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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Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue's Grey Muzzle grant will fund health care for senior dogs. Most of their dogs come from shelters and have unmet medical needs, and some are simply in need of basic geriatric care, such as relief from arthritis pain and updates on vaccinations. Others have more serious health issues, many of which are treatable and, once addressed, greatly improve the dog’s quality of life. Their program is unique in that they provide free adoptions and medical care for life, all you need to add is love.
This grant was made possible thanks to the generosity of Sydney C., in memory of her beloved Shepherds Roman and Dakota.
Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. (TSGSR) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing very old or terminally ill German Shepherd Dogs and mixed breed dogs from life-threatening situations. They accept shelter dogs and owner-surrender dogs from all of California, providing foster homes and medical treatment the dogs may have been lacking. Their efforts are critically needed as many shelters do not have the resources to provide in-depth care for large senior dogs, most of whom face uncertain futures as a result.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will provide diagnostic and medical treatment as dogs enter Top Dog’s care. Many dogs are surrendered when owners pass away or move to assisted living. Others arrive from shelters and rescue groups, and still others have been abandoned. In the majority of cases they have not received ongoing veterinary care. Top Dog’s commitment is to restore their health to the best level possible prior to adoption. Grey Muzzle’s support will help at least 14 senior dogs receive exams, medications, dental care and whatever else is needed by each individual dog.
About Top Dog Foundation
Top Dog Foundation rescues and ensures safe, loving homes for senior dogs who otherwise face uncertain futures due to age and health issues. From its beginning in 2004, Top Dog set out to change at least two lives when saving a senior dog. When they adopt an elder pup into a senior citizen home, the health benefits for the senior citizen skyrocket. With Hoover’s Taxi Network, a volunteer effort that ferries dogs to visit their person in assisted living facilities, TDF helps senior citizens NOT have to say goodbye to a beloved companion. Their Pet Trust program helps people plan for when they can no longer care for their dog. To secure their dog’s future care, people may choose an adoptive home or a sanctuary setting as the final home for their dog. Top Dog follows the dog throughout life, ensuring quality of care. And their upcoming Top Dog Sanctuary embodies their vision to end unnecessary euthanasia. This state-of-the-art facility will ultimately house 120 senior dogs who may be difficult to place in private homes but can have quality of life with regular and skilled care.
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Two by Two is committed to saving as many senior dogs as possible in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Grumplestein’s Legacy is named in honor of a senior Chihuahua whose deformed leg, advanced age, and lack of teeth put him at risk in the local shelter. This is a new program that will give senior dogs like Mr. Grumplestein the second chance they deserve. The program will provide comprehensive medical care, including vaccinations, blood work, and any needed medication. The Grey Muzzle grant will enable Two by Two to save more than 150 older dogs during the grant period.
About Two by Two Rescue
Two by Two gives life to all abandoned, abused, stray, and distressed animals without regard to age, breed, color, or medical condition, and keeps pets in their homes by offering relief to people in crisis. One of the nonprofit’s main goals is to reduce euthanasia and improve lifesaving rates throughout Alabama, a state with a 36.5% kill rate. Two by Two is proud of their success saving 96% of the animals they take in. They provide necessary medical care, a loving foster home, and a loving forever home, whenever possible. Two by Two has steadily increased the number of dogs they serve from 200 in 2016 to 950 in 2020, more than 150 of which were senior dogs.
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The Grey Muzzle grant will help cover the cost of dental cleanings and blood work for senior dogs in Tyson’s program. This grant directly benefits the dogs by improving their quality of life and increasing their chances of adoption.
Tyson's Place Animal Rescue is a small, foster-based rescue whose mission is assisting terminally ill people with caring for and finding new families for their pets. As a result of their mission, almost all of their adoptable dogs are senior dogs. Tyson’s prides itself in providing thorough veterinary care to dogs in their care, so adopters know they are adopting healthy dogs. When people are terminally ill, there are many complex medical, financial, and emotional issues that take precedence over veterinary care for their dog. Tyson’s often takes into rescue animals that have gaps in veterinary care, sometimes years, and need significant medical care.
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The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will enable UCAN to provide bloodwork (CBC and Chemistry Panel) for 100 senior dogs of low-income families. That bloodwork will enable UCAN to diagnose and treat medical conditions of these beloved dogs so they stay happy, healthy and in their homes. The grant will help dogs just like Dracula, an adorable 13-year-old dog that recently came to UCAN because he was ill. Dracula’s family could not afford medical care at a for-profit veterinarian office. UCAN provided the diagnostic bloodwork for a minimal co-payment and was able to diagnose and treat Dracula.
A 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 2001, UCAN Nonprofit Spay & Neuter Clinic’s mission is ending the euthanasia of cats and dogs in local shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area (Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky) and keeping pets in their loving homes by providing professional and affordable spay/neuter surgeries and basic veterinary care. UCAN operates a clinic in Cincinnati, OH, has performed over 133,000 spay/neuter surgeries to date, and focuses its efforts on families with pets living in poverty, shelters, rescues and community cats.
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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.
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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 is excited to receive funding from Grey Muzzle to cover the cost of providing advanced medical care to senior dogs. This will ensure that adopters do not incur additional charges beyond the standard adoption fee, therefore decreasing the average length of stay for senior dogs in the shelter.
About Virginia Beach SPCA
Since 1966 The Virginia Beach SPCA has been connecting people and pets. The VBSPCA cares for nearly 3,000 homeless domestic animals annually and has a 93% adoption rate. Their services and programs further their mission to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering and increasing human compassion. The VBSPCA approaches animal welfare in a number of ways, including serving as a community resource for the welfare of all animals, providing second chances in forever homes, offering quality veterinary care, and ensuring that even the youngest generation of animal lovers understands the importance of compassion.
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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.