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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A Grey Muzzle grant to As Good as Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois helps to expand their work through Elsa's Fund. AGaG specializes in the care and rehabilitation of senior dogs with more significant and complicated health needs, allowing the shelters to keep healthy seniors for them to adopt.
Elsa’s Fund uses funds specifically allocated for medical costs of senior dogs, helping senior golden retrievers who lose their homes and providing them with care and rehabilitation to prepare them for adoption.
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As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need. In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Asheville Humane Society to provide veterinary care for senior dogs in our community. In the last six months we have received almost 900 calls to our community Helpline requesting assistance. Many of the requests are for help with senior pets. The needs range from minor medical issues to very serious health concerns. By providing veterinary care for those who might otherwise not be able to afford it, we keep pets out of the shelter and in their homes with the people who love them most.
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 Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Auburn Valley Humane Society to provide diagnostic and medical treatment for senior dogs in their care--dogs just like Presley. At 14-years-old, Presley's family could not afford the extensive medical care he required and felt he was suffering, so they brought him to AVHS as a public euthanasia request. AVHS staff gently convinced Presley’s family that he was not a good candidate for euthanasia and offered to take him into their program and give him the medical care he needed. Presley's family made the heart-wrenching decision to give him up, so that he could receive months of treatment and eventually land in a new forever home.
Opening its doors in 2013, Auburn Valley Humane Society (AVHS) enriches the lives of companion animals and people through animal sheltering, programs, and community engagement. AVHS is a community education and resource center where pets and people can come together for learning and assistance. They also provide programs and services designed to promote animal welfare, address the reasons animals end up in shelters, find forever adoptive homes for homeless animals, and help keep pets in their homes with the people who love them.
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This grant was made possible thanks to the generosity of Bill L. in memory of his beloved dog Carlos.
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.
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 Grey Muzzle will help the Medical Triage and Wellness Clinic at Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) provide non-routine medical care to senior dogs. The number of senior dogs that APA! rescues has doubled in recent years, and many of these pups require illness/injury treatment, surgery, dental treatment, or chronic disease management to give them a true chance at adoption. The medical care funded by this grant will not only improve senior dogs’ quality of life, but also remove potential barriers to adoption. The faster older dogs are able to find forever families, the sooner they can start living out their golden years in the comfort of a permanent home. And as they move through APA!’s shelter/foster network into loving homes, it creates space for APA! to save even more senior dogs.
About Austin Pets Alive!
Since 2008, Austin Pets Alive! has rescued, treated, and found homes for more than 65,000 dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia. APA!’s role in Austin is to provide a vital safety net for homeless pets through programs designed to save the key demographics of animals that are typically most vulnerable—unweaned kittens, ringworm kitties, cats with feline leukemia, parvo puppies, other sick and injured pets, pets with behavioral issues, big dogs, and seniors. Because of APA!’s groundbreaking programs, Austin, TX, has been no-kill since 2011 and is now saving virtually all treatable and healthy homeless pets. Over the years, APA!’s capacity has grown to take in around 10,000 at-risk pets yearly from shelters in Austin, surrounding counties, and a growing number of outlying communities. Plus, APA! is now teaching its successful lifesaving programs to shelter professionals from around the country. The education taking place at APA! will help to save exponentially more shelter pets across the United States, including senior dogs.
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A grant from Grey Muzzle will supplement Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue's existing Senior program. BBAR is committed to saving adoptable, loving dogs regardless of their age, breed, and medical needs. Since medical expenses tend to be higher for seniors, increased funding will allow BBAR to rescue more seniors, rehabilitate them, train them, and place them in loving homes.
These additional resources from Grey Muzzle help ensure that fewer vulnerable dogs in need are left behind. Their Senior program works to change the public's perspective and understanding of the joys of adopting a senior dog.
Learn more about the great things Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is doing in this video: "The Difference You Make". You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/AULHwzGOaco
Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit network of rescuers, fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from pounds in the rural south. The dogs they rescue are in danger of imminent death as they are on the kill lists at very high volume, high kill pounds. Some of these animal control facilities use extremely inhumane practices like gas chambers and heartstick to euthanize the dogs and many have kill rates over 90% before rescues get involved.
When they commit to rescuing a dog, they make sure the dog is well cared for and properly vetted. They spay/neuter, vaccinate, test for heartworm, provide flea and heartworm preventative, and deworm at private vets local to the shelter they come from. They treat illnesses before adoption, most often heartworm, but have also treated parvo and distemper, and provided for necessary surgeries for dogs with serious injuries. The dogs stay in local fosters or boarding for at least 2 weeks or until they are healthy enough to travel. Then they ride up north with professional rescue transporters who make sure their ride is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
When they arrive, the dogs go into foster homes where they get training and experience living in a home environment before adoption. Some of the lucky ones even get adopted upon arrival!
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Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S.) developed the Sensational Senior Beagles (SSB) program over a decade ago to ease concerns about adopting senior beagles. B.O.N.E.S. was founded in 2003 for the purpose of rescuing beagles and placing them in forever homes and is registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a nonprofit organization. Their mission is to rescue, rehome, spay/neuter and provide necessary medical care to beagles in need in the New England Area. They endeavor to improve the quality of life for beagles in New England through outreach and education programs. B.O.N.E.S. is an all-volunteer organization, comprised of dedicated people who want what is best for beagles in their area.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Best of Friends Humane Society to provide dental procedures for senior dogs owned by individuals with limited income. Most dogs receive a quick dental evaluation as part of an annual exam, but the cost for a full dental can be prohibitive to many owners. This grant will allow Best of Friends to provide needed dental care to senior dogs regardless of their owner’s ability to pay, greatly increasing the dog’s comfort and quality of life. Dogs like Duchess, who desperately needed a dental cleaning and help losing weight, will benefit from this grant. After her dental pain was relieved with care and treatment, she went on a low-calorie diet and regular exercise program. In no time at all, Duchess was feeling much better.
The Best of Friends Humane Society helps with veterinary care for low income pet owners with the goal that no pet will suffer or be surrendered to a shelter because its owner cannot afford treatment.
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With their Grey Muzzle grant, Bideawee will increase the number of senior dogs taken into their program. Grants like this one make it possible for Bideawee to offer the specialized care and medical treatment necessary to alleviate minor health problems, manage chronic conditions, and ensure that golden-agers spend the rest of their lives in loving homes. Frankie, a sweet boy who was surrendered to the city shelter due to treatable medical issues, is one little guy who will benefit from the grant.
About Bideawee, Inc.
Bideawee is proud to be one of the country’s first no-kill animal welfare organizations. Since 1903, Bideawee has been a leader in rescuing dogs and cats and successfully integrating them into loving homes. They do this by providing the highest quality shelter experience, medical care, socialization activity and adoption services within a disciplined and sustainable financial structure. They are a compassionate team of dedicated staff, board members, and volunteers, and their work demonstrates the ongoing commitment to the well-being of animals and their people in the community.
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Grey Muzzle provides medical funding to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance for long-term care, as well as adoptable dogs.
Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by rescuing dogs in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about these wonderful dogs.