Helping Senior Dogs, Four Paws at a Time

Muttville Dogs Listen to “Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine”


November is Adopt-a- Senior-Pet Month. When I think of senior homeless dogs,  Sherri Franklin comes to mind. She is the founder of Muttville, a fabulous rescue organization whose 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 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. After five years of Muttville running out of her home, they now have a beautiful new space, right next door to the San Francsico SPCA.

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.”

Cooper and Milo snuggling

The ASPCA couldn’t agree more with Leslie. Among their 10 reasons to adopt an older dog, they include they’re not a 24-7 job and they settle in quickly. Leslie’s Muttville dogs Cooper and Milo seem to have settled in quite comfortably.


At Through a Dog’s Ear, we love senior dogs and we think every dog adopted from Muttville should go home with their own copy of Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine, to help ease their transition into their forever home. In honor of “Adopt a Senior Dog Month”, we’ve created a matching campaign. For every Through a Dog’s Ear book or CD purchased on our website November 8 – 15, we will match and donate a copy of  Music to Comfort Your Elderly Canine to Muttville, to send home with a new adoption. Our goal is 250 CDs. It’s a great way for you to help the senior dogs of Muttville while your own dogs of any age also benefit. Click to view priceless photos of Muttville dogs in foster homes listening to Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine!

For a full list of adoptable pets at Muttville click here. For all geographic locations, you can also find adoptable pets in your area on

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