In honor of #GivingTuesday, the team at are proud to share a guest post from one of our favorite groups, The Grey Muzzle Organization. 

In this season of giving thanks, The Grey Muzzle Organization would like to share with you the story of one of our grant recipients.  Meet Howard, A VERY GRATEFUL DOG from San Francisco’s Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

At 11 years old, Howard found himself abandoned by his family with only one reason given to the shelter, “too old.” Instead of a name, he was now a number – #6541156.

Howard was lame from arthritis and had a cancerous lesion, which gave him very little chance of attracting a new family. Day after day, he watched people pass him by, always smiling through his whiskers, always hopeful someone would see in his eyes that he had so much left to give.

Howard’s lucky day came in August when Sherri Franklin, Director of Muttville, took one look at his sweet face and said, “I think I am in love! He can be a Muttville dog!”

The very next day Howard began his journey with a ride from the shelter, holding his head out the window the entire trip!

Next up was his first flight–a “Pilots N Paws” plane ride to Muttville:

Sherri knew Howard needed veterinary care, and thanks to Grey Muzzle she knew she had the resources to care for him. Here he is recovering from surgery and sporting a very fashionable e-collar:

Recovered from surgery, a hopeful Howard headed to his very first Muttville adoption event–with a few of his new friends. He was a little nervous but gave everyone he met his big goofy grin!

After a few more adoption events, it happened. A man named Patrick came to meet Howard. It was love at first sight. Howard had a new dad!

And so a new life begins for Howard. Sweet dreams of all the great adventures ahead!

Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D.

Executive Director
The Grey Muzzle Organization

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.