Friday Harbor –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 Animal Protection Society-Friday Harbor (APS-FH) are among the winners.

The Animal Protection Society-Friday Harbor is one of 90 animal welfare groups chosen from 370 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The winning groups received a total of $848,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs in their communities.

The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will help provide medical and dental care for senior dogs in the APS-FH shelter as well as support our Wellness Clinics and a Grey Muzzle Medical Fund for senior community dogs in need. This grant will help more senior dogs like 12-year-old male Rat Terrier Stuart and female Pug/Dachshund/Chihuahua mix Willow, a bonded pair that came to the APS-FH shelter after being surrendered in Texas when their people went into Hospice Care. Both dogs required senior bloodwork and dental care, but Stuart required multiple ultrasounds, a battery of diagnostics, and several trial medications to address ongoing GI issues. After seven long months in the APS-FH shelter, the pair was finally adopted together into a wonderful home.

“The Grey Muzzle Organization funding provided for the veterinary and dental care Stuart and Willow needed to be ready to go to their forever home,” said Cristin Felso of Animal Protection Society-Friday Harbor. “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 15 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided more than $4.6 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 APS-FH make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs on San Juan Island are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of APS-FH.

APS-FH’s mission is to provide compassionate care and brighter futures for homeless animals. Through adoption, low-cost spay/neuter, Trap/Neuter/Return, Pet Food Pantry, education and outreach services APS-FH’s mission naturally extends to our community’s pets and their owners as well. To learn more, please 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

Stuart and Willow at the APS-FH shelter:

Stuart and Willow happily in their new home: