They’re old. They’re fuzzy. Many don’t have teeth. And they could be yours, to love and snuggle forever. Muttville Senior Dog Rescue was hit with an overload of Pomeranians and Chihuahuas this week, and to celebrate the oddities of this little group, the organization is hosting a Chi-Pom-a-Thon Yappy Hour and Adoption Event on Friday afternoon, from 2-7 p.m.
The 18 dogs that came to Muttville this week haven’t had the greatest lives thus far. They were rescued from a bad hoarding situation in Northern California, and many had never been outside. “We took all of the senior dogs from the hoarding case that were still available (half of the total number of dogs seized from the home),” Bunny Rosenberg, Muttville’s Volunteer and Foster Manager, tells SF Weekly. “Some of the dogs were younger, some were adopted straight away, and a few unlucky ones were too sick and didn’t pull through.”
Rosenberg tells us that while Muttville has occasionally rescued a dog from a hoarding situation, this is the first time the nonprofit has stepped in to take so many dogs from one place. Muttville’s veterinary team is working overtime to check each dog out, and volunteer veterinarians have been called in to assist with care.
Luckily, most of the dogs appear to be healthy, with a few caveats: every single one showed up with “horrible teeth or no teeth,” says Rosenberg. None of them were spayed or neutered, and while all the dudes have been snipped, a few of the ladies still need to be spayed. But some of these little defects come off as quite charming: there’s at least one goofy underbite in the bunch, and several chihuahuas have lolling tongues that slide out of the corners of their toothless mouths.
Physical attributes aside, these dogs will need a little training after their rest and relaxation. “They are all learning how to wear collars, harnesses, and be on leashes for the first time in their lives,” Rosenberg says. “It’s pretty obvious none of them have ever been outside!”
But the dogs are doing well, and all 18 will have been examined by vets before the adoption event is held on Friday. For Rosenberg, and the other volunteers, the dogs’ inevitable departure to happy homes is bittersweet. “They are all insanely sweet and friendly,” she says. “They LOVE other dogs, and often move from room to room at HQ like a school of sardines…only with a lot more fluff!”
The Chi-Pom-a-Thon Yappy Hour and Adoption Event will take place on Friday, May 26, from 2-7 p.m. at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, 255 Alabama St., San Francisco.