Cute collar? Sturdy harness? Dog tags? Now how about that microchip?

Accidents happen. Even the most careful and protective guardian can have a dog manage to slip out of their harness or collar in a moment. A gate you thought was latched or a sudden loud noise across the street, just as you open the car door to go into the house. Help ensure that your family is reunited if your dog ever gets lost by having your dog microchipped.

August 15 is Check The Chip Day

Cute dog tags, cool looking harnesses and pretty collars are important to have for our dogs, but so is their microchips. If your dog goes missing but is found and turned into a vet or shelter, they can scan the microchip for your contact information.

Microchips greatly increase the chances that pets will be reuinted with their families if they are lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.

To remind pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date, AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.” 

Infographic: Microchip Your Pet

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August 25 It’s Muttville’s Summer of Mutt Love Gala ☮️ Get Your Tickets Now!

Dig out your best duds and bring your dollahs for one of San Francisco’s favorite fundraisers! If it’s August that means Karl the Fog is on his way out to sea, and it’s time for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s annual gala!!


2018 SENIOR PROM is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s annual celebration and fundraising gala. The money raised at the (humans-only) event supports Muttville’s mission to create better lives for senior dogs through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice, and to change the way the world treats seniors. Since its inception in 2007, Muttville has saved over 5700 lives (and counting!) and found them loving, new homes.

Celebrate Muttville’s 2018 Senior Prom at the


a fundraising gala for
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue


City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street #4000, San Francisco 

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

6:00pm – 6:30pm
VIP cocktail reception for table sponsors
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Cocktails, dinner, and program
9:30pm – 11pm
After party with dessert, drinks, and dancing




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Saturday, August 18 🐶♥️ Clear The Shelters Adopt-A-Thon Returns!

The time is here for one of our favorite animal adoption events! On Saturday, August 18, 2018 animal shelters across the country will offer free pet adoptions for qualified adopters thanks to the support of NBC and Telemundo owned stations. Our own San Francisco SPCA will be participating again, so be sure to visit their adoption pages now and mark your calendar.

If you’ve been wanting to add a furry family member this is your chance to help clear your local animal shelter and have your adoption fees waived, all thanks to the financial support of NBC and Telemundo!


"Every single pet that is adopted frees shelter staff up to work with and prepare the next pet for potential adoption," said Kenny Lamberti, director of strategic engagement and companion animals for the Humane Society.



Last year, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 153,651 pets find forever homes.


Go to ClearTheShelters website to learn more, find the nearest participating animal shelter, plus read about what to expect before and after adopting an animal companion. It’s important to be prepared and to have realistic expectations before you bring a dog or cat home. No one wants the stress or upset because they have to return an animal.



About Clear the Shelters

NBC and Telemundo owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 18 to help find loving homes for animals in need. More than 150,000 pets found their forever homes since 2015.


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

Since volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue for two years now, I’ve met many miniature poodle boys. Besides being typical boys, they all have shared that wonderful sweet spirit of loving independence mixed with the need to snuggle. Alfred is no different.


Alfred is a sweet and easy-going dog. He is very social and gets along with people, pups, and even cats! This little guy loves going for walks and adores tennis balls. Alfred just wants to find a special someone that he can shower with affection. Submit an application for Alfred today!

We think Alfred is around 11 years young and weighs about 19 pounds.

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Check out what Alfred’s foster has to say about him:

Alfred is incredibly loving & sweet. He loves snuggling & giving kisses & is the perfect lap dog. His energy is pretty low & he would rather be carried than walk. He spends most of the day resting. He does love a good squeak toy though. He enjoys snuggling with our other dogs but doesn’t pay them much attention otherwise. Alfred is 100% house trained. He waits until you carry him outside & then goes right away. He hasn’t had a single accident while with us. Alfred loves sleeping next to his humans. He loooves to eat & is always happy to snack on green beans. He is adorable with a squeak toy & has slowly been claiming all of our 65 lb dog’s toys as his own. His favorite places to nap in order would be 1) Human bed 2) Couch 3) dog bed. He is perfect!

Watch Alfred at Muttville and then playing with a toy in his new foster home!


Alfred is poodle perfection: This gentle, lovely fellow has made a poodle lover out of me! Alfred isn’t just an adorable face and soft coat, he’s highly skilled: he has an advanced degree in lap dog studies, with a minor in cuddling and giving kisses.

Alfred’s sight is impaired by cataracts, but that doesn’t stop him from playing with squeaky toys (his faves, along with tennis balls) and finding his favorite snuggle buddies (human or canine). Once he senses you’re in the room he’ll head your way or give a soft bark to let you know he’s there and ready for pets.

Alfred is diabetic, but is the easiest diabetic dog I’ve cared for. He’ll happily eat anything, even prescription food and, as his fosters report, green beans as snacks, and receives his insulin shots with no fuss. Plus, his foster parents report he’s housetrained.

Alfred is currently in a foster home and while I’m happy for him, I definitely miss seeing him at Muttville HQ. I can’t wait for him to find his forever home!

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San Diego Animal Lovers “Taco One for the Team” Aug. 1st Eat at Chipotle‼️

Next week, Helen Woodward Animal Center is hoping San Diego animal lovers will save their Burrito Monday and Taco Tuesday food cravings until Wednesday, when every Chipotle in the area will donate 50% of sales to this amazing animal nonprofit.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to close, every San Diego Chipotle restaurant will donate half of all fundraiser sales to Helen Woodward Animal Center when you mention Helen Woodward Animal Center at checkout!

Helen Woodward Animal Center Invites San Diego Animal Lovers to “Taco One for the Team” to Support Orphan Pets.


Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (July 26, 2018) – For the second year in a row, Helen Woodward Animal Center is delighted to invite San Diegan, burrito-loving animal enthusiasts to support orphan pets by simply enjoying a meal at one of their favorite restaurants.

We couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this incredible single-day fundraiser with Chipotle Mexican Grill to benefit people and animals alike,” said Jessica Gercke, spokesperson for Helen Woodward Animal Center. “The donations we receive through these fundraisers can do so much good for our orphan pets waiting to find their forever homes.”

Animal-loving San Diegans will be glad to know that all of their Chipotle favorite items, from burritos to salads to bowls to drinks, are included in the fundraiser. Half of the total purchase will be donated to Helen Woodward Animal Center. What a great reason to indulge in a margarita and treat yourself with queso!

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

If you looked up the definition of “man’s best friend” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Decker! Okay, maybe you would see this photo I took of him at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue napping on a Santa blanket, in July. Why? Because every single day with this sweet beagle is a holiday!


Decker is one of the friendliest dogs we have ever seen at Muttville. As soon as he enters a room, he starts sniffing around for new friends. This guy isn’t just charismatic though – he’s also very intelligent.

He knows his basic commands and listens well. He’s treat motivated, and ready to learn whatever tricks you’d love to teach him! When you’re not making friends or practicing tricks, this guy would absolutely love some walks or high-energy games of fetch.

When he’s tired out, he’ll be ready to take a snooze in your lap – even if it’s a little too big for it sometimes!

If you’ve been looking for a dog that’s the life of the party, you can stop looking – Decker’s ready to meet you!

Decker is estimated to be 8 years old and weighs 18 pounds.

Fall in love with him today!

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Discover why senior dogs when you fall in love with Mouse!!!

SQUEE or should we say squeak!! If you give a Mouse a cookie… she’ll be your friend forever!

If we’re going to be honest, little Mouse the sweetest lil’ chihuahua doesn’t even need a cookie – she loves making new friends!


Though she’s a bit quiet and reserved, it doesn’t stop her from approaching new people with a little tail wag and butt wiggle. And have you seen those ears? Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!

This adorable girl would love to come home with you and lounge around on the couch while catching up on the latest HGTV shows. When you’re ready for some exercise, she’d love to tag along on some gentle walks around the neighborhood.

Don’t miss out on bringing this cutie home with you – fill out an application today!

Mouse is estimated to be 10 years young and weighs 8 pounds.

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

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What is the compassionate response? Animals and Airlines

Should we expect airlines to allow emotional support animals onboard their planes? To be clear, these are not the same service animals trained to help the disabled, such as a seeing eye dog. Should the fact that we now acknowledge that people suffering from post traumatic stress are helped significantly by emotional support animals, thus allowing them to take their animals with them into places they previously would have been denied like on an airplane?

We posed this question to our Grouchy Puppy community on Facebook and thought it would also make for a good post for discussion here. The issue of what is a service or support animal, and where should they be allowed to go is emotional. I feel a lot of compassion and empathy for anyone suffering emotionally who feels better thanks to a dog...I do, in my own way, every single time I volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. I can imagine how good a dog’s companionship or physical presence must feel to someone much further down the scale of need.

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Snorts, grunts and a chocolate pumpkin: Dog sitting Miss Pickle

Over the July 4th holiday, my first chance to have a dog in our home again came true. Thanks to my well known love for dogs, and past two years volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a friend of my husband’s let her older dog stay with us for several days. I don’t know who had a better time, the woman at her family reunion, or me spending hours trying to make sure a sweet corgi-lab was content.


First of all, I honestly believe part of the reason Miss Pickles (is that a great name?!) came to stay with us was due to my recent senior dog experiences. I believe that regular volunteer work gave Candy a feeling of confidence in my ability to care for her dog. She had lost her previous French Bulldog in December, and had only gotten Miss Pickles in March so she wanted to make sure she was in good hands. 

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

These days it’s so nice when a smile or a laugh comes easily to your face and belly. For me, dogs offer this delightful sensation without even trying. Some of the dogs at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue can get me laughing in minutes with their funny antics. Enter Brady — cocker spaniel, heartbreaker, clown, and locksmith all rolled into one!

He had me laughing with his wiggle, swooning with his swagger, and chasing him when he figured out how to jimmy the lock on the gate so he could escape into the hallway in search of the source of laughter among the volunteers.

And those curls...


Brady will make you fall in love instantly!

This adorable boy came to Muttville after his owner could no longer care for him due to medical issues. Though he’s been through a lot of changes lately, he’s taking it all in stride and ready to find his new family.

This good boy knows his manners, and walks well on a leash. In his previous home, he lived with both dogs and cats, meaning he’ll fit well into pretty much any family! Sound like the perfect dog for you?

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Brady is 13 years old and weighs 28 pounds.

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Helen Woodward Animal Center Staff Help ReHome Texas Dogs & Cats!!

As a result of last year’s Hurricane Harvey, Montgomery County Animal Shelter is nearing crisis point with over 1,614 available orphan dogs and cats. 

Once there, Center staff will work alongside MCAS employees and will begin the first part of a two-step process to bring animals out west to find their forever homes.

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  (June 28, 2018) – This morning, thanks to Lone Star Animal Welfare League and Southwest Airlines, staff members from Helen Woodward Animal Center are flying to Texas where they will visit Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS), just outside of Houston.  As a result of last year’s Hurricane Harvey, the shelter is nearing crisis point with over 1,614 available orphan dogs and cats.  Once there, Center staff will work alongside MCAS employees and will begin the first part of a two-step process to bring animals out west to find their forever homes.


Helen Woodward Animal Center is becoming a familiar name in the Lone Star state.  During 2017’s devastating Hurricane Harvey, Center staff members flew to Houston to assist orphan pets left stranded due to demolished shelters and foster homes.  In the months that followed, the Center welcomed multiple arrivals of Houston pets transferred to the Center for a better chance at finding their forever homes out west.  Now, almost a year later, with Houston shelters still in disrepair, less stringent Texas spay and neuter laws, and a slow dispersion of FEMA checks to those affected by the 2017 hurricane, the Houston homeless pet population explosion is nearing crisis point. 

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

If you need a laugh, and you love dogs, head to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco! I met the funniest low rider boy, aptly named Homefry, looking for a family to call his own. He had me in stitches from the minute I arrived until I finally forced myself out the door. 

He’s the perfect combination of corgi and dachshund in both coloring and personality! He plays in very silly ways, he loves other dogs and yet when I settled down on the couch next to him, he snuggled up quietly. 


Homefry is looking for his new best friend!

Homefry comes to Muttville from the Tracy Animal Shelter. Despite all the changes, he is sweet gentle and friendly.

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SUMMER READING LIST: Homeless dog writes letters to all his neighbors hoping to find a forever family

Remember summer reading programs when you were a kid? There was one at my local library that motivated me to read ALL the Lassie books they had and even Old Yeller!! I’m so happy to still have those great memories of sitting in the sun, reading books in the middle of the day — because it was summer!

Over the next few months, I hope you’ll stop by here for my reviews of a few kids books centered around dogs. I was fortunate enough to get advance copies from the publishers, and I bet one of these books will make a great present. Since today is the first day of summer, here is the first book!!


Do you have a little dog lover at home? Have a kindergartener at home, or know a first grade teacher interested in showing their students the art of written letters while introducing them to the topic of dog adoption? I have just the big colorful picture book to read aloud at story time! 

Can I Be Your Dog? is a wonderful heartfelt story about Arfy, a homeless dog searching for his forever home. His story is hopeful and bittersweet at the same time. Arfy genuinely personifies what real dogs could go through, teaching a compassionate lesson to little ones.

I immediately fell in love with his big sweet and goofy face, and the tender hearted series of letters he sends to all the people who live along his street.

Letter writing may not be as common as it once was in the era of email and texting but the powerful meaning behind his words and search for a forever family resonates on every big colorful page.


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

Carmelita is an absolute sweetheart! She has one of those faces that won’t stop smiling, and a butt that refuses to stop wiggling!


Carmelita loves everyone she meets. Though she’s been through a lot of changes lately, that hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm for life one bit.

She’d love someone to hang out with and play with. Is she the one you’re looking for? Fill out an application today!

Carmelita is 8 years old and weighs 25 pounds.

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

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June 2-3rd Summer Lovin’ is Yours — for FREE at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue


It’s Muttville’s summer Adopt-a-thon party!


Summer lovin’ is yours – for free! The weekend of June 2 and 3 is our summer adopt-a-thon, when the adoption fee is waived for qualified adopters.

Come meet all the mutts and find someone for some beach blanket fun.

What: Summer Adopt-a-thon!

When: Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3, 11am-4pm

Where: Muttville, 255 Alabama Street (corner of 16th Street), San Francisco


*Not an actual pool, of course. Many of our mutts prefer lounging to actual swimming. In fact, “doing laps” has a completely different meaning at Muttville.

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