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Who We Help

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:

Senior Dog Haven & Hospice

Funded from 2014 to 2015

A grant from Grey Muzzle helps to support their medical fund.  Sadly, many of the senior dogs they rescue have never received any kind of medical attention and now that they are elderly, unattended issues have amplified. The medical funds will cover spays, neuters, dental cleaning, surgeries, medical tests, medications, and office visits.

Senior Dog Haven and Hospice is a small, dedicated group of fosters and volunteers who have a special place in their hearts for senior dogs. We strive to improve the lives of senior dogs who find themselves without a family to care for them anymore. We do not have a facility – our dogs live in our homes as members of our families until they find their forever home or in the event of a hospice situation, until they cross the Rainbow Bridge. We provide care, comfort, companionship and, most of all, unconditional love.

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors

Funded from 2011 to 2015

A grant from Grey Muzzle helps Senior Dogs 4 Seniors with their veterinary bills.  Without this financial help, fewer senior dogs could be taken in by the rescue.

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors places older dogs in the homes of older people in the St Louis area.

Zorro SPAN

Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN)

Funded in 2020 and 2022

A Grey Muzzle grant will enable SPAN to provide extra help to senior dogs, age 7 or older, offering each of these dogs a "senior" exam to check for age-related illnesses and dental issues. They will also pay for the medications and care that go along with aging, such as arthritis medication, dental exams, cleanings and extractions as needed. Dogs like 12-year-old Zorro will be able to stay in his home with his long-time companion Francine because of the services SPAN provides with Grey Muzzle’s generous support.

Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN) is an innovative program whose mission is to foster the joy of animal companionship. SPAN supports the relationship and bond between low-income Dallas County seniors and their pets. Clients are low-income seniors, age 67 or older, who live in Dallas County and have a companion animal. For many, their pet is the only companionship they have for weeks on end. It is important to SPAN and their clients are able to keep companion pets as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Senior dogs have specific needs and, sometimes, higher costs of care.

Sergey Foundation

Funded from 2010 to 2015

The Sergey Foundation has received grants to support senior dogs as part of their Companion Animal Wellness Program.

The Sergey Foundation's "Companion Animal Wellness Program” goal is to respond to the needs of person(s) in Whatcom County on a limited income by subsidizing necessary medical funds for their companion animals' care when they are unable to do so.

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Shelby Humane Society

Funded in 2020 and 2021

Thanks to a Grey Muzzle grant, Shelby Humane’s Save the Seniors program will address poor senior dog outcomes, including euthanasia and low adoption rates, by focusing on senior pet retention and promoting senior adoption. Save the Seniors will offer financial assistance and treatment to senior dog owners requesting euthanasia due to treatable illness or to those who may benefit from other types of care. This program will also promote senior pet retention by offering financial assistance to people who lack the resources to care for their senior dog. Public education about the joys of senior pet ownership and adoption will be provided and relationships forged with local senior housing complexes to encourage pet- friendly housing. 

The Shelby Humane is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with the mission of rescuing and rehoming the neglected and homeless pets of Shelby County, Alabama. They now provide care to over 5,000 dogs and cats each year. They house 200-350 adoptable cats and dogs at any given time and have developed an extensive network of foster homes to care for adoptable dogs and cats. In 2008, they started a low-cost spay/neuter program (Shelby Spay Neuter).

white dog with black eye patches

Shelter from the Storm

Funded from 2018 to 2020 and 2022

Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will allow Shelter from the Storm to increase the number of senior dogs receiving veterinary care and reduce the number of senior dogs surrendered. This two-pronged approach will: 1) help senior dogs like sweet senior Smooshie get adoption-ready and 2) support senior dogs in underserved communities to get needed veterinary services their guardians could not otherwise afford. The grant will ensure senior dogs receive the comprehensive medical and dental care they need to live happy, healthy lives.

When Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue (SFTS) formed in 2005, its founder’s goal was to help reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia in area shelters by finding good homes for rescued dogs and cats. SFTS does this by rescuing dogs and cats at the local shelter and providing veterinary care at their clinic, Wisconsin Community Veterinary Center (WCVC). The clinic allows SFTS to take in animals that other humane organizations may not be equipped to care for, including senior pets, dogs and cats with ongoing medical conditions, and injured animals.

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Shelter to Home

Funded in 2018

Shelter to Home's Grey Muzzle grant will help them provide additional services for senior dogs such as dental care, screening blood tests, laser treatments for arthritis, and costly medications. They will be able to help more animals like Laney, who was rescued with a grapefruit-sized mammary tumor hanging from her groin. Laney is at least 10 years old and now has several spots of cancer in her chest. Despite her illness, she is very happy and living life to the fullest in her hospice foster home.

Founded in 2007, Shelter to Home, Inc. is an animal rescue organization that works to save animals from shelters in their community by placing them into foster care until permanent homes are found, and to create sustainable solutions to achieve a no‑kill community. Thanks to their supporters, including volunteers, veterinarians and donors, they are able to help seriously ill and injured animals of all ages.


SICSA Pet Adoption & Wellness Center

Funded in 2022

With support from Grey Muzzle, the SICSA Pet Adoption & Wellness Center Safe Pets Program will help prevent the surrender of senior dogs like Razz. When people experience a crisis, their pets are affected as well, and those pets are often at risk of surrender. Senior dogs, in particular, are at high risk for illness and euthanasia in shelters, making it even more important to keep them in their homes whenever possible. When Razz’s owner lost her housing, she was desperate not to lose her dog, too. SICSA placed Razz in a foster home, updated her vaccines, and treated her for an ongoing urinary tract infection. One month later, Razz’s owner found stable housing and was able to be reunited with her companion. Funding from Grey Muzzle will allow SICSA not only to cover expenses for critical medical care for senior dogs like Razz, but will also ultimately allow for these dogs to be reunited with their families.

SICSA’s mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals and nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. SICSA was established in 1974 as an alternative to the traditional animal welfare system and has served the Miami Valley region in southwest Ohio for nearly 50 years. It offers numerous animal-centered programs and services, including adoption, humane education, low-cost veterinary services, and a help center to divert intake from shelters and keep pets in homes.

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Silicon Valley Pet Project

Funded in 2021 and 2022

Over the past year, Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) has seen an increase in the number of senior pets needing rescue at local shelters. These senior dogs are often surrendered to the shelter because their people cannot afford their medical care. The Grey Muzzle grant will help SVPP pay for the medical services these senior dogs deserve and require. The grant will help dogs like Gigi, a senior poodle-mix who was rescued from the San Jose Animal Care Center. Gigi  came into the shelter as a stray with some heart issues, severe dental disease, and impaired vision. After receiving needed medical care, she is currently in a loving foster home getting the TLC she deserves.  


Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is a nonprofit organization committed to saving local at-risk shelter pets through rescue, community involvement, and education. SVPP partners with the San Jose Animal Care Center, TriCity Animal Shelter, and County of Santa Clara Animal Services from which they rescue dogs and cats of all ages and breeds. Their focus is on the most vulnerable pets at the shelter, particularly seniors and animals with special needs.

Brown dog with white chest sitting on blanket and looking at camera.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Cattaraugus County

Funded in 2018

The dog population at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Cattaraugus County is usually comprised of at least 1/3 or more senior dogs, and since approximately 75% of the senior dogs display behavioral issues, the SPCA is looking to remove that obstacle of adoption for senior dogs. They have a defined behavioral program and protocols for using a strong, positive, approach in their management of these dogs who need training. Their Grey Muzzle grant will be used to provide training for their staff with an expert canine trainer who specializes in positive training for difficult dogs. He will work onsite with shelter staff to train how to identify and work with specific kinds of behavioral issues as well as provide follow up guidance to the shelter manager and the lead dog staff. Their goal is to remove barriers of senior dog adoption and place as many seniors in loving homes as possible. 

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Cattaraugus County, is a private, nonprofit, no-kill charity animal shelter founded in 1905. They are dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need, and providing adoption services for homeless and neglected animals. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County is the only shelter in the area that provides contracted intake services to the county and to several other municipalities. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County focuses on saving the lives of stray, abandoned, and neglected pets to make their lives better.