Where do you go when you're feeling low? #RescueRow!

Where should you go when you're feeling low? Rescue Row. Where can you find the kind of love that is unconditional? Rescue Row. We can verify there is lots of loving companionship waiting for you on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

The unveiling of this special place for adoptable pets happened on Saturday, but if you are looking to bring some love and sunshine into your life, today, as part of Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, adoption fees are waived at the SFSPCA, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Animal Care and Control of San Francisco, and Northern California Family Dog Rescue.

Head on down to Alabama between 15th and 16th Streets in San Francisco!  Here are scenes from Saturday:

 

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Follow the happy sounds...

 

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Rescue Row ribbon cutting ceremony kicks-off Maddies Pet Adoption Days

Where did you look for love? Did you wait for friends to introduce you to someone? Search online profiles? If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a street and neighborhood that is overflowing with love. The kind that animal lovers appreciate and search for...now, this intersection has been officially recognized by the city of St. Francis. 

From the Rescue Row Resolution, sponsored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors Campos, Wiener, Kim, and Cohen:

RESOLVED, That there shall be an honorary naming of "Rescue Row" in recognition of the valuable contributions that these organizations make to the lives of San Francisco's animals and the city as a whole

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Thanks to the spirit of a little dog and collaborative partnerships, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days sets goal of 10,000 qualified homes for pets

I have had an amazing big dog in my life for over eight years now. She’s beautiful, full of personality and an endless source of inspiration. She also happens to now be old, arthritic, blind and diabetic, but, if I saw her for the first time today, I would adopt her all over again. The incredible joy she brings into our family is worth the heartache from knowing her life with us will never be long enough.

My dog Cleo is a big reason behind my interest in supporting and promoting Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days. I look into Cleo's eyes and see the face of a dog who knows she's loved. I want other people interested in bringing a dog, or cat, into their family to consider adopting a senior or disabled pet. Did you know the financial support going to the 200 participating shelters and rescue agencies -- in 591 cities across the U.S. -- includes a $2,000 per adoption of medically treatable and senior dogs and cats?

 

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Grouchy Puppy Founder, Sharon with Cleo, adopted from the SF/SPCA

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5th Annual Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days Returns May 31-June 1

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The nation's largest free pet adoption event, Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, is coming to the Bay Area on May 31 and June 1.  Free adoptions of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified adopters at more than 100 locations throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties. Visit adopt.maddiesfund.org for hours and locations.

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Be Kind To Animals Week: May 5 - 11, 2014

Wouldn't it be nice if we no longer needed sponsored weeks to encourage compassion and kindness towards animals?

Until that day is here, why not use this first week of May to raise awareness about how our community and the world, benefits from raising compassionate children?

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What is a Humane Education? Many organizations offer ideas and lesson plans to help parents and teachers, for free. Here are five:

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Skipalong for Animal Rescue on May 10 in San Francisco

On Saturday, May 10th people of all ages can join in a fun skipping fundraising event for Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue.

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Walk by any school or playground in the city and you're bound to see kids skipping. Skipping is fun! It's part of a good workout, and it generates a lot of positive energy.

May 10th is the 15th Anniversary of Skip for a Cause sponsored by iSkip.com with this year's uplifting event benefiting Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue.

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SF DogFest 2014: Pet Parade, Dog Show, Kid Carnival Sat. April 26th

Looking for family fun this weekend that also supports a neighborhood public school? If you love dogs and kids then come out for the annual DogFest in beautiful sunny Duboce Park. This is the seventh year of the huge outdoor community fundraiser for McKinnley Elementary School in San Francisco. 

 

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: FREE to watch. Tickets are sold for food and kids games. Registration fee for the dog show.

Duboce Park | Duboce and Noe

San Francisco, CA

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Are you prepared? April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

There are ways to prevent dog bites, but do you know what you would do if your dog got hurt at the park? How about if your puppy devoured a bag of chocolate chips?

Not only have I thought about those situations but my dog is elderly and blind. Oh, and I live in San Francisco, an area famous for having earthquakes. I've many reasons to periodically take a minute and ask myself, "What would I do if Cleo was hurt?"

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Do you have a First Aid kit for your dog?

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Four Expenses Animal Nonprofit Volunteers Can Deduct at Tax Time

It's tax time again and April 15th is almost here. As you review your expenses and deductions don't forget to think about your volunteer work. If you foster a dog your foster expenses could tax-deductible. How about those nonprofit rescue groups you helped during the year? Did you know that nonprofit volunteers can deduct certain volunteer expenses on their tax returns? Before you file your taxes read this [...]

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Canine Runway Event Haute Dog SF 3 Will Benefit Senior Dogs

Get your tickets while you still can for San Francisco's chicest canine event of the year. On February 7th posh pooches will once again showcase couture outfits designed specifically for them by some of the Bay Area’s most prominent interior designers with exquisite fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) as they walk the runway at Haute Dog SF 3. 

The evening is more than just a night of pretty faces strutting their stuff. This year it is also a chance for the SFDC to raise money for and awareness of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Read our exclusive interview with Rhonda Hirata, marketing director of SFDC and Alf Nucifora, Chairman of the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco and learn how Muttville was chosen as a beneficiary, where the design teams get their inspiration, how they came up with this great event, and much more.[...]

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Miss Jackie the MinPin with Sherri Franklin, Muttville Founder and Director

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We salute all veterans today! We're thankful for your loyal service

It's Veterans Day and this year is special around here, because it marks 60 years since my dad served in the Korean War. He says he was lucky to make it home. Many of the soldiers who were part of the same transport didn't return. He taught me about the importance of doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do. This principle guides me when it comes to my efforts toward making a difference in the world of dog lovers and senior dogs.

So, thank you Dad! Thank you for your loyal service to our country. Thank you for showing me what it means to give fearlessly all those years ago. And thank you for being so sweet with Cleo. The both of you in your dotage couldn't be cuter senior citizens.

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Word cloud closes a wonderful homecoming celebration

It's been a great #Cleo8 Homecoming Day today! We had beautiful photo cards sent from all over the world. Did you see the video Life and Dog sent, with the Miley Cyrus music? All of the Muttville senior dogs we shared are the sweet pups. I shared Shirley and Ranger earlier this summer, but they are still with a foster family. Let's help them find a forever home before the holidays.

Since the party is now over, how do you say thank you to all the wonderful people and pets who shared well wishes today? We decided a word cloud filled with your words would be perfect. This cloud reflects all the feelings from the day, some of the people and pets who stopped by, plus how we feel about senior dogs and Cleo. 

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Go Pet Friendly Team pulls out the party hats from top shelf for Cleo

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... Ty and Buster and the rest of the GoPetFriendly.com Team wanted to let you know we're thinking of you today. Congratulations Cleo and Sharon!

- Amy, Rod and the boys

 

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