Dogs, like humans, are not immune to the effects of aging. An older dog may not be as apt to chase a tennis ball or go on a long run, but they are no less capable of offering unconditional love, comfort and companionship. Sadly, many dogs are taken to shelters in their less-mobile twilight years, where they are often euthanized. One San Francisco-based organization, Muttville, works to improve the lives of senior dogs and help get them adopted into thoughtful, loving homes.
“The tragic truth is that every day, dogs in good health with wonderful personalities are euthanized. Why? They’re older. And because they’re older, they’re not considered adoptable,” the non-profit states on its website.
“Muttville’s mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice.”
Sherri Franklin, a longtime animal advocate and rescue worker, launched Muttleville in 2007, three years after receiving The Guardian Award from In Defense of Animals for her pro-animal efforts. Muttville has many dogs up for adoption, such as Dino, an adorable “mellow dude” beagle, and Reuben, a “regal” shepherd mix. Muttville also offers volunteer opportunities and hosts an array of events, such as “Love a Senior” Saturdays and Sundays.
With organizations like Muttville reaching for the greater good, senior dogs like Dino and Reuben will get a chance to enjoy their remaining years in a warm and loving home.