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 help Austin Boxer Rescue (ABR) provide nutrition, preventive medication and medical care to rescued senior dogs. All ABR senior dogs receive medical evaluation, treatment for illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions to improve their quality of life, and preventive care to avoid new health issues and prepare them for adoption. By providing socialization, training and a healthy environment for recovery ABR helps older dogs like Winston find loving homes. Sweet Winston was surrendered to a community shelter at age 10. He was confused and frightened, but with the help of a loving ABR foster family he is now prepared to find his forever home.
About Austin Boxer Rescue
Austin Boxer Rescue (ABR) is a nonprofit, volunteer-led dog rescue established in 2006 and serving the entire state of Texas. ABR rescues dogs from community shelter partners and individual owners who can no longer care for their dogs. ABR provides safe, clean, comfortable shelter in the ABR kennel or in volunteer foster homes, nutritious food, medical treatment through 17 veterinary practice partners, rehabilitation and care to prepare each dog for adoption. All ABR dogs are spayed/neutered, appropriately vaccinated, and provided with monthly heartworm/flea/tick preventative medication prior to adoption. ABR facilitates adoption of rescued dogs into carefully screened, loving homes. Over 1,000 ABR volunteers have saved more than 5,000 dogs since our founding, and demand for our services is higher than ever in 2021.
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Support from Grey Muzzle will allow the Austin Humane Society to improve the health of senior dogs and help them find forever homes. Grant funds will cover the costs of blood work for senior dogs like Copper as they come into the shelter. Funds will also help cover any emergency or non-routine medical expenses the increased screening identifies and will allow AHS to expand dental services to senior dogs in their care. New in 2022, Grey Muzzle funding will empower AHS to train veterinary student externs on the unique needs of senior dogs.
About Austin Humane Society
Celebrating 70 years in 2022, the Austin Humane Society is the largest, longest-standing no-kill shelter in Austin, Texas. From humble roots as a small organization founded in 1952, they are now a leader in the nation’s largest no-kill community. They currently serve more than 11,000 animals every year through lifesaving and life-enhancing programs, including adoption, spay and neuter, and disaster-relief in times of natural and man-made crises, and engaging their community to be part of meaningful and sustainable solutions for animal care.
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Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Austin Pets Alive! provide medical care to senior dogs rescued from shelters lacking the resources to save older pets. All senior dogs at APA! receive routine wellness care, and many also need treatment for illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions to improve their quality of life and remove potential barriers to adoption. By treating their issues, APA! helps older dogs find loving homes faster—and can then rescue other at-risk seniors like Rommie. This 15-years-young pup came to APA! with a slight heart murmur, dental disease, and hypothyroidism. Thanks to the support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, Rommie got the medical treatments he needed for a second chance at happily ever after with his new family.
About Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit animal shelter and foster-based rescue organization that’s pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk homeless companion animals and educate others to do the same through its American Pets Alive! nationwide education and outreach division. Being a leader in no kill sheltering in America’s largest no kill city, APA! helps more than 11,000 dogs and cats annually in central Texas and beyond, giving them a chance at the life they deserve. Since 2008, APA! has saved more than 100,000 lives by rescuing, treating, and finding forever homes for vulnerable shelter pets, including sick and injured animals, animals with behavioral issues, neonates, and seniors.
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A grant from Grey Muzzle will supplement Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue's existing Senior program. BBAR is committed to saving adoptable, loving dogs regardless of their age, breed, and medical needs. Since medical expenses tend to be higher for seniors, increased funding will allow BBAR to rescue more seniors, rehabilitate them, train them, and place them in loving homes.
These additional resources from Grey Muzzle help ensure that fewer vulnerable dogs in need are left behind. Their Senior program works to change the public's perspective and understanding of the joys of adopting a senior dog.
Learn more about the great things Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is doing in this video: "The Difference You Make". You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/AULHwzGOaco
Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit network of rescuers, fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from pounds in the rural south. The dogs they rescue are in danger of imminent death as they are on the kill lists at very high volume, high kill pounds. Some of these animal control facilities use extremely inhumane practices like gas chambers and heartstick to euthanize the dogs and many have kill rates over 90% before rescues get involved.
When they commit to rescuing a dog, they make sure the dog is well cared for and properly vetted. They spay/neuter, vaccinate, test for heartworm, provide flea and heartworm preventative, and deworm at private vets local to the shelter they come from. They treat illnesses before adoption, most often heartworm, but have also treated parvo and distemper, and provided for necessary surgeries for dogs with serious injuries. The dogs stay in local fosters or boarding for at least 2 weeks or until they are healthy enough to travel. Then they ride up north with professional rescue transporters who make sure their ride is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
When they arrive, the dogs go into foster homes where they get training and experience living in a home environment before adoption. Some of the lucky ones even get adopted upon arrival!
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The BARCS Intake Prevention Program team spends time on the phone with thousands of Baltimoreans each year, providing resources so they may keep their beloved pets at home with them. The primary reason for surrender is the family’s inability to pay for necessary medical care, especially when senior dogs are concerned. With the Grey Muzzle grant BARCS can provide vital medical care to more underserved senior dogs so they can happily remain with the families who love them.
Once nicknamed the “underdog,” the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) has been working tirelessly to make big strides for Baltimore’s homeless animals. Guided by compassion and dedication to our community, we have cared for more than 170,000 animals since our inception in 2005 along with thousands more that we have prevented from becoming homeless and having to enter our doors. Since taking over the city shelter 16 years ago, we are proud to have increased the save rate for homeless animals from 2% to over 90%. Today, BARCS provides animal care and adoption services, spaying and neutering public education and outreach, resources for families with financial instability so they can keep their pets, and so much more. Through the BARCS Love Lasts Forever program, adoption fees are always waived for senior pets 5 years and older.
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Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S.) developed the Sensational Senior Beagles (SSB) program over a decade ago to ease concerns about adopting senior beagles. B.O.N.E.S. was founded in 2003 for the purpose of rescuing beagles and placing them in forever homes and is registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a nonprofit organization. Their mission is to rescue, rehome, spay/neuter and provide necessary medical care to beagles in need in the New England Area. They endeavor to improve the quality of life for beagles in New England through outreach and education programs. B.O.N.E.S. is an all-volunteer organization, comprised of dedicated people who want what is best for beagles in their area.
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A Grey Muzzle grant will help the Belleville Area Humane Society launch a new initiative within their Wonderdog program focused specifically on senior dogs. Wonderdogs are beloved and deserve a forever home, but need some extra help (e.g., training, marketing) because of their age, breed, or temperament. These dogs receive individualized care plans designed to provide a range of support tailored to their specific needs. Casha, the first Grey Muzzle-supported Wonderdog, is currently in a specialized foster home and will undergo a full medical check-up and dental treatment to get her ready for adoption.
The Belleville Area Humane Society is committed to innovation and has a proven track record of growth, serving the region for over 63 years. It has worked closely with partner organizations to achieve a countywide save rate of over 98%. Other services include a special lost and found pets program; community outreach programs such as spay/neuter, vaccines, trap/neuter/return, a compassionate care fund, and a robust pet food and supply pantry; and foster and adoption programs.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Best of Friends Humane Society to provide dental procedures for senior dogs owned by individuals with limited income. Most dogs receive a quick dental evaluation as part of an annual exam, but the cost for a full dental can be prohibitive to many owners. This grant will allow Best of Friends to provide needed dental care to senior dogs regardless of their owner’s ability to pay, greatly increasing the dog’s comfort and quality of life. Dogs like Duchess, who desperately needed a dental cleaning and help losing weight, will benefit from this grant. After her dental pain was relieved with care and treatment, she went on a low-calorie diet and regular exercise program. In no time at all, Duchess was feeling much better.
The Best of Friends Humane Society helps with veterinary care for low income pet owners with the goal that no pet will suffer or be surrendered to a shelter because its owner cannot afford treatment.
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With their Grey Muzzle grant, Bideawee will increase the number of senior dogs taken into their program. Grants like this one make it possible for Bideawee to offer the specialized care and medical treatment necessary to alleviate minor health problems, manage chronic conditions, and ensure that golden-agers spend the rest of their lives in loving homes. Frankie, a sweet boy who was surrendered to the city shelter due to treatable medical issues, is one little guy who will benefit from the grant.
About Bideawee, Inc.
Bideawee is proud to be one of the country’s first no-kill animal welfare organizations. Since 1903, Bideawee has been a leader in rescuing dogs and cats and successfully integrating them into loving homes. They do this by providing the highest quality shelter experience, medical care, socialization activity and adoption services within a disciplined and sustainable financial structure. They are a compassionate team of dedicated staff, board members, and volunteers, and their work demonstrates the ongoing commitment to the well-being of animals and their people in the community.
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A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help BirchBark provide financial assistance to approximately 30 senior dogs in need of emergency dental care. These funds will ensure that senior dogs like Ludy have many more wonderful years together with their loving families.
About BirchBark Foundation
BirchBark Foundation (BBF) protects and honors the human-animal bond in the central California counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito. Their focus is on providing financial assistance to economically vulnerable families who simply can’t afford the lifesaving care their pet needs. By helping these families with crisis veterinary care, BBF saves innocent lives and keeps families together. In addition, BBF honors the critical bond with animals through its Pet Loss and Grief Support and Education programs, which are available to the animal-loving public in Central California. BBF recognizes that the bond between an animal and its people is one of the most treasured gifts and strives daily to use its voice to protect and honor that bond.