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:
How we help
A grant from Grey Muzzle helps Animal Rescue, Inc.’s (ARI) Senior Dog Rescue Program, which rescues the most vulnerable, at-risk population of dogs: elderly strays, puppy mill victims, and older dogs slated for euthanasia. The Senior Dog Rescue Program protects and rehabilitates these dogs, both physically and emotionally. ARI provides routine and emergency veterinary care and places these dogs in safe adoptive homes, nurturing foster families, or the Sanctuary for Life. Grant funds will help senior dogs like Bella, an 8-year-old Rat Terrier mix who was helplessly wandering as a stray before being picked up by an overcrowded animal control. With no space left for sweet Bella, she was transported to ARI’s Sanctuary for Life. Thanks to the Grey Muzzle grant, Bella and so many more senior dogs just like her will receive the medical care they need and another chance at happiness!
About Animal Rescue, Inc.
Since 1976, Animal Rescue, Inc. (ARI) has been a refuge for homeless dogs and cats. No animal is ever euthanized due to medical expense or the inconvenience of care. While ARI’s main goal is to find responsible homes for residents, they work hard to ensure all animals receive the level of care they need, thanks to the help of their loyal staff and dedicated volunteers. In addition to being a sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals, ARI offers crisis intervention services to pet caregivers in times of hardship to keep pets and families together, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) clinics for free-roaming cats.
How we help
A grant from Grey Muzzle helps Arizona Beagle Rescue provide more comprehensive medical care for more senior dogs. When senior dogs have clean teeth and a full medical, potential adopters are informed with a thorough report on each dog’s health and condition.
For some dogs with chronic but treatable ailments, the program provides adoptive families with financial support for medications/dog food as needed. For dogs that are deemed unfit for adoption (whether it be medical issues or behavioral issues), their Forever Foster program allows senior beagles to live out their natural lives in a foster home, surrounded by the family that they are a part of.
About Arizona Beagle Rescue
Arizona Beagle Rescue (AZBR) is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to beagle rescue and community education. AZBR's mission includes:
• Preventing the euthanization of Beagles throughout the state of Arizona
• Finding Forever Homes for homeless Beagles
• Providing beagles and their companions the opportunity to interact with other beagles and beagle fans
• Helping beagle guardians better understand their beagle's temperament and traits
• Guiding people who have found a stray beagle in the appropriate and legal step to take
• Assisting those who need to find their beagle a new home, when they can no longer keep their beagle
• Educating the public on the importance of spay and neuter
How we help
With a grant from Grey Muzzle, AHS is expanding its senior pet “hospice” fund that assists low-income families who bring their senior pets to AHS for euthanasia simply because they cannot afford to pay for veterinary treatment. To date, this fund has helped 11 qualifying families afford diagnostic treatment like blood testing, medication, surgery and general care, and with with support from Grey Muzzle the program will be able to support 54 senior dogs in the coming year, helping to provide affordable treatment that prolongs lives and keeps these dogs in homes with families who love them.
About Arizona Humane Society
For more than 60 years, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has been committed to improving the lives of animals in their community. They safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf. Just five years ago, Maricopa County was home to the second worst pet overpopulation crisis in the US. AHS led a coalition of partner organizations to solve the crisis, providing resources to keep pets in homes while launching lifesaving and educational programs. The result: AHS’ intake of homeless animals dropped by 57 percent and euthanasia rates have declined by 84 percent - 20,000 lives saved each year! What began as a mission to save more pets ended up transforming an entire community.
How we help
A Grey Muzzle grant to As Good as Gold - Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois helps to expand their work through Elsa's Fund. AGaG specializes in the care and rehabilitation of senior dogs with more significant and complicated health needs, allowing the shelters to keep healthy seniors for them to adopt.
Elsa’s Fund uses funds specifically allocated for medical costs of senior dogs, helping senior golden retrievers who lose their homes and providing them with care and rehabilitation to prepare them for adoption.
Read how your donations are making a difference here:
As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need. In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care.
How we help
The Grey Muzzle Organization support allows Asheville Humane Society to provide critical veterinary care for senior dogs in their community. By providing veterinary care for those who might otherwise not be able to afford it, they keep pets out of the shelter and in their homes with the people who love them most. GMO also helps AHS provide Adoption Care Packages for senior dogs waiting for their forever homes. The packages often include needed medication, veterinary or behavior vouchers, or prescription food to help adopters willing to care for a senior dog.
About Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society (AHS) rescues, reunites, rehabilitates and re-homes thousands of homeless animals each year. We are dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering, and adoption. AHS operates the only open-admission shelter in the county. We are here for animals who are lost, surrendered, neglected or mistreated, and who all deserve a loving family of their very own. We provide a soft bed, food, comfort, medical evaluation, medical treatment, vaccinations, and behavioral testing for each. We place all animals who can humanely and safely be adopted into a loving home.
How we help
A grant from Grey Muzzle will supplement Atlanta Lab Rescue’s existing program for the rescue, adoption, and care of senior dogs. Each Atlanta Lab Rescue dog is examined by our veterinarians, has a comprehensive blood profile, and is updated on all vaccinations, spayed or neutered, and micro chipped. Health issues that require additional treatment are addressed prior to adoption Each adoption includes free access to our Atlanta Lab Rescue trainer because training is critical to helping a rescued dog integrate into a new family and become a wonderful, loving companion.
About Atlanta Lab Rescue
Atlanta Lab Rescue (ALR) is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to identify and rescue Labrador Retrievers and large breed mixes of all ages from overwhelmed shelters and abusive situations and place them in secure, loving homes. ALR specializes in rescuing older dogs, heart worm-positive dogs, dogs with injuries, and those most likely to be euthanized.
How we help
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Auburn Valley Humane Society to provide diagnostic and medical treatment for senior dogs in their care--dogs just like Presley. At 14-years-old, Presley's family could not afford the extensive medical care he required and felt he was suffering, so they brought him to AVHS as a public euthanasia request. AVHS staff gently convinced Presley’s family that he was not a good candidate for euthanasia and offered to take him into their program and give him the medical care he needed. Presley's family made the heart-wrenching decision to give him up, so that he could receive months of treatment and eventually land in a new forever home.
Opening its doors in 2013, Auburn Valley Humane Society (AVHS) enriches the lives of companion animals and people through animal sheltering, programs, and community engagement. AVHS is a community education and resource center where pets and people can come together for learning and assistance. They also provide programs and services designed to promote animal welfare, address the reasons animals end up in shelters, find forever adoptive homes for homeless animals, and help keep pets in their homes with the people who love them.
How we help
Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Austin Boxer Rescue (ABR) provide nutrition, preventive medication and medical care to rescued senior dogs. All ABR senior dogs receive medical evaluation, treatment for illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions to improve their quality of life, and preventive care to avoid new health issues and prepare them for adoption. By providing socialization, training and a healthy environment for recovery ABR helps older dogs like Winston find loving homes. Sweet Winston was surrendered to a community shelter at age 10. He was confused and frightened, but with the help of a loving ABR foster family he is now prepared to find his forever home.
About Austin Boxer Rescue
Austin Boxer Rescue (ABR) is a nonprofit, volunteer-led dog rescue established in 2006 and serving the entire state of Texas. ABR rescues dogs from community shelter partners and individual owners who can no longer care for their dogs. ABR provides safe, clean, comfortable shelter in the ABR kennel or in volunteer foster homes, nutritious food, medical treatment through 17 veterinary practice partners, rehabilitation and care to prepare each dog for adoption. All ABR dogs are spayed/neutered, appropriately vaccinated, and provided with monthly heartworm/flea/tick preventative medication prior to adoption. ABR facilitates adoption of rescued dogs into carefully screened, loving homes. Over 1,000 ABR volunteers have saved more than 5,000 dogs since our founding, and demand for our services is higher than ever in 2021.
How we help
Support from Grey Muzzle will allow the Austin Humane Society to improve the health of senior dogs and help them find forever homes. Funds will cover the costs of bloodwork on all senior dogs as they come into the shelter, just like Levi (pictured) who arrived at AHS during a Hurricane evacuation. Levi's bloodwork revealed he had diabetes. AHS stabilized his his insulin level before adopting him into a loving home. Funds will also help cover any emergency or non-routine medical expenses the increased screening identifies and will allow AHS to expand dental services to senior dogs in their care.
About Austin Humane Society
The Austin Humane Society (AHS) is the largest, longest-standing no-kill shelter in Austin, Texas. From humble roots as a small organization founded in 1952, they are now a leader in the nation’s largest no-kill community. They currently serve more than 11,000 animals every year through life-saving and life-enhancing programs, including adoption, spay and neuter, and disaster-relief in times of natural and man-made crises, and engaging their community to be part of meaningful and sustainable solutions for animal care.
How we help
Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help Austin Pets Alive! provide medical care to senior dogs rescued from shelters lacking the resources to save older pets. All senior dogs at APA! receive routine wellness care, and many also need treatment for illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions to improve their quality of life and remove potential barriers to adoption. By treating their issues, APA! helps older dogs find loving homes faster — and can then rescue other at-risk seniors, like Elon. This seven-years-young pup came to APA! with a slight heart murmur and in desperate need of dental surgery. Thanks to the support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, Elon got a second chance at happily ever after with his new mom and new fur brother.
About Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit animal shelter and foster-based rescue organization that’s pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk homeless companion animals and educate others to do the same through its American Pets Alive! nationwide education and outreach division. Being a leader in no kill sheltering in America’s largest no kill city, APA! helps more than 10,000 dogs and cats annually in Central Texas and beyond, giving them a chance at the life they deserve. Since 2008, APA! has saved over 90,000 lives by rescuing, treating, and finding forever homes for vulnerable shelter pets, including sick and injured animals, animals with behavioral issues, neonates, and seniors.