Grey Muzzle Grants Give Old Dogs New Tricks, Second Chances Nationwide

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Old dogs have something to wag about this week, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces more than $510,000 in grants to 64 animal welfare groups nationwide. This brings the national nonprofit’s total grant funding to nearly $2.5 million since its inception in 2008.

The new grantees, selected from among 288 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 senior dogs and the people who love them will benefit from Grey Muzzle grants:

Sweet senior Wilbur was in desperate need of veterinary care when his mom reached out to Animal Care Assistance Program in Virginia. ACAP helps low-income pet owners cover the cost of vet care, so beloved pets can remain with their families Wilbur got the care he needed at an emergency vet clinic, where he was diagnosed with diabetes. After insulin therapy and a couple of follow-up visits, Wilbur is feeling like a puppy again! The grant will help more senior dogs like Wilbur stay healthy and happy.

Eight-year-old Winston arrived at the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County (HSTPC) as a scared, skinny stray. A Grey Muzzle grant will cover the cost of blood work and urinalysis for all senior dogs like Winston who come into the shelter seeking new homes. Detecting and addressing treatable health issues will help older dogs like Winston feel better and improve their chances of adoption.

NMDOG will use their grant to provide initial and ongoing medical care to senior dogs like Honor, who has cancer. Honor is one of many Forever Fosters in the group’s Home Sanctuary Program. This program gives senior dogs with special medical or behavioral needs the chance to live the rest of their lives in loving homes. The grant will cover the cost of intake procedures and diagnostics, medical services such as heartworm treatment, preventative medications, supplements, and prescriptions, so these special seniors can enjoy the comforts of home.

Thanks to a Grey Muzzle grant, the Pet Animal Welfare Society of Connecticut (PAWS) will be able to help more senior dogs like 12-year-old Snowball find loving retirement homes. Their Senior Pension Plan reduces cost as a barrier to adoption by waiving adoption fees and offering free annual exams, including vaccinations and blood work, for the life of the dog!

“Through these grants, many more old dogs will get the second chances they all deserve,” Grey Muzzle Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer, PhD, 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 through the innovative programs of our network of grantees.”

Here is a complete list of 2020 Grantees:

Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio

Anderson Humane Society

Animal Care Assistance Program

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Asheville Humane Society

Austin Humane Society

Austin Pets Alive!


Carolina Poodle Rescue

Charleston Animal Society

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Connecticut Humane Society

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue

East Bay SPCA

First Coast No More Homeless Pets

Foundation for Animal Care and Education

Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter

Frosted Faces Foundation

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

Humane Society for Southwest Washington

Humane Society of Catawba County

Humane Society of Rochester & Monroe County

Jacksonville Humane Society

Kauai Humane Society

Kentucky Humane Society

Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service

Legacy Boxer Rescue

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Live Love Animal Rescue

Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue, Inc.

Main Line Animal Rescue

Maui Humane Society

Michigan Humane Society

Misty Eyes Animal Center

Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc.

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue


NorCal Boxer Rescue

One Tail at a Time

Pawmetto Lifeline

PAWS Atlanta, Inc.

Paws Humane Society

Pet Animal Welfare Society of Connecticut

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

Poodle & Pooch Rescue of Florida

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.

Richmond Animal League

Sacramento SPCA

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Second City Canine Rescue

Seniors' Pet Assistance Network

Shelby Humane Society

Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue

SPCA of Texas

Stop the Suffering

The Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady, Inc.

The Buddy Foundation of Maryland

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County

The Pet Project for Pets

Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

Top Dog Foundation

Two by Two Animal Rescue

UCAN Nonprofit Spay & Neuter Clinic

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 also educate the public about what to expect as dogs age and commonalities pet parents and their senior dogs face. We envision a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.