The Grey Muzzle Organization provides funding for senior dog programs nationwide. Here you'll find a list of the organizations that have received Grey Muzzle funding. Please contact these organizations if you are considering adopting a senior dog, fostering, or volunteering.
Grey Muzzle Grant Recipients
Grant recipients include:
How we help
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help BirchBark provide financial assistance to approximately 30 senior dogs in need of emergency dental care. These funds will ensure that senior dogs like Ludy have many more wonderful years together with their loving families.
About BirchBark Foundation
BirchBark Foundation (BBF) protects and honors the human-animal bond in the central California counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito. Their focus is on providing financial assistance to economically vulnerable families who simply can’t afford the lifesaving care their pet needs. By helping these families with crisis veterinary care, BBF saves innocent lives and keeps families together. In addition, BBF honors the critical bond with animals through its Pet Loss and Grief Support and Education programs, which are available to the animal-loving public in Central California. BBF recognizes that the bond between an animal and its people is one of the most treasured gifts and strives daily to use its voice to protect and honor that bond.
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Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization supports C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Mobile Community Medicine program, which provides affordable and critical veterinary care in the organization’s own mobile clinic – the only of its kind on California’s Central Coast. The program saves animals' lives, reduces suffering, and lowers the number of companion pets relinquished to shelters due to their owners’ inability to pay for medical care. C.A.R.E.4Paws assists pet owners in need with health exams, vaccines and basic pet care; treats wounds; skin, ear and eye infections; and performs many types of surgeries. The mobile clinic works directly in Santa Barbara County’s most under-resourced areas, ensuring pet owners have easy access to services. Because of the great need created by the pandemic, C.A.R.E.4Paws has increased the number of services provided in its mobile clinic annually from 10,000 to 15,000. The organization has also distributed more than 400,000 pounds of pet food throughout the pandemic. This includes several tons distributed weekly during mobile clinic events. Since 2020, C.A.R.E.4Paws has tripled the number of pet owners helped in a year to more than 20,000.
C.A.R.E.4Paws—short for Community Awareness, Responsibility & Education—works to reduce pet overpopulation, keep animals out of shelters and improve quality of life for pets and pet owners in need. The organization was founded in 2009 with the goal to promote animal welfare and alleviate the burden of Santa Barbara County shelters by intervening before animals become homeless. Its critical services include free spays/neuters and assistance with veterinary care in C.A.R.E.4Paws’ own mobile veterinary clinic; distribution of pet food and supplies; support for victims of domestic violence and their pets; Paws Up For Pets youth education; bilingual community outreach that inspire compassion and accountability for animals; and Pet Emergency Training (P.E.T.) for First Responders.
How we help
Grey Muzzle grant monies were used to restart “Sam’s Senior Dog Program” whose purpose is to rescue senior dogs from the local county shelter and rehome them through the following infrastructure:
• The local county shelter notifies C.A.R.L. of all dogs they take in aged 10 or older.
• C.A.R.L. provides medical assistance as needed, foster homes where possible, and indoor pens at C.A.R.L.’s Pet Care Center when foster homes are not available.
• The dogs are cared for and adopted out using existing volunteer programs or entered into their sanctuary foster program for terminal dogs to be fostered indefinitely, with no expectation that they are ever adopted out.
Canine Adoption and Rescue League’s mission is to advocate for animal welfare, seeking to end the needless deaths of companion animals through their adoption, education, and outreach programs.
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Funding from Grey Muzzle helps Compassion Without Borders expand their rescue missions to include senior dogs, saving the lives of older dogs that would otherwise face certain euthanasia or hardship in overcrowded shelters. This program provides medical and dental care to senior dogs and works to move these animals out of shelters and into loving homes.
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Compassion without Borders brings brighter futures to animals in need on both sides of the border. They focus their efforts where the need is the greatest, but where animals are the very least likely to be helped due to financial, geographic, and cultural barriers.
Their programs include a dog rescue program from Mexico and the Central Valley, along with free veterinary wellness and spay/neuter clinics in underserved communities on both sides of the border. They also have a humane euthanasia program in Mexico, where They are actively working to stop electrocution, a common method of killing unwanted animals south of the border.
How we help
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will fund both routine and emergency medical procedures for senior dogs, including ongoing bloodwork, urinalysis and teeth cleaning.
Dharma Rescue for Cats and Dogs rescues dogs and cats, especially those who are elderly and disabled, from high-kill shelters and provides them with the best quality of life. At Dharma Rescue, animals are provided with with shelter, spay/neuter surgery, medical care and rehabilitation. If they need assistance to walk, they are fitted for a specialized wheelchair as part of the D.A.W.G.S. program (Disabled Animals Who Generously Serve), which also certifies them as therapy animals. Through this program, Dharma dogs have provided comfort to the elderly, veterans, college students and children with disabilities.
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Funding from Grey Muzzle helps Diana Basehart Foundation with their new "Smiles to go..." Program, which will provide veterinary dental surgery for senior dogs, restoring their quality of life. The promotion of this program is expected to trickle down to and educate all pet owners as to the importance of veterinary dental care.
By provided relief to suffering dogs and worried low income owners, DBF will be fulfilling its mission to honor the human-animal bond and assist low income older adults (many of whom have older pets) with veterinary care. When an older dog is lethargic due to pain of dental disease, many owners may surrender their beloved dog to the shelter so that it might receive care or they will have their dog euthanized. "Smiles to go..." works to prevent those outcomes by keeping pets with their owners and in good health.
Diana Basehart Foundation provides financial help for essential and critical veterinary care to people on low-fixed incomes; including seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans who have service animals. They keep people and their beloved pets together, while also minimizing the number of animals being turned over to shelters due to financial struggles.
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A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps the East Bay SPCA expand their senior dog adoption program, which currently includes waived fees for Seniors-for-Seniors adoptions, Pawspice care, and needed medical and dental treatment for senior dogs. With this additional funding, the East Bay SPCA will transfer 30 additional at-risk senior dogs from municipal shelters to their facility, provide necessary care and help them find forever homes.
About East Bay SPCA
Founded in 1874, the East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest animal welfare organizations. The East Bay SPCA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties (in California). Its mission is to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals, which in return enriches the human-animal bond.
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A grant from Grey Muzzle supports the Elder Paws Senior Dog Foundation's "Pandora's Fund" program, a pro-active pet retention program that focuses on assisting fixed income owners of senior dogs to cover the cost of critical vet care. This program allows senior dogs to maintain an improved quality of life in their current home and prevents the high risk of euthanasia at overcrowded kill shelters. Pandora's Fund program also helps with pet food, vaccinations, prescription medications, and micro-chipping.
This program assists in the improvement of the overall health of these pets, as well as the emotional well-being of their owners.
Elder Paws Senior Dog Foundation strives to reduce the euthanasia rate of dogs age 7 and older in Central Valley of California kill shelters based on age and age-related health conditions. These dogs are considered less adoptable than their younger counterparts and are the first to be euthanized to make room for the more adoptable younger dogs.
At Elder Paws, they believe all dogs have value regardless of age or health. Seniors deserve a 2nd chance at life and life and that’s what Elder Paws provides for them.
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Fix Our Ferals keeps senior dogs healthy and at home with their families through access to top-notch surgical care, regardless of the dog's age or their guardian's ability to pay. FOF offers high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services to address pet overpopulation and to reduce the risk of late-in-life health complications, plus a wide range of other essential and urgent surgeries to save and improve the lives of senior dogs. When Rocky (age 12, pictured) needed a delicate surgery to have several tumors removed, FOF was able to provide his care, so he and his human (Gloria, also pictured) could continue their lives together.
About Fix Our Ferals
Fix Our Ferals is a non-profit surgical practice for dogs and cats in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1998 with MASH-style events serving community cats, FOF has grown over the decades into a free-standing, brick-and-mortar clinic dedicated to providing dogs and cats with a wide range of urgent, essential surgeries.
How we help
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will support FACE's Grey Muzzle Fund, which offers financial assistance to pet parents of older dogs with life-threatening illness or injury. This program works in tandem with the Save-a-Life Program, which focuses on life-saving medical treatment for pets of all ages, ensuring they can stay in their homes healthy and happy and preventing unwanted euthanasia.
The mission of the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education. Based on established criteria, FACE provides financial grants for pet owners who are unable to cover the cost of their ill/injured pet's emergency or critical veterinary care. With a tagline of Saving Pets and Helping Families, the goal of FACE is to make sure that no pet parent ever has to make the heartbreaking decision to put their beloved four-legged companion to sleep due to financial hardship.