Senior dogs have something to wag their tails about this summer: The Grey Muzzle Organization has announced that East Bay SPCA has won a grant to help at-risk older dogs.
"This grant will help us give senior dogs like 9-year-old Darby the veterinary and dental care they need so they will be ready to go to their forever home," East Bay SPCA President Allison Lindquist said. "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."
Sixty-four animal welfare groups were chosen from 288 applicants to receive a grant and share in $510,000 to help save or improve the lives of senior dogs in their communities.
During the past 12 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided $2.5 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 East Bay SPCA make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities," Grey Muzzle Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. "Many senior dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of the East Bay SPCA."
The East Bay SPCA, which has locations in Oakland and Dublin, will use the grant money on a special program it launched at the end of 2019 called Seniors for Seniors, which waives adoption fees for shelter dogs and cats ages 7 and up for adopters ages 65 and older.
Learn more about Seniors for Seniors and other special adoption programs at eastbayspca.org.