Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) dogs are among the winners.
KHS is one of 62 animal welfare groups chosen from 240 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The groups received a combined total of nearly $419,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs in communities nationwide.
KHS will use their $6,351 grant to provide veterinary care to senior dogs that are at-risk of being surrendered to shelters because their owners can’t afford care. The goal is to help keep them healthy and in their homes.
Also benefiting are senior dogs at KHS who are in “fospice” care (short for foster-hospice). Dogs who qualify for fospice care have limited lifespans due to terminal illnesses but have good quality of life. Fospice dogs are placed in homes with KHS volunteers, and KHS pays for medical care and monitors the dogs’ health through their last days.
“This grant will help us give senior shelter dogs like BooBoo, a Miniature Schnauzer who is in advanced kidney failure, a loving foster home where she can live out her remaining days,” said Kayla Saylor, KHS Foster Coordinator. “No one is more grateful or loving than an old dog, and we’re looking forward to helping more senior dogs with this grant.”
In the past 11 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided almost $2 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 Kentucky 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 Louisville area are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of KHS.”
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.