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The Grey Muzzle Organization



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 non-profit groups nationwide.

Grey Muzzle is not a shelter or rescue. Grey Muzzle funding supports the following programs:

Adoptable Dogs Medical Care: Grants made to nonprofit shelters and rescues for adoptable senior dogs medical care and allow rescues to move at-risk senior dogs, such as those in shelters, to a safe foster home environment.

Hospice and Long-Term Foster Care: Hospice and long-term care grants help rescues and sanctuaries provide a loving final home for dogs, or long-term care for dogs with medical conditions.

Community Programs to Keep Dogs with Owners: Funding for programs run by a non-profit, typically a shelter, that provide food and medical care for senior pets of low-income owners. An example is an Animeals program, working with Meals on Wheels.

Seniors for Seniors Programs: Funding for programs run by a rescue or shelter that help

senior citizens adopt senior dogs.

Senior Therapy Dogs: Funding that assists an organization in helping the senior dogs in their care give back as therapy dogs.

Education: Grey Muzzles article, " Caring For Your Senior Dog ," and the Resources section of were developed with our Advisory Board to promote good care of older dogs. Grey Muzzle is also producing materials for shelters and rescues to promote foster care and adoption programs for homeless senior dogs.

We believe old dogs contribute positively to our quality of life and have much to teach us about patience, respect, responsibility, loyalty and unconditional love.

We believe every senior dog deserves to live out their golden years, months, weeks or even days in a place of love, security and peace.We believe dogs are not a disposable commodity; rather, they depend on us to care for them through all stages of their lives.We believe at times it is appropriate to make an end-of-life decision based on a deteriorating quality of life or if the dog is harmful to itself or others.We believe in working with diverse organizations from across the country that share our fundamental values.We believe in honest and open decision making that allows us to be accountable to our donors and the organizations we support.We believe in providing educational support, advocacy, and sharing of best practices for those who support senior dogs.

Since 2008, Grey Muzzle has provided more than $250,000 in grants to senior dog programs. Grey Muzzle has supported 38 nonprofit organizations in 20 states.

Grey Muzzle also maintains a Bed Fund that has disbursed more than $10,000 in orthopedic bed donations to nonprofit shelters around the country.

Mission: We envision a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.
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