SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A nearly four-year-old dog rescue organization from San Francisco found itself in the national spotlight, thanks to the generosity of the nation’s talk show “queen,” Oprah Winfrey.

KCBS’ John Evans Reports:

Since 2007, Muttville has rescued more than 800 senior dogs destined for euthanasia, instead finding permanent homes for them.

Muttville founder Sherri Franklin and volunteer Patty Stanton were recently invited to be in the studio audience at the Oprah show. What they didn’t know was that they were going to be a part of “My Favorite Things,” a telecast that finds the audience showered with gifts for the good deeds they’ve performed.

Franklin and Stanton received iPads, cashmere clothing, cookware, diamond earrings, a leather purse, and a 2012 VW Beetle.

Muttville decided to put the majority of gifts up for auction to raise money for the organization.

“So people can go to and there will be a link that says bid on Oprah’s My Favorite Things and it will take you to an online auction that raises funds for nonprofits,” explained Stanton.

She said the one thing she and Franklin would keep is the Beetle, which would be painted with the Muttville logo, and “Thank You Oprah” on the back.

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