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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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Heartland Animal Shelter

Funded in 2018

With the grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Heartland will ensure all senior dogs at the shelter receive the medical care they need, including veterinary exams, diagnostics (bloodwork and urinalysis), and dental cleanings. Providing this medical care up front is expected to decrease the length of stay for senior dogs, finding them permanent homes more quickly before they become stressed or sick in the shelter environment. Heartland also intends to allocate a portion of the grant toward helping owned senior dogs remain in their loving homes, who might otherwise be surrendered due to the cost of care.

Heartland Animal Shelter is a no-kill, nonprofit organization that rescues animals from the Chicagoland area and across the nation. Their mission is to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures. Heartland has saved more than 10,000 animals since the shelter opened in 2002.

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Hearts Alive Village

Funded in 2021 and 2022

Hearts Alive Village strives to provide a second chance to the old, the sick, and the broken. Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help the rescue provide medical care to senior dogs hoping to live out their golden years in a loving family. Every animal that comes through Hearts Alive Village receives a medical evaluation and any treatment necessary to get them happy, healthy, and comfortable… dogs like Jethro, a 13-year-old pit bull who was left at the shelter with a mouth full of rotted, infected teeth. He received “the works” including a full dental and is now living out his years with a wonderful daddy.  Seniors deserve love, and Hearts Alive Village makes sure they get it!

Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) is a non-breed specific animal rescue whose mission is to nurture a compassionate society where animals are supported both in their homes and on their journey to find a home. The organization provides a variety of community support programs designed to keep pets with their families whenever possible. In 2020, Hearts Alive Village opened the first nonprofit, low-cost, full-service veterinary clinic in Nevada so pet parents could afford the veterinary care their pets need.

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Photo credit: Quiet Fire Photography

HeARTs Speak

Funded in 2019, 2021 and 2022

Support from The Grey Muzzle Organization will allow HeARTs Speak to create marketing and communications resources to help keep more senior pets in their homes. The forthcoming toolkit will be available to all shelters and rescues to customize and use in their own communities, featuring a Senior Pet Resource Guide, editable social media graphics, and a messaging and idea guide for animal welfare agencies, crafted in concert with a social worker. Recent studies suggest that programming and messaging can help keep pets over the age of seven in their homes rather than being surrendered to the shelter

HeARTs Speak is a nonprofit organization that's uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals across the U.S. For animals awaiting homes in shelters, simply being seen can lead to them being saved. Since 2010, their work has helped to increase adoptions, decrease the length of time animals are in shelters, and ultimately save more lives by providing free tools, training, and partnerships to animal welfare organizations in the areas of photography and marketing.

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Helping Hands Humane Society

Funded in 2022

Helping Hands Humane Society (HHHS) believes every animal deserves compassionate care and protection. With more than 100 senior dogs adopted from HHHS each year, funds from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help prepare these sweet pets for adoption by covering the cost of vaccines, spaying and neutering, and microchipping. The grant will also allow HHHS to reduce adoption fees for senior dogs, making it easier for adopters to select a senior pet like eight-year-old Phoxi who is now enjoying life in her forever home.

Helping Hands Humane Society is an open admission shelter serving northeast Kansas. They provide services to more than 30 counties and admit more than 6,000 animals annually. Services include adoption, reuniting lost pets with their people, spay and neuter, microchipping, public education, and training programs.

Senior basset hound standing on a deck.

Helping Hands Humane Society

Funded in 2017

Funding from Grey Muzzle will support a new program at Helping Hands Humane Society. This program will allow better care for senior dogs by maximizing their health and comfort level, both of which will either increase the dog's chances for adoption or extend and make more comfortable the remainder of their life spent in a hospice foster care situation.

Grant funds will be used to support dental care for seniors - thorough dental exams for all and warranted remediation of identified issues for those in need will be made available to all senior dogs in their care. Dental issues are one of the most prevalent health concerns for senior dogs. Taking action to identify and correct dental issues for senior dogs will remove a barrier for prospective adopters. By implementing a program that addresses the issues of physical, joint and dental health, the physical comfort, adoptability and quality of life of senior dogs in their care will be greatly improved.

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High Country Humane

Funded in 2022
The goal of the Grey Muzzle grant is to reduce the number of senior dogs surrendered because their guardians cannot afford to treat their medical conditions. Funding will also support diagnostics and medical treatment for senior dogs in the care of High County Humane, improving their health and increasing their chances of adoption. The grant will benefit dogs like Bubba who had masses removed and is being treated for hypothyroidism and arthritis, all while recovering in a loving foster home and awaiting a forever family.
High Country Humane opened its doors at the end of 2018 to provide high-caliber animal shelter services and help elevate animal welfare throughout northern Arizona. They provide comprehensive care for companion animals and ensure that no animal is euthanized for time, space, or a treatable condition. Their mission is to transform lives by providing exceptional animal care and adoption services, strengthening the bond between pets and people, and advocating for the well-being of all animals.

High Plateau Humane Society

Funded in 2021

The grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will be used to pay for dental care, including preliminary blood work, for both senior dogs whose people can’t afford these services and senior dogs in HPHS' care. The grant will help dogs like Tilly, a senior border collie,who arrived at HPHS at the age of 14 after the death of her elderly owner. Thanks to the HPHS dental program she got the care she needed and is now living happily with her foster family.

The High Plateau Humane Society (HPHS) is an all-volunteer rescue established in 1987 in the northeastern corner of California.  In addition to cat and dog rescue and re-homing, it provides low-cost spay and neuter, immunization, dental and emergency medical care certificates to low-income households in Modoc County. It also offers a free dog and cat food pantry. HPHS is the only organization in Modoc County providing these services.

Yellow lab laying on deck with mouth open, panting. Tennis ball is between the front paws.

Highland County Humane Society, Inc.

Funded in 2018

The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will supplement and enhance our rescue program, enabling us to provide needed veterinary care and long-term foster care for senior dogs. With additional funding, we will expand our program and prioritize pulling senior pets from open admission shelter and placing them in loving foster homes. Grant funding will be used to cover senior blood work, x-rays, dental care, surgery, and other medical care. Grant funding will also allow us to reduce or eliminate adoption fees for seniors consistent with recent studies that show fees have no bearing on the commitment of adoptive families.

Highland County Humane Society, Inc. is a foster-based, 100% volunteer animal rescue serving poor, rural mountain communities in VA and WV. Traditional animal control and shelters do not exist in the counties we serve, and Highland County has no permanent veterinarian. Highland County Humane Society is dedicated to promoting health, safety, welfare, compassionate care, and protection of animals through a cooperative engagement with Highland County, its citizens, and other like-minded animal welfare groups.

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Home Fur Good

Funded in 2018

Funds received from The Grey Muzzle Organization will be used to increase the number of senior dogs Home Fur Good takes in. The grant will help to defray medical costs associated with older dogs such as dental care, senior blood work, and removal of tumors. We will promote adoption of senior dogs through a seniors for seniors program and long-term foster care.  

Home Fur Good Animal Rescue and Placement’s mission is to eliminate euthanasia of treatable, adoptable cats and dogs in Maricopa County through placements, medical treatment, training for correction of behavioral issues, promotion of spay/neuter and increased community awareness.  Since inception in 2009 Home Fur Good has rescued over 4,000 cats and dogs.

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Hope Animal Rescue

Funded in 2022

Support from The Grey Muzzle Organization will allow Hope Animal Rescue to expand its pet assistance program that offers subsidized veterinary care through local partner vet clinics, pet supplies (e.g. crates, bedding), and food. The program is available to pet guardians throughout the community, including alumni of Hope Animal Rescue’s adoption program, dogs like Roxy who has settled in with her forever family after being treated for heartworm disease.

Hope Animal Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming dogs in North Carolina. The rescue promotes the compassionate and humane treatment of all animals and the bond between people and their pets. Since their founding in 2013, Hope Animal Rescue has enhanced the lives of thousands of companion animals and their families through its foster, adoption, and pet assistance programs.