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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Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will enable Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to rescue, care for, and provide loving homes for senior dogs with special medical needs. It will provide the resources to rescue senior dogs who would not otherwise survive due to cardiac disease, dental disease masses and other ailments that require diagnostics and care beyond the normal scope of shelter medicine. The grant will directly impact dogs like ten-year-old Talia, who came to PAWS when her owner could not afford to care for her. PAWS performed diagnostics and provided treatment for her kidney issues, and she is now stable and thriving on a special diet. After a stint in foster care, Talia found a loving forever home in the Philly suburbs. By enabling PAWS to save more medically needy senior dogs, The Grey Muzzle Organization is bringing Philadelphia closer to becoming a no-kill city where every treatable pet entering the shelter system is saved.
PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest rescue partner and provider of low-cost, basic veterinary care for pet owners and rescue organizations. Through its three no-kill shelters, foster care network, and special events, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.
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The Grey Muzzle grant allows Poodle and Pooch Rescue (PPR) to expand the Saving Seniors Program, take in more senior dogs, and give them the required medical care to best prepare them for adoption. This grant helps dogs like Rylie who came to PPR from a local shelter, in need of several surgeries. This 12-year-old girl is now loving life in her foster home, enjoying lizard hunting, getting string cheese treats, having blueberry flavored dental chews, and napping in cushy dog beds. In between naps, this sweet senior girl is looking for the forever home that she so deserves.
Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida (PPR) rescues dogs in need with a focus on seniors and those with special needs. The PPR mission is to save as many “leftover” dogs as possible. These are dogs that were passed over by adopters and other rescue groups and usually they have a special medical need or are older, or fearful due to past abuse/neglect. PPR believes very strongly in specific adoption programs that find homes for older, harder-to-place dogs, as these dogs have so much to give and deserve to live out their golden years being spoiled and loved.
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The grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help with the cost of lab work and dentals for 30 senior dogs. This includes complete senior-specific blood work and dentals through vet partner, Louisburg Animal Clinic. For senior dogs like Bam Bam, who made his way to Prairie Paws from the Kansas Department of Agriculture as part of a hoarding case, this will be his first wellness exam and the first time he’s ever had a dental cleaning. Exam results will guide Prairie Paws in providing high quality care for senior dogs at the shelter and the best possible information on the seniors’ health as they start their new life in their forever home. Providing this information up front removes barriers to adopting a senior pet for adopters that are concerned about senior dogs’ health.
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter’s mission is to provide compassionate care and placement for animals in need. They have served Ottawa, Kansas, and the surrounding counties for over 70 years. In 2018, they cared for 1200 pets.
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Funding from Grey Muzzle helps Proverbs 12:10 with medical expenses for senior dogs. In addition, we help support their goal to recruit more fosters, adopters and funding for senior dogs so they can accept more senior dogs.
The issue of senior dog placement will be highlighted on their Facebook page, newsletter and in their foster recruitment program. The program aims to target “active retirement communities” in the area by posting flyers on their bulletin boards, sending speakers to their clubs and walking dogs with “adopt me” scarves in their communities.
The mission of Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue is to provide shelter and loving care for animals that have been abused, abandoned, owner surrendered or otherwise destined to be euthanized due to over-crowded shelter conditions. Through the use of foster homes, Proverbs will provide loving care for our animals, to include veterinary care, food and any other necessities until responsible, loving homes can be found for all adoptable pets. All animals shall be spayed or neutered and we will make every effort to encourage those we encounter to do the same.
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A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps with their “Senior Lives Matter” program, which provides needed veterinary care for rescued senior pugs. Their goal is to help 60 senior pugs with the annual grant.
About Pug Rescue of Austin
Pug Rescue of Austin (PRA) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, healthcare, and placement of abused, neglected, and homeless pugs. All rescued dogs reside in loving foster homes until adopted and receive treatment for all urgent and essential care needs, including vaccinations and spay/neuter. PRA promotes responsible dog ownership through a mandatory sterilization policy and provides public education about the unique needs of pugs.
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Quad City Animal Welfare Center received a grant for their Senior for Senior adoption program.
The mission of the Quad City Animal Welfare Center is to offer a shelter for homeless animals, to offer a low cost spay and neuter program and provide humane education.
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The Grey Muzzle grant for Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary (RFAS) will support their existing program of providing dental/medical and rehabilitation care to senior dogs currently housed at the sanctuary, in foster care, and future intakes. The funding will also provide medical treatment for older dogs that remain with their low-income owners, with the owners able to come to RFAS for help when their dogs are sick or injured or experience additional hardship, such as the lava flows of 2018. Support from Grey Muzzle allows RFAS to care for dogs like Elsie. A ten-year-old terrier mix, Elsie is one of the residents at Rainbow Friends. She was adopted many years ago but returned two years ago when her people moved off island. In the past several days, she suddenly experienced a bulging disk and is unable to use her rear legs. She has been to the vet and is now on several expensive medications. Time will tell if she will be able to walk again, but in the meantime, she has the TLC of RFAS staff and volunteers.
Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary provides a no kill/animals alive option to Hawaii County residents. They are home to 400 cats and 65 dogs at any one time. They assist in alleviating the animal abandonment and overpopulation issues facing the island, as well as promoting the social, emotional and health benefits of animal companionship. Their services include educating the public on responsible pet ownership, spay/neuter clinics, rescuing, fostering, provision of food, medical care and safe sheltering of these animals until they can be permanently placed into caring and responsible homes. Some special cases allow them to live out their lives at the Sanctuary or foster locations or return them to their companions. Their mantra is People Helping Animals - Animals Helping People.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will provide the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. (RBARI) the opportunity to initiate a new program to provide medical care to senior pit bulls in low-income, inner city areas. This innovative project targets three areas of need that RBARI focuses on – age, breed and socio-economic status - and earmarks medical funding specifically for a partnership with Jersey Pits rescue to assist senior pit bulls within the Paterson, NJ community. As seen time and again, these dogs suffer immeasurable abuse and neglect. To help save lives, provide medical care, educate, network and make a difference for these vulnerable animals, RBARI and Jersey Pits work together to tackle the overwhelming volume of need in the community.
The program will help dogs like Buttons. With limited eyesight and hearing, this emaciated senior pit bull was left to roam off a major highway, alone and confused. RBARI joined with their partners at Jersey Pits rescue and secured a hospice foster for sweet Buttons, where he received all the love and care he so deserved – despite having lymes disease, arthritis, kidney value elevations, prostate issues and a heart murmur. Buttons passed a few short weeks after finding his happily-ever-after and left everyone heartbroken, but without this collaboration, he never would have known love and comfort in his last days.
Operating as the leading no-kill animal shelter in Northern New Jersey, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. (RBARI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving all of Northern New Jersey. RBARI is founded on the belief that all animals have a natural right to humane treatment including proper care and safe shelter. RBARI relies solely on independent giving, receiving no local, state or federal funding. Known for their extraordinary rescue work, RBARI aims to help those dogs and cats most in need, while making a lasting impact on the community around them.
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Richmond Animal League (RAL)’s Grey Muzzle grant will be used to provide a more extensive "Senior Screening," including a CBC, general health profile, urinalysis, and thyroid test and preventative care package aimed at identifying senior pet needs and reducing apprehension about adopting a senior dog. As a result, it will decrease senior dogs’ length of stay to less than 30 days while continuing to increase the number senior dogs rescued each year.
About Richmond Animal League
Richmond Animal League (RAL) is Richmond, Virginia’s oldest nonprofit, no-kill organization, committed to saving lives by providing hope, help and homes for animals in need. Founded in 1979, RAL's main goal is to reduce euthanasia rates in Central Virginia by transporting pets from partnering animal control agencies. RAL provides temporary housing, medical treatment, sterilization, and quality care to over 2,000 companion animals each year until they are adopted into permanent loving homes. Richmond Animal League also provides low-cost spay and neuter services at the Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic to pet owners throughout the state.
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The Grey Muzzle grant will allow Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter to increase the number of senior dogs we are able to accept into their Silver Tails program. This program was developed to enable them transfer senior dogs surrendered to Indianapolis Animal Care Services into their care. These dogs typically come to them needing varying amounts of medical care. The grant will enable them to provide the medical care needed to prepare them for their forever homes. In cases requiring forever foster/hospice homes, this grant will assist Rosie's in providing life-long care.
The mission of Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter is to rescue dogs and cats and nurture and restore them to happy, healthy lives in loving homes. Approximately 1800 dogs and cats are adopted from their shelter every year. They work closely with their local animal control facility (Indianapolis Animal Care Services) and have transferred 11,000 animals from their overcrowded shelter to Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter since 2009. Their director visits animal control several times each week and has a reputation for being willing to accept medically urgent and senior animals in need.