Warm Bellies Initiative Featured Pet: Meet Mickey!

Based in our hometown (San Francisco) we were more than happy to donate a set of Warm Bellies Chill Pads to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue- a rescue organization that specializes in rescuing, homing and educating the public on dogs 7 years and older. For years, Muttville was based in Founder Sherri Franklin's home. Thanks to growing support and generous donations, last November the rescue group moved into their first real headquarters! With the help of our Warm Bellies Chill Pads, the pups get to sleep in luxury in the new dog loft while waiting for their forever homes. Here's just one of the adorable seniors waiting to find his family - meet Mickey.

Wandering the streets of Oakland matted, dirty and entirely alone, Mickey was found by a kind-hearted woman who made the choice not to look the other way. Once it was determined that Mickey didn’t have anyone looking for him, Muttville stepped in to clean him up, nurse him back to full health, and help this little fella find a loving home he SO deserves.

Strictly speaking, Mickey is a “special needs senior” – he’s blind, and had one eye that was causing him severe pain removed -- but his foster mom says he doesn’t know he’s blind! In fact, it doesn’t take him long to acclimate to a new environment. Once he “maps out” the lay of the land in a home, he can navigate his way around just fine. Mickey doesn’t let ANY of these things slow him down! Far from it, this guy loves a good long walk (or two!)  every day and will curl up in your lap for a cuddle sesh afterwards.

Mickey is highly responsive to sound and smell, and he'd love to be your shadow, following you around wherever you go. He loves to be with his people and would do best in a home with someone who has lots of time to spend with him during the day. Mickey would do best without many obstacles (furniture moved frequently or toys on the floor, so he’d prefer a home without young kids). For more about Mickey including how to adopt him, visit Muttville's website.


Based in San Francisco, Muttville has helped save over 1700 senior pups since being founded in 2007. Every year, the number of pets rescued grows by leaps and bounds: in 2012 they averaged a dog rescued for every day - about 365 dogs a year. As Muttville continues to grow and expand they hope to increase that number and save more senior dogs. At any given time they have about 70 dogs available for adoption (either at headquarters or in foster homes), and have so far rescued 150 dogs in 2013 (that's 150 in the first 3 months!). For more information about Muttville, visit their website or Facebook page.

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