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 in every of The Gray Muzzle Group’s annual grants for the fifth consecutive 12 months.
APA! is one in every of 77 animal welfare teams chosen from 266 candidates to obtain a grant to assist native senior canine. The successful teams obtained greater than $616,000 in grants to assist save or enhance the lives of at-risk previous canine of their communities.
11-year previous Tiana is one in every of a number of candy seniors at APA! who will profit from this grant. She earned the nickname “Queen of Chairs” from her behavior of desirous to check out any chair or comfortable 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 achievement in a house. This grant from the Gray Muzzle Group offers canine like Tiana the help they should attain for a brighter future.
Senior canine typically face an uphill battle discovering adopters keen to tackle an older pet. Many senior canine additionally arrive at shelters with in depth medical wants, corresponding to dental issues and heartworm illness, that the majority conventional shelters lack the assets to deal with. Fortuitously, APA!’s specialised applications are capable of present a vital security web for older canine, protecting the required medical care to enhance their high quality of life as they wait to seek out loving houses.
“Senior canine 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, straightforward years; however fortunately tons of persons are catching on about these well-mannered pups! They have already got years of coaching beneath their belts and are simply on the lookout for a snug residence 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 previous 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 canine and folks of their communities,” Gray Muzzle’s Government Director Lisa Lunghofer mentioned. “Many senior canine within the Austin Space are having fun with their golden years in loving houses because of the fantastic work of APA!.”