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
The Grey Muzzle Grant is enabling Pets Alive to start a new program - the Senior Canine Tooth Fairy Program, a dental program for senior dogs. While dogs receive dental treatments as needed, no formal program has existed that solely focuses on providing routine dentals for senior dogs as way to increase their chances at adoption and to maintain optimum health in their golden years.
About Pets Alive
Pets Alive is a no kill animal rescue organization situated on over 80 acres of property, located at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY. It is surrounded by woods and pastures, creating a tranquil environment for the animals within our care. The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. In 2017, Pets Alive rescued 602 cats, dogs and 1 horse and found forever homes for 505 cats and dogs, and 1 pig. The organization often takes in local stray cats and dogs as well as animals from shelters that face overcrowding so they do not have to resort to killing. Additionally, they work with local law enforcement on rescuing animals involved in cruelty cases. Animals that come within their care and continue their lives at the sanctuary until they are adopted. For some, it may take years due to behavioral challenges, however, through their unique training and adoptability programs, they continue to work with these animals to help them overcome these challenges. This is particularly the case with their 15 senior dogs, most of whom have been with Pets Alive for three, four, or more years.
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Treatment of dental disease is a vital part of senior pet health care and can dramatically improve an animal’s quality of life as well as prevent other serious health issues. Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will subsidize the cost of dental care for 50 senior dogs. Services will be provided in-house by a veterinarian and trained registered veterinary technicians. Each GMO dog will receive all needed dental treatments,including scaling, polishing, digital x-rays, and/or extractions, for a maximum copay of $100.
Pets In Need provides affordable veterinary care for pets in families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. The clinic is the only resource of its kind anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana tri-state area and one of only a handful of stand-alone clinics anywhere in the country that provides comprehensive veterinary care for pet families who lack access to veterinarians.
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Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will enable Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to help at-risk senior dogs remain in their homes where they are loved. This program will offer subsidized (free or reduced-cost) veterinary care at PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics to owners who cannot otherwise afford or access it. Specifically, funding will allow us to serve 75 dogs aged seven and older who would otherwise be surrendered to Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, dogs like Cammy who got the care she needed to remain in her loving home.
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is the city’s largest rescue partner and provider of affordable, basic veterinary care for pet owners and rescue organizations that cannot otherwise access it. Each year, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals in need, and enables thousands of families to keep their cherished pets. PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every savable pet is guaranteed a home.
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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.