Senior Dogs at UPAWS Fetch Grant

Gwinn, MI – 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 (UPAWS) are among the winners.

UPAWS in Gwinn is one of 78 animal welfare groups chosen from 344 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The winning groups received more than $705,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs in their community.

“This grant will help us give senior dogs like 14 -year-old Deemer the veterinary and preventative care she needs so she’ll be ready to go to her forever home,” said Ann Brownell, Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator of UPAWS. “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 14 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided more than $3.8 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 Marquette County are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of UPAWS.”

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

Deemer is one of many wonderful senior dogs available for adoption at UPAWS. For more information, please visit or call 906-475-6661.

Media Contacts:

Ann Brownell, Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator: [906-475-6661 ext. 105 /

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