San Diego Animal Lovers “Taco One for the Team” Aug. 1st Eat at Chipotle‼️

Next week, Helen Woodward Animal Center is hoping San Diego animal lovers will save their Burrito Monday and Taco Tuesday food cravings until Wednesday, when every Chipotle in the area will donate 50% of sales to this amazing animal nonprofit.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to close, every San Diego Chipotle restaurant will donate half of all fundraiser sales to Helen Woodward Animal Center when you mention Helen Woodward Animal Center at checkout!

Helen Woodward Animal Center Invites San Diego Animal Lovers to “Taco One for the Team” to Support Orphan Pets.

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Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (July 26, 2018) – For the second year in a row, Helen Woodward Animal Center is delighted to invite San Diegan, burrito-loving animal enthusiasts to support orphan pets by simply enjoying a meal at one of their favorite restaurants.

We couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this incredible single-day fundraiser with Chipotle Mexican Grill to benefit people and animals alike,” said Jessica Gercke, spokesperson for Helen Woodward Animal Center. “The donations we receive through these fundraisers can do so much good for our orphan pets waiting to find their forever homes.”

Animal-loving San Diegans will be glad to know that all of their Chipotle favorite items, from burritos to salads to bowls to drinks, are included in the fundraiser. Half of the total purchase will be donated to Helen Woodward Animal Center. What a great reason to indulge in a margarita and treat yourself with queso!

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Decker!!

If you looked up the definition of “man’s best friend” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Decker! Okay, maybe you would see this photo I took of him at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue napping on a Santa blanket, in July. Why? Because every single day with this sweet beagle is a holiday!

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Decker is one of the friendliest dogs we have ever seen at Muttville. As soon as he enters a room, he starts sniffing around for new friends. This guy isn’t just charismatic though – he’s also very intelligent.

He knows his basic commands and listens well. He’s treat motivated, and ready to learn whatever tricks you’d love to teach him! When you’re not making friends or practicing tricks, this guy would absolutely love some walks or high-energy games of fetch.

When he’s tired out, he’ll be ready to take a snooze in your lap – even if it’s a little too big for it sometimes!

If you’ve been looking for a dog that’s the life of the party, you can stop looking – Decker’s ready to meet you!

Decker is estimated to be 8 years old and weighs 18 pounds.

Fall in love with him today!

Learn more — 

https://muttville.org/mutt/decker-5797

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Discover why senior dogs when you fall in love with Mouse!!!

SQUEE or should we say squeak!! If you give a Mouse a cookie… she’ll be your friend forever!

If we’re going to be honest, little Mouse the sweetest lil’ chihuahua doesn’t even need a cookie – she loves making new friends!

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Though she’s a bit quiet and reserved, it doesn’t stop her from approaching new people with a little tail wag and butt wiggle. And have you seen those ears? Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!

This adorable girl would love to come home with you and lounge around on the couch while catching up on the latest HGTV shows. When you’re ready for some exercise, she’d love to tag along on some gentle walks around the neighborhood.

Don’t miss out on bringing this cutie home with you – fill out an application today!

Mouse is estimated to be 10 years young and weighs 8 pounds.

Fall in love with her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco!

Learn more —> 

https://muttville.org/mutt/mouse-5794

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What is the compassionate response? Animals and Airlines

Should we expect airlines to allow emotional support animals onboard their planes? To be clear, these are not the same service animals trained to help the disabled, such as a seeing eye dog. Should the fact that we now acknowledge that people suffering from post traumatic stress are helped significantly by emotional support animals, thus allowing them to take their animals with them into places they previously would have been denied like on an airplane?

We posed this question to our Grouchy Puppy community on Facebook and thought it would also make for a good post for discussion here. The issue of what is a service or support animal, and where should they be allowed to go is emotional. I feel a lot of compassion and empathy for anyone suffering emotionally who feels better thanks to a dog...I do, in my own way, every single time I volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. I can imagine how good a dog’s companionship or physical presence must feel to someone much further down the scale of need.


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Snorts, grunts and a chocolate pumpkin: Dog sitting Miss Pickle

Over the July 4th holiday, my first chance to have a dog in our home again came true. Thanks to my well known love for dogs, and past two years volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a friend of my husband’s let her older dog stay with us for several days. I don’t know who had a better time, the woman at her family reunion, or me spending hours trying to make sure a sweet corgi-lab was content.

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First of all, I honestly believe part of the reason Miss Pickles (is that a great name?!) came to stay with us was due to my recent senior dog experiences. I believe that regular volunteer work gave Candy a feeling of confidence in my ability to care for her dog. She had lost her previous French Bulldog in December, and had only gotten Miss Pickles in March so she wanted to make sure she was in good hands. 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Brady!!!

These days it’s so nice when a smile or a laugh comes easily to your face and belly. For me, dogs offer this delightful sensation without even trying. Some of the dogs at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue can get me laughing in minutes with their funny antics. Enter Brady — cocker spaniel, heartbreaker, clown, and locksmith all rolled into one!

He had me laughing with his wiggle, swooning with his swagger, and chasing him when he figured out how to jimmy the lock on the gate so he could escape into the hallway in search of the source of laughter among the volunteers.

And those curls...

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Brady will make you fall in love instantly!

This adorable boy came to Muttville after his owner could no longer care for him due to medical issues. Though he’s been through a lot of changes lately, he’s taking it all in stride and ready to find his new family.

This good boy knows his manners, and walks well on a leash. In his previous home, he lived with both dogs and cats, meaning he’ll fit well into pretty much any family! Sound like the perfect dog for you?

Fill out an application today! Visit: https://muttville.org/mutt/brady-5741

Brady is 13 years old and weighs 28 pounds.

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Helen Woodward Animal Center Staff Help ReHome Texas Dogs & Cats!!

As a result of last year’s Hurricane Harvey, Montgomery County Animal Shelter is nearing crisis point with over 1,614 available orphan dogs and cats. 

Once there, Center staff will work alongside MCAS employees and will begin the first part of a two-step process to bring animals out west to find their forever homes.

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  (June 28, 2018) – This morning, thanks to Lone Star Animal Welfare League and Southwest Airlines, staff members from Helen Woodward Animal Center are flying to Texas where they will visit Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS), just outside of Houston.  As a result of last year’s Hurricane Harvey, the shelter is nearing crisis point with over 1,614 available orphan dogs and cats.  Once there, Center staff will work alongside MCAS employees and will begin the first part of a two-step process to bring animals out west to find their forever homes.

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Helen Woodward Animal Center is becoming a familiar name in the Lone Star state.  During 2017’s devastating Hurricane Harvey, Center staff members flew to Houston to assist orphan pets left stranded due to demolished shelters and foster homes.  In the months that followed, the Center welcomed multiple arrivals of Houston pets transferred to the Center for a better chance at finding their forever homes out west.  Now, almost a year later, with Houston shelters still in disrepair, less stringent Texas spay and neuter laws, and a slow dispersion of FEMA checks to those affected by the 2017 hurricane, the Houston homeless pet population explosion is nearing crisis point. 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Homefry!!

If you need a laugh, and you love dogs, head to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco! I met the funniest low rider boy, aptly named Homefry, looking for a family to call his own. He had me in stitches from the minute I arrived until I finally forced myself out the door. 

He’s the perfect combination of corgi and dachshund in both coloring and personality! He plays in very silly ways, he loves other dogs and yet when I settled down on the couch next to him, he snuggled up quietly. 

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Homefry is looking for his new best friend!

Homefry comes to Muttville from the Tracy Animal Shelter. Despite all the changes, he is sweet gentle and friendly.

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SUMMER READING LIST: Homeless dog writes letters to all his neighbors hoping to find a forever family

Remember summer reading programs when you were a kid? There was one at my local library that motivated me to read ALL the Lassie books they had and even Old Yeller!! I’m so happy to still have those great memories of sitting in the sun, reading books in the middle of the day — because it was summer!

Over the next few months, I hope you’ll stop by here for my reviews of a few kids books centered around dogs. I was fortunate enough to get advance copies from the publishers, and I bet one of these books will make a great present. Since today is the first day of summer, here is the first book!!

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Do you have a little dog lover at home? Have a kindergartener at home, or know a first grade teacher interested in showing their students the art of written letters while introducing them to the topic of dog adoption? I have just the big colorful picture book to read aloud at story time! 

Can I Be Your Dog? is a wonderful heartfelt story about Arfy, a homeless dog searching for his forever home. His story is hopeful and bittersweet at the same time. Arfy genuinely personifies what real dogs could go through, teaching a compassionate lesson to little ones.

I immediately fell in love with his big sweet and goofy face, and the tender hearted series of letters he sends to all the people who live along his street.

Letter writing may not be as common as it once was in the era of email and texting but the powerful meaning behind his words and search for a forever family resonates on every big colorful page.

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Carmelita!

Carmelita is an absolute sweetheart! She has one of those faces that won’t stop smiling, and a butt that refuses to stop wiggling!

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Carmelita loves everyone she meets. Though she’s been through a lot of changes lately, that hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm for life one bit.

She’d love someone to hang out with and play with. Is she the one you’re looking for? Fill out an application today!

Carmelita is 8 years old and weighs 25 pounds.

Fall in love with her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on Rescue Row in San Francisco!

Go to — https://muttville.org/mutt/carmelita-5666

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June 2-3rd Summer Lovin’ is Yours — for FREE at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

EVERYBODY INTO THE POOL!*

It’s Muttville’s summer Adopt-a-thon party!

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Summer lovin’ is yours – for free! The weekend of June 2 and 3 is our summer adopt-a-thon, when the adoption fee is waived for qualified adopters.

Come meet all the mutts and find someone for some beach blanket fun.

What: Summer Adopt-a-thon!

When: Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3, 11am-4pm

Where: Muttville, 255 Alabama Street (corner of 16th Street), San Francisco

CHECK OUT THE MANY ADORABLE ADOPTABLE SENIOR SWEETHEARTS NOW

*Not an actual pool, of course. Many of our mutts prefer lounging to actual swimming. In fact, “doing laps” has a completely different meaning at Muttville.

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Celebrate Bay to BARKers weekend at the SF SPCA, May 18 – 20

Jog or race your way across town for this fun adoption weekend! Celebrate Bay to Breakers weekend at the San Francisco SPCA’s Bay to BARKers event, May 18 – 20!

This year is the SF SPCA’s 150th anniversary, so connecting the springtime cocktail party and adoptathon theme with Bay to Breakers, a beloved San Francisco tradition, was a natural fit. Adult animals (6+ months) will be FREE to adopt Saturday and Sunday, May 19 – 20, at SF SPCA locations in the Mission and Pacific Heights.

“This year is milestone anniversary for the SF SPCA, and we’re inviting everyone to get involved,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “We want to celebrate the San Francisco community and everything that we’ve been able to accomplish together in the last 150 years. Bay to BARKers is an opportunity for San Franciscans to come together, enjoy a weekend of festivities, and help homeless animals get a second chance!”

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you call in love with Cappy!

There is something so cuddly about American Eskimo dogs. Maybe they remind me of my childhood Samoyed? I was drawn to this handsome quiet guy who loves to sidle over for little snuggles.

When we visited together over a couple weeks, Cappy was always gentle and incredibly patient with his fellow Muttville roomies. He is such a zen master that he can fall asleep sitting up, with the busy city streets outside his window.

In his last home Cappy received lots of lap time and a few too many meals. He would love to go to a home that can help him shed some of his extra weight just in time for summer!

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This sweet boy loves to get brushed, and will fall asleep to the smooth soft rhythm. It not only feels good for him and is good for his coat, but my own blood pressure dropped. I brushed him with a small rake for two minutes when this happened...

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He’s fantastic on leash and always ready for a stroll in the sunshine. We think Cappy will make a great addition to any mellow home.

Cappy is around 13 years young, currently weighing around 20 lbs.

Fall in love with him at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco!   Learn more:  https://muttville.org/mutt/cappy-2825

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Celebrating 150 Years San Francisco SPCA Honored on April 18th!!

The SF SPCA’s 150th anniversary is Wednesday, April 18! In honor, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has proclaimed April 18, 2018 ‘SF SPCA Day’ in San Francisco.

April 16, 2018 – The San Francisco SPCA is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and it is inviting the entire community to get involved. Thanks to San Francisco’s unwavering support, the lives of millions of animals have been changed for the better since the organization was founded in 1868. From introducing the first horse ambulance in 1884 to founding the No-Kill movement in 1994, San Francisco has always been at the forefront of animal welfare. To celebrate this special year, the SF SPCA has planned a full calendar of special events, from cocktail parties to historical exhibits to cat movie nights.

The SF SPCA was founded on April 18, 1868, when San Francisco banker James Sloan Hutchinson caught sight of two men dragging a terrified hog along the rough cobblestone street. Appalled, Hutchinson stepped in to stop the cruelty and rescued the hog. The incident crystallized Hutchinson's concern over widespread animal abuse, and he soon rallied 15 like-minded citizens to found the SF SPCA.

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In honor of the 150th anniversary, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has proclaimed April 18, 2018, as SF SPCA Day in San Francisco! The proclamation will be announced during a special 150th Anniversary Gala Celebration at City Hall on April 18.

“The SF SPCA’s slogan for its anniversary celebrations is ‘the animal organization for people,’ which speaks to our 150-year connection with the community of San Francisco,” explained Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. “Not only are we celebrating 150 years of advocating for animals, but we’re also celebrating the bond between people and the animals in their lives.”

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Ela!

Ela is just the sweetest sugar face and older dog you’ll ever meet. She’s the prettiest blend of chihuahua and terrier. This little lover girl would be the perfect roommate and walking companion. She loves long conversations and listening to music.

Look at her cute little expression here...what a adorable snuggle bug, and secret keeper.

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How cute is this little senior? Ela originally comes to us from the San Francisco county animal shelter.

Sadly, her owners had to surrender her due to issues with their landlord. Despite losing her home, Ela is adjusting very well and has already made herself comfortable here at Muttville.

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She enjoys hanging out with the other dogs, meeting new people, and going for walks. She’s a quiet and gentle girl who will fit right in to your family!

Ela is 8 years young and weighs 15 pounds.

Meet her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and you’ll understand why senior dogs rule!

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