.

Every weekend you can get free love from the sugar faces, because senior dogs rule. Scroll through theses cutie pies to see what I mean.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Boba!

How adorable is Boba!? This darling boy is looking to slim-down and turn over a new leaf!

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Could you be the special person he needs to get back his beach-bod!? Boba came to Muttville very overweight, but very happy. He loves to walk around exploring his surroundings and meeting new people.

He is very laid-back and sweet, and would love a family to call his own. Boba is great with other dogs and is quickly adjusting to his new diet :)

Boba is 12 years young and weighs 27 pounds.

Check out what this sweet guys foster has to say about him:

Boba is a total sweetheart! He loves to be close & to cuddle on the couch, but he is fine being left alone as well. He is coming out of his shell more & more since we’ve had him & he has a fun, easygoing personality.Boba (aka Bo Fatty) came to us VERY overweight – he was very slow & low-activity at first. But he is learning to love walks – when you go to the door with the leash his tail starts wagging & he gets excited! His walks are getting longer & longer as he is losing weight, with a record-setting walk around the block today. You can tell that he wants to be at a higher activity level but is stuck in that big body of his! Once he gets to his “beach bod” & closer to his goal weight we imagine he will be quite the walker. He gets along with our other two dogs just fine. His house manners are GREAT – no accidents in the house since we’ve had him. Super nice & easy dog! If we could, we would adopt him in a heartbeat.

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

Darling Joyce is a sweet, purebred Poodle coming to us all the way from Los Angeles. She is a very happy rambunctious girl, and perfect for keeping any winter blues away!

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This adorable girl was originally found as a stray, so we don’t know much about her previous home life. Despite all the recent changes she’s gone through, Joyce is as sweet as can be.

 

She loves meeting new people and welcomes petting and attention. She’s also great with other dogs, loves going for walks, and is fairly mellow. Such a sweet girl!

Joyce is 12 years young, weighing 17 pounds. She’s also hypo-allergenic!

Fall in love with Joyce 5127 at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco!

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Nov. 17th San Francisco SPCA unveils 31st Annual Holiday Windows!!

Rain or shine expect a line when it comes to adorable adoptable pets! Celebrate the season by joining the San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Union Square for the 31st unveiling of the iconic Holiday Windows on Friday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. The window displays, which have become one of the most beloved symbols of the holiday spirit in San Francisco, will once again feature adorable – and adoptable – cats and dogs who need loving homes. San Francisco pastry chef Yigit Pura will partner with Snoopy to unveil the windows, and children from the De Marillac Academy Choir will provide the holiday soundtrack.

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This year’s windows celebrate the bonds between family and friends. Titled “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together,” the theme centers on the joy of sharing holiday season festivities with those we love. Generations of visitors will delight once again, seeing the cuddly adoptable faces ready to share the holiday in a new home.

In 2016, 257 animals found homes during Holiday Windows and nearly $100,000 was raised to provide year-round support for the SF SPCA’s lifesaving programs. Over the last 30 years, Holiday Windows has made it possible for more than 9,000 animals to find loving, permanent homes.

“Combining the magic of holiday giving and finding these animals new homes, along with the importance of being with those we love throughout the season, makes these windows one of our favorite projects all year,” said Macy’s Visual Manager, Rise Hixson. “Guests from all over the Bay Area and the United States love watching the adorable animals in these windows. Spreading that cheer at this time of year is magical.”

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This year, the magic will expand beyond the windows with a special space on the 6th floor where visitors will be able to see more adoptable animals and even schedule time in the wildly popular SF SPCA Cuddle Experience. Cuddle sessions will be available from 11am – 1pm and 5pm – 7pm on weekdays and 10am – noon and 4pm – 6pm on weekends.

WANT TO HELP?

Holiday Windows relies on volunteer support. The short two-hour shifts involve greeting the public, collecting donations, and directing people to the SF SPCA adoption center inside Macy’s. No prior training is required, and groups are welcome to volunteer together. Learn more at sfspca.org/holiday

“Thousands of lives have been saved through the Holiday Windows event, thanks to our partnership with Macy’s,” explained Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Every holiday season the San Francisco community comes together to help our animals find new homes. This is our biggest event of the year, and the tradition truly brings out the magic of the holiday spirit.”

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5 Great Reasons Why Senior Dogs Rule and Puppies Drool

November has turned into a favorite month thanks to the older dogs in my life. I love senior dogs more than Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce!

My excitement for this month began after we adopted my own amazing Shepherd Husky from the San Francisco SPCA in November. After we shared every “Gotcha Day” and adoptaversary each November, I loved this month a little bit more.

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Since my big fluffy girl had to move on three years ago, I’ve been spending time every week at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue among an ever changing tide of sweet oldsters. They show me how much more fun being around well-seasoned dogs are compared to puppies! 

Curious about what makes these sugar faces so great? Read on and see for yourself  Adorable adoptable dogs ahead!!

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Dogs with a knowing gaze

Is it because Border Collies are dogs known for being smart? Why does Noemi have such a deep and thoughtful face? 

She’s such a sweet girl and since I have spent the last three or four weeks visiting with her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, she has only shown me this quiet demeanor.

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When I look into her eyes she seems to be telling me something important. I get the feeling that I need to pay attention, so I find myself  putting away my camera and not taking pictures when I’m with her.

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Her body language definitely encourages quiet petting sessions.  I found myself today sitting on the hard  linoleum floor with her, quietly massaging her hips and petting her sides for over 15 minutes.

It was glorious to only think about how to get her so relaxed that she would start to snore. I stopped thinking about the world and the noises from out on the street and only thought about maintaining the rhythm of petting her. 

I wonder if the knowledge behind her gaze was that she knew that I needed this time with her ? 

Noemi is available through Muttville’s Fospice program

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

Meet Vinny, a charming little Maltese mix who is looking for a new best friend! Look at this sweet sleepy face after we had a major after-breakfast cuddle session.

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Vinny comes to us from Fresno and is so excited for Muttville to help him find his new beginning. This little guy is looking for someone who likes to go for walks, is open to long cuddle sessions, and will give the occasional treat or two!

He loves people and will prance on over to meet you. Vinny is very friendly and has made lots of other pup friends in the Muttville lofts. This gentleman is just about perfect, come meet him today!

Vinny is around 12 years young and weighs just under 7 pounds.

Meet this handsome boy at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

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When dogs you’ve just met demand your affection, how do you respond?

When a dog refuses to acknowledge a barrier, physical or emotional, do you think they realize what they are doing?

I’ve noticed during my encounters with big dogs at Muttville that when one pushes through my arms, or puts their head into my lap with intention, I feel privileged. I’m grateful when they take the initiative to, in their own doggy way, ask for my attention and affection. I’m there to give them affection anyway, but it’s a different kind of feeling when a dog who doesn’t know you, demands you love on them.

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This is Everett. I had barely walked into the room before he barreled straight into my legs. He wasn’t waiting for me to come to him. He didn’t see my hesitation, or if he did he didn’t care, what he cared about was getting my attention and my affection.

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

Look at this sugar face! We think delightful little Sally is just the bees knees! She may be on the petite side, but she sure does have a Texas sized heart!

Sally comes to Muttville from Texas, part of a group of dogs that we took in to help make room for displaced animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Sally is just perfect, and we think that she has good house-training ability. This girl is sweet with other dogs and loves people. She does well on leash, and loves a good walk.

Sally is looking for a forever family that will give her love, security, and happiness in her retirement years. Do you have room in your heart and home for sweet Sally?

Here’s what Sally’s foster has to say about this sweet gal:

Sally is the ultimate cuddlebug! She loves sleeping on the couch next to you, in bed & she gets very excited to go for walks. Sally loves her outdoor time & does a very happy little bouncy dance when the leash comes out. She’s great with other dogs and cats! She ignores the cats for the most part. When home, Sally will mostly sleep & ask for belly rubs. She does however love to go for walks/hikes and seems to be able to go on forever. Once in a while she gets very excited & starts to play, dashing all about. Sally is house-trained but would do well in a home where she can be taken out every 4 hours or so. Sally is adorable! She’s a little shy at first, but once she opens up, she’s a total doll!

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

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

‪‬Sweet fluffy dog! Meet the newest fluff in town, a happy boy that is appropriately named Fluffernutter!!

Fluffernutter comes to us from Oakland but is excited to be across the bridge at Muttville. He has a happy-go-lucky outlook on life, and thinks his new life is looking good.

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This cheerful boy is good with people and other dogs. He is an explorer at heart and politely roams around checking out his new surroundings.

Fluffernutter loves peanut butter, walks, and would love to find a friend who gives a good scratch behind the ears. Come see if this guy could be your new love-bug today!

We think Fluffernutter is around 14 years young and weighs around 38 pounds.

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

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October 13-15 San Francisco SPCA “Exit Through the Gift Shop” Weekend Adoption Event

Join the SF SPCA for an artsy-themed cocktail party and adoptathon weekend based on the 2010 movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which focused on the world’s most infamous graffiti artists.

Adult animals (6+ months) will be free to adopt all weekend, October 13 – 15, at both SF SPCA locations in the Mission and Pacific Heights.

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The weekend will kick off with a Friday evening cocktail party at the SF SPCA’s Mission Campus, 6pm – 9pm.

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Read Rescued 🐶 Understand better what it means to adopt a shelter dog

If you know anything about Grouchy Puppy you know that it began (and continues!) thanks to our adopted rescue dog from the San Francisco SPCA. Since her passing, I’ve gotten more involved with helping the sugar faces at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue find their new matches so they can have the best final chapter of their life.

You can imagine then how happy I was to get the chance to review an early copy of a new book filled with stories, life lessons, and advice related to adopted dogs and those who love them. 

We are a nation of dog lovers and as someone who fell in love with a shelter dog, I know I am not alone in my appreciation for what these special dogs have to offer us. In the book, Rescued, by author and journalist, Peter Zheutlin, there is story after incredible story showing how the dogs in animal shelters are not always broken, that they can become your new best friend, teacher, exercise buddy or confidante.

Every chapter in this book is a reminder of how bringing dogs into our lives can make us more empathic, compassionate people. Both the stresses and joys we experience together can have a positive influence. I experienced that first hand with my adopted dog, and now I get weekly reminders volunteering with the oldsters at Muttville.

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This book has all the heartwarming stories dog people tell each other, but it also has a great collection of pragmatic life lessons, experiences and perspective. The stories you’ll read are valuable to anyone thinking about having a dog.

Shelter dogs are not broken, and most often just need the right person to appreciate who they are and what they have to offer. Much of successful dog adoption involves the art of matchmaking. Dogs, in all their dogginess, have so much to offer us humans if we just pay attention.

Here’s an excerpt from the book, Rescued:

Our Dogs Are Not Our Children: How anthropomorphizing our dogs can lead to unrealistic expectations of their behavior

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Discover why senior dogs: Fall in love with Florence!

This pretty girl is Florence and she can’t wait to find her forever home. We think Florence is an Australian Kelpie mix. She is very sweet, loves meeting people, and enjoys going for walks.

Florence does perfectly with other dogs and is very polite. She has a sweet demeanor and would make a wonderful addition to any kind of home. Come give her the forever home she deserves!

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What we love about Florence: She is a perfect size- not too small, not too big. She is still active but is also perfectly happy just relaxing. She loves to sunbathe!

Florence is 10-12 years young and weighs 40 pounds.

Her adoption fee has been sponsored by one of her adoring fans!

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Here’s what Florence’s fosters have to say about this sweet girl:

Florence is sweet & loves pets! She is Busy, loves to get going on walks & flies up stairs. She likes her crate and her bed. She is house-trained and knows potty-pads and will find spots away from house to go to the bathroom.

Florence is sweet & will give you kisses when you arrive home! She has a busy activity level & will gallop back to the house on walks! She is good with house-training and uses potty-pads in the house.

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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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