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The Grey Muzzle Organization provides funding for senior dog programs nationwide. Here you'll find a list of the organizations that have received Grey Muzzle funding. Please contact these organizations if you are considering adopting a senior dog, fostering, or volunteering.

Grey Muzzle Grant Recipients

Grant recipients include:

Brown dog looking back Paddy

Shelby Humane Society

Funded in 2020 and 2021

How we help

Thanks to a Grey Muzzle grant, Shelby Humane’s Save the Seniors program will address poor senior dog outcomes, including euthanasia and low adoption rates, by focusing on senior pet retention and promoting senior adoption. Save the Seniors will offer financial assistance and treatment to senior dog owners requesting euthanasia due to treatable illness or to those who may benefit from other types of care. This program will also promote senior pet retention by offering financial assistance to people who lack the resources to care for their senior dog. Public education about the joys of senior pet ownership and adoption will be provided and relationships forged with local senior housing complexes to encourage pet- friendly housing. 

About Shelby Humane Society

The Shelby Humane is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with the mission of rescuing and rehoming the neglected and homeless pets of Shelby County, Alabama. They now provide care to over 5,000 dogs and cats each year. They house 200-350 adoptable cats and dogs at any given time and have developed an extensive network of foster homes to care for adoptable dogs and cats. In 2008, they started a low-cost spay/neuter program (Shelby Spay Neuter). Through this program, Shelby Humane works with local veterinarians to provide discounted spay/neuter programs, serving more than 2,300 pets per year. Other services include hosting low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics, providing public education about responsible pet ownership, and operating Shelby SafePet, a statewide program that helps survivors of domestic violence care for their pets. 

Learn more about Shelby Humane Society
Tan dog with grey muzzle standing in grass. Dogs mouth is slightly open with tongue out. Angelica

Shelter from the Storm

Funded from 2018 to 2020

How we help

The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will help Shelter from the Storm provide medical care to senior dogs, including dental procedures, blood work and mass removals. This enhanced medical and dental care—in addition to the routine medical services provided at intake—will encourage more adoptions of deserving senior canine companions like Angelica, a 13-year-old Mastiff who was seized as a result of neglect and cruelty. 

About Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue’s mission is to reduce the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals and to improve the lives of companion animals. They give priority to animals in the Wisconsin area and work with both dogs and cats of all ages, but give senior and special needs animals special consideration.

Learn more about Shelter from the Storm
White and brown dog with green scarf standing in blue background Laney

Shelter to Home

Funded in 2018

How we help

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.

About Shelter to 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.

Learn more about Shelter to Home
Small white poodle Buddy

Silicon Valley Pet Project


How we help

Over the past year, Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) has seen an increase in the number of senior pets needing rescue at local shelters. These senior dogs are often surrendered to the shelter because their people cannot afford their medical care. The Grey Muzzle grant will help SVPP pay for the medical services these senior dogs deserve and require. The grant will help dogs like Buddy, an 11-year-old poodle mix who was surrendered to the San Jose Animal Care Center when his person could no longer care for him. Buddy is in SVPP foster care healing from ear and skin infections and will be getting dental care soon. 


About Silicon Valley Pet Project

Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is a nonprofit organization committed to saving local at-risk shelter pets through rescue, community involvement, and education. SVPP  partners with the San Jose Animal Care Center and TriCity Animal Shelter from which they rescue dogs and cats of all ages and breeds. The focus is on the most vulnerable pets at the shelter, particularly seniors and animals with special needs. 

Learn more about Silicon Valley Pet Project
Brown dog with white chest sitting on blanket and looking at camera.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Cattaraugus County

Funded in 2018

How we help

The dog population at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Cattaraugus County is usually comprised of at least 1/3 or more senior dogs, and since approximately 75% of the senior dogs display behavioral issues, the SPCA is looking to remove that obstacle of adoption for senior dogs. They have a defined behavioral program and protocols for using a strong, positive, approach in their management of these dogs who need training. Their Grey Muzzle grant will be used to provide training for their staff with an expert canine trainer who specializes in positive training for difficult dogs. He will work onsite with shelter staff to train how to identify and work with specific kinds of behavioral issues as well as provide follow up guidance to the shelter manager and the lead dog staff. Their goal is to remove barriers of senior dog adoption and place as many seniors in loving homes as possible. 

About Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Cattaraugus County

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Cattaraugus County, is a private, nonprofit, no-kill charity animal shelter founded in 1905. They are dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need, and providing adoption services for homeless and neglected animals. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County is the only shelter in the area that provides contracted intake services to the county and to several other municipalities. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County focuses on saving the lives of stray, abandoned, and neglected pets to make their lives better. 

Learn more about Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Cattaraugus County

South Suburban Humane Society

Funded in 2015

How we help

Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps to pay for medical expenses and provide dental care for senior dogs to encourage people to consider them for adoption.

About South Suburban Humane Society

The South Suburban Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of animals in Chicago's south suburbs. Through the care and sheltering of animals needing protection, investigative practices which will prevent abuse, education of the public as to ownership duties and responsibilities, vetted and thorough adoption services, and targeted, high-impact spay/neuter policies, the South Suburban Humane Society will make every effort towards ending animal homelessness, reducing pet overpopulation, and ending cruel, inhumane treatment and abuse towards pets. 

Learn more about South Suburban Humane Society
White Korean Jindo  with hair missing around muzzle. Cheddar

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

Funded in 2018

How we help

Funding from Grey Muzzle will help Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) increase the prospects for senior dog fosters and adoptions, as well as keep senior dogs in their homes. By providing additional support to those caring for older dogs with age-related medical conditions SASF expects to impact up to 150 senior dogs, like Cheddar, annually. Cheddar, a 9-year-old Korean Jindo, was pulled from an overcrowded municipal shelter. She arrived undernourished, dehydrated and with chemical burns to her face, obviously abused and neglected. She also suffered from numerous age-related conditions that had gone untreated. At SASF, she received care for dental issues, arthritis and an ulcerating eye, as well as removal of a mammary tumor. Thanks to the SASF team and programs, Cheddar is recovering in a loving foster-to-adopt home, and continues to receive ongoing medical care and support from the shelter. 

About Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of homeless pets in their community and, in turn, placing them in permanent, caring homes. Their mission is to provide for the welfare of animals and to reduce the number of homeless pets. Their goal is to promote and nourish the bond between people and animals through adoption, education and community outreach. As an open intake shelter, SASF welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health and provides them with compassionate care, food, training and medical attention. No animal is left behind!

Learn more about Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation
Jane, a Golden Retriever, now deceased Jane

Southwest Pennsylvania Retriever Rescue Organization (SPARRO)

Funded from 2009 to 2015

How we help

Grey Muzzle provides medical funds to help SPARRO bring at-risk senior dogs into their care.

About Southwest Pennsylvania Retriever Rescue Organization (SPARRO)

SPARRO is not your standard rescue. It is a temporary home for wayward, abandoned, unwanted or abused dogs. All dogs that enter their organization are treated as members of the family.

Learn more about Southwest Pennsylvania Retriever Rescue Organization (SPARRO)
Little white fluffy dog Blizzard Blizzard

SPCA Florida

Funded in 2019

How we help

The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow SPCA Florida to provide diagnostic and medical care for hospice dogs living in foster homes. Funding will also be used to provide screening and medical care for senior dogs who are up for adoption, ensuring their new families have a clear understanding of their health needs. This grant will help dogs like Blizzard, who arrived at SPCA Florida as a stray. Not much is known about him, but he is a cheerful older gentleman who loves sitting on laps. He’s around eight years old and has dental issues. Thanks to the support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, he will be able to go to his forever home and enjoy a good meal without pain. 

About SPCA Florida

SPCA Florida is a no-kill organization in Polk County – the largest county in Florida. They care for thousands of pets every year and cooperate with local organizations as well as shelters in other states to improve the outcome for homeless dogs and cats. Their programs include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, a pet food bank, and a low-cost medical center. SPCA Florida exists to eliminate animal suffering and to engage the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals. 

Learn more about SPCA Florida

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