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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:

Black dog Ziggy

Rancho Coastal Humane Society


How we help

The Grey Muzzle grant will help Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) boost awareness of  adoptable senior dogs. Funds will be used to feature adoptable senior dogs in a series of sponsored advertisements in Ranch & Coast Magazine, a local publication with a large pet-loving audience. The “Adoptable Senior Spotlight – Celebrating the Benefits of a Senior Dog” will  promote a senior dog each month and highlight the benefits of adopting a senior pet. It will help dogs like Ziggy, an 8-year-old hound mix who has been with Rancho Coastal Humane Society since November 2020. It’s Ziggy’s turn to be adopted! If he’s not by the time of the first ad, he will be the first to be featured.

About Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned companion animals, promoting adoption into loving homes, and offering education programs and support services that inspire and strengthen the human-animal bond. Serving the San Diego County community since 1960, RCHS finds new homes for approximately 1,000 abandoned companion dogs, cats and rabbits each year. The majority of these animals come from shelters throughout the region that are struggling with overcrowding and high euthanasia rates. Bringing these animals to RCHS gives them a second chance. RCHS also is recognized for programs that strengthen the human-animal bond, including the Animal Safehouse Program for victims of domestic violence, seniors, and military veterans; Animal Camps for kids; and the Community Pet Food Bank.

Learn more about Rancho Coastal Humane Society
Richmond Animal League

Richmond Animal League

Funded in 2016 and 2018 to 2020

How we help

Richmond Animal League (RAL)’s Grey Muzzle grant will be used to provide a more extensive "Senior Screening," including a CBC, general health profile, urinalysis, and thyroid test and preventative care package aimed at identifying senior pet needs and reducing apprehension about adopting a senior dog. As a result, it will decrease senior dogs’ length of stay to less than 30 days while continuing to increase the number senior dogs rescued each year.

About Richmond Animal League

Richmond Animal League (RAL) is Richmond, Virginia’s oldest nonprofit, no-kill organization, committed to saving lives by providing hope, help and homes for animals in need. Founded in 1979, RAL's main goal is to reduce euthanasia rates in Central Virginia by transporting pets from partnering animal control agencies. RAL provides temporary housing, medical treatment, sterilization, and quality care to over 2,000 companion animals each year until they are adopted into permanent loving homes. Richmond Animal League also provides low-cost spay and neuter services at the Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic to pet owners throughout the state.

Learn more about Richmond Animal League
Brown dog with cone Daisy

Rochester Hope for Pets


How we help

Rochester Hope for Pets will use the Grey Muzzle Grant to help pay veterinary costs for senior dogs. The grant will help dogs like Daisy who needed surgery to remove a large, complicated tumor on the front of her left leg. Sadly, Daisy’s family had been out of work due to Covid-19 and was unable to cover the full cost of her care. Rochester Pets for Help provided financial assistance so that Daisy could have surgery. She is recovering beautifully with her loving family.  


About Rochester Hope for Pets

Located in Rochester, NY, Rochester Hope for Pets’ mission is threefold: improving the quality of life for companion animals by providing grants for veterinary care to pet parents who are experiencing financial hardship; supporting continuing education, research and new technology for the advancement of companion animal care; and providing support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping homeless animals. Since its founding in December 2008, Rochester Hope for Pets has made more than 2,000 awards to pet owners and rescue groups for veterinary care costs at more than 60 hospitals in Monroe and surrounding counties. Rochester Hope for Pets also supports continuing education through Duncan’s Center for Veterinary Education, which is the only non-university-affiliated continuing education center in New York State, and offers continuing education seminars for veterinary professionals sponsored by local and regional organizations. 

Learn more about Rochester Hope for Pets
Grey Pitbill standing on tan tile floor Horton

Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter

Funded in 2018

How we help

The Grey Muzzle grant will allow Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter to increase the number of senior dogs we are able to accept into their Silver Tails program. This program was developed to enable them transfer senior dogs surrendered to Indianapolis Animal Care Services into their care. These dogs typically come to them needing varying amounts of medical care. The grant will enable them to provide the medical care needed to prepare them for their forever homes. In cases requiring forever foster/hospice homes, this grant will assist Rosie's in providing life-long care.

About Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter

The mission of Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter is to rescue dogs and cats and nurture and restore them to happy, healthy lives in loving homes. Approximately 1800 dogs and cats are adopted from their shelter every year. They work closely with their local animal control facility (Indianapolis Animal Care Services) and have transferred 11,000 animals from their overcrowded shelter to Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter since 2009. Their director visits animal control several times each week and has a reputation for being willing to accept medically urgent and senior animals in need. 

Learn more about Rosie's Southside Animal Shelter
White fluffy dog Roxy

Sacramento SPCA

Funded in 2020 and 2021

How we help

The Sacramento SPCA is thrilled to receive a second grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization to support their Pawspice program, which helps dogs who have received a terminal diagnosis but still have a good quality of life. By covering the cost of palliative care, the Sacramento SPCA is able to find homes for senior dogs who may not otherwise have been adopted, dogs just like Roxy. Roxy has a terminal heart condition that is being managed with medication. With the help of Grey Muzzle, the Sacramento SPCA will provide Roxy with regular exams,  x-rays, and medication to maintain her quality of life. Roxy—and many other senior dogs  like her—will enjoy their golden years in the loving care of a forever family.

About Sacramento SPCA

The mission of the Sacramento SPCA is to foster a loving and compassionate community for companion animals and people by providing assistance, creating lifelong relationships, and saving lives. Since 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has worked to reduce pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter services, promote the humane treatment of animals through education and outreach, and assist pet owners through a variety of programs and services designed to keep pets and their families together for life.

Learn more about Sacramento SPCA
Black Lab Buddy

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

Funded in 2014, 2015, 2020, and 2021

How we help

A Grey Muzzle grant will provide dental care for senior Labs.  Dental issues in senior dogs are often not addressed and, if left untreated, can adversely affect other parts of the body such as the liver and kidneys. Dental issues can also be very painful, making it hard for senior dogs to eat and affecting their quality of life. This grant will help dogs like Buddy who got the dental care he needed and hit the jackpot when he was adopted by a Safer Harbor board member! 

About Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

In existence since 2002, Safe Harbor Lab Rescue has rescued and re-homed over 4,300 Labrador retrievers. Each rescued dog receives a physical exam by a veterinarian, vaccinations, a microchip, and a heartworm test.  Many of the dogs receive extraordinary medical care as a result of their initial exam, which is the biggest expense for the all-volunteer group. Safe Harbor Lab Rescue is a foster-based organization, which allows them to get to know each dog and match them with the perfect family.

Learn more about Safe Harbor Lab Rescue
Black dog with white stripe running from forehead to nose on lap Zeek

Safe Haven of Iowa County

Funded in 2018

How we help

The Grey Muzzle grant will enable Safe Haven to provide more extensive medical testing and care to their senior dogs, including senior blood panels. Funding will also be used to support their S.O.S. program which helps families on fixed incomes who could otherwise not afford the medical expenses of a dog they wish to adopt. By helping cover medical expenses, they  enable retirees and others to adopt a senior dog, which in turn provides space for another dog in need of care.

About Safe Haven of Iowa County

The mission of Safe Haven is to rescue, protect, rehabilitate and find good homes for homeless dogs and cats in Iowa County. They assist individuals who find themselves no longer able to properly care for their furry family members either by rehoming, if requested to do so, or providing food or medical care. They strive to significantly reduce the number of stray dogs and cats and improve the lives of humans and pets through public education and low/no-cost spay and neuter programs.     

Learn more about Safe Haven of Iowa County
Black lab mix turned toward person standing up and petting her. Lucie

Saint Frances Animal Center

Funded in 2018

How we help

A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will provide medical care for the senior dogs in their care. 

About Saint Frances Animal Center

Saint Frances Animal Center's mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats until they can be placed in loving homes. Raising awareness through public education, community outreach and a wellness clinic, we seek to promote respect for the lives of cats and dogs by breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and pet overpopulation in our community. They provide adoptions, Trap Neuter Return (TNR), a wellness clinic, community outreach and work to reunite lost pets with their families.

Learn more about Saint Frances Animal Center
Small dog in cone Betty

Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation


How we help

A grant from Grey Muzzle will fund 24-hour critical, emergency or extensive veterinary medical care for vulnerable, at-risk senior dogs that arrive at the shelter with life-threatening injuries such as being hit by a car, injured by other animals, or experiencing illness resulting from neglect or abuse. This lifesaving care will help senior dogs recover from their injuries or illness and prepare them for life with a loving forever family. The grant will help dogs like Betty, an 8-year-old very sweet girl who was found with a severely injured left hind paw that required amputation. She recovered well in a foster home and was transferred to a rescue partner. 

About Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation

The Santa Barbara County (SBC) Animal Care Foundation is an all-volunteer nonprofit founded in 2002. Their mission is to promote animal welfare and better the quality of life for animals in Santa Barbara County through, education, outreach, collaboration, and promotion of the humane ethic and responsible treatment of all animals. 

Learn more about Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation
German Shepherd Sparta

Santa Fe Animal Shelter


How we help

Senior dogs often require more extensive care than their younger counterparts, with many needing dental care ranging from a much-needed cleaning to surgical removal of decayed teeth. Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help provide dental care for more than 70 senior dogs at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in the coming year, alleviating pain and helping to increase their chances of adoption. The grant will help dogs like Sparta, a 10-year-old dog whose owner surrendered him and requested euthanasia. Thankfully, the Sante Fe Animal Shelter knew he could have a good quality of life in a new home.

About Santa Fe Animal Shelter

As Northern New Mexico’s largest open admission, no-kill shelter, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter works tirelessly within the city and county of Santa Fe to fight overpopulation and find creative solutions to animal homelessness. With a sustained live release rate of above 95%, they have demonstrated success in approaching the problem of animal homelessness from multiple angles, recognizing that there is no single solution to such an endemic problem. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter provides high-quality care to homeless animals at their medical clinic and behavioral rehabilitation center and supports local guardians to keep their pets happy, healthy, and at home.

Learn more about Santa Fe Animal Shelter

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