We are beyond excited to launch our Grand Paws for Life Program at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville!
Partnering with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary is an organic fit for this project, given our mission to simultaneously better the lives of homeless shelter dogs as well as select inmates within our state correctional facilities.
Grand Paws for Life aims to, within the year, save a minimum of 35 at-risk senior dogs ranging in age from 10-14 years, rescuing them from Los Angeles city and county animal shelters and pairing them with senior inmates in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, CA, a correctional site with a significant senior inmate population. Not only will Paws for Life K9 cover the necessary initial medical costs for these senior dogs, which typically includes bloodwork, teeth cleaning/extractions, supplements for joints, medications, and ongoing veterinary care, but these dogs will feel the constant love, care, affection, and companionship of their senior inmate before being adopted out to a new home, where they'll live out their final days doted on and adored.
This innovative senior-to-senior program is the first of its kind and we're honored to have the opportunity to partner with Grand Paws Rescue whose mission is to rescue primarily large breed senior dogs who've been abandoned, they choose the large breed seniors because they are less likely to be adopted from the shelters.
Many thanks to the Gillie Foundation for their generous grant, which helped in making this program a reality.