The Grey Muzzle Organization

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

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.


• 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.


If you are fortunate, you have lived, or currently live, with an old dog. As cherished companions, the old dogs in our lives enrich our days for as long as we are privileged to have them.

You may find it inconceivable then that a treasured member of the family would be tossed away when signs of old age appear, when extra care is required, or after the kids leave home. But this is an all too common occurrence. Old dogs are left at shelters, or simply turned loose or left behind, confused and frightened. Abandonment can also happen right at home - old dogs who are no longer wanted are sometimes banished to the garage or exiled to the back yard with little human companionship. And sadly, sometimes people or families who love their old dog are forced to give the dog up due to difficult circumstances. Sweets, shown at left, ended up in animal control in Missouri during a snowstorm.

At this time, there are very few rescue groups in the United States that specialize in helping homeless senior dogs, though the issue of geriatric rescue dogs is found in every municipal animal shelter and humane society, and with rescue leagues of all shapes and sizes. There is a great need for special programs that are unique to old dogs, such as in-home hospice care or health care programs for dogs in loving homes that may need a little financial assistance as their dog ages. We believe much more can be done.

The Grey Muzzle goal is to enable animal welfare organizations to improve their ability to provide care, comfort, and loving homes for old dogs. The organizations that we are supporting are chosen carefully and all have a commitment to senior dogs. We also encourage the formation of new non-profit organizations to care for senior dogs, such as hospice care.

We do this by raising money that is distributed annually, via grants, to animal welfare organizations and applicable rescue groups. These funds are raised through public donations; we are not a privately endowed foundation.

By providing support through grants, we help to build programs around the country that meet the special needs of senior dogs. We support only programs run by non-profit animal welfare organizations - we personally evaluate each organization and program we support, and we require accountability.

Examples of programs that Grey Muzzle supports can be found on our website. Read about the organizations and programs we support, from Washington to California, to Missouri to New York. Meet some of the dogs that benefit from these programs.

• In-home hospice care programs for senior dogs who are not adoptable
• Seniors for Seniors adoption programs: Helping senior citizens adopt senior dogs
• Medical assistance and beds for old dogs at shelters and rescues
• Educational materials to encourage adoption, and quality care, of senior dogs.

Your donations will help fund programs like these around the country. Dogs can’t pick their human companions, but they give so much of their lives to us that they deserve our love and care in their senior years.


We'd love to hear your thoughts or questions about
The Grey Muzzle Organization.
Phone: (919) 529-0309
Address: The Grey Muzzle Organization
14460 New Falls of Neuse Rd, Ste 149-269
Raleigh, NC 27614

PLEASE NOTE THAT GREY MUZZLE IS NOT A RESCUE OR A SHELTER, so we are not able to take dogs. If you are looking for help for a dog in need, we will do our best to refer you to a senior-friendly rescue or shelter. Please check the list of organizations we support first; these are typically the organizations that we refer to.

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