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Last week I posted Where Do Old Dogs Go?, about senior dogs being given up by their owners who no longer want to care for...
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Last week I posted Where Do Old Dogs Go?, about senior dogs being given up by their owners who no longer want to care for them. One of the groups that is stepping in to help these dogs is Muttville, a wonderful organization that rescues dogs age 7 and over.

As I was going through the news this morning I came across an article about them. Muttville was started 2 1/2 years ago and has helped 300 senior dogs get new homes.

The cocker spaniel was found wandering on the streets of San Jose two weeks ago. He is blind and deaf and his fur was so matted that day you couldn’t see his eyes.

He would have been put down if someone hadn’t thought to call Sherri Franklin in San Francisco. She is the founder and executive director of a wonderful organization called Muttville, which rescues and seeks homes for senior dogs, at least 7 years old.

Franklin describes herself as “Muttville Central” because she takes in so many dogs herself, but she has a network of 23 foster homes around the Bay Area, including on the Peninsula, where dogs are given a second chance. Some of them have cancer and other diseases, but these kind people take them in to give them a warm, loving place for their last days.

Others might call them rescuers and foster parents. I call them saints.

“It’s the passion that keeps me going,” said Franklin, a hairstylist by profession. “The dogs just keep you going.”

Look at the pictures of the dogs on the organization’s Web site at to see why. Some of them, like Wee Willy, are too cute for words, and some look as if they’re ready to jump into somebody’s arms.

In the past, most of the dogs that came to Muttville were from shelters that called with pleas to save the dogs. But lately the group is also seeing canine victims of the economy – dogs that were given up by families because they have to move and the new landlord won’t allow dogs. Or the owner has to go into a convalescent home. Or the owner can’t afford the dog food or the medication.

This all-volunteer organization spends the majority of donations on vet bills and could use your help if you have a little extra. There’s also a wish list on its Web site for such things as a steam cleaner for the shelter’s floors, laundry detergent and a pressure sprayer.

A big shout out to Muttville for the terrific work they do. The world is a better place because of people like Sherri Franklin and all the volunteers and fosters who work with her.

If you would be interested in becoming a foster, which they desperately need, please contact Sherri via email. Donations may be made through PayPal on the organization’s website or checks may be mailed to Muttville, P.O. Box 410207, San Francisco, CA 94141.

* Jimmy is adoptable through Muttville, he is thought to be around 8 or 9 and was found wandering the streets, no one came to claim him.

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