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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:

Colonel Peanut Colonel Peanut

Sacramento SPCA

Funded in 2020

How we help

The Sacramento SPCA is thrilled to receive a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization to support their Pawspice program, which helps dogs who have received a terminal diagnosis but still have a good quality of life. By agreeing to cover the cost of palliative care, the Sacramento SPCA is able to find homes for senior dogs who may not otherwise have been adopted. For example, Colonel Peanut came to the shelter with congestive heart failure, a common diagnosis in small, senior dogs. With the cost of his care covered, Colonel Peanut was adopted into a loving home, where he has happily lived for over a year—far exceeding his life expectancy! With the support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, the Sacramento SPCA will be able to help even more dogs like Colonel Peanut live out their golden years in the loving arms of a forever family. 

About Sacramento SPCA

The mission of the Sacramento SPCA is to foster a loving and compassionate community for companion animals and people by providing assistance, creating lifelong relationships and saving lives. Since 1892, the organization has worked to reduce pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter services, promote the humane treatment of animals through education and outreach, and assist pet owners through a variety of programs and services designed to keep pets and their families together for life. 

Learn more about Sacramento SPCA
Jake Jake

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

Funded from 2014 - 2015 and 2020

How we help

A Grey Muzzle grant will help with extraordinary dental for senior Labs.  Very often senior dental issues are not addressed, and Safe Harbor knows that serious dental issues can adversely affect other parts of the body, such as the liver and kidneys. Also, dental issues can be very painful to dogs, so they are thrilled to be able to provide dental work to the senior Labs just like Jake who need it! Jake came to Safe Harbor as an owner surrender after a family member passed away. At 13-years-old, Jake needed quite the tune-up, including dental and eye surgery, to restore him to better health. He now enjoys lounging around the house with the other resident senior dogs.

About Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

In existence since 2002, Safe Harbor Lab Rescue has rescued and re-homed over 4,000 Labrador Retrievers.  Each of its rescued dogs goes straight to the veterinarian where they receive a physical exam, vaccinations, a microchip and given heartworm tests.  Many of the dogs receive extraordinary medical care as a result of their initial exam, and the biggest expense for the organization’s all-volunteer group is for medical issues. Safe Harbor Lab Rescue is a foster-based organization, which gives them the opportunity to get to know their dogs better, in turn helping to match each Lab with the perfect family.

Learn more about Safe Harbor Lab Rescue
Black dog with white stripe running from forehead to nose on lap Zeek

Safe Haven of Iowa County

Funded in 2018

How we help

The Grey Muzzle grant will enable Safe Haven to provide more extensive medical testing and care to their senior dogs, including senior blood panels. Funding will also be used to support their S.O.S. program which helps families on fixed incomes who could otherwise not afford the medical expenses of a dog they wish to adopt. By helping cover medical expenses, they  enable retirees and others to adopt a senior dog, which in turn provides space for another dog in need of care.

About Safe Haven of Iowa County

The mission of Safe Haven is to rescue, protect, rehabilitate and find good homes for homeless dogs and cats in Iowa County. They assist individuals who find themselves no longer able to properly care for their furry family members either by rehoming, if requested to do so, or providing food or medical care. They strive to significantly reduce the number of stray dogs and cats and improve the lives of humans and pets through public education and low/no-cost spay and neuter programs.     

Learn more about Safe Haven of Iowa County
Black lab mix turned toward person standing up and petting her. Lucie

Saint Frances Animal Center

Funded in 2018

How we help

A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will provide medical care for the senior dogs in their care. 

About Saint Frances Animal Center

Saint Frances Animal Center's mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats until they can be placed in loving homes. Raising awareness through public education, community outreach and a wellness clinic, we seek to promote respect for the lives of cats and dogs by breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and pet overpopulation in our community. They provide adoptions, Trap Neuter Return (TNR), a wellness clinic, community outreach and work to reunite lost pets with their families.

Learn more about Saint Frances Animal Center
George George

Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Funded in 2020

How we help

Poor dental hygiene is one of the most prevalent and expensive medical problems that prevents adoption of senior pets. Dentals often involve double-digit extractions, but bring new youthful energy to dogs who had been living with painful infected teeth for years. The Grey Muzzle grant will allow Saving Grace to purchase new dental equipment and train a veterinary assistant in its use. Saving Grace expects to accommodate 30 dentals per year, helping these dogs get adopted faster and building capacity to accept more senior dogs with dental needs from other shelters. More than 300 senior dogs will receive proper diagnosis cleaning and extractions over the expected 10-year lifespan of the equipment.

About Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Saving Grace, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the direct care of homeless, abandoned or neglected animals in Douglas County, Oregon.  As the county's only open-admission animal shelter, Saving Grace provides shelter, food and medical care to thousands of animals each year. Since its founding in 2001, Saving Grace has transformed from simply sheltering, returning and adopting strays and owner-surrendered pets, to a full-service organization. Myriad programs support responsible pet ownership, promote humane education and help pets remain with their families.  

Learn more about Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center
Shepherd mix with ears up and tongue out. Grass in background. Jefke

Saving Paws Rescue AZ

Funded in 2018

How we help

A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Saving Paws Rescue AZ develop a Seniors For Seniors program. Residing in Arizona, Saving Paws is surrounded by retirement communities with many active senior residents looking for a hiking partner, a cuddling companion or even a foster houseguest as they spend their winters in the Valley of the Sun. Through collaborative efforts with neighboring senior dog clubs, community centers, and rescue volunteers, they are looking to place senior dogs with mature adults, for either permanent adoption, long- or short-term fostering, or hospice care.

About Saving Paws Rescue AZ

In 2012, Trisha Houlihan, a volunteer at the local county animal control shelter, was saddened by the volume of German Shepherd Dogs being listed for euthanasia. She recognized there were very little resources for the rescue of this breed, so she created a place for them – Saving Paws Rescue Arizona, a place that would be a safe harbor for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois Dogs. Saving Paws Rescue Arizona is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that is dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation and adoptive homes for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs who are left in shelters to await an uncertain fate, are owner surrenders, or are from abusive or negligent situations.

Learn more about Saving Paws Rescue AZ
Simba

Saving Pets One at a Time

Funded from 2014 - 2016

How we help

The SPOT Old-Folks Sanctuary (SOS) Program is launching, in part, with the support of Grey Muzzle's grant funds. This select group of foster homes is dedicated to caring for unadoptable senior dogs with significant health issues or disabilities. Homes are screened carefully and SPOT will identify participating veterinarians and provide lifelong health care for each dog. SPOT will also provide food, treats, and maintenance supplies such as parasite treatments and supplements. This program will address the problem of homeless senior dogs by allowing SPOT to take in older animals that may have significant health issues.

About Saving Pets One at a Time

In the hopes of increasing the animal "adoption options" in Skagit County and beyond, a group of animal lovers got together in the Fall of 1999 and started a non profit alternative animal rescue and placement organization called Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT). By increasing the options that people have, SPOT hopes that more companion animals will find loving and permanent homes. In addition, SPOT hopes to help reduce the number of homeless pets within Skagit County and beyond by insisting that all animals placed in their care are spayed or neutered.

Learn more about Saving Pets One at a Time

Seattle Humane

Funded in 2019

How we help

The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Seattle Humane to provide one-time financial assistance toward non-routine veterinary care for senior dogs through their Pet Project program. Seattle Humane’s Pet Project supports pets of low-income clients affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer residing in King County, WA. Pet Project has served people like Steven & Peach. Steven and his Jack Russell Terrier, Peach, are inseparable. Steven was able to take Peach to the Pet Project clinic at Seattle Humane when Peach began having a hard time getting around. Peach was given medication for her painful arthritis. Steven later told us, “Pet Project has made it possible for me to keep my dog and make sure she is healthy and comfortable. She is everything to me. I am grateful to have the support of Pet Project.” Steven also receives a monthly supply of dog food and arthritis medication for Peach. 

About Seattle Humane

Seattle Humane is a private nonprofit dedicated to saving and serving pets in need, with a strong history of saving thousands of animals each year. Seattle Humane’s mission is to promote the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography. Seattle Humane is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate service to animals and the community through veterinary services, education, and activities that promote animal welfare.

Learn more about Seattle Humane
Little white fluffy dog Graham Graham Greene

Second City Canine Rescue

Funded in 2019 and 2020

How we help

The Grey Muzzle Organization’s generous grant will allow Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) to save 10% more senior dogs in 2019 by providing dental exams and periodontal treatments. With grant funding, SCCR will be able to serve 50 senior dogs this year! This grant will help Second City Canine Rescue save more senior dogs like Graham Greene. Graham was found as a stray, wandering the streets hungry, lost and afraid. SCCR took this sweet boy in, provided critical medical and dental care, along with vaccinations. After visiting the vet, he was placed in a foster home and given nutritious food, a soft bed to sleep on, and lots of love and affection. Graham’s personality was so affectionate and lovable that his foster family couldn’t bear to part with him! They adopted him, and he is now living his best life being a foster brother to other senior dogs that are placed temporarily in his home. 

About Second City Canine Rescue

Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, foster-based organization that is largely volunteer-operated. They are dedicated to serving the homeless dogs of Chicagoland, as well as other areas (Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Texas and Michigan). All breeds, ages, sizes and colors are welcomed and loved. SCCR transfers dogs from shelters to specially trained foster homes, provides the dogs with medical care and gives them a new chance for a long and loving life. Their comprehensive adoption process and post-adoption follow-up prevent future mistreatment. Every effort is made to ensure that once a dog is taken in, they are never placed in an unsafe, unwanted or abusive situation.

Learn more about Second City Canine Rescue

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