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 Kleinreached out to Muttville. Varsha possessed the mild-mannered temperament required of Muttville dogs, and Muttville rescued her.
In case you missed it, we're throwing an online party for the beautiful Grouchy Puppy muse, Cleo. This November marks eight incredible years together. Since the number eight is significant in many cultures and religions, we thought this is the year to do it up right. She is a living legend to many so we're planning to give our dog the equivalent of an Honorary Oscar.
What's a party without guests? This is a virtual party so we're welcoming friends from all over, including New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Pennsylvania, Canada, South Carolina, Japan and of course the San Francisco Bay Area. Haven't seen the event on our Facebook page yet? Consider this is YOUR personal invitation to join the party!! It's going to be epic..[...]
Last fall, Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) celebrated 25 years with a big party. This weekend, PAWS rolled out the welcome mat to their new permanent home in the Mission District of San Francisco and had a new annual fall fundraiser, PAWS After Dark.
John and Rodeo are ready to party!
PAWS began as a grassroots compassionate response to the AIDS epidemic, helping care for the pets of so many souls struck by the disease. Today this nonprofit still carries the same mission of supporting and nurturing the human animal bond for those most needy in the community, only now their clients include many more low income seniors and disabled.
Cleo is my first adopted dog, and all because of her, I would adopt again in a heartbeat. My experiences over the years with her have made me into a better person. I did not expect to be positively influenced by her, but this dog that someone else couldn't handle has been my dream come true. This shelter dog who could have easily been euthanized due to her age, breeds and size. Instead people at the country shelter saw the size of her heart and giving personality, and offered her a chance in the big city. As they say, the rest is history, and we'll forever be grateful for our life together.
To pay tribute to my shelter dog and her journey to us all those years ago, I'm sharing this new film from PetSmart Charities.
On September 26, 2013 animal lovers and animal welfare groups globally, are joining together to shine a light on pet adoption, and the millions of healthy dogs and cats waiting adoption. By lighting real or virtual candles on the exact same day we honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home. Learn more about this campaign and how you and your friends can join in, and shine your light.
Since adopting a dog, and managing her care over the past eight years, I'm aware of how costly veterinary care is and how many questions come up every month or so. Though much of our elderly dog's care is typical, we've had a few surprise vet visits. We do our best because we love Cleo very much and she deserves our best efforts. We're fortunate that we have the resources and energy to care for her, and get her the excellent veterinary services when something comes up.
Given how much we do, and would do for our dog, I couldn't imagine what it would be like if we couldn't.This is one of the many reasons I support Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS). They provide their clients free veterinary consultative services every month.
PAWS clients are low income seniors, people living with HIV and the disabled. For many, their animal companion is their only family and confidante - their reason to get up in the morning. Like me, they would do anything for their best friend. Like me, they can have questions about lumps and bumps on their pet, skin allergies or maybe behavioral changes in their aging dog. These are all issues I've talked extensively with my vet about.
If you know what I'm talking about then consider lending a paw and join me in supporting PAWS. Read more about this special clinic, and think about making a donation to help them keep programs like this going.
Long after serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, a quiet, unassuming veteran became a hero to a death row dog.
From 1961-1964, Roger served in the 25th infantry division in Hawaii in preparation to deploy to Vietnam. He was discharged before his division was sent overseas, and used his time in Hawaii to travel and marry. Eventually he and his bride left for the mainland, where Roger worked for a time as a military training instructor in Indianapolis.
Unlike his fiery, Colombian wife, Jacquie, Roger is a soft spoken man, but the pair is identical in one respect: their love of dogs. The couple hoped to add a big dog to their family because Jacquie always had them as pets on her farm in Bogota, Columbia growing up.
"Lots of dogs – big dogs," she says.
The Army couple already had two Yorkies, Sleepy and Skippy, but felt a large breed dog would make their "happy dog" family complete. They learned about a German Shepherd mix who was on death row at a local shelter, deemed aggressive when she snapped at a worker hosing down her kennel.
San Francisco Aid for Animal's (SFAfA) is a local animal charity raising money to help people pay for life-saving vet medical care. They are included in Sport Basement's March Madness Challenge.
Starting March 16th when you and your friends shop at the Sport Basement mention San Francisco Aid for Animals at the register - 10% of your purchase will go to helping those who struggle to pay for their vet care.
If you're planning on buying new bike accessories, replace worn out ski equipment, getting outfitted in new exercise clothes or equipment for that summer camping trip - now is the time to stop in to Sports Basement.
Bernadette Peters and Stella (photo credit: broadway.com)
Tip of the top hat today for Ms. Peters on her birthday! How does she look younger every year? Is it the singing and dancing? Having a dog? Whatever it is, we salute Ms. Peters and wish her loads of birthday wishes!
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The San Francisco SPCA is hosting the second annual Be Mine Adopt-a-thon weekend, February 8th - 10th. Adoption fees will be waived all weekend for animals from the SF SPCA and select rescue partners, including SF Animal Care & Control, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and Family Dog Rescue.
The festivities will kick off Friday evening with a FREE Be Mine Tattoo Cocktail Party, 4:30pm - 9:00pm, at the SF SPCA's Adoption Center (250 Florida Street).
Beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks will be complimentary. Flexx Bronco's Voodoo Van and Manna Japanese Comfort Food will also be on site serving up tasty treats from their food trucks.