Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at Austin Boxer Rescue, DFW Boxer Rescue and Lone Star Boxer Rescue are among the winners.

Austin Boxer Rescue, DFW Boxer Rescue and Lone Star Boxer Rescue are among 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.

“This grant will help give senior dogs like 10-year-old Winston, 7-year-old Clover and the 20 other senior boxers currently with ABR the shelter, food and veterinary care they need to be ready for their forever homes,” said Jennifer Pope, Austin Boxer Rescue President. “No one is more grateful or loving than an older dog, and we’re looking forward to helping more senior dogs get the second chance they all deserve.”

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 Austin Boxer Rescue, DFW Boxer Rescue and Lone Star Boxer Rescue 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 Texas are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of Austin Boxer Rescue, DFW Boxer Rescue and Lone Star Boxer Rescue.”

Austin Boxer Rescue, DFW Boxer Rescue and Lone Star Boxer Rescue are volunteer-led, non-profit dog rescues serving the entire state of Texas with of over 1,000 dedicated volunteers. They rescue dogs from community shelters and individual owners who can no longer care for their dogs. Dogs in the rescues’ care are provided with clean, comfortable shelter, and receive medical care, preventive treatment, training, rehabilitation and kind human interaction. With care they regain their health and trust in people while preparing to join a carefully screened adoptive family. Austin Boxer Rescue, DFW Boxer Rescue and Lone Star Boxer Rescue partner with Texas public community shelters and Texas veterinary practices who provide preventive care and medical treatment to our rescued dogs at discounted fees. Austin Boxer Rescue, DFW Boxer Rescue and Lone Star Boxer Rescue have rescued more than 5,000 dogs. www.austinboxerrescue.com

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 www.greymuzzle.org

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