Philadelphia, PA – Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at the Pennsylvania SPCA are among the winners.

The Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia is one of 77 animal welfare groups chosen from 266 applicants to receive a grant to help senior dogs. The winning groups received more than $616,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs.

“This grant will help us transport senior dogs to our shelter who would otherwise face the risk of euthanasia and give them the veterinary care they need to be ready to go to their forever home,” said Gillian Kocher of the Pennsylvania SPCA. “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 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 the Pennsylvania SPCA 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 Philadelphia area are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of the Pennsylvania SPCA.”

Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA's lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call (215) 426.6300 or visit

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

Photo caption:  Bama is one of many wonderful senior dogs available for adoption at the Pennsylvania SPCA. For more information, please visit or email:  


Media Contacts: Gillian Kocher, Director of Public Relations, The Pennsylvania SPCA: or

Lisa Lunghofer, Executive Director, The Grey Muzzle Organization: or 240-631-2894