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General FAQs

The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to nonprofit animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide. Below are some of our frequently asked questions. Grant FAQs are on this page.

No, The Grey Muzzle Organization is not a shelter or a rescue. We provide resources and funding to assist animal rescues, shelters and sanctuaries nationwide for senior dog programs.

We do not have a physical office or facility. Grey Muzzle is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors from diverse animal welfare backgrounds and we are located throughout the country. Our mailing address is 14460 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 149-269, Raleigh, NC 27614

No, sorry, we do not have a foster or adoption network. You can see some of the organizations we have supported with funding on our website. We would suggest searching the Internet or to see if you have a breed specific or senior dog rescue group in your area. If they are not able to assist you directly, they may be able to provide you with some referrals and advice.

If you belong to any social organizations, such as a church group or club, you might consider asking permission to tell members about your dog or place a poster at your local veterinarian or pet supply store. We would suggest avoiding Craigslist, and definitely do not give your dog away for free. Many unscrupulous people (looking for dogs for research, etc.) use Craigslist to get free dogs.

If you use Facebook, you can also post on the Adopt a Senior Dog Facebook page. And if your dog is black, check out the Black Dog Rescues Facebook page.

No. The Grey Muzzle Organization can only provide funding to registered non-profit entities. However, there are groups that may be able to assist you. The Senior Dog Project website provides a list of available resources.  There is also information from Speaking for Spot on their Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care page and The Pet Fund.

We cannot give money to individuals, but please set the Pet Food Assistance Program from Love Your Pet Expo Sanctuary for assistance with such expenses

The most inclusive source for locating a pet available for adoption is Pet Finder. You can enter your zip code and the type of pet you are searching for (dog). The search can then be narrowed by several other filters, including age. Just select senior and you will be able to view all of the senior dogs in rescue organizations located close to you.

Also check the list of organizations we support. Almost all have senior dogs available for adoption.

Senior dogs really do make great companions!

Yes, Grey Muzzle has four part-time staff members and relies on a large cadre of volunteers.

There are many ways to volunteer for us and we would love your support. Please see our volunteer opportunities page to find out how you can help. If you decide that volunteering is for you, please email us or contact us, indicating any specific interests that you have.

We have ten volunteer board members and approximately 70 active volunteers throughout the country.

If you are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal shelter, rescue or sanctuary, please visit our grants page for more information.

Since 2008, Grey Muzzle has provided $3,800,000 in grants for senior dog programs to animal welfare organizations nationwide, Puerto Rico and Canada. 

Here is a list of some of the organizations we have helped.

Our funding cycle is now once a year with distributions in the Spring-Summer.

Our funding supports the following programs:

  • Medical and dental to help senior dogs get adopted
  • Hospice and long-term foster care
  • Community programs providing medical and/or food to keep senior dogs with owners
  • Seniors for Seniors adoptions matching senior citizens with senior dogs
  • Orthopedic beds for senior dogs

No, Grey Muzzle is not a rescue group. We do not have a shelter or a foster care network and therefore have no dogs directly in our care.

There are many rescue organizations that support senior dogs and we suggest that you look to a local shelter or pet rescue organization to donate to. If you are not sure what organizations exist close to you, visit Pet Finder, click on Animal Shelters and enter your city or zip code. PLEASE check with the organization first before sending. If they cannot use your donated supplies, it becomes another issue for volunteers to deal with.

Yes, you can donate brand new orthopedic senior dog beds for us to provide to animal shelters nationwide. Visit our donate a bed page for more information. Also, please let reputable shelters in your area know about us as they can apply to us for two free orthopedic senior dog beds.

Definitely! Besides becoming a volunteer, supporters can donate vehicles, include us in your will and estate planning, donate stocks, share our posts and website on social media, tell people about us or post our brochures in local businesses and advocate for us and senior dogs. Please join our Mailing List for updates and to learn about the senior dogs we are helping.

Yes, our Faithful Friends monthly gifts are easy to budget and allow Grey Muzzle to reliably plan programs that can make a crucial difference in the lives of senior dogs. Bringing comfort to older dogs precisely when it is needed most provides donors with a sense of gratification that extends even beyond their contributions.

Yes, you can pay tribute to and celebrate the pets you have cherished by making a special "Always in My Heart” donation. You can also make a donation in honor of or in memory of a friend/pet and we will mail a certificate to notify them of your thoughtfulness.

Yes. The Grey Muzzle Organization is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Our EIN: 26-1965495

Our number is 919-529-0309 and messages are checked several times a week.

We would love to hear from you by email or through our contact us form.