Aug 20, 2021
AUSTIN, TX — Tails are wagging at Austin Pets Alive! this summer time, because the Central Texas shelter was introduced as a successful recipient of one among The Gray Muzzle Group’s annual grants for the fifth consecutive 12 months.
APA! is one among 77 animal welfare teams chosen from 266 candidates to obtain a grant to assist native senior canines. The successful teams acquired greater than $616,000 in grants to assist save or enhance the lives of at-risk outdated canines of their communities.
11-year outdated Tiana is one among a number of candy seniors at APA! who will profit from this grant. She earned the nickname “Queen of Chairs” from her behavior of eager to check out any chair or cozy piece of furnishings she encounters. Tiana got here to APA! in January 2020 as an proprietor give up, and has been recurrently coaching with the shelter’s Canine Habits workforce to set her up for fulfillment in a house. This grant from the Gray Muzzle Group offers canines like Tiana the help they should attain for a brighter future.
Senior canines typically face an uphill battle discovering adopters prepared to tackle an older pet. Many senior canines additionally arrive at shelters with in depth medical wants, akin to dental problems and heartworm illness, that the majority conventional shelters lack the assets to deal with. Luckily, APA!’s specialised applications are capable of present an important security web for older canines, masking the mandatory medical care to enhance their high quality of life as they wait to seek out loving properties.
“Senior canines are the very best for therefore many causes!” mentioned APA!’s Canine Adoption Supervisor, Allison Swearingen. “It is all the time unhappy to see them find yourself in a shelter setting in what needs to be their golden, simple years; however fortunately tons of persons are catching on about these well-mannered pups! They have already got years of coaching underneath their belts and are simply searching for a comfortable dwelling to spend the remainder of their lives in whereas giving all their like to whomever is fortunate sufficient to rescue them!”
Over the previous 13 years, the nationwide nonprofit Gray Muzzle Group has supplied greater than $3.1 million in grants to help its imaginative and prescient of “a world the place no outdated canine dies alone and afraid.”
“Due to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to assist deserving organizations like Austin Pets Alive! make a distinction within the lives of canines and other people of their communities,” Gray Muzzle’s Government Director Lisa Lunghofer mentioned. “Many senior canines within the Austin Space are having fun with their golden years in loving properties due to the great work of APA!.”