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
A generous grant provided by The Grey Muzzle Organization will support Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)'s medical program for senior dogs and address two key needs: routine and specialized medical care and dental procedures. The Grey Muzzle grant will help dogs like Chopper, a 17-year-old who was surrendered to UPAWS and found to have numerous large growths on his stomach. Upon examination, the veterinarian determined that Chopper has several fatty tumors, which will not hinder his quality of life. UPAWS believes senior dogs like Chopper deserve a second chance and support from Grey Muzzle helps make that possible.
The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) is a nonprofit organization with no ties to any larger group and is the only shelter located in Marquette County, serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Every day, they make decisions on caring for homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused domestic animals based on what they believe is best for them and advocate for the animals in their care, to help them find forever homes. Their mission is to improve the quality of life and welfare for domestic animals and to provide a safe haven while finding lifelong homes for the animals in their care. They embrace the no-kill philosophy, seeking to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals, and have consistently saved 98% of the animals who come into their program.
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Vanderburgh Humane Society (VHS) operates a Senior Pets adoption program offering waived adoption fees to senior citizens adopting senior pets. Their Grey Muzzle grant will help to underwrite this lifesaving, rewarding program and help save more dogs like Savannah. Twelve-year-old Savannah was surrendered to the VHS due to her possessiveness with high-value items with other dogs. She is healthy and active and free to an adopter over the age of 70.
The Vanderburgh Humane Society (VHS) was founded in 1957 and celebrated their 60th anniversary last summer. Their mission is “Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.” They are an open-admission shelter accepting domestic homeless animals from all over the region, regardless of species, temperament, age, health, or circumstance. The VHS typically takes in around 900-950 dogs each year, more than 100 of whom are considered “seniors,” age 7 and older.
How we help
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps with their Hospice/Forever Foster Program. The goal with this program is to provide compassionate care to senior dogs with life-limiting illness or disease including, but not limited to: cancer, kidney failure, arthritis, diabetes, Cushing’s, heart disease, periodontal disease, blindness and incontinence. They provide: pain management, chemo/radiation, sub q fluids, supplemental nutrition, holistic meals, medical and dental surgery, medication, acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, massage, radiographs and ultrasound, ER visits; and a loving and safe environment to live out their final days, months or years.
Vintage Paws is a sanctuary where senior dogs, regardless of their health, can live out their lives. They generally accept dogs that are nine years and older, regardless of the breed. All dogs can be adopted but many are not due to advanced age and/or illness. The Sanctuary limits the intake based on space and financial constraints – we care until the end, no matter what.
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The Virginia Beach SPCA (VBSPCA) has received grants from Grey Muzzle for medical care for adoptable dogs and their HOPE program. The HOPE program was launched in October 2008 to help pet owners with pet food and veterinary expenses so that owners could keep their pets instead of relinquishing them to a shelter. Grey Muzzle helps with expenses for senior dog owners, which includes over 75% of the applicants to the program.
About Virginia Beach SPCA
VBSPCA, created in 1966, is a private nonprofit humane society that takes in almost 4,000 homeless domestic animals and nearly 2,200 wildlife animals each year, and is dedicated to finding homes for all adoptable animals. Through their medical clinic and mobile Neuter Scooter, they also provide spay/neuter and other veterinary services to the public. Their mission is to create a more humane and responsible community by increasing our capacity for compassion while decreasing our tolerance for cruelty.
How we help
A grant from Grey Muzzle helps with their Senior Adoption Program - a concerted effort by the VGSR volunteers to make the adopting public aware of the benefits of owning a senior dog – and their Wards of Rescue expenses. Wards of the Rescue are those senior dogs who will never be adopted, as they are too ill or have too many behavioral issues to transition to adoptive homes. These dogs live out their lives in loving foster homes.
Virginia German Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of the German Shepherd Dog. They provide a safe haven for German Shepherds (and, sometimes, other breeds/mixes) who are left in shelters to await uncertain fate; are owner surrenders (moving, illness, divorce, death, etc.); or are victims of abuse or neglect. They adopt dogs to loving, responsible and secure homes, typically, in Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.
How we help
Grey Muzzle helps to fund the Senior Companions program at WHS, which treats medical needs of senior animals and provides them care either in foster homes or temporarily at the shelter until they are adopted.
Since 1870, the Washington Humane Society has been the National Capital area’s leading voice of compassion for pets and wildlife. They operate the only open-access shelter in the District.
How we help
Grey Muzzle funding will support Watauga Humane Society's Adoption Booster efforts by ensuring that they can provide necessary medical care and subsidize adoption fees for senior dogs rather than having to choose one or the other. Additionally, they will be testing a senior focused “play-date” event through their Dogs Playing for Life program. They will bring senior dogs in foster care to the adoption center so potential adopters can meet them.
About Watauga Humane Society
Watauga Humane Society (WHS) is an open admission adoption center in rural western North Carolina. They serve about 2000 animals a year and because of their successful Adoption Boosters program more than 95% of them have a happy ending. About 100 senior dogs come to WHS annually and they provide specialized wellness exams, dental care, appropriate diets, and training to increase their adoption potential.
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Grant funds from Grey Muzzle will allow Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center (WMRAC) to develop a senior to senior adoption program. This program will expand the number of senior animal transfers that they are able to do and also connect the senior citizens in their community with senior animals that deserve a home in their golden years.
Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center (WMRAC) was founded in 2002 with the mindset that "All Who Enter Will Find Love." This motto not only applies to the animals that come through their gates but also to the humans that enter looking to find a companion. WMRAC works diligently to foster the animal-human bond, and to that end, Molly's Mercy Missions were established in 2016 to save some of the most vulnerable lives in at risk municipal shelters across the Southwest. These missions specifically pull and transfer animals that are in danger of euthanasia. Many of the animals saved are seniors that have lost their homes due to no fault of their own.
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The senior dogs that come into the West Valley Humane Society have been neglected and most have not had regular veterinary care. The Grey Muzzle grant will provide funding to do blood work on our senior dogs and also support dental procedures, as needed. The blood work will allow us to identify underlying conditions and provide medication and treatment. We will also be able to provide this information to prospective adopters so that they are prepared to meet their new family member’s health needs.
West Valley Humane Society's mission is to provide professional and compassionate animal services through shelter, adoption, educational programs, population control and health care services while remaining fiscally responsible. We are the only nonprofit, open admission animal shelter in Canyon County, serving a population of 211,698. In 2017 we saw 7,779 animals come through our doors from our own community, as well as out of state transfers into our facility. We welcomed 348 senior dogs into our care, many of whom required dental work before being adopted to loving families.
How we help
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Young at Heart to bring more senior dogs from area shelters into their adoption program, providing them with comprehensive medical care and placing them in loving forever homes. This grant will help dogs like nine-year-old Mona who was rescued by Young at Heart after being surrendered to an overcrowded shelter where she faced an uncertain future. She was badly in need of grooming and major dental work and was also suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection. Young at Heart provided Mona with all the medical care she needed to get healthy and placed her in a wonderful foster home where she is waiting for a loving family to adopt her.
Young at Heart believes that Love Has No Age Limit™. Their mission is to provide senior dogs and cats with a safe haven, ensuring they live with comfort, compassion, and companionship in their golden years. They rescue homeless senior dogs and cats from situations where their age may put them first in line to be euthanized, find loving homes for adoptable senior pets and offer a peaceful sanctuary for those who are less adoptable.