Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will provide medical care for senior dogs like 12-year-old Janet and help keep families together. Lifeline Oro Valley Animal Rescue (LOVAR) will also use the grant to expand its community assistance program to serve families overlooked due to language barriers.
LOVAR is an inclusive, volunteer-driven, no-kill rescue working collaboratively to save dogs and cats, regardless of breed, age, size, or condition. LOVAR’s mission is to provide safe rescue, crate- and force-free rehabilitation, and responsible placement or sanctuary, while promoting humane treatment of animals to build compassionate communities.
Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is committed to increasing the annual intake of senior dogs to help alleviate strain on our partner shelters and allow these dogs to live in loving homes. Thanks to the Grey Muzzle grant, AAWL will waive the adoption fee for senior dogs, provide 60+ days of medication, and offer a $250 credit at the community veterinary clinic to treat chronic medical conditions. Removing barriers to senior dog adoption will encourage adopters to open their hearts and homes to older dogs. The grant will help 22 senior dogs find loving homes.
Since 1971, AAWL has offered programs and services that support animals and people in Maricopa County, serving an impoverished area of Phoenix, where nearly 65% of the residents live at or below the poverty level. Whether providing shelter and adoption services for homeless animals, enriching young minds with humane education, or providing behavioral classes to enhance the human-animal bond, AAWL meets the needs of animals and those who love them.
Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will provide support to locally owned dogs, age 7 and older, in need of diagnostics and/or treatment. Families, like that of Edgar Allan Poe who needed surgery to remove a mass from his leg, often face challenges paying for emergency or unexpected veterinary care. As a medical alert dog for his owner, eight-year-old Edgar is a cherished family member. By covering the cost of his surgery, NKPC was able to restore his health and keep Edgar at home where he belongs. Supporting families in need ensures pets receive veterinary care and decreases the number of senior dogs surrendered to shelters simply because their guardians could not afford the cost of their treatment.
No Kill Pima County (NKPC) is an all-volunteer, grassroots community nonprofit. Since 2012 NKPC has implemented strategies to build and support a community that saves the savable pets. Initiatives have focused on keeping pets out of shelters, supporting those in shelters, and promoting adoption and rescue efforts. Currently, efforts are aimed at offering options to owners and “finders” of stray dogs that enable pets to stay with their families and in their community, reserving shelter space for those who truly have no other options.
The goal of the Grey Muzzle grant is to reduce the number of senior dogs surrendered because their guardians cannot afford to treat their medical conditions. Funding will also support diagnostics and medical treatment for senior dogs in the care of High County Humane, improving their health and increasing their chances of adoption. The grant will benefit dogs like Bubba who had masses removed and is being treated for hypothyroidism and arthritis, all while recovering in a loving foster home and awaiting a forever family.
High Country Humane opened its doors at the end of 2018 to provide high-caliber animal shelter services and help elevate animal welfare throughout northern Arizona. They provide comprehensive care for companion animals and ensure that no animal is euthanized for time, space, or a treatable condition. Their mission is to transform lives by providing exceptional animal care and adoption services, strengthening the bond between pets and people, and advocating for the well-being of all animals.
Thanks to The Grey Muzzle Organization, Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary (FLPS) can rescue six more senior dogs at high risk of euthanasia due to their medical condition. Grey Muzzle’s grant helps dogs like Nandor, a 15-year-old Pekingese, who was transferred from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control with an ulcerated eye and matted fur after being seen on the streets repeatedly walking in circles. FLPS provided him with medical care, including removing his eye, dental work, and grooming. Nandor is now flourishing in a loving foster home. He jumps up on the ottoman for bagel treats, is learning to swim, and, most importantly, has begun to trust people. Next up is his forever home!
FLPS’s mission is to help overlooked senior dogs in Arizona find their forever homes. Sadly, many dogs that come to FLPS are from owners who have passed or can no longer care for them. As a result, these dogs are in great need of medical attention. Forever Loved provides every senior dog with needed medical care, ensuring they have the best quality of life and preparing them for their forever home.
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will provide medical care for senior pets in the Lost Our Home Temporary Care and Adoption Programs. Both programs provide senior pets with medical examinations, spay/neutering, vaccinations, microchips and additional medical care as needed, such as dental care and blood work.
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue (LOH) was founded in 2008 in Arizona as a grassroots response to help the thousands of pets in need as a result of the economic downturn, providing compassionate services for pets and families in crisis that go beyond the traditional rescue or shelter. LOH recognizes how pets enrich the lives of people and the importance of the human-animal bond, particularly in times of crisis.
Funds received from The Grey Muzzle Organization will be used to increase the number of senior dogs Home Fur Good takes in. The grant will help to defray medical costs associated with older dogs such as dental care, senior blood work, and removal of tumors. We will promote adoption of senior dogs through a seniors for seniors program and long-term foster care.
Home Fur Good Animal Rescue and Placement’s mission is to eliminate euthanasia of treatable, adoptable cats and dogs in Maricopa County through placements, medical treatment, training for correction of behavioral issues, promotion of spay/neuter and increased community awareness. Since inception in 2009 Home Fur Good has rescued over 4,000 cats and dogs.
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Saving Paws Rescue AZ develop a Seniors For Seniors program. Residing in Arizona, Saving Paws is surrounded by retirement communities with many active senior residents looking for a hiking partner, a cuddling companion or even a foster houseguest as they spend their winters in the Valley of the Sun. Through collaborative efforts with neighboring senior dog clubs, community centers, and rescue volunteers, they are looking to place senior dogs with mature adults, for either permanent adoption, long- or short-term fostering, or hospice care.
In 2012, Trisha Houlihan, a volunteer at the local county animal control shelter, was saddened by the volume of German Shepherd Dogs being listed for euthanasia. She recognized there were very little resources for the rescue of this breed, so she created a place for them – Saving Paws Rescue Arizona, a place that would be a safe harbor for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois Dogs.
Support from Grey Muzzle will help the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) prevent at least 40 senior dogs from being needlessly surrendered to their shelter. This grant will help strengthen the organization’s Bridge the Gap program, which supports lower-income pet owners struggling to keep their families intact. For example, pet parent Colleen contacted AHS when she could not afford to update her 14-year-old dog’s vaccinations. Without proof of vaccination, she could not move into a pet-friendly rental home, putting Lotus Pod at risk of being needlessly surrendered to an animal shelter. This grant will help remove financial barriers for other Maricopa County pet owners and keep beloved senior dogs in their homes.
Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has believed every pet deserves a good life. AHS is Arizona’s largest animal welfare and protection agency and the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during disasters. Guided by their Ethical No-Kill Philosophy™, AHS saves thousands of pets annually. Their services include a level I trauma hospital and intensive care units for homeless pets, comprehensive medical and foster programs, and behavior intervention programs.
A Grey Muzzle grant to Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue helps with their Dignity Fund, a specialized program that rescues seniors who have been surrendered to the shelter by their owners and lets them pass to the Rainbow Bridge in a loving foster home with peace and dignity. This program provides comfort and one-on-one care to hospice pets by a compassionate foster and in-home veterinarian.
The Dignity Fund focuses efforts on larger, elderly, sick or injured animals in need of extra care to provide them with rehabilitation or long term foster care and give these pets a chance to be safe, comfortable, and loved in their final days.
Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused and neglected animals. They are dedicated to the welfare of these animals and the gentle eco system that we share. They also educate the public on humane and responsible pet ownership through nonprofit partnerships, public education programs and grass root efforts within communities.