The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will help the MSPCA provide low-cost urgent outpatient veterinary care to senior dogs in Massachusetts. Without access to low-cost veterinary care in times of crisis, families are often left with few options beyond euthanasia, surrendering their dog to a shelter, or foregoing treatment against medical advice. By providing subsidized, urgent veterinary care, the MSPCA helps families facing a medical crisis get the care they need to save their beloved, four-legged family members. Twelve-year-old Ferrara is thankful for the care she received and her second chance at life.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, the MSPCA is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. The MSPCA comprises our Animal Care and Adoption Centers as well as our Advocacy and Law Enforcement departments, operating the largest network of animal clinics in the Northeast. Angell Animal Medical Center is our nonprofit veterinary hospital.
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Dakin Humane Society to provide diagnostic, screening and medical care for senior dogs who are up for adoption, ensuring their new families have a clear understanding of their health needs and removing barriers to finding their forever homes. These funds will help dogs like Shadow, who arrived at Dakin as a stray. When he was brought in, the 15-year-old Chihuahua mix was medically evaluated and found to have dental disease that required the removal of his remaining teeth. He also needed to be neutered and a significant heart murmur was detected. Shadow received all the care he needed and bounced back quickly, rolling delightedly on his back in the grass within days.
Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need (and the people who care about them) from its two locations in Leverett and Springfield, MA. The organization shelters, treats and fosters more than 12,000 animals each year and has performed more than 86,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it New England’s largest spay/neuter provider. Dakin is a local nonprofit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses.
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will help B.O.N.E.S. increase public awareness about Sensational Senior Beagles (SSB) through a robust marketing campaign via print, broadcast, social and digital media, mass mailings and outreach events, resulting in more immediate placement of senior beagles into their forever homes and allowing B.O.N.E.S. to take in additional senior beagles needing homes—dogs just like Happy. Happy came into the SSB program as a severely neglected stray. His teeth were in such poor condition that he was passed over for adoption at a local animal shelter time and time again. B.O.N.E.S. took Happy into their program where he underwent dental surgery and had most of his teeth extracted. A facial growth was also removed and Happy went to recuperate at his foster home. The 15-year-old soon convinced his foster mom, who couldn’t resist his infectious personality, to formally adopt him. “He hopped on my couch as a foster and decided he was home,” she said. “He truly lives up to his name.”
Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S.) developed the Sensational Senior Beagles (SSB) program over a decade ago to ease concerns about adopting senior beagles. B.O.N.E.S.
The generous grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will enable Kane’s Krusade to enhance and expand their veterinary assistance services to the senior dogs like Goliath in their Canine Assistance, Resource and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Kit program. Goliath is a nine-year-old pit bull mix who lives with his human Gricel, a woman with disabilities. Goliath's first owners were dog fighters and Gricel's son David rescued Goliath when he witnessed the dog being beaten because he wouldn't fight. David convinced the dog fighters to sell Goliath and he has been a cherished family member ever since. Goliath suffers from severe food and environmental allergies which require a special limited ingredient diet which Kane's Krusade is able to provide to keep him with his family.
Kane's Krusade keeps pet families together in the Greater Springfield, Massachusetts area through the distribution of Canine Assistance, Resource and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Kits to low-income families at risk of surrendering their dogs due to economic, behavioral and/or housing issues. C.A.R.E. Kits are delivered monthly right to the pet family's home and include food, treats, toys and equipment like crates and leashes. Additional services include spay/neuter, veterinary and vaccination assistance; dog training and tenant advocacy for pet families seeking dog-friendly housing.
The "Grey Muzzles & Meds" program seeks to reduce the number of senior dogs surrendered to Second Chance Animal Services by helping owners experiencing financial distress who feel they have no choice but to give up their dogs. Funds will help to cover the cost of medication, ongoing exams and testing, and prescription food for senior dogs like Ruby.
Founded in 1999, Second Chance Animal Services assists over 44,000 pets annually. They operate an adoption center and four community veterinary hospitals offering access to care at subsidized rates for qualified households. The Almost Home facility accepts animals at risk of euthanasia from shelters nationwide. It prepares them for placement in loving, forever homes regardless of age or medical needs. Second Chance also provides community outreach, educational programs, and a pet food pantry helping families facing financial hardships provide proper nutrition for their beloved pets.