Senior Dogs at Animal Rescue League of Iowa Fetch Grant

posted on Monday, July 13, 2020 in News

Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) are among the winners.

The ARL in Des Moines is one of 64 animal welfare groups chosen from 288 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The winning groups received more than $510,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs in their communities.

Grey Muzzle featuring Petey

“Petey (pictured) the 11-year old border collie was identified as having some untreatable health issues due to aging but still has great quality of life. This grant paid for diagnostics and will pay for his medications while he is living life to the fullest as a beloved family member in an ARL hospice foster home!” said Tom Colvin, CEO of Animal Rescue League of Iowa. “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.”

Over the past 12 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided $2.5 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 the ARL 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 Des Moines are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of the ARL.”

About Animal Rescue League of Iowa

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is Iowa’s largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state through pet adoption, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more.

About The Grey Muzzle Organization

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