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Senior Dogs at Second Chance Animal Services Fetch Grant

EAST BROOKFIELD — Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as the Grey Muzzle Organization announced the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at Second Chance Animal Services Inc. are among the winners. Second Chance in East Brookfield is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states that were chosen from more than 300 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs.

“Maya is a perfect example of why we are so thrilled to have a grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization,” said Sheryl Blancato, CEO of Second Chance. “Maya came to us from animal control and was heartworm-positive. After months of treatment and lots of love in a foster home, Maya is now ready for adoption. Being a senior dog, coupled with medical issues, made Maya a dog that needed a second chance. We see many senior dogs like Maya each year that need medical care before placement. We are so happy to have this grant so we can now help more Mayas get a second chance.”

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 Second Chance make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in Central and Western Massachusetts are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of Second Chance.”

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