Feb 29 Senior Dog Advocacy NonProfit, Grey Muzzle Leaps Forward With Redesigned Website

Having experienced the love and companionship of an old dog, I appreciate the increased support senior dogs, and those who love them, are getting.

One nonprofit committed to these wonderful sugar faces is The Grey Muzzle Organization. They provide funding and resources throughout the United States expressly for programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs.  

Since 2008, Grey Muzzle has provided over $500,000 in grants for senior dog programs to more than 54 nonprofit organizations in 27 states! Today, thanks to donors and other support, Grey Muzzle will be leaping into the new year with a fully redesigned website launching February 29, 2016!


Check out these GreyMuzzle.org new features:

  • New graphic
  • Easy to navigate
  • Optimized for mobile use
  • Inclusive viewing choices for people who have vision issues and/or dyslexia
  • Lots of new Meet the Dog stories and photos - real life happy tales made possible by the generosity of our donors
  • Great senior dog health resources

Visit the Grey Muzzle Facebook page for more information, and how you can win prizes during the launch party celebrations. 

About The Grey Muzzle Organization 

We support senior dog programs such as: medical care for adoptable dogs, in-home hospice, Seniors for Seniors adoption (senior citizens adopting senior dogs), Animeals (like Meals on Wheels), Bed Fund (we supply orthopedic bedding free to 501(c)(3) shelters and rescues for senior dogs), educational materials, and much more.

We envision a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid. We believe every senior dog deserves to live out their golden years, months, weeks or even days in places of love, security and peace. 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.

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December 12 Grateful Dogs SF Rescue Adoption Event 12pm - 2pm!

Ready to have your heart grow three sizes? Grateful Dogs Rescue is hosting a big adoption event in San Francisco this Saturday, December 12! Lots of wonderful adoptable dogs and your chance to donate to a very important local nonprofit. Veterinary Street Outreach Services provide free veterinary services and supplies to the animal companions of homeless San Franciscans.


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How you can help animals this holiday season

If you're wondering how you can help the dogs you love, or other companion animals over the holidays, you're in luck! Our friends at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has this great infographic, and these four tips:

1.       Adopt, Don’t Shop

Make adoption your first option this holiday season! Avoid buying anything from pet stores that sell puppies because most of them come from puppy mills. Search for local adoptable animals by visiting www.ASPCA.org/adopt

2.       Help Local Shelters

Help your local shelter by volunteering your time or finding out what supplies they need. You can also win a grant for your local shelter by entering our "Home for the Holidays" contest with Dogist and Subaru at www.ASPCA.org/holiday


helping animals this holiday

3.       Have a More Humane Holiday Meal

If you eat meat, eggs, or dairy, look for certifications that require better treatment for animals on farms, specifically Certified Humane, Animal Welfare Approved, and GAP (Levels 2 and above). Visit www.ASPCA.org/labels to view a label guide and get useful tips and info on how to have a more humane holiday

4.       Host a Holiday Sweet Swap

Consider hosting a holiday bake sale at your office or with friends and family and donate the proceeds to help animals in need. Find out how to start your fundraiser at www.ASPCA.org/SweetSwap

Do you have your own special holiday traditions? I'd love to read about them in the comments.

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Sweet! Cupcake Day is August 17 RSPCA Queensland Fundraiser

image from www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.auAnimal lovers Down Under have a chance to be sweet and help the RSPCA in Queensland, Australia. August 17 is Cupcake Day!

This annual fundraiser is a way for animal lovers to hold a Cupcake Day event at home or work -- with all the money going to support RSPCA Queensland.

"Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is all about baking, eating and most importantly raising funds to help us rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals each year, and to support us continue our vital work in the community by helping us to help all creatures great and small."

For information or to register, visit www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au


You don't even have to wait, but hold a bake sale any day during August, all to benefit the animals we love in Queensland.

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Fundraiser and Pet Adoption Event! "Sleepover at a Shelter" starts today!

“Sleepover at the Shelter” is an event to increase adoptions at animal shelters and to raise money to provide free spay-neuter to underserved communities.

Friday and Saturday, June 12-13

The Sleepover begins on Friday morning and the big adoption event is on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reduced Adoption Fees

Free Goody Bags for Adopters

Face Painters

Food Trucks

How You Can Help:

A group of volunteers will be spending time at the Downey Animal Care Center over a 24-hour period to celebrate all the pets that are waiting to be adopted. Sponsor the time that they are staying at the shelter.

Be a volunteer and get people to sponsor you! Make a difference while spending quality time with great animals that just want to love.


Help them reach their $30,000 goal, which will help pay for 400 Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Learn more! Visit: Sleepover at the Shelter

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Helen Woodward 27th Annual Spring Fling Gala & Charity Auction

Good food, live entertainment and a charity silent auction will raise important funding for the Helen Woodward Animal Center on June 6th. This unique private animal non-profit located in North San Diego County does so much in their community and beyond. They raise awareness of the human-animal bond, get record numbers of orphan pets adopted during Home 4 for Holidays campaign, and positively influence hundreds of children each year with their pet therapy programs.


What sets the Helen Woodward Animal Center apart? This is their mission:

Helen Woodward Animal Center's passionate belief that animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect, creates a legacy of caring. Sharing this philosophy with others, the Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond.

They have been applying this philosophy for forty years with extensive educational programs aimed at inspiring compassion in children, and a variety of services that benefit their greater San Diego County community. 

The 27th annual Spring Fling Gala is their largest fundraiser of the year, and will be held on Saturday, June 6 at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe. The evening will include live entertainment, selections from San Diego’s top restaurants, open bar, live and silent auctions, and an incredible opportunity drawing.

Get your tickets here!

Do good, feel good. Support the work of the Helen Woodward Animal Center!

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Feb 6th Haute Dog SF Doggy Runway Fashion Show Benefits Senior Dogs

Haute Dog SF, the most posh canine runway fashion show in San Francisco returns Friday, February 6 at the San Francisco Design Center. Last year’s sold out event attracted more than 600 dog, design and fashion fans and raised more than $25,000 for charity.

Special runway guests are Jane Wiedlin & Gina Schock from The Go-Go’s and Ronn Owens of KGO Radio!

Gina Schock
Photo credit: Jane Goldman
Jane Wiedlin
Photo credit: Jane Goldman


Jane & Gina will be on the runway with Flora, a senior dog from Muttville, dressed by designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom.

Haute Dog SF 4 features fabulous dogs strutting the runway in outfits designed specifically for them by some of the Bay Area’s most prominent interior designers with fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC), a sponsor of the event, along with The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco, and San Francisco Magazine. Hosted by local fashion icon and clothier Mr. Wilkes Bashford, Haute Dog SF 4 also offers drinks, bites and raffles from Bay Area hospitality sponsors, as well as Posh Pup Lane, a shopping emporium of doggie delights featuring unique pet products, services, specialties and gifts. 

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Who's Better than Siri or Garmin?

Dog lovers know the answer! Every kid out there who has every yelled "shotgun!" while racing their older brothers to the car knows the answer. Every college student who drove home for the holidays knows the answer.

Who is Better than Siri

If you are looking for a buddy, a navigator or a keeper of secrets, adopt a dog from your local shelter, rescue or humane society. And, if you really want a traveling companion with a sense of direction, adopt an older dog. They have experience and patience, perfect skills for going on adventures together.

Find your roadie and best buddy here:

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue -- www.muttville.org

Petfinder (Nationwide) -- www.petfinder.com

San Francisco SPCA -- www.sfspca.org

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Spotlight on Senior Dogs: Older dogs are worth every moment!

LilysLegacy.orgLook at this sweet old face. Sunny is an adoptable dog at Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Northern California. This is a rescue and sanctuary that we've been following for a couple years now. [Loving Old Dogs] Like San Francisco's Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, they help older dogs find new homes or have the chance to live out their days in a loving home environment rather than be discarded and forgotten in a shelter.

I believe both organizations are important to support because how we treat our aging population, this includes our companion animals, reflects back on us as a society.

I've been writing about the many valuable life lessons that my old dog has been teaching me over the years, and when I see that people continue to discard a dog just when they've matured into the best part, I'm grateful these two nonprofits exist. 

Imagine sitting with your favorite grandparent, enjoying their steady support and love when you needed them. Now look at Sunny and imagine the love and quiet joy an older dog can bring to a family. 

If our dog Cleo taught us anything, she showed us that old dogs are worth every moment of love and ounce of heartache...

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Special Sidewalk Sale Tomorrow Benefits Muttville Senior Dogs!!

Love a good bargain? Swoon over sweet senior dogs? Need cute dog stuff for fall? It's your lucky day if you live in or near San Francisco! If you don't, that's okay too. Scroll down for special online info!



THURSDAY, 10am-2pm P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle And You is having a sidewalk sale and a percentage of sales will go to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. 246 Second St in San Francisco.

Adopt a Muttville dog and get a free bed too!

Pssst! Bonus! If you don't live in the area, use the MUTTVILLE promo code all September long and 50% of your online purchase value will go to help the senior sweethearts at Muttville!

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Sept. 25 Animal Lovers Light a Candle to Raise Awareness for Orphan Pets

Remember Me Thursday™ is a day to remember the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives before they found a family by lighting a virtual candle or attending a Remember Me Thursday candle ceremony.

By lighting a candle on Thursday, September 25, 2014, we are honoring those lost pets and bringing awareness to the pets in need of forever homes.

image from www.animalcenter.org

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12th Annual 'Cancerversary' Raises Money and Celebrates Family Dog Rescue Founders Survival

In 2002, Family Dog Rescue’s founder Angela Padilla was diagnosed with a very aggressive, high-risk case of breast cancer. Angela’s two rescued dogs became her devoted caretakers.

Angela Padilla
Family Dog Rescue's Cancerversary: Angela's Story


Angela had rescued Mollie and Hooch from local Animal Control Centers when they were 5-months old and 6-years old respectively and their bond was unbreakable. Never leaving her side, they would snuggle close to her after treatments, their love and unspoken support helping relieve the nausea, exhaustion, and pain of the therapy. Angela recalls:

“When my hair fell out and I was bald, Mollie would sweetly lick my head, as if to tell me that she knew I was still beautiful. She seemed to know that my bald head hurt and needed love."

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August 23 Dog Lovers Fight Cancer with Bark For Life of San Francisco

Grab your sneakers and best buddies then head over to Golden Gate Park for this great canine fundraiser on August 23rd in San Francisco.

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions and is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funding and awareness for the fight against cancer. 

The Bark For Life event will feature an Opening Ceremony with a Cancer Survivor Lap (for both people & pets), as well as canine related activities, demonstrations, entertainment, vendors, silent auction, and more. Come take a bite out of cancer!

Bark For Life

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Marching with Muttville to Celebrate Mutt Pride and Senior Dogs

#AllLoveIsEqual Everyone knows this, and I believe dogs do too! In the case of my own senior dog Cleo, she knows love is love, just like all the Muttville mutts we share on these pages each week. An old dog deserves to love and be loved as much as a puppy! People are the same. All love is equal.

In case you missed it, San Francisco PRIDE was this past weekend, and I got a chance to show my Mutt Pride by walking in the parade with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. It was a blast to see all the people along the parade route who love Muttville.


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Einstein said, "those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act" and I know how wonderful life is with a senior dog. This weekend it was more privilege than duty for me to show my support for our local LGBTQ community and for senior dogs, because love is love.

Here are a few highlights from the day [...]

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