Heartland Animal Shelter is a no-kill, nonprofit organization that rescues animals from the Chicagoland area and across the nation. Their mission is to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures. Heartland has saved more than 10,000 animals since the shelter opened in 2002.
With the grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Heartland will ensure all senior dogs at the shelter receive the medical care they need, including veterinary exams, diagnostics (bloodwork and urinalysis), and dental cleanings. Providing this medical care up front is expected to decrease the length of stay for senior dogs, finding them permanent homes more quickly before they become stressed or sick in the shelter environment. Heartland also intends to allocate a portion of the grant toward helping owned senior dogs remain in their loving homes, who might otherwise be surrendered due to the cost of care.