Goal: 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, hospice, education, and advocacy.
Why: 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.
We reach out to senior and special needs rescue dogs; find suitable homes for those dogs that are adoptable; and offer end of life care for those that are not. These are not just shelter dogs; every day, dogs are moved from loving homes to concrete cages because their guardians have died or moved or simply can’t care for them anymore.
Founding Story: Muttville was founded in 2007 by Sherri Franklin, a longtime animal advocate and worker. Working from her house, Sherri rescued 27 dogs that year. Since then, Muttville has grown into a nationally recognized organization that rescues approximately 1100 dogs a year. (And it finally, in 2012, moved out of her house!)
Muttville has been recognized for its groundbreaking approach to animal rescue. Our cage-free facility, our focus on foster, our on-site veterinary suite, and our hospice program are innovations that have been lauded and emulated around the country.
With a small paid staff, Muttville exists through the hard work of hundreds of volunteers who assist in everything from transport to medical exams to administration. Youth groups, senior groups, and corporate groups consider Muttville a favorite.
Muttville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has received the highest ratings from both Guidestar and Charity Navigator, the leading nonprofit watchdog organizations.
Muttville rescued its 6200th dog in January 2019.