Two by Two is a no-kill rescue that exists to give life to all abandoned, abused, stray and distressed animals without regard to age, breed, color or medical condition, and to keep pets in their homes by offering relief to people in crisis. One of the nonprofit’s main goals is to reduce euthanasia rates and improve life-saving rates throughout Alabama, a state with only a 63.5% live release rate. Two by Two’s life-saving percentage is 96%. The organization responds to sightings of stray dogs, rescues abandoned dogs from homes, businesses, animal clinics and from owners who are no longer able (or willing) to care for them, and transfers in animals at-risk of euthanasia in shelters. Two by Two welcomes these pets into their program, provides necessary medical intervention, gives a loving foster home experience and seeks out the perfect forever home when possible. Two by Two has steadily increased service taking in more than 200 dogs in 2016, 446 dogs in 2017, 490 dogs in 2018, and 630 in 2019, 77 of which were senior dogs.
Two by Two has always had a heart for elderly dogs and has endeavored to save as many as possible throughout the past 15 years. With Grey Muzzle funding, they are establishing a new program, Mr. Grumplestein’s Legacy, named in honor of a senior Chihuahua who was brought to a local shelter as a stray. Due to his deformed leg, age and lack of teeth, he had little chance of making it out alive until Two by Two stepped in and saved him. The organization knew he had a lot of life left in him. Mr. Grumplestein’s Legacy will provide comprehensive medical care, including vaccinations, bloodwork and medications, for an additional 26 senior dogs brought into Two by Two’s care during the grant period. In total, the Grey Muzzle grant will enable Two by Two to reach its goal of saving over 100 older dogs during 2020.