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:
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.