Guest Blog by Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D.
Executive Director of The Grey Muzzle Organization
Summer Smile Campaign and Calendar Contest
Every Senior Dog Deserves a Reason to Smile!
TopDog Health is dedicated to promoting dogs’ health and well-being. We at The Grey Muzzle Organization appreciate that commitment because we provide funding and resources to animal welfare organizations nationwide that improve the lives of senior dogs. That’s why we are thrilled to have TopDog on board as a sponsor for our first-ever Summer Smile Campaign and Calendar Contest which kicked off this week and will run through September 16.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $7,500 for our brand new dental fund. One of the biggest expenses facing shelters and rescues that care for senior dogs is the high cost of dental care. Lack of dental care is also a major barrier to adoption. Grey Muzzle’s dental fund will change that. All of the funds raised through our Summer Smile campaign will be used to support dental care for senior dogs.
This is no ordinary campaign though. We’ve added a twist! We want to see YOUR grey muzzles’ smiles too! Support the Summer Smile Campaign and enter your senior dog in our 2017 calendar contest. Simply make a tax-deductible donation to our Summer Smile Campaign and then upload a favorite picture of your senior pup at givinggrid.com/summersmile. At the end of the campaign, our Advisory Board members will choose their favorite photos to be included in our 2017 Grey Muzzle calendar. A picture of the entire GivingGrid—including all of the pictures submitted—will be our December photo! Not only will you be showing off your beloved pup, but you’ll also be helping at-risk senior dogs.
Endings to Smile About!
All of the money raised through the Summer Smile Campaign will be used to help dogs like Ebenezer, a 10-year-old pug taken in by Pug Rescue of Austin, Texas, one of our brand new 2016 grantees. Ebenezer was abandoned in a housing development. An elderly couple took him in and kept him for four months, but could no longer handle his senior ailments. Pug Rescue of Austin gladly opened their hearts to Ebenezer and quickly realized how severe his dental issues were. Pug Rescue of Austin President Alecia Zalot writes, “Due to the severity of his periodontal disease, all of his teeth had to be removed. Now he has a cute bottom lip droop.” Thanks to a Grey Muzzle grant, Pug Rescue of Austin has launched a new program that will help provide dental care for senior dogs like Ebenezer. That’s something to smile about! Learn more at greymuzzle.org.