Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pedigree Foundation honors Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Chosen as Recipient for Pedigree Foundation Grant

Pedigree Foundation honors Muttville Senior Dog Rescue with its Innovation Grant for iMuttville's Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue announces a huge honor in recognition of its signature “Senior for Seniors” adoption program that matches senior dogs with senior citizens. 2010 is the first year of the Pedigree Foundation “Innovation” Grants, recognizing innovative new ideas in dog rescue. Out of 230 applicants, ten were chosen. Muttville’s “Seniors for Seniors” program was selected and awarded a $12,000 grant. This grant supports Muttville’s efforts to facilitate senior dog adoptions by senior citizens by underwriting adoption fees and providing free dog care kits. Additionally, this grant will fund “Seniors for Seniors” education and outreach events at Bay Area senior citizen communities.

Muttville Founder and Executive Director Sherri Franklin said, “Muttville is thrilled to have this support and recognition for the work we do to bring resecued senior dogs to senior citizens. Our “Seniors for Seniors” program has grown tremendously over the last year and we’d like to see that growth continue with this help from the Pedigree Foundation. We have seen the joy that a new canine companion can bring to light up a senior’s life and we hope to save many more senior dogs and place them in the loving lap of a senior citizen. We have much gratitude for this gift from The Pedigree Adoption Drive Foundation.”

Why adopt an older dog? Here are the top ten reasons to adopt a senior dog: (with thanks to

1. Housetrained
Older dogs are housetrained. You won’t have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

2.Won't Chew Inappropriate Items
Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won’t chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

3. Focus To Learn
Older dogs can focus well because they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Know What "NO" Means
Older dogs have learned what “no” means. If they hadn’t learned it, they wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs.

5. Settle in with the "Pack"
Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Good At Giving Love
Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they’ve been given.

What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Instant Companions
Older dogs are instant companions – ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

9. Time for Yourself
Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don’t make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

10. A Good Night's Sleep
Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

About Muttville Senior Dog Rescue: Muttville is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. 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. Locally, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do.Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adopted homes.

If you’d like more information or to schedule an interview with Executive Director and Founder Sherri Franklin, please call Patty Stanton at 415 871 8844 or email Patty at patty(at)muttville(dot)org

Contact: Patty Stanton
Phone: 415 871 8844
Email: patty(at)muttville(dot)org

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