Senior dogs at the Connecticut Humane Society have something to wag about this summer. The Grey Muzzle Organization has awarded a grant to CHS for the care of older dogs who come from municipal animal control shelters—and it’s come just in time for a pup named Benny who needs two lifesaving surgeries.
CHS is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states chosen from more than 300 applicants.
“A growing number of pets are arriving at the Connecticut Humane Society in need of serious medical care, especially senior pets like Benny. This grant will give a fresh start to older dogs from local town and city animal shelters who need medical attention for lumps and bumps, arthritis, skin conditions and more,” CHS Executive Director Gordon Willard said.
“CHS can provide pro bono medical care and adoption support to senior dogs from animal control because of supporters like The Grey Muzzle Organization. And when you see an older dog welcomed into a new family and know how grateful they are, you just can’t wait to help the next one.”
Benny, a 10-year-old Pomeranian who was found in New Haven, is getting the medical care he desperately needs, with support from the Grey Muzzle grant. He came to CHS when New Haven’s animal control officer discovered he needed extensive medical care for two hernias. On a tight municipal budget, the city shelter would not be able to give Benny the critical veterinary attention he needs. CHS welcomed the pup and is working with an outside veterinary specialist. So far, the specialist has operated on one of Benny’s hernias, and he will soon perform surgery on the second.
Over the past decade, The Grey Muzzle Organization, a national nonprofit, has provided nearly $1.5 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of CT Humane.”
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To learn more about the Grey Muzzle Organization, visit www.greymuzzle.org