Senior dogs have historically been the least likely to be adopted and the most likely to be euthanized. MUTTVILLE, one of the first senior dog rescues in the country, rescues older dogs from death row at shelters and other dire cirumstances, finds them forever homes, and advocates for their welfare. MUTTVILLE has grown from rescuing 27 dogs in 2007, our first year, to 1,052 dogs in 2017. We have special programs to introduce our dogs to children and to senior citizens, and we actively promote the joys of adopting senior dogs. MUTTVILLE is currently building up a financial reserve for the planned acquisition of a headquarters facility.
$1.7m annual program spend • Senior dog rescue, foster care, and adoption:MUTTVILLE rescues senior dogs (7+ years old), many of whom have been severely neglected or have lost their guardians. They come primarily from shelters where they are facing imminent euthanasia. MUTTVILLE has its own cage-free facility for new arrivals, who undergo medical treatment and are matched as soon as possible with loving foster homes. Foster care allows the dogs to live in comfortable home settings rather than in stressful kennel conditions. Foster families carefully monitor the dogs to learn about their behavior, health, training and temperament, gathering information that enables MUTTVILLE to make informed matches with new forever families, as this results in a high percentage of successful first-time adoptions.
Seniors for Seniors
$584k annual program spend • Companion animals provide psychological and physiological benefits to senior citizens, relieving loneliness and encouraging social and physical activity. Senior dogs, with their laid-back personalities and lower activity levels, are perfect matches for senior citizens. To promote adoption and interaction, we have several seniors for seniors programs. For seniors able to adopt, we provide special attention and support, including waived adoption fees and a welcome kit with food, equipment, and medications for the first month. For seniors unable to adopt but who would still like to interact with dogs, we host regular cuddle clubs, get-togethers for seniors at MUTTVILLE headquarters.
Education and Outreach
$165k annual program spend • MUTTVILLE creates opportunities to introduce our dogs to the community and to educate people about the joys of senior dogs. We host adoption and community outreach events, classes, and discussion groups about the special joys, benefits and responsibilities of living with a senior dog, and we participate at community and corporate events throughout the bay area. Having developed a strong reputation within the animal welfare field, MUTTVILLE staff regularly presents at conferences and teaches industry-related classes. We host and participate in several humane education events for children, encouraging compassion for our vulnerable seniors.