The Grey Muzzle Organization Grant Helps Senior Pets Like Mimi

Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at Young-Williams Animal Center are among the winners.

Young-Williams was one of 77 animal welfare groups chosen from 266 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The winning groups received more than $616,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs in their communities.

Over the past 13 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided more than $3.1 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 Young-Williams Animal Center 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 Knoxville are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of Young-Williams Animal Center.”

The national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide.

For details, please visit or contact Lisa Lunghofer, Executive Director, The Grey Muzzle Organization: [email protected] or 240-631-2894.

Mimi needed help…

Karen came to Young-William’s Pet Resource Center this summer with her 11-year-old female Yorkie named Mimi. Mimi was presenting with numerous masses on her chest and stomach area. We sent Karen and Mimi to a partner Veterinary clinic for diagnosis, and it was determined that the lumps were a line of mammary masses and that Mimi needed surgery. Karen was very concerned about how she was going to cover the cost of the surgery. But, thanks to The Grey Muzzle Organization grant, we were able to cover the cost of the medical care Mimi needed. During the procedure, the veterinarian found a line of eleven mammary masses going up her chest and was so happy they were able to remove the lumps before they got any worse. It has been about two weeks since Mimi’s surgery and our Pet Resource team member spoke with Karen for an update and she said Mimi is doing amazing! She is back to her normal happy and feisty self. “I want to thank you all so much for everything you have done for Mimi,” said Karen. “She is feeling so much better and has much more energy. Again, many thanks.” She also sent this picture of Mimi, saying “She’s so feisty! I love her SO MUCH!”