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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:

George George

Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Funded in 2020

How we help

Poor dental hygiene is one of the most prevalent and expensive medical problems that prevents adoption of senior pets. Dentals often involve double-digit extractions, but bring new youthful energy to dogs who had been living with painful infected teeth for years. The Grey Muzzle grant will allow Saving Grace to purchase new dental equipment and train a veterinary assistant in its use. Saving Grace expects to accommodate 30 dentals per year, helping these dogs get adopted faster and building capacity to accept more senior dogs with dental needs from other shelters. More than 300 senior dogs will receive proper diagnosis cleaning and extractions over the expected 10-year lifespan of the equipment.

About Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Saving Grace, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the direct care of homeless, abandoned or neglected animals in Douglas County, Oregon.  As the county's only open-admission animal shelter, Saving Grace provides shelter, food and medical care to thousands of animals each year. Since its founding in 2001, Saving Grace has transformed from simply sheltering, returning and adopting strays and owner-surrendered pets, to a full-service organization. Myriad programs support responsible pet ownership, promote humane education and help pets remain with their families.  

Learn more about Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center
Shepherd mix with ears up and tongue out. Grass in background. Jefke

Saving Paws Rescue AZ

Funded in 2018

How we help

A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Saving Paws Rescue AZ develop a Seniors For Seniors program. Residing in Arizona, Saving Paws is surrounded by retirement communities with many active senior residents looking for a hiking partner, a cuddling companion or even a foster houseguest as they spend their winters in the Valley of the Sun. Through collaborative efforts with neighboring senior dog clubs, community centers, and rescue volunteers, they are looking to place senior dogs with mature adults, for either permanent adoption, long- or short-term fostering, or hospice care.

About Saving Paws Rescue AZ

In 2012, Trisha Houlihan, a volunteer at the local county animal control shelter, was saddened by the volume of German Shepherd Dogs being listed for euthanasia. She recognized there were very little resources for the rescue of this breed, so she created a place for them – Saving Paws Rescue Arizona, a place that would be a safe harbor for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois Dogs. Saving Paws Rescue Arizona is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that is dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation and adoptive homes for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs who are left in shelters to await an uncertain fate, are owner surrenders, or are from abusive or negligent situations.

Learn more about Saving Paws Rescue AZ

Saving Pets One at a Time

Funded from 2014 - 2016

How we help

The SPOT Old-Folks Sanctuary (SOS) Program is launching, in part, with the support of Grey Muzzle's grant funds. This select group of foster homes is dedicated to caring for unadoptable senior dogs with significant health issues or disabilities. Homes are screened carefully and SPOT will identify participating veterinarians and provide lifelong health care for each dog. SPOT will also provide food, treats, and maintenance supplies such as parasite treatments and supplements. This program will address the problem of homeless senior dogs by allowing SPOT to take in older animals that may have significant health issues.

About Saving Pets One at a Time

In the hopes of increasing the animal "adoption options" in Skagit County and beyond, a group of animal lovers got together in the Fall of 1999 and started a non profit alternative animal rescue and placement organization called Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT). By increasing the options that people have, SPOT hopes that more companion animals will find loving and permanent homes. In addition, SPOT hopes to help reduce the number of homeless pets within Skagit County and beyond by insisting that all animals placed in their care are spayed or neutered.

Learn more about Saving Pets One at a Time

Seattle Humane

Funded in 2019

How we help

The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Seattle Humane to provide one-time financial assistance toward non-routine veterinary care for senior dogs through their Pet Project program. Seattle Humane’s Pet Project supports pets of low-income clients affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer residing in King County, WA. Pet Project has served people like Steven & Peach. Steven and his Jack Russell Terrier, Peach, are inseparable. Steven was able to take Peach to the Pet Project clinic at Seattle Humane when Peach began having a hard time getting around. Peach was given medication for her painful arthritis. Steven later told us, “Pet Project has made it possible for me to keep my dog and make sure she is healthy and comfortable. She is everything to me. I am grateful to have the support of Pet Project.” Steven also receives a monthly supply of dog food and arthritis medication for Peach. 

About Seattle Humane

Seattle Humane is a private nonprofit dedicated to saving and serving pets in need, with a strong history of saving thousands of animals each year. Seattle Humane’s mission is to promote the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography. Seattle Humane is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate service to animals and the community through veterinary services, education, and activities that promote animal welfare.

Learn more about Seattle Humane
Little white fluffy dog Graham Graham Greene

Second City Canine Rescue

Funded from 2019 to 2021

How we help

The Grey Muzzle Organization’s generous grant will allow Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) to save 10% more senior dogs in 2019 by providing dental exams and periodontal treatments. With grant funding, SCCR will be able to serve 50 senior dogs this year! This grant will help Second City Canine Rescue save more senior dogs like Graham Greene. Graham was found as a stray, wandering the streets hungry, lost and afraid. SCCR took this sweet boy in, provided critical medical and dental care, along with vaccinations. After visiting the vet, he was placed in a foster home and given nutritious food, a soft bed to sleep on, and lots of love and affection. Graham’s personality was so affectionate and lovable that his foster family couldn’t bear to part with him! They adopted him, and he is now living his best life being a foster brother to other senior dogs that are placed temporarily in his home. 

About Second City Canine Rescue

Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, foster-based organization that is largely volunteer-operated. They are dedicated to serving the homeless dogs of Chicagoland, as well as other areas (Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Texas and Michigan). All breeds, ages, sizes and colors are welcomed and loved. SCCR transfers dogs from shelters to specially trained foster homes, provides the dogs with medical care and gives them a new chance for a long and loving life. Their comprehensive adoption process and post-adoption follow-up prevent future mistreatment. Every effort is made to ensure that once a dog is taken in, they are never placed in an unsafe, unwanted or abusive situation.

Learn more about Second City Canine Rescue

Senior Dog Haven & Hospice

Funded from 2014 to 2015

How we help

A grant from Grey Muzzle helps to support their medical fund.  Sadly, many of the senior dogs they rescue have never received any kind of medical attention and now that they are elderly, unattended issues have amplified. The medical funds will cover spays, neuters, dental cleaning, surgeries, medical tests, medications, and office visits.

About Senior Dog Haven & Hospice

Senior Dog Haven and Hospice is a small, dedicated group of fosters and volunteers who have a special place in their hearts for senior dogs. We strive to improve the lives of senior dogs who find themselves without a family to care for them anymore. We do not have a facility – our dogs live in our homes as members of our families until they find their forever home or in the event of a hospice situation, until they cross the Rainbow Bridge. We provide care, comfort, companionship and, most of all, unconditional love.

Learn more about Senior Dog Haven and Hospice
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Senior Dogs 4 Seniors

Funded from 2011 to 2015

How we help

A grant from Grey Muzzle helps Senior Dogs 4 Seniors with their veterinary bills.  Without this financial help, fewer senior dogs could be taken in by the rescue.

About Senior Dogs 4 Seniors

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors places older dogs in the homes of older people in the St Louis area.

Learn more about Senior Dogs 4 Seniors
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Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN)

Funded in 2020

How we help

With the Grey Muzzle grant, SPAN will provide extra help to senior dogs who are in their program, age 7 or older, by offering each one a "senior" exam, checking for age-related illnesses and dental issues, and paying for the medications and care that go along with aging, such as arthritis medication, dental exams, cleanings and extractions as needed. 

About Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN)

Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN) is an innovative program whose mission is to foster the joy of companionship. SPAN supports the relationship and bond between low-income Dallas County seniors and their pets. SPAN’s clients are low-income seniors, age 67 or older, who live in Dallas County and have a companion animal. For many of these senior citizens, their pet is the only companionship they will have for weeks on end. 

It is important to SPAN and their clients to be able to keep companion pets as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Senior dogs have specific needs and, sometimes, higher costs of care. SPAN buys all pet food and supplies for each client as well as pays for basic veterinary care, including annual exams, tests, vaccinations and preventatives for heartworms and fleas. SPAN has helped more than 100 dogs remain in their homes by providing these supportive services.   

Learn more about Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN)

Sergey Foundation

Funded from 2010 to 2015

How we help

The Sergey Foundation has received grants to support senior dogs as part of their Companion Animal Wellness Program.

About Sergey Foundation

The Sergey Foundation's "Companion Animal Wellness Program” goal is to respond to the needs of person(s) in Whatcom County on a limited income by subsidizing necessary medical funds for their companion animals' care when they are unable to do so.

Learn more about Sergey Foundation

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