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McKamey Animal Center

Funded in 2022

Support from Grey Muzzle will allow McKamey Animal Center to provide comprehensive medical and dental care for senior pets, improving their chances of adoption. Funds will cover the cost of medical care for dogs like 15-year-old Lolette, who came to MAC after her owner passed away. The grant will also allow MAC to provide end-of-life care and pet supplies to owners of senior pets who have life-limiting conditions.

McKamey Animal Center (MAC) opened its doors in 2008 with the mission of Saving Animals, Helping People. MAC’s vision is to eliminate animal overpopulation, cruelty, and neglect by creating a culture of compassionate care, community engagement, and advocacy for animals. They provide programs and education that support people and companion animals. In 2021, MAC sheltered more than 4,200 animals and helped thousands of others in the local community.

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Pet Community Center

Funded in 2022

With funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Pet Community Center (PCC) will offer free vaccines (e.g., canine influenza, rabies) for 200 senior dogs like Girlfriend. All Davidson County, Tennessee residents who demonstrate need through government assistance, unemployment, or other hardship are eligible.

Pet Community Center (PCC) believes every animal deserves high-quality veterinary care. Providing affordable and accessible vaccines and spay/neuter services is the key to PCC’s success. Their goal is to provide low-cost, high-quality care so that pets stay happy, healthy, and in a home with people who love them. PCC is also tackling barriers to veterinary care by providing outreach and support to pet owners who live in vet deserts (i.e., areas with no vet services).

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Young-Williams Animal Center


A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help the Pet Resource Center keep senior dogs in their homes by providing diagnostic services, treatments, and palliative care to low-income families struggling to care for their pets. The Pet Resource Center removes barriers to pet ownership by offering free pet food, preventatives and basic supplies. The Center also  assists with the cost of emergency veterinary care, emergency boarding, and training to address behavioral issues.

The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is “a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, TN, and takes in nearly 10,000 animals each year. As a nonprofit organization, Young-Williams Animal Center serves the needs of lost, unwanted, abandoned, and neglected animals. The center’s mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare, and enhance the human-animal bond through the shelter and placement of animals, spay/neuter initiatives, and public education on companion animal issues.

Monroe County Friends of Animals

Funded in 2015

A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps to fund the “Second Chance Pals” program.  This program seeks to find foster or other temporary care for senior dogs until a forever home can be found.  All illnesses and injuries are treated except for the medically untreatable.  The program’s future goals are to provide educational material for the community about the benefits of adopting an adult pet and to provide assistance to existing pet owners to help find solutions to keeping their family pet in their home.  

Monroe County Friends of Animals (MCFA) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization located in Monroe County, Tennessee. This group was created in 2004 by concerned citizens who recognized a dire need existing throughout the county for animal welfare. They consulted with the County's governing body and entered into negotiations with the Monroe County government. This led to the formation of a county-run animal shelter, which was approved by a narrow commission vote at the end of 2004.

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Knoxville-Knox County Council on Aging (Knox PAWS)

Funded from 2015 to 2019 and 2021

Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will allow KnoxPAWS to provide at least 12 new senior pet placements this year, completely covering the costs of the adoption and veterinary visits for our participants, including much needed dental work, laboratory diagnostics, and preventative care. The grant will also allow many of these senior pets to be professionally groomed several times throughout the year. Human senior participants will not have to worry about providing anything but love to their senior furry friends.

KnoxPAWS is a program of the Knoxville Knox County CAC/Office on Aging in Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 2004 KnoxPAWS has been matching eligible seniors with adoptable older pets. Companionship is crucial for older adults to help prevent isolation and depression.  Research indicates that pets improve seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health.  The Knox PAWS does not house animals, but rather works with area animal shelters to match older pets with qualified senior citizens.

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue

Funded in 2016

Funding from Grey Muzzle helps Proverbs 12:10 with medical expenses for senior dogs.  In addition, we help support their goal to recruit more fosters, adopters and funding for senior dogs so they can accept more senior dogs.

The issue of senior dog placement will be highlighted on their Facebook page, newsletter and in their foster recruitment program.  The program aims to target “active retirement communities” in the area by posting flyers on their bulletin boards, sending speakers to their clubs and walking dogs with “adopt me” scarves in their communities.    

The mission of Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue is to provide shelter and loving care for animals that have been abused, abandoned, owner surrendered or otherwise destined to be euthanized due to over-crowded shelter conditions. Through the use of foster homes, Proverbs will provide loving care for our animals, to include veterinary care, food and any other necessities until responsible, loving homes can be found for all adoptable pets. All animals shall be spayed or neutered and we will make every effort to encourage those we encounter to do the same.

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