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Humane Society of West Michigan

Funded in 2022

Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is thrilled to receive assistance for dental care for senior dogs like 10-year-old Spike, whose teeth had been sorely neglected his entire life. These funds will allow the purchase of new equipment that will make lengthy dental procedures safer. Pre-procedure blood work will ensure senior dogs can tolerate the anesthesia needed for their dental procedures. Healthy smiles and improved overall health will help senior dogs find a forever home more quickly. After his dental treatment, Spike showed a completely new side of himself, playing with toys and basking in the staff’s attention. He’s now awaiting his forever family.

Humane Society of West Michigan is one of the longest continually running shelters in Michigan. Their goal is to promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement, and protection.

Shadow CSNIP

Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP)

Funded in 2022
A grant from Grey Muzzle will enable C-SNIP to provide subsidies to offset the cost of dental care for senior dogs like Shadow. Shadow became a patient at C-SNIP’s Community Well Pet Clinic when her human, Della, could no longer afford her full-service veterinarian. C-SNIP vets diagnosed Shadow with severe dental disease. Della could cover the cost of Shadow’s initial dental appointments that included x-rays, cleaning, and polishing, but she simply couldn’t afford the extractions her beloved Shadow needed. The Grey Muzzle grant will ensure Shadow–and even more dogs just like her—get the dental care needed to be healthy and pain-free.
C-SNIP prevents pet overpopulation and improves the quality of life for dogs, cats, and their caregivers by providing accessible, high-quality, reduced-cost veterinary care. Founded in 2001, CSNIP has spayed/neutered more than 210,000 dogs and cats in western Michigan. Their programs are designed to create a world in which all dogs and cats are healthy, happy, and in loving homes.
Kirby John Harbor Humane

Harbor Humane Society

Funded in 2022

A grant from Grey Muzzle will enable Harbor Humane Society (HHS) to do blood work on all senior dogs coming into the shelter and provide probiotics as needed. Results of the blood work will help HHS provide senior dogs needed veterinary care and give potential adopters important information about their health. Funding will help dogs like 10-year-old Kirby John who came to HHS from a rural shelter in Tennessee. When he arrived, he was overweight, had ears full of mites and dirt, and had several lumpy masses that needed to be checked out.  Thankfully, his blood work showed no major health issues. With medical care and lots of TLC in his foster home, Kirby John is on the road to a full recovery and looking forward to his next stop with a forever family.

Harbor Humane Society cares for homeless and unwanted animals in their western Michigan community and beyond. They provide education on pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. Under contract with Ottawa County, they are solely responsible for taking in all stray animals found within the county limits.


Michigan Humane Society

Funded in 2020

With help from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Michigan Humane will be able to serve senior dogs belonging to low-income and struggling families in Detroit through its “Pets for Life” program. This program is designed to support members of the community and their pets by offering accessible options for care and much needed resources. This grant will provide assistance with pet food, veterinary care and other needs to help remove barriers for families with senior dogs, improving quality of life for pets and keep families together with their beloved companions. 

Founded in 1877, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the state of Michigan. The organization’s mission is to improve and save lives through compassionate care, community engagement and advocacy for animals. MHS celebrates a 100% placement rate for all healthy and treatable pets who come into their care – including more than 8,000 adoptions in 2019 alone.

Black and tan Dachshund Duchess

Best of Friends Humane Society

Funded in 2019

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. 

all black shepherd dog

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)

Funded in 2018 and 2022

A generous grant provided by The Grey Muzzle Organization will support Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)'s medical program for senior dogs, providing preventative care, blood work, and urinalysis testing for 50 senior dogs. Funding will also support advertising promotions to get senior dogs adopted more quickly. The grant will help senior dogs like Gladys, an eight-year-old German shepherd who arrived at the shelter as a stray. UPAWS believes that seniors like Gladys deserve to have a second chance in life, and the generous support of Grey Muzzle will make that possible.

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) is a nonprofit organization and the only shelter located in Marquette County, serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Every day, they care for homeless, unwanted, abandoned, and abused domestic animals, advocating for them and  helping them find forever homes. They seek 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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Detroit Animal Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.)

Funded in 2018

A grant from The Grey Muzzle organization will help Detroit Animal Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.) provide dental care to senior dogs. D.A.W.G. has witnessed that senior dogs requiring dental work are not adopted quickly due to the cost of canine dental cleaning/work. By having specific funds for senior dogs that can provide dental care, their rescue can get senior dogs in tip-top shape for adoption and potential adopters will not be faced with the immediate expense of dental treatment. In some cases this can tip the scales and turn a potential adopter into a senior dog owner.

Detroit Animal Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.) is a nonprofit, “no-kill” rescue in Macomb County, Michigan. They are a registered shelter and composed of over 100 volunteers. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals in need. Their pets come from local shelters, owner surrenders and strays. They focus on saving stray dogs of Detroit and hold regular outreach missions to take in injured, starved, neglected and abused animals.

Small black and white dog laying the grass of a fenced area.

Detroit Dog Rescue

Funded in 2018

The grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization will support Detroit Dog Rescue’s Forever Foster Home program, which provides Detroit's senior dogs with medical and dental care, enrichment, and shelter. Through this program, Detroit Dog Rescue covers each dog's medical and dental expenses, the cost of food and supplies, and any transportation needed to and from foster homes. Last year, Detroit Dog Rescue rescued more than 20 senior dogs and successfully placed them in forever foster homes. We anticipate that our Forever Foster Home program will serve approximately 50 senior dogs in 2018-2019, doubling the number of senior dogs served in the previous year.

Detroit Dog Rescue focuses on raising awareness of the mounting homeless and stray dog problem in Detroit, along with advocating for humane rescue alternatives such as no-kill sheltering, foster care and adoptions, pet identification and healthy pet population control through spay and neutering. Detroit Dog Rescue also specializes in community outreach, and we work closely with local, city and statewide organizations in order to educate and involve people in this cause.

White and brown dog with green scarf standing in blue background

Shelter to Home

Funded in 2018

Shelter to Home's Grey Muzzle grant will help them provide additional services for senior dogs such as dental care, screening blood tests, laser treatments for arthritis, and costly medications. They will be able to help more animals like Laney, who was rescued with a grapefruit-sized mammary tumor hanging from her groin. Laney is at least 10 years old and now has several spots of cancer in her chest. Despite her illness, she is very happy and living life to the fullest in her hospice foster home.

Founded in 2007, Shelter to Home, Inc. is an animal rescue organization that works to save animals from shelters in their community by placing them into foster care until permanent homes are found, and to create sustainable solutions to achieve a no‑kill community. Thanks to their supporters, including volunteers, veterinarians and donors, they are able to help seriously ill and injured animals of all ages.


Local Animal Shelter Support

Funded in 2015

Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps to pay for their senior dog health care examination expenses to give a better assessment of a dog’s condition to be able to fully inform potential  adopters and to initiate  veterinary  treatment  if necessary. This will include diagnosis and treatment of heartworm stages 1-3, dental issues, hip dysplasia, broken bones, mastitis, mammary tumors, severe eye and ear infections, hernias, malnutrition, and severe matting and skin infections as well as routine spay/neuter and diagnosis of arthritis, hearing and vision issues. 

LASSI provides veterinary care for pets at the Oceana County Animal Control Shelter, socializes them and prepares them for adoption. They pay for veterinary care including basic veterinary exams, flea and tick treatment, ear, skin and eye infections, catastrophic injury and illness such as broken bones, amputations, hip dysplasia, bladder stones, prolapsed uterus, and heartworm disease.  They maintain adoption websites, hold adoption events and transport pets to new homes outside the local area. When the shelter is full, they place pets in foster homes and other shelters.

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