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
Maui Humane Society (MHS) is proud to receive a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, whose extraordinary accomplishments of improving the status of senior dogs have served as an inspiration and role model for their efforts to improve the lives of senior dogs on Maui. The funding will be used to provide dental care for senior dogs like Brindi who is partially paralyzed and came to MHS when her owner died. On arrival, Brindi was listless and unresponsive and her intake form read "euthanasia request." Fortunately, the MHS veterinarian took matters in hand and removed 22 decayed and broken teeth, leaving Brindi with only two big canines. The veterinary staff then built Brindi a home-made wheelchair out of PVC pipe and caster wheels. But Brindi decided she knew better and refused to use the wheelchair, surprising everyone by pulling herself around using her front legs and dragging the back ones or cruising around in her new stroller. This lucky girl was so irresistible and adorable that she became a staff favorite and ultimately a “foster failure” when her foster mom (also the MHS Development Director) made it official and adopted her. Now healthy and no longer in constant pain, Brindi has the second chance she so richly deserves. She is an example of the senior, disabled and chronically ill dogs that Maui Humane Society is determined to save.
About Maui Humane Society
Maui Humane Society (MHS), the only open-admission animal shelter on the island of Maui, has been in existence for 67 years, working to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals as well as to support and educate Maui pet owners. MHS programs and services provide care and shelter for Maui’s homeless animals; increase community awareness of the importance of spaying/neutering; make free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries accessible to the public; prevent animal cruelty and improve animal health and safety through public education; and work to prevent animal relinquishment due to financial hardship. MHS is also committed to helping homeless senior and disabled animals find new forever homes and second chances at life. MHS’ success is reflected in positive changes in community attitudes and behavior toward animals and has resulted in record numbers of lives saved.
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With help from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Michigan Humane will be able to serve senior dogs belonging to low-income and struggling families in Detroit through its “Pets for Life” program. This program is designed to support members of the community and their pets by offering accessible options for care and much needed resources. This grant will provide assistance with pet food, veterinary care and other needs to help remove barriers for families with senior dogs, improving quality of life for pets and keep families together with their beloved companions.
About Michigan Humane Society
Founded in 1877, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the state of Michigan. The organization’s mission is to improve and save lives through compassionate care, community engagement and advocacy for animals. MHS celebrates a 100% placement rate for all healthy and treatable pets who come into their care – including more than 8,000 adoptions in 2019 alone. Furthermore, MHS is committed to serving the community through its full-service veterinary clinics, cruelty investigation and emergency rescue teams and innovative service programs like the Judith Caplan Philips Pet Pantry and its recently-launched “Pets for Life” initiative.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will make it possible for the Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue Organization (MAESSR) to provide a Seniors for Seniors adoption program that enables adults age 60+ to experience the joys of adopting wonderful senior dogs. Funding from this grant will allow MAESSR to pay for canine screenings and needed medical and dental treatment upon rescue, supplement reduced adoption fees, and place a significant number of senior springers (age 9+) in loving forever homes with ongoing support and resources. This grant will help dogs like Warlord who arrived at MAESSR as a senior dog in poor health after having been used to sire many litters of puppies. At nine years old, Warlord’s medical exam indicated neglected health and dental care; many teeth were rotted to the root, while others were broken and almost falling out of his mouth. Thanks to MAESSR, Warlord received all the care he had gone without and is a candidate for the Seniors for Seniors adoption program.
The Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue Organization (MAESSR) is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing Springers. MAESSR is active primarily in PA, DE, NJ, MD, VA, WV, NC, NY, and the District of Columbia. However, when it comes to rescuing English Springer Spaniels, there are no borders as they will go anywhere, anytime, to save a Springer. MAESSR is committed to providing excellent medical and dental treatment and foster care for Springers, while screening potential homes interested in adopting. Their primary goals are to protect English Springer Spaniels, encourage rescue, promote spay/neuter programs, and educate the public about the joys of English Springer Spaniels of all ages.
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Misty Eyes accepts many senior pets each year, and the majority of these pets need bloodwork, dental care and extensive medical care to improve their quality of life. The grant money awarded to Misty Eyes by The Grey Muzzle Organization will be used to provide dental care for at least ten senior dogs, a costly service that many senior dogs need, yet often go without.
About Misty Eyes Animal Center
The Misty Eyes Animal Center is located in Avon, Indiana, just five miles west of Indianapolis. Sharing concern over euthanasia rates, business executive Renee Harlor and long-time veterinarian assistant and Hurricane Katrina animal rescue volunteer Cherie Fox joined to form Misty Eyes in 2011. Originally taking in pets that the county shelter could no longer handle, Misty Eyes has expanded its reach as far as Southern Indiana to rural under-resourced animal welfare agencies needing help. Through their foster-based rescue and humane education programs, they have been able to rescue nearly 1,900 homeless dogs and cats and serve as animal welfare advocates to hundreds more. In 2019, Misty Eyes rescued 405 pets (the most in its history) through their 100% volunteer-led efforts.
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A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps to fund the “Second Chance Pals” program. This program seeks to find foster or other temporary care for senior dogs until a forever home can be found. All illnesses and injuries are treated except for the medically untreatable. The program’s future goals are to provide educational material for the community about the benefits of adopting an adult pet and to provide assistance to existing pet owners to help find solutions to keeping their family pet in their home.
Monroe County Friends of Animals (MCFA) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization located in Monroe County, Tennessee. This group was created in 2004 by concerned citizens who recognized a dire need existing throughout the county for animal welfare. They consulted with the County's governing body and entered into negotiations with the Monroe County government. This led to the formation of a county-run animal shelter, which was approved by a narrow commission vote at the end of 2004. The main thrust of MCFA's mission is to support the Monroe County Animal Shelter both monetarily in animal rescue efforts and with hands-on assistance in the shelter. In addition MCFA provides other community services through its volunteers' network.
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Currently, Mostly Mutts provides dental cleanings to senior dogs in their care if the need is immediate. However, dental work can be expensive, and so in the interest of resources, there are times when the veterinarian will determine that a cleaning, while still needed, can wait until after adoption. The additional financial burden of a dental cleaning for a senior dog on a potential adopter can be a significant deterrent. Thanks to the grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Mostly Mutts will be able to provide dental cleanings to all senior dogs, who can now go to their forever homes with bright, shiny, healthy teeth!
Since 2004, Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoptions has been working to reduce the number of animals euthanized at local shelters in metro Atlanta. They work closely with animal control officers to save adoptable dogs that are moments away from being put to sleep. Often, these dogs are sick and injured and require rehabilitation. Mostly Mutts provides housing, health care, training and physical and emotional care to them until they can be placed in a new home.
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Every one of the more than 1,000 senior dogs that Muttville rescues each year is in need of medical care, and they spend whatever is needed on each dog to prepare them for a successful and comfortable new beginning. The Grey Muzzle Organization funding will support in-house surgeries in Muttville’s newly built sterile surgery suite, which will reduce pain and suffering quickly, lower costs and minimize the amount of time between intake and adoption.
Previous Grey Muzzle funding has supported hundreds of senior dogs through Muttville’s programs, including Seniors for Seniors, which reduces barriers to animal companionship for senior citizens while saving dogs’ lives. The Grey Muzzle Organization has also funded their veterinary team’s work to evaluate candidates for the hospice program, developed for dogs that arrive at Muttville with life-limiting chronic conditions but who still have the potential for a good quality of life. Muttville is grateful to Grey Muzzle for their support over the years that has deepened the impact they’ve been able to have for at-risk senior dogs and for the people who love them.
Muttville is based in San Francisco, California and since their founding in 2007, they have rescued over 8,000 senior dogs (and counting!). Wonderful dogs with loving personalities are euthanized at shelters at staggeringly high rates, simply because of their age. Muttville's mission is to create better lives for senior dogs (age seven and older) through rescue, foster, adoption, hospice, education and advocacy.
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Funding provided by a Grey Muzzle grant helps with the considerable medical expenses faced in treating and rehabilitating dogs from puppy mill environments. Most dogs in puppy mills have received minimal or nonexistent veterinary care.
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About National Mill Dog Rescue
To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.
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A Grey Muzzle grant will provide dental care to senior dogs in the care of Nevada Humane Society, ensuring they are healthy and happy and ready for a forever home.
About Nevada Humane Society
Nevada Humane Society is a charitable, nonprofit organization that accepts all pets and makes every effort to save each and every one. They have been bringing people and pets together for nearly 90 years. Thanks to the tireless efforts of their employees, veterinarians, volunteers, supporters, donors, community partners and board of directors, they have been named one of the safest communities in the nation for homeless pets (Washoe County, NV). To date, they have saved over 100,000 animals and are dedicated to continuing and growing their lifesaving efforts not just in Northern Nevada, but within the entire State.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow NMDOG to provide initial and ongoing medical care to the senior dogs who are Forever Fosters in the NMDOG Home Sanctuary Program. This program allows senior dogs, like Honor, with special medical or behavioral needs to live out their lives with a forever family. Honor has been treated for mammary cancer and also has Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Intake procedures and diagnostics, medical services such as heartworm treatment, preventative medications for heartworm, fleas and ticks, as well as supplements and prescription medications necessary for the comfort and longevity of the senior dogs, will be provided using this grant, through collaboration with veterinary service partners and amazing Home Sanctuary Providers.
About NMDOG, INC
“Whatever needs to be done to better the life of a dog, we will do it with fierce determination.”
Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, NMDOG was established in 2010 and has saved thousands of dogs’ lives over its ten-year history. Through various social media sites, NMDOG details the pursuit of their core goals: rescue, rehabilitation and education. NMDOG reaches out across the state of New Mexico to the dogs who need help the most: the chained, the abandoned, the victims of the most horrific cases of cruelty, and lastly, the forgotten ones. NMDOG focuses their efforts on rescue, community outreach, education, rehabilitation, adoption and networking. When called upon, NMDOG works closely with Law Enforcement Agencies, shelters throughout New Mexico and rescues in surrounding states. They have also been integral in passing anti-tethering legislation. In more recent years, NMDOG has developed a Home Sanctuary program for senior dogs who have lifetime and costly behavioral and/or medical needs. NMDOG has wonderful Home Sanctuary providers who give these dogs the loving home they deserve for the rest of their days, while NMDOG continues to pay for their regular care and medical bills.