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Ollie is one of many great senior dogs available for adoption at UPAWS. (Courtesy photo)

UPAWS receives Grey Muzzle grant

NEGAUNEE — 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 Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter are among the winners.

UPAWS in Negaunee is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states who were chosen from more than 300 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs.

“This grant will help us give senior dogs like 11-year-old Ollie the veterinary and dental care he needs so he’ll be ready to go to his forever home,” said Ryan Poupore of UPAWS in a news release. “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 decade, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided nearly $1.5 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 UPAWS 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 Marquette County area are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of UPAWS.

UPAWS mission is to improve the quality of life and welfare for domestic animals and to provide a safe haven while finding lifelong homes for the animals in its care. UPAWS embraces the No Kill philosophy, seeking to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals.

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