Nonprofit organizations

Post image for Beth Martin both fosters and adopts dogs through Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Over a year’s time, Menlo Park resident Beth Martin lost four dogs. Twelve or so months later, she started thinking she was ready for a new dog in her life but had a firm opinion about puppies: “They’re a joke. They pee everywhere and eat everything.”

Through a friend who had worked on the fundraiser, Haute Dog, she was introduced to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. “I liked the idea that they were focusing on animals that needed help most,” she recalled. “The main reason these dogs aren’t being adopted is because of age.”

Two and a half years ago, she called the folks at Muttville and told them she’d like to get involved, which has led to her fostering dogs and adopting what she calls “two failed fosters,” Flora (shown below modeling at the Haute Dog fashion show) and Stevie Wonder, “failed” in the sense that instead of fostering she adopted them. They’ve joined a non-Muttville dog and a cat to make up Beth’s home menagerie.

Beth explained that Muttville needs foster homes because of limited space at their San Francisco facility. “They usually have about 70 dogs up for adoption at a time,” she said. “Fostering a dog involves bringing them home, feeding and loving them.”

Flora on the runway at Haute Dog

Over the course of her involvement, she’s fostered 14 dogs. “To be honest, a few of them I was glad to see go,” she said. “More so because I knew they’d found their perfect home, even if it wasn’t my home.”

Beth emphasized that Muttville provides medical care for the dogs and the food and accessories that would allow most anyone to foster a dog. “A potential foster goes through an interview process where they ask you about your schedule and home environment and tell you everything you need to know about fostering a dog,” she said.

“The key to fostering is having the time, patience and compassion for dogs who aren’t as spry as they once were. But they were once someone’s good pets, and they can be good pets again in the right home.”

On August 29, Muttville will be hosting its 7th annual Moolah for Mutts with the theme “Muttville’s Senior Prom” at the San Francisco Design Center. You can purchase tickets online.

Photo of Beth and her Muttville dogs by Irene Searles

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Catching up with Menlo Charity Horse Show founding committee member Nancy Robinson

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Nancy Robinson smiles when people ask her how long she thinks she’ll be involved with horses. “Guess they don’t understand that once you’re hooked it’s a lifetime thing!” she says. Nancy’s “hook” was visiting an uncle’s farm each summer in Missouri. She rode there and later began a show career that lasted until 2007. But […]

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation is staging Lyme Prevention Race on August 2

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Emails Linda Giampa, Executive Director of the Portola Valley-based Bay Area Lyme Foundation: “On Sunday, August 2, we are sponsoring a 5k/10k/Half and a special family-friendly 1k at Huddart Park in Woodside. Enjoy trails, nature and exercise. Many fun activities for all: treasure hunt, music, massage, micro-beers and yummy snacks. And we will have a booth to spread […]

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Jennifer Bryson leads new non-profit, The Zephyr Institute

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We first met Menlo Park newcomer Jennifer Bryson when she was organizing no-host parties to watch the victorious U.S. women’s soccer team. Along the way, we stumbled on the reason the Bay Area native had returned after many years on the East Coast. She’s the Executive Director of a new non-profit, The Zephyr Institute. “Our […]

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Still time to sign up for Menlo Park Relay for Life to be held August 8-9

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The 2015 Menlo Park Relay for Life will take place from 11:00 am Saturday, August 8, to 8:00 am  Sunday, August 9, at Burgess Park. The full schedule of events is available online. Participating in a Relay For Life event is an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and […]

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Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula and Technovation partner to bring the world’s largest mobile app startup competition to more Bay Area girls

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The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) is partnering with Technovation, the world’s largest mobile app entrepreneurship competition for girls, to inspire the next generation of technology leaders. Technovation will benefit from significant volunteer and outreach support from the JLPA•MP as the organizations join forces to educate the female technology entrepreneurs of the future. […]

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Changing our culture: Eliminating the normalization of rape is project of North Peninsula Teen Collective

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Editor’s note: Danielle Hamer and Jacob Kaplan-Lipkin contributed to this article. As a society, we define the culture in which we live. Through the Marcus Social Justice Fellowship, a program of the North Peninsula Teen Collective, 12 Peninsula high schoolers had the opportunity to engage with the community and discover where its deepest issues lie. After reaching a consensus […]

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Talking Lyme disease with Linda Giampa of Bay Area Lyme Foundation

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Two misconceptions about Lyme disease were cleared up within minutes of sitting down with Linda Giampa, Executive Director of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, headquartered in Portola Valley. First, in California, tick season — and by association Lyme disease — is year-round, unlike the Northeast where it is seasonal (May to September). Second, it’s not deer […]

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Menlo Charity Horse Show committee selects artist for the event’s 45th anniversary

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Members of the Menlo Charity Horse Show Committee announced that Heather Theurer of Las Vegas will be the Official Artist for the 45th anniversary of the nationally-honored equestrian competition. Ms. Theurer’s work, titled Equus Series l:ll, is painted in oils on board, in the tradition of the Renaissance Masters with upwards of 20 layers of glazing. […]

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Board chair Gillian Growdon talks about Random Acts of Flowers Silicon Valley

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We met Gillian Growdon, Board Chair of Random Acts of Flowers Silicon Valley, at a place that smells sweet. The local branch of the national organization has office and warehouse space in Menlo Park, and the Wednesday afternoon we visited, a crew of adult volunteers, sprinkled with a few kids, was arranging bouquets to be delivered to individuals […]

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Alley Oop Kids new project focuses on sending foster kids to a sporting event

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We visited with Shay Patel and his family last August soon after he started Alley Oop Kids to raise money to bring athletic equipment to 60 low-income kids involved in after school basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, East Palo Alto Chapter. That project was successfully completed in October, 2014 with $6,000 raised. […]

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