November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. When I learned this, I recalled hearing a woman speak last year about her personal mission to rescue and find forever homes for senior dogs. Established as a non-profit in 2007 by Sherri Franklin, Muttville‘s mission is to rescue wonderful, loving older dogs from shelters and euthanasia and find them homes with people who love seniors as much as they do.
Sherri used to volunteer at shelters and was heart broken to see so many senior dogs wait in shelters for months. She was so upset to see them either spend their senior years in shelters or end up being euthanized because of their age (when their health and temperament were often without problems). So she started adopting as many as she could on her own. And she enlisted the help of friends in providing foster homes while she searched for their forever homes. Hence the creation of Muttville with non-profit status in 2007.
I spoke with Leslie Lingren who has fostered close to 50 Muttville dogs and has adopted four of them. Leslie has always had a soft spot for less wanted as well as wounded dogs. When I asked him about the benefits of adopting an older dog, he said “There are less behavior problems when adopting an older dog. It’s absolutely perfect for people who live in the city and don’t need to provide as much exercise for their dogs. And there is something very special about providing a loving forever home for a rescue dog. They have a very different disposition. Often times they weren’t loved and were neglected. It’s so rewarding watching them blossom and find security. They become wonderful animals that are so grateful to be loved and adored.”