Grey Muzzle grants will help save thousands of at-risk old dogs nationwide

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RALEIGH, NC— Old dogs and the people who love them have something to wag about this week, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces $419,000 in grants going to 62 animal welfare groups nationwide. This brings the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization’s total grant funding to nearly $2 million since 2008.

The new grantees, selected from among 236 applicants, will use the funds to help save and improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs in their communities. These grants will provide critically needed medical and dental treatment; foster and hospice care; adoption promotions; and programs that help keep old dogs in good homes.

Here are a few examples of how old dogs will benefit from the new Grey Muzzle grants:

Black dog Nike

Nike is almost nine, but thanks to daily medication for arthritis, he still enjoys leash-walks and snuggles. A Grey Muzzle grant to Austin Pets Alive! in Texas provides dogs like Nike with the veterinary care needed to diagnose and treat medical conditions, helping them feel better and improving their chances of adoption. Currently in a foster home, Nike is hoping to find a forever family soon.

Goober on beach



When Goober, a nine-year-old corgi, needed emergency surgery to remove a foreign object lodged in his throat, his mom turned to the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) in San Diego, California. Although she was unable to afford the cost of the procedure, Goober got the surgery he needed and is back to his old self again. A Grey Muzzle grant to FACE will help cover the cost of care for senior dogs like Goober who have treatable conditions, saving their lives and keeping them with their families. 

Black and white dog at library

Sometimes, being seen makes all the difference in a shelter dog’s life. After 427 days of waiting for a home, some creative marketing and new photos of ten-year-old Bee helped shine a light on her personality and led to her being adopted! A Grey Muzzle grant to HeARTs Speak in Poughkeepsie, New York, will allow the nonprofit arts and advocacy group to create and distribute a free marketing toolkit for animal welfare organizations to use to help promote the senior dogs in their care.

Little white fluffy dog Graham



Graham Greene was found as a stray, wandering the streets of Chicago. Luckily, he landed in the care of Second City Canine Rescue, where he received desperately needed dental and medical care. It didn’t take long for Graham to win the hearts of his foster family, who adopted him. A Grey Muzzle Grant will enable Second City Canine Rescue to provide dental exams and periodontal treatments for 50 senior dogs like Graham, making them healthier, happier and more adoptable.

“Through these grants, many more senior dogs will get the second chance they all deserve,” Grey Muzzle Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Thanks to our donors, who share our vision of a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid, thousands of at-risk old dogs will spend their golden years in homes with families who love them.”

Here is a complete list of 2019 Grantees:

Animal Rescue, Inc.

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Asheville Humane Society

Auburn Valley Humane Society

Austin Humane Society

Austin Pets Alive!

Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S.)

Best of Friends Humane Society

Bideawee, Inc.


Carolina Poodle Rescue

Colorado State University-Pets Forever

Columbia Humane Society

Connecticut Humane Society

Dakin Humane Society

East Coast Corgi Rescue

Fairy Tail Endings, Inc.

Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE)

Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center

Get A Bull

Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary

HeARTs Speak, Inc.

Humane Society for Hamilton County

Humane Society of Central Oregon

Jacksonville Humane Society

Kauai Humane Society

Kentucky Humane Society

Knoxville-Knox County Council on Aging (Knox PAWS)

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center

Live Love Animal Rescue

Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Main Line Animal Rescue

Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Nevada Humane Society


NorCal Boxer Rescue

One Tail at a Time

Oshkosh Area Humane Society

Pawmetto Lifeline

Peak Lab Rescue

Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.

Richmond Animal League

Seattle Humane

Second City Canine Rescue

Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue

SPCA Florida

Stop the Suffering

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter

The Animal Foundation

The Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady, Inc.

The Heartworm Foundation

Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

Young at Heart Pet Rescue

The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries and other nonprofit groups nationwide. We envision a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.