Although much of the nation is still coping with cold temperatures, one non-profit organization is focusing on spring’s blossoms and blooms. Flower Power for Senior Dogs, the annual campaign by the Grey Muzzle Organization, is hoping to bring brighter days to homeless dogs nationally. 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 non-profit groups nationwide. Many dogs are abandoned in their senior years because their caretakers don’t want to take responsibility for the extra care required as part of the natural aging process. In other cases, a well-loved senior dog may become homeless when their senior person enters assisted living, and there is no place else to go. Some old dogs are rescued from a lifetime of abusive or neglectful situations with, finally, a chance to enjoy life (if they are lucky enough to be rescued) in their last few years. This annual campaign offers two ways to help abandoned senior dogs with Flower Power:
#1 In Your Backyard:
Grey Muzzle’s spring event, Flower Power for Senior Dogs, features an online boutique of lilies, dahlias, daffodils and dozens of popular spring flower bulbs. Use them as Easter gifts or for the backyard! Either way these colorful purchases will not only beautify gardens but help senior dogs awaiting adoption at shelters and rescue groups nationwide. Order from the online flower boutique here through April 29.
#2 In Your Community:
Do you know a retail store that would like to support Grey Muzzle’s mission of helping senior dogs? Retailers are invited to show their Flower Power for Senior Dogs by selling colorful paper flowers, available from Grey Muzzle, to adorn their store windows. Pet supply stores, dog grooming, and other animal-friendly merchants in seven states joined the campaign last year. This year, they’re hoping for increased participation to develop community awareness of at-risk senior dogs. Retail stores wishing to participate should contact email@example.com.
Why? Your support assists dogs like Abby, pictured above with her very own flowers after being adopted last year. Abby spent her life on a chain, until Community Partnership for Pets in North Carolina partnered with Saint Louis Senior Dog Project (to provide a foster home and love) and Grey Muzzle (to provide medical funding) to make sure she had a chance to blossom in retirement. Flower Power for Senior Dogs will help raise funds to assist more dogs, like Abby, and more rescue groups and shelters champion senior dogs.’
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