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Senior Dogs Fetch Lifesaving Grey Muzzle Grants

Grants Will Help Thousands of At-Risk Older Dogs Nationwide

Senior dogs have something to wag about as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces a record-breaking $848,000 in grants to 90 animal welfare organizations—shelters, rescue groups, and other nonprofits—in 29 states and Puerto Rico. This brings the national nonprofit’s total grant funding to more than $4.6 million over the past 15 years.

The new grantees, selected from 370 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 loving homes and out of animal shelters.

“With so many puppies and young dogs waiting in shelters, it’s even more challenging to find homes for older dogs,” The Grey Muzzle Organization’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer, PhD said. “In addition to helping homeless old dogs overcome barriers to adoption, we prioritized programs that prevent senior dogs from being surrendered to shelters by helping people who need resources and support to care for them.”

Here are a few examples of how senior dogs and the people who love them benefit from Grey Muzzle grants:
Brian - SPCA Florida


Senior dogs like Brian can remain with their families and out of shelters, thanks to SPCA Florida’s retention program which provides resources such as dental and medical care, food, bowls, crates and more. The Lakeland-based SPCA will use their Grey Muzzle grant to reach out to 40 families and give them the help they need to keep their senior dogs healthy, happy and in their forever homes.



Lincoln - Young at Heart




Support from Grey Muzzle will enable Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions in Woodstock, Illinois, to rescue and provide “super senior” dogs with veterinary care and loving homes, lowering the rate at which very old dogs are euthanized in community shelters. The possibility of expensive care can stand in the way of finding families for dogs like 15-year-old Lincoln. Young at Heart’s Grey Muzzle grant will provide super senior dogs with all the advanced dental and medical care they need before matching them with adopters.



Yolanda - Pasadena Humane


Pasadena Humane’s Helping Paws Pet Food Pantry in California provides senior dogs like Yolanda with the specialized food that can strain their family’s budget. Thanks to support from Grey Muzzle, Pasadena Humane aims to provide 700 pets with food this year, ensuring that no old dogs are turned away.





Scruffy - Found House IHN

A Grey Muzzle grant will help the Pet Support Program of Found House Interfaith Housing Network in Cincinnati, Ohio, continue to care for and support senior dogs whose owners are experiencing housing insecurity or related hardships and cannot afford the cost of medical care for their beloved pets. The program works to keep families and senior dogs like Scruffy together. During his stay at Found House IHN, Scruffy received a medical checkup and vaccines. After finding stable, affordable, and pet-friendly housing, his owner was reunited with Scruffy. 



“Thanks to our generous supporters who make Grey Muzzle grants possible, fewer senior dogs will be left behind in shelters, and more grateful old dogs will get to spend the rest of their lives in loving homes,” added Lunghofer.


Meet this year's Grey Muzzle grantees:

Animal Fix Clinic

Animal Friends, Inc.

The Animal Foundation

Animal Protection Society - Friday Harbor

Animal Rescue, Inc.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Arizona Animal Welfare League

Arizona Humane Society

Asheville Humane Society

Austin Humane Society

Austin Pets Alive!

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

CARE 4Paws

Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA

Compassion Without Borders

Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP)

Czar's Promise

Dane County Humane Society

East Bay SPCA

Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary

Found House Interfaith Housing Network

Foundation for Animal Care & Education (FACE)

Friends of Homeless Animals

Friends of Madison County Animals

Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center

Friends of the Animal Community

Fur Ever Yours Dog Rescue

Gold Ribbon Rescue

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

Helping Hands Humane Society

Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Humane Indiana

Humane Society for Hamilton County

Humane Society of Indianapolis

Humane Society of North Texas

Humane Society of Scott County

Humane Society of Sonoma County

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Humane Society of St. Joseph County

Jacksonville Humane Society

Kentucky Humane Society


Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service (KARES)

Lawrence Humane Society

Lifeline Oro Valley Animal Rescue

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Live Love Animal Rescue

Lollypop Farm | Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Maui Humane Society

Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Melissa's Second Chances

Mercy Crusade

Michigan Humane

Misty Eyes Animal Center

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Nevada SPCA

Noah's Animal House Foundation


Oshkosh Area Humane Society

The Pasadena Humane Society

PAWS Atlanta

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

Pet Community Center

The Pet Cottage

Petey & Furends

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Poodle & Pooch Rescue of Florida

Project Street Vet

Rockbridge Animal Alliance

Sacramento SPCA

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

Seattle Humane

Second Chance Animal Services

Second City Canine Rescue

Seniors' Pet Assistance Network (SPAN)

Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue

SPCA Florida


Stop the Suffering

The Street Dog Coalition

Suncoast Basset Rescue

Tennessee Dachshund Rescue

Two by Two Animal Rescue

Vets in Vans

Vieques Humane Society

Virginia Beach SPCA

Wild Hearts

Woods Humane Society

Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions


The Grey Muzzle Organization saves and improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescues, and other nonprofit groups nationwide. We envision a world where every senior dog thrives, and no old dog dies alone and afraid.