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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue receives Pedigree grant

Only between 10 and 20 percent of pets are adopted from shelters or rescues, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The Muttville Senior Dog Rescue group is just one of many organizations dedicated to increasing this percentage.

Recently, the group was awarded a grant by the Pedigree Foundation for its "Seniors for Seniors" program, which matches older dogs with the elderly. The Muttville Senior Dog Rescue's program was up against 230 other applicants. Only 10 were given the Innovation Grant, which is worth $12,000.

"Our 'Seniors for Seniors' program has grown tremendously over the last year and we'd like to see that growth continue with this help from the Pedigree Foundation," said Muttville founder, Sherri Franklin. "We have seen the joy that a new canine companion can bring to light up a senior's life and we hope to save many more senior dogs and place them in the loving lap of a senior citizen."

Experts believe that older dogs are ideal for the elderly because they are typically housetrained, focused on learning and usually become instant companions.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, between 5 and 7 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year. Families looking for a loving pet are encouraged to adopt.
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