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:
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Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio is fortunate to have received funding toward dental surgeries for senior dogs. Many of the senior dogs taken in may already have serious gum disease causing loss of appetite, weight loss and pain requiring dental surgeries. Not treating advanced dental disease can affect the heart, liver and kidneys. The grant funding will help at least eleven senior dogs with dental cleanings and provide them with the necessary care to bring them back to health so they are comfortable and get adopted faster.
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio’s (AHDRO) mission is to provide homeless Collies and Shelties a safe haven where they will receive medical care, nutrition and love until they find their forever home; to reduce the number of unwanted pets by altering all dogs in their rehoming program; to educate the public about the importance of altering pets; and to promote the message that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment. All AHDRO dogs are placed in foster homes until they find their forever families. Upon intake into their program, each dog is examined by a veterinarian and necessary treatment is administered, or a treatment plan is put into place.
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AHS is honored to receive a grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization, which will help it provide medical and dental care for senior dogs at the shelter and in foster care and will also expand the shelter’s ability to offer financial support for medical and emergency care to keep senior dogs in their owners’ homes, where they are most comfortable. This grant will help dogs like Henry, a senior boxer mix who came to AHS as a woefully neglected stray dog. After a medical exam, dental care to remove numerous painful, rotted teeth, bloodwork, and a lot of TLC, Henry found a fabulous new home with his foster mom, Paula.
About Anderson Humane Society
Serving rural Anderson County in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, Anderson Humane Society (AHS) is a largely volunteer shelter, founded as a grassroots organization in 1975 with a focus on helping stray animals. As membership grew, AHS expanded its role to include addressing animal welfare issues, facilitating adoptions and rescues, and offering education programs and low-cost vaccine and spay/neuter programs. AHS works to make a better world for all animals by providing shelter, educating the community about humane care and treatment, advocating for animal welfare, and linking pets and people to enrich the lives of both.
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Thanks to The Grey Muzzle Organization’s grant, ACAP will be able to extend their level of assistance beyond the previously normal monetary limit to help senior dogs like Wilbur receive life-saving veterinary care. Wilbur’s mom was referred to ACAP by an area animal shelter. He was crying, acting in pain and drinking lots of water. ACAP partnered with another group to get Wilbur to an emergency vet clinic once he had labored breathing. Wilbur was discovered to be newly diabetic with a blood sugar of over 500! After urgent care, insulin therapy and a couple of follow up visits, Wilbur is feeling like a puppy again!
Serving central Virginia, and with a sanctuary located in Louisa, VA, the Animal Care Assistance Program, or ACAP, is a 501(c)3 organization which was established in 2015 to provide low-income pet owners the opportunity to get their dogs and cats much needed veterinary care, which they would not otherwise be able to afford. ACAP also pulls high risk senior dogs from rural shelters, fully vets them and, depending upon their health needs, places them into loving homes through their foster-to-adopt program.
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The Grey Muzzle Grant will allow the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to provide diagnostic and medical care for ARL hospice dogs living as a beloved family member with ARL hospice foster families. Funding will also be used to provide diagnostic screening and medical care for senior dogs who are up for adoption, ensuring their new families have a clear understanding of their health needs.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa’s largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through our programs and services designed to promote animal welfare, address the reasons animals end up in shelters, find forever adoptive homes for the animals in our care, and to help keep pets in their homes with the people that love them.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization support allows Asheville Humane Society to provide critical veterinary care for senior dogs in their community. By providing veterinary care for those who might otherwise not be able to afford it, they keep pets out of the shelter and in their homes with the people who love them most. GMO also helps AHS provide Adoption Care Packages for senior dogs waiting for their forever homes. The packages often include needed medication, veterinary or behavior vouchers, or prescription food to help adopters willing to care for a senior dog.
About Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society (AHS) rescues, reunites, rehabilitates and re-homes thousands of homeless animals each year. We are dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering, and adoption. AHS operates the only open-admission shelter in the county. We are here for animals who are lost, surrendered, neglected or mistreated, and who all deserve a loving family of their very own. We provide a soft bed, food, comfort, medical evaluation, medical treatment, vaccinations, and behavioral testing for each. We place all animals who can humanely and safely be adopted into a loving home.
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The funds will allow Austin Humane Society to improve the health of senior dogs and give them positive adoption outcomes. Specifically, funds will cover the costs associated with completing blood work and analysis on all senior dogs as they come into the shelter, dogs just like Casey (pictured) who arrived at AHS after his owner passed away. This screening will detect health issues as soon as possible and provide a comprehensive medical history to potential adopters of senior dogs. Funds will also help cover any emergency or non-routine medical expenses the increased screening identifies.
This grant was made possible thanks to the generosity of Bill L. in memory of his beloved dog Carlos.
About Austin Humane Society
The Austin Humane Society (AHS) is the largest, longest-standing no-kill shelter in Austin, Texas. From humble roots as a small organization founded in 1952, they are now a leader in the nation’s largest no-kill community. They currently serve more than 11,000 animals every year through life-saving and life-enhancing programs, including adoption, spay and neuter, and disaster-relief in times of natural and man-made crises, and engaging their community to be part of meaningful and sustainable solutions for animal care.
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Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Austin Pets Alive! provide medical care to senior dogs rescued from shelters lacking the resources to save older pets. All senior dogs at APA! receive routine wellness care, and many also need treatment for illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions to improve their quality of life and remove potential barriers to adoption. By treating their issues, APA! helps older dogs find loving homes faster — and can then rescue other at-risk seniors, like bonded pair Christina and Meredith. These 11-year-old darlings came to APA! both needing heartworm treatment and mass removal surgery to give them a true second chance and help them find a new forever home together.
About Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit animal shelter and foster-based rescue organization that’s pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk homeless companion animals, and educate others to do the same through its American Pets Alive! nationwide education and outreach division. Being a leader in no kill sheltering in America’s largest no kill city, APA! helps more than 10,000 dogs and cats annually in Central Texas and beyond, getting them a chance at the life they deserve. Since 2008, APA! has saved over 80,000 lives by rescuing, treating, and finding forever homes for vulnerable shelter pets, including sick and injured animals, animals with behavioral issues, neonates, and seniors.
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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 is designed to save animals’ lives, reduce suffering, and lower 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, such as dentals, mass removals and hernia repairs. The mobile clinic works directly in Santa Barbara County’s most underprivileged areas, ensuring pet owners have easy access to services.
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.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will provide Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) the means to accelerate the rehabilitative activities of their “Save Our Seniors” program. This program provides medical and rehabilitative care to senior dogs to get them ready for adoption. This year’s focus for the Grey Muzzle Grant is all about being able to give that extra bit of help to a senior dog in need. Ensuring Senior dogs are healthy before going up for adoption greatly increases their chances of finding that forever home. The generosity of The Grey Muzzle Organization allows CPR to say “yes” to even the more difficult dogs—dogs like Sophie—who just need a little more help.
Sophie is estimated to be about nine-years-old. Found as a stray huddled in the middle of the road, this sweet girl needs quite a bit of medical treatment. In addition to the usual update on shots and a dental, Sophie has masses under her front arms, on her chest and a large one on her hip. She is going to need surgery to remove these as some hinder her movement. CPR knows that addressing her more extensive medical issues will get this little girl on the road to recovery and into her forever home as soon as possible.
About Carolina Poodle Rescue
Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR) is located in South Carolina with foster locations across the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Florida. This year, Carolina Poodle Rescue celebrated their 20th year as a rescue! They have helped more than 8,000 dogs find their forever families. Over the past four years, the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of senior dogs has grown to account for more than 45% of the total number of dogs they help annually. CPR serves as a first call for shelters in their service area to help with hoarding and abuse/neglect cases. They partner with breeders seeking humane retirement of their dogs. CPR also acts as a safety net when life circumstances force owners to surrender beloved pets. Their mantra is simple, “One by one, until there are none.”
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Charleston Animal Society’s team is honored to partner with The Grey Muzzle Organization to create an innovative and easily shared media kit to increase senior adoptions throughout South Carolina. Dogs like Roxy have so much energy and love to give much like a 40- or 50-year-old learning to stand-up paddle board or trying to date again. Pick Me! SC is a statewide adoption event coordinated with No-Kill South Carolina community partners that connects 46 counties in seven media markets. The Grey Muzzle Organization media kit will be shared with all to help senior shelter animals shine!
Since its founding in 1874, Charleston Animal Society’s mission has remained the same: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Their vision is one where all healthy and treatable animals are saved. It’s a vision where all people and animals are treated with respect and kindness, and it envisions a world where cruelty is not tolerated.
Charleston Animal Society (CAS) is the only open-admission shelter and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited veterinary clinic in South Carolina. They take in nearly 10,000 of the community’s homeless and unwanted animals each year, and are the only animal welfare organization named in the South Carolina Emergency Support Function (ESF 17) for disaster preparedness and response. Using a 10-point lifesaving strategy, CAS has sustained a No-Kill community for seven years with a live release rate of over 90%. Through the No -ill South Carolina Initiative, they partner with shelters in every county in the state to improve the care of companion animals, to increase lifesaving and promote adoptions.