Old Dogs Deserve Better – Amazing Ideas for #GivingTuesday


Idea: Give Compassion to Homeless Senior Dogs

The Grey Muzzle Foundation is working hard to create more happy tails for homeless senior dogs this #GivingTuesday. Here are a few ways you can help.

Dogs of Every Age Deserve Loving Care

I’m supporting their “Hospice Care for Homeless Senior Dogs” fund to help dogs that are too sick or fragile to be adopted get out of shelters to live their final days with dignity and love.

Sadly, senior dogs are often abandoned in shelters at this stage of their life, left to die alone and afraid.

Soft Beds for Sweet Faces

Senior bones can be achy and resting on the hard, concrete shelter floor helps seniors sleep better — and can give them a better chance at finding a forever family by helping their mobility.

You can provide a bed here.

Safe, Warm, Home

Senior dogs are less likely to be adopted, yet they deserve the chance to live out their golden years, months or weeks in a place of love, security and peace. Grey Muzzle provides funding and resources to nonprofit shelters, rescues and sanctuaries nationwide to make sure no no old dog dies alone and afraid.

Donations made today through this donation page are eligible for matching funds from Network for Good.

Be a Senior Dog Superhero Today

You can help even more by spreading the word. Get shareable graphics, “copy and paste” tweets, Facebook updates and more with the Grey Muzzle #GivingTuesday Toolkit.

We believe old dogs contribute positively to our quality of life and have much to teach us about patience, respect, responsibility, loyalty and unconditional love.”
— Grey Muzzle

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The Soul of a Senior Dog: How One Rescue is Changing Lives


Spotlight on a Caring and Compassionate Large Breed Senior Dog Sanctuary

It’s Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!

There are a lot of reasons to adopt a senior; most adopters will like that they’re usually housebroken and trained and, for the most part, what you see is what you get.

If you’re looking for a large breed senior dog, Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in northern California may have your perfect pup!

Though Lily, rescued at age 12, was only with her loving adopters for the last four months of her life, she inspired the start of this unique nonprofit.

[Lily’s] mission in coming into our lives: To have this sanctuary established. A place where many of the senior dogs who are lost, abandoned, or otherwise find themselves homeless, will have a safe haven in which to live out their days, or stay until a loving adoptive home is found, and where they will receive the love and care they so richly deserve.”
— Alice Mayn, founder and executive director of Lily’s Legacy

8 ways to be helpful to this organization:

Lily’s Legacy also has a permanent sanctuary in Petaluma, California.  The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Follow Lily’s Legacy on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Image by Lily’s Legacy

How 1 Little Gift Makes a Huge Difference


Idea: Buy this Ornament, Do Good for Old Dogs

This August, I lost my dog and inspiration for this site, Haley, and was lucky enough to hold her in my arms as she transitioned at the remarkable age of 15.

It’s unimaginable that many old dogs are abandoned when signs of their age appear – exiled to the garage or yard without human companionship or even left at shelters or turned loose.

The Grey Muzzle Organization helps these older dogs by carefully vetted organizations that provide them care, comfort and loving homes.

In two different designs (Heart with Paw or Angel Dog), these pewter keepsakes ($15) make a special gift for anyone who has an old dog in their heart, like I do.

All proceeds support Grey Muzzle’s grants for at-risk senior dogs.

Buy now.

Snuggle with a Sweet Sugarface


Idea: Save a Senior Dog from Life in a Shelter

November is National Adopt a Senior Dog Month.

Despite the notion that senior dogs (characterized as young as 6) simply lounge about, they can , in fact, be very active. My dog, Haley, ran with me almost every day at age 12, became a certified therapy dog at age 14 and visited “fellow seniors” at an assisted living facility almost every week at age 15.

Sherri Franklin and Liz Brooking of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue make a beautiful point in “Why Adopt a Senior Dog:”

The need for senior dog adoption is great. The ageism that causes seniors to be passed over is a prejudice without merit, as oftentimes it’s the older dog that is best suited for a happy household and a lasting marriage of dog and family.

To wit: this story about Tucker. He spent his entire life up to age 13 in a shelter, looking for a family. He was finally adopted and his human reports that “Tucker never had a single bad day in his life after we took him home.”

So, who’s ready to adopt a senior sweetie?

Image by Andy Sheng, Otis & Lucy Photography

How to Keep Pets Rolling Along


Story: Stroller for Senior Pets Keeps Patients on the Go

When Haley the Wonderdog was losing mobility and could no longer comfortably sit in her own pet stroller, her vet told me that one of his patients recently donated a very roomy stroller after her dog had passed on and offered us a “trial run.” The gift of fresh air: such a fantastic way to Paw It Forward!

Image by Andy Sheng, Otis & Lucy Photography