Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at the Vanderburgh Humane Society are among the winners. The VHS in Evansville is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states who were chosen from 309 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs.

Funds from this grant will subsidize the VHS adoption fees for 10 large senior dogs and 10 small senior dogs. The size cutoff for “large” dogs is 25 lbs. and larger. “Small” dogs are under 25 lbs. A senior dog is considered to be age 8 or older. Senior citizens are considered to be age 70 or older. These funds will allow the shelter to market senior dogs with a waived adoption fee, giving senior citizens seeking companions the financial breathing room to take on dogs who are more likely to need ongoing veterinary care. The VHS offers this program all the time, but would normally just absorb the costs in the regular budget. Thanks to Grey Muzzle, the shelter now has specific funding for these adoptions, alleviating their financial burden!

“This grant will help us give senior dogs like 12-year-old Savannah the care she needs so she’ll be ready to go to her forever home,” said Amanda Coburn, Development Coordinator at the VHS. “No one is more grateful or loving than an old dog, and we’re looking forward to helping more senior dogs get the second chance they all deserve.”

Please note that while the Grey Muzzle Organization only provides funding for senior dog adoptions, the VHS Pets for Seniors program also includes cats over the age of 8.

Over the past decade, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided nearly $1.5 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like the Vanderburgh Humane Society make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in the Evansville area are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of the VHS.”

The national nonprofit 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. For details, please visit www.greymuzzle.org.

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