The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Washington Humane Society Receives Grey Muzzle Organization Grant to Improve the Lives of At-Risk Senior Shelter Dogs

Monday, July 18, 2011

Washington Humane Society Receives Grey Muzzle Organization Grant to Improve the Lives of At-Risk Senior Shelter Dogs

The Washington Humane Society (WHS)  has been recognized for its commitment to improving the lives of senior dogs through a grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization. The $4,000 grant will allow WHS to expand its senior companion dog program to increase adoptions of older canines entering its two Washington, D.C. shelters.

“We are extremely grateful to the Grey Muzzle Organization for helping us better serve some of our most vulnerable companion animals,” said Julie Conway, Chief Development Officer, Washington Humane Society. “We believe that every senior dog can contribute positively to our quality of life, and that they all deserve to live their golden years in a safe and loving home.”

To help potential adopters consider a senior pet, the WHS Senior Companions Program will sponsor a portion of the adoption fee for all senior dogs and provide basic initial veterinary care in foster homes and at its shelters to help dogs prepare for finding their forever homes. Among the many potential adopters seeking puppies, WHS encounters many families looking for calm, mild-mannered and well-trained animals, traits often found in senior dogs. By assisting these older companions who need a bit of extra care, WHS hopes to make more of these animals available for adoption.

“Senior dogs are uniquely suited to many potential adopters in Washington, D.C.,” said Julie Conway, Chief Development Officer, Washington Humane Society. “We are located in an urban environment, and many of our patrons have limited time and space to exercise their dog, making a more mature canine a good match for their lifestyles. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make it easier for such senior companions to find new homes.”

The Washington Humane Society is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and is the only open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital. WHS provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services and does not set age limits on pets in its adoption program, working to place all healthy senior animals in permanent homes without time limitations.
                                             
                   
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