Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell is a collection of 36 stories of senior dogs who went from neglected and abandoned to valued family member through Old Dog Haven’s network of foster homes and adopters. Author Ardeth De Vries discusses her book and tells us more about Old Dog Haven's work.
At the Virginia Beach SPCA, a Grey Muzzle grantee, they are dedicated to offering senior dogs The Three Cs: Care, Comfort, and Compassion. This means making sure old dogs get the veterinary treatment they need, and providing special comforts and compassion, in order to make a difficult time a little easier.
Mastiff Rescue of Florida is a breed-specific English Mastiff rescue. Through their “Oldies but Goodies” program, which Grey Muzzle helps support, they care for big older dogs, many abandoned by owners who can't pay veterinary bills or by puppy mills and backyard breeders after they are no longer profitable.
In large shelters, older pets can be overlooked. To address this, Great Plains SPCA, the largest animal welfare organization in the Kansas City area, uses the innovative program SASSY and a Grey Muzzle grant to find adopters for its senior dogs and support the relationship between senior citizens and their pets.
Our time with our dogs - especially our adopted senior dogs - is far too short, but the difference we can make for them is immeasurable. Facing the impending loss of a beloved senior foster dog, Grey Muzzle board member Maria Stoerrle considers the gifts she was able to offer him in the time they had together.
Senior dogs are better able to tolerate the stress of a shelter environment and have more of a chance of getting adopted when they sleep well. Therefore, in addition to its grants program, Grey Muzzle helps senior dogs in shelters through donations of beds that get old dogs off cold, hard shelter floors.