Before coming to the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS), Dora, a senior Pit Bull, had a difficult life, but she remained a hopeful, happy girl. With the care of KHS and help from a grant from Grey Muzzle, she recovered from heartworm, found a home with a family, and learned to love and trust again.
Many senior dogs are abandoned when they need us most. Read about how Grey Muzzle works to improve the lives of these at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources for senior dog programs through shelters, rescues, sanctuaries, and other nonprofits.
Hospice fostering provides care for homeless dogs that do not have long to live. The prospect of caring for these dogs may seem daunting to some, but Debbie Marks, a hospice foster parent for Grey Muzzle grantee Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, explains why it is rewarding beyond measure.
The classic Labrador Retriever has a "forever young" attitude to life, but senior Labs in shelters can have a difficult time finding adopters. Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, a Grey Muzzle grantee, provides these older Labs with care, and shows potential adopters how much companionship old Labs have to give.
Old Dog Haven, a Grey Muzzle grantee, prioritizes the oldest and sickest dogs in shelters. For those dogs very near the end of their lives, Old Dog Haven offers a special program that gives the dogs their final weeks or days in a comfortable home with people who really care.
Delilah was left at a shelter by her family, suffering from health problems and deafness. However, at The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in Ohio, a Grey Muzzle grantee, dogs like Delilah not only get love and care, but a chance to share their love through the Sanctuary's senior therapy dog program.
Carie Broecker tells us how a dog's dying guardian inspired her to co-found Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, and about their work on California's Central Coast finding loving homes for both senior dogs in shelters and dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them.
Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell is a collection of 36 stories of senior dogs who went from neglected and abandoned to valued family member through Old Dog Haven’s network of foster homes and adopters. Author Ardeth De Vries discusses her book and tells us more about Old Dog Haven's work.
At the Virginia Beach SPCA, a Grey Muzzle grantee, they are dedicated to offering senior dogs The Three Cs: Care, Comfort, and Compassion. This means making sure old dogs get the veterinary treatment they need, and providing special comforts and compassion, in order to make a difficult time a little easier.
With help from a grant from Grey Muzzle, Muttville's Seniors For Seniors Program supports the adoption of senior dogs by senior citizens. However, not everyone ready to share love with a senior dog is prepared to adopt. For this reason, Muttville launched Cuddle Club.