Support from Grey Muzzle will allow the Pet Support Program at Found House Interfaith Housing Network (Found House IHN) to improve the health of senior dogs whose guardians are experiencing homelessness or other related crises. Low-income clients on the verge of homelessness frequently cannot afford needed veterinary care, such as vaccines and dental cleanings. Grey Muzzle funding will help cover these expenses for senior dogs like Scruffy. During Scruffy’s stay at Found House IHN, he received a medical check-up and vaccines. Scruffy and his owner reunited after finding stable, affordable, pet-friendly housing. When asked about the Pet Support Program, Scruffy’s owner commented, “My fur baby was so loved by them and well cared for. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them.”
Established in 2014, the Pet Support Program is a pet shelter within Found House IHN’s Emergency Shelter. It provides a coordinated care network for people and pets experiencing homelessness or other related crises to keep people and their pets safe and together. People have the best outcomes when they can keep their support systems and families intact, staying connected to beloved pets that offer companionship, emotional support, and other health benefits. Animals are best served by staying with humans they love and avoiding surrender to shelters.
A Grey Muzzle grant will support a new program to provide vouchers to pet parents of senior dogs to cover the cost of dental exams, cleanings, and extractions. This program will help senior dogs with advanced dental disease whose people cannot afford needed dental services, improving the dogs’ quality of life and maintaining the bond between senior dogs and their beloved families.
Neighborhood Pets is a community-based nonprofit organization that cares about people and the animals they love. They provide low-cost wellness care, a free spay/neuter program, a pet food bank, veterinary care assistance, low-cost pet supplies, among other resources. Relationships and building trust in the community are at the core of their work.
With support from Grey Muzzle, the SICSA Pet Adoption & Wellness Center Safe Pets Program will help prevent the surrender of senior dogs like Razz. When people experience a crisis, their pets are affected as well, and those pets are often at risk of surrender. Senior dogs, in particular, are at high risk for illness and euthanasia in shelters, making it even more important to keep them in their homes whenever possible. When Razz’s owner lost her housing, she was desperate not to lose her dog, too. SICSA placed Razz in a foster home, updated her vaccines, and treated her for an ongoing urinary tract infection. One month later, Razz’s owner found stable housing and was able to be reunited with her companion. Funding from Grey Muzzle will allow SICSA not only to cover expenses for critical medical care for senior dogs like Razz, but will also ultimately allow for these dogs to be reunited with their families.
SICSA’s mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals and nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. SICSA was established in 1974 as an alternative to the traditional animal welfare system and has served the Miami Valley region in southwest Ohio for nearly 50 years. It offers numerous animal-centered programs and services, including adoption, humane education, low-cost veterinary services, and a help center to divert intake from shelters and keep pets in homes.
The League is excited to partner with The Grey Muzzle Organization to expand the number of senior dogs they can take into their facility and find homes for as part of the None Left Behind program. This program helps place senior pets like 10-year-old Cindy Lou into homes quickly, by covering the cost of post-adoption veterinary care. None Left Behind allows adopters to bring a senior into their home, without worrying about the possibility of prohibitively expensive vet care. The Grey Muzzle Organization will help the League provide that security.
Founded in 1949, the League for Animal Welfare is a privately-funded, nonprofit organization in Batavia, Ohio. As the oldest and one of the largest no-kill shelters in the greater Cincinnati area, the League serves its community through initiatives to reduce the number of homeless animals and to help people better care for their pets. The League shelters more than 1,000 homeless cats and dogs each year; and provides spay/neuter, and pet food support to our community.
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will enable UCAN to provide bloodwork (CBC and Chemistry Panel) for 100 senior dogs of low-income families. That bloodwork will enable UCAN to diagnose and treat medical conditions of these beloved dogs so they stay happy, healthy and in their homes. The grant will help dogs just like Dracula, an adorable 13-year-old dog that recently came to UCAN because he was ill. Dracula’s family could not afford medical care at a for-profit veterinarian office. UCAN provided the diagnostic bloodwork for a minimal co-payment and was able to diagnose and treat Dracula.
A 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 2001, UCAN Nonprofit Spay & Neuter Clinic’s mission is ending the euthanasia of cats and dogs in local shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area (Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky) and keeping pets in their loving homes by providing professional and affordable spay/neuter surgeries and basic veterinary care. UCAN operates a clinic in Cincinnati, OH, has performed over 133,000 spay/neuter surgeries to date, and focuses its efforts on families wi
Treatment of dental disease is a vital part of senior pet health care and can dramatically improve an animal’s quality of life as well as prevent other serious health issues. Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will subsidize the cost of dental care for 50 senior dogs. Services will be provided in-house by a veterinarian and trained registered veterinary technicians. Each GMO dog will receive all needed dental treatments,including scaling, polishing, digital x-rays, and/or extractions, for a maximum copay of $100.
Pets In Need provides affordable veterinary care for pets in families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. The clinic is the only resource of its kind anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana tri-state area and one of only a handful of stand-alone clinics anywhere in the country that provides comprehensive veterinary care for pet families who lack access to veterinarians.
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Louie’s Legacy to continue rescuing at-risk senior dogs, like Penelope, from shelters and providing whatever necessary medical care needed to get them healthy and prep them for adoption into their perfectly matched forever home. Penelope, a 15-year-old Shih Tzu, was rescued from a New York shelter. She needed both of her eyes removed due to untreated issues, but is now healthy and well on her way to finding her forever home.
Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, Inc. is a nonprofit and no-kill animal rescue based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Staten Island, New York. It began in 2006 with a special little dog named Louie, who was rescued by Louie’s Legacy’s founder from a shelter that had a high euthanasia rate. Now, rescuing approximately 2,500 animals per year on average, Louie’s Legacy is one of the largest foster-based rescues in the country.
A Grey Muzzle grant will help Stop the Suffering (STS) treat and find forever families for senior dogs like Leroy who need a second chance. Sweet Leroy is an 11-year-old Lab mix looking for a retirement home with a comfy couch and a new napping partner.
Since 2002, Stop the Suffering has operated transport, sponsorship, foster, and adoption programs for needy animals in rural Ohio. They assist all companion pets but focus on animals other groups overlook, including seniors, pit bull-type dogs, black dogs, and hounds. Their hearts are with senior dogs, who are the ones most often left behind.
Funding from Grey Muzzle supports the Humane Society of Summit County's medical program. This program will address the need to adequately diagnose and treat rescued senior dogs by covering the costs necessary to complete a variety of clinical tests. HSSC is dedicated to providing each rescued animal with skilled, compassionate, and effective veterinary care. Due to their focused mission of rescuing animals from abuse, neglect, abandonment, illness, and injury, the majority of the animals come into their care in desperate need of medical services. With often little to no preventative medical care or adequate veterinary treatment prior to their rescue, these animals require and deserve the best medical efforts to bring them health, comfort, and happiness.
Lack of care is especially detrimental for senior animals. Without proper veterinary treatment at the onset of common age-related diseases, a senior animal's condition can quickly decline and cause further health issues and diseases. Clinical testing of senior dogs allows their veterinary team to formulate appropriate treatment plans. In addition to informing intervention, this data provides future adopters with a better understanding of the senior dog's condition and ongoing medical needs. With proper care and treatment at HSSC, these senior dogs will have the opportunity to enjoy futures filled with safety and love as members of adoptive families.
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Grey Muzzle supports the senior therapy dog program at The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. We pay medical expenses for dogs who have passed their therapy dog exam, and help The Sanctuary expand this important program that shows us how much old dogs have to give.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs rescues senior dogs abandoned in shelters and pounds; provides lifelong care for rescued senior dogs; adopts appropriate dogs into loving, permanent homes; develops programs that match senior dogs and senior people to their mutual benefit; fosters an awareness of our lifelong responsibility to our companion animals; and strengthens the bond between humans and animals by teaching respect and compassion for all living things.