The Grey Muzzle Organization

A nonprofit organization

$16,493 raised by 139 donors

100% complete

$13,000 Goal

Join Our Cause to Save Senior Dogs 

The Grey Muzzle Organization is the largest national nonprofit organization focused specifically on senior dog well-being. We improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters and rescue groups nationwide.

When senior dogs enter shelters, their future is uncertain. The adoption rate for senior dogs (7 years or older) is lower than all other ages combined: Just over 50% find new homes. Together we can change that. These are just a few of the milestones you have helped us achieve in the past year:

- Grey Muzzle awarded a record $848,000 in grants for a total of $4.6 million since our founding in 2008.

- We gave 90 grants, 15% more than last year.

- We increased total grant funding by more than 20% compared to 2022.

- And most importantly, we helped save and improve the lives of nearly 4,000 senior dogs!


Your love for senior dogs makes Grey Muzzle's work possible nationwide and right here in Colorado! Giving a gift and telling a friend why you support Grey Muzzle helps save dogs like Tiny. 

When Tiny, a 10-year-old stray, arrived on the scene at Foothills Animal Shelter (Golden, CO), they knew he was special. Though shy at first, Tiny's adorable personality couldn't be denied, nor could the signs of his severe dental disease, which was causing him great pain. 

Thanks to grant funds from The Grey Muzzle Organization, the veterinary team went to work. When Tiny's dental surgery was finished, only one tooth remained. After the surgery, it was unmistakable that Tiny was happier, more energetic, and significantly more comfortable. 

Once healed, Tiny was ready to start his new life. Because of support from The Grey Muzzle Organization, Tiny is living large and sharing his big personality and glorious grin with his new family! 💙 


Grey Muzzle has provided grants to shelters and rescues in Colorado since 2014. Because of supporters like you, we have helped hundreds of senior dogs from Fort Collins to Pueblo. 

Your gift this Colorado Gives Day directly supports Colorado's homeless and at-risk senior dogs!

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Mission

The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal welfare groups nationwide.

Background Statement

We envision a world where every senior dog thrives, and no old dog dies alone and afraid. In 2008, Julie Dudley turned that personal aspiration into the vision statement of The Grey Muzzle Organization. Leaving her corporate career behind, Julie founded Grey Muzzle, and dedicated the next several years of her life to a cause that most Americans were barely aware of: the plight of homeless senior dogs.

The old dogs that share our hearts and homes are part of our family. Sadly, many old dogs are not that fortunate. Senior dogs slow down. They develop medical issues. And many find themselves alone, afraid, and at-risk in shelters across the country. The ASPCA reports the adoption rate for senior dogs (defined as seven years or older) is lower than that of all other ages combined and the percentage of senior dogs who leave the shelter alive is just over 50% (ASPCA, 2015).

The Grey Muzzle Organization is the largest national nonprofit organization focused specifically on senior dog well-being. We provide funding and resources to animal shelters and rescue groups nationwide. We are not a shelter or rescue group. Rather, Grey Muzzle awards grants for programs that provide lifesaving services to senior dogs and improve their quality of life. We also offer expert resources and information on the care of senior dogs to both the public and animal welfare organizations across the country and around the world.

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of programs and services we support:

• Foster programs specifically focused on finding homes for senior dogs

• Programs to prevent owners from surrendering senior dogs to shelters as a result of economic hardship

• Medical and dental care to increase the potential for senior dogs to be adopted

• Hospice care for senior dogs so they can live out their final days surrounded by love

• Long-term, in-home care programs for senior dogs who are not adoptable

• Senior-for-senior adoption programs

• Other creative programs, including swim therapy and a partnership with a hotel that offered foster care for senior dogs

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

The Grey Muzzle Organization

Year Established

2008

Category

Animal-Related

Organization Size

Large Organization

Address

2221 E. Arapahoe Rd #3331
Littleton, CO 80161

Service areas

Arapahoe County, CO, US

Jefferson County, CO, US

Adams County, CO, US

Larimer County, CO, US

Other

919-529-0309

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