Presley is one of many great senior dogs at the Auburn Valley Humane Society who will benefit from the Grey Muzzle grant. COURTESY PHOTO, AVHS

Presley is one of many great senior dogs at the Auburn Valley Humane Society who will benefit from the Grey Muzzle grant. COURTESY PHOTO, AVHS

Auburn Valley Humane Society receives grant from Grey Muzzle to help senior dogs

Diagnostic testing, veterinary and dental care will be provided for the animals

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:49am
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Old dogs have something to wag about this summer.

The Grey Muzzle Organization has awarded a grant to the Auburn Valley Humane Society to help in the overall care of its senior dogs.

The Auburn shelter is one of 62 animal welfare groups chosen from 240 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The groups received a total of nearly $419,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs in communities nationwide.

The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow AVHS to provide diagnostic testing for senior dogs. The grant will give senior dogs the veterinary and dental care they need so they can have a second chance in life and ensure new families have a clear understanding of their new pet’s individual needs.

“This grant will help us give senior dogs like 14-year-old Presley the veterinary screening and care he needs so he’ll be ready to go to a forever home prepared for his needs,” said Phil Morgan of the AVHS. “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.”

In the past 11 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided nearly $2 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 Auburn Valley 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 the Auburn area are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of Auburn Valley Humane Society.”

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Opening its doors in 2013, AVHS enriches the lives of companion animals and people through animal sheltering, programs and community engagement. AVHS is much more than just “the pound.” It’s a community education center where pets and people can come together.

The AVHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that partners with the city of Auburn for the housing of the lost and stray animals within Auburn. AVHS also serves King and Pierce Counties for owner relinquishment and adoptions.

For more information, visit or call 253-249-7849. Follow AVHS on Facebook and Instagram.

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