National nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization has awarded Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) a $10,000 grant, marking the fourth consecutive year of support for APA!’s efforts to save and improve the lives of senior dogs within Central Texas. As COVID-19’s impact on Austin and surrounding cities intensifies, APA!’s specialized medical and behavioral programs continue to provide a crucial safety net for older dogs at unprecedented risk of euthanasia.
Many senior dogs have medical needs, such as dental complications and heartworm disease, that most traditional shelters lack the resources to treat. Healthy seniors, too, face an uphill battle finding adopters willing to take on an older pet. The Grey Muzzle grant will help APA! transfer in at-risk senior dogs and provide them with medical and dental care, to help them feel their best and find loving homes. To improve older dogs’ quality of life and adoption prospects, APA! provides them with an intake exam, routine tests and vaccines, dewormer, flea/heartworm preventatives, a microchip, and spay/neuter surgery, as well as any needed treatment for injuries, acute illnesses, and chronic conditions.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like Austin Pets Alive! 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 Central Texas area are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of APA!.”
Baba O’ Riley is just one of many senior dogs with hope for the future thanks to APA!’s lifesaving programs. This 11-year-old was taken in by APA! after being found wandering the city. Because of years spent outdoors in the heat, Baba O’ Riley developed skin cancer caused by chronic sun damage, along with multiple masses on his belly. At APA!, Baba O’Riley received medication and supplements to help his skin heal and underwent mass removal surgery, all made possible by the generous support of Grey Muzzle through a previous grant.
“APA! believes older dogs deserve to be pain-free and should get to spend their golden years in a loving home,” said Stephanie Bilbro, Director of Lifesaving Operations at Austin Pets Alive!. “We can’t thank Grey Muzzle enough for helping us give homeless senior dogs the second chance they deserve.”
Austin Pets Alive! is one of only 64 animal welfare groups chosen from 288 applicants in 2020 to receive a Grey Muzzle grant to help senior dogs.
For more information about Austin Pets Alive!, visit www.austinpetsalive.org. For more on The Grey Muzzle Organization, visit www.greymuzzle.org.
About The Grey Muzzle Organization: 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.