Senior dogs at Auburn Valley Humane Society getting a grant for their golden years

Grey Muzzle Oganization grant gives a new leash on life to local dogs

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:09pm
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Sydney after her visit with the doggie dentist. COURTESY PHOTO

The Auburn Valley Humane Society has received a grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization, a national nonprofit group that improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations and sanctuaries nationwide.

The Auburn shelter is one of 50 organizations in 25 states to earn more than $300,000 in funding from the group. Since 2008, the Grey Muzzle Organization has provided more than $1 million in grants in support of its “vision of a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”

“This grant will help us give senior dogs like Sydney who needed veterinary and dental care to make them more easily adoptable,” said Phil Morgan, AVHS executive director. “Senior pups make the best companions. No one is more grateful or loving than an old dog who knows they are getting a second chance.”

Lisa Lunghofer, Grey Muzzle Organization executive director, added: “We’re delighted to help so many deserving organizations make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities. Many senior dogs in King County are enjoying their golden years in loving homes, thanks to the wonderful work of the Auburn Valley Humane Society.”

Sydney, a 9-year-old, 12-pound terrier mix and one of the beneficiaries of a Grey Muzzle grant, was transferred to the AVHS from an overcrowded partnering shelter. She was at grave risk of euthanasia because the shelter was out of space. Sydney was older and suffered from severe dental disease. After coming to AVHS, the staff veterinarian removed 31 of Sydney’s 42 teeth, and within a week she was adopted into a loving, lifelong home.

The Auburn Valley Humane Society has many older dogs available for adoption. For details, visit

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