Senior dogs and people who love them have something to wag about this week, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces $390,000 in grants going to 66 animal welfare organizations helping at-risk old dogs in 30 states.
The new grantees, selected from over 300 applicants, will use the funds to provide senior dogs with medical and dental care; adoption, foster and hospice services; programs that help keep old dogs in good homes, and more. Here are a few examples:
Murphy, a 10-year-old rat terrier-mix and his person Lois, are among many pairs who will benefit from Grey Muzzle grants focused on matching senior dogs with senior citizens. Knox PAWS (Placing Animals with Seniors), part of the Knoxville-Knox County Council on Aging in Tennessee, brought them together, got Murphy much-needed veterinary care, and will ensure he continues to get regular check-ups and medications.
Snickers, a 10-year-old beagle, is one of thousands of senior dogs who will receive dental exams and cleanings through Grey Muzzle grants this year. With her new healthy smile, staff at the Norfolk SPCA in Virginia expect Snickers will be quickly adopted.
Rescued from a municipal shelter by Get A Bull in Huntington, NY, 13-year-old Fletcher is part of the group’s Forever Foster program. A Grey Muzzle grant helps support his ongoing medical needs, while Fletcher enjoys checking items off his bucket list with the help of a great foster dad.
Ten-year-old Miss Chaco was left at a Colorado shelter by an elderly owner who could no longer care for her. Safe Harbor Lab Rescue gave her a second chance, with the help of a Grey Muzzle grant that pays for senior intake lab work to assist vets in providing the best possible care for old dogs, adding to their comfort and longevity.
Over the past decade, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to animal shelters, rescue groups and sanctuaries helping at-risk senior dogs nationwide.
“These grants and the lifesaving work they support are made possible by the generosity of individual donors who share our vision of a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “We are so grateful for their support which enables us to help more senior dogs find safety and love in their golden years.”