News from American Greyhound recapping March and looking forward to April.

March Rescue Results
In March we had 7 adoptions,  17 new arrivals for AG, and  3 hauled for another group.

This makes our year-to-date totals 39 adoptions, 43 AG rescues, and 3 hauled for other groups.
Why I Foster

M y husband has always wanted a greyhound. From the time I met him, he talked non stop about rescuing one. I really did not have an interest in greyhounds. I thought, "They're sort of strange looking. Tiny heads, big eyes, giant chests, rat-like tails. I just don't know." I knew they raced, I knew there was controversy over racing, but I didn't know enough to form an opinion on racing. My husband filled out an app shortly after we met, in 2012. It didn't really go anywhere. He got a few calls back, but he had a 3 and 4 year old. He wasn't in the right place to adopt.
 
Fast forward to the summer of 2015.
Zac regularly checked back at American Greyhound's website over the years. Our Doberman was getting older and we thought it was the right time to look into another dog. Zac found a greyhound on AG's site. His name was Rynowick. We had spoke with Rynowick's foster mom. She suggested we reach out to our adoption coordinator, because he might not be the best match for our family. The adoption coordinator suggested a dog named John. She had explained the he had been in foster care for quite some time. They were finding it hard to place John. We spoke with John's foster parents and decided his personality was perfect for our family. We were supposed to meet John at a Petco event, but his foster parents suggested that we meet at their house, because he got (still does get) nervous at events. We met John at their house. We instantly loved him. John's personality was unique. He was smart, goofy, playful, and above all he was super loving. You could look into his eyes and feel what he was feeling. To this day, John follows us everywhere.
 
The soul of a greyhound is truly unique. Their personalities are one of a kind. They feel what you're feeling. I believe the life they had before plays a huge role into how grateful and happy they are as a companion animal.

We foster failed with our third foster, Penelope. She came from a breeding farm and was retired at the age of eight. She was weak, skinny and very sick. We found out that Penelope had heartworm disease. I was devastated. I wasn't sure if our rescue would pay for all of the treatment she was going to need.

I remember immediately texting Barb, from American Greyhound, and telling her, "We will adopt her! We will pay for her to go through treatment." Barb reassured me that the rescue would pay for Penelope's treatments. They would do everything that they could to save her life. We adopted her 3 months later. Today, she is nine years old and aside from the graying of her muzzle, you would never know. It was after Penelope, I decided to get more involved in this organization and in fostering.
 
We've had quite a few fosters over the years, some longer than others. The dogs who left the biggest impact on my life, aside from Penelope, were Donna and Jaeger. Both for similar reasons. They both were so untrusting of humans, it was heartbreaking.
Donna, however, took it to another level. The level of fear she had for humans, literally brought me to tears. She evolved into one of the sweetest, most kind-hearted dogs who loved the outdoors and exploring new things.
 
Jaeger was shy. He never wanted to hurt you, or any of the other dogs. He was so gentle and cautious. He stayed back and never really sought attention. I don't think he really understood where he was, and I also think he was very scared. His evolution was another that moved me.
 
These dogs have so much soul. Once you've experienced them, you'll love them.
 
Apply to Foster for American Greyhound today. Make a difference in a greyhound's life and in your life as well.
Looking for Volunteers

Hi!  My name is Kelli Manigrasso, and I am the new Volunteer Coordinator for American Greyhound!  I'm very excited to begin this new role, and I am excited to work with all of you! 
My first order of business is to create a volunteer database, but I'll need your help.  David Graves (along with input from countless people) has created a Volunteer Form.  We need everyone to fill it out - whether you have been with American Greyhound from the beginning, or just since last week!

This form will give me an idea of what kind of events you are already volunteering for - and maybe help connect you with new volunteer opportunities.  Once I have this master list, I will send emails tailored to your interests.

We have opportunities for all ages and all abilities.  We will take any time you can give - even if it is just an hour!

We need help with everything from setting up our annual picnic, helping get greys fresh off a haul ready for their foster home, to attending adoption events.  No greyhound!?  No problem!  I have two that love to go anywhere, anytime.... and we always have foster dogs who would love the chance to get out and meet their future forever family.  Sometimes, an extra pair of hands to hold on to a dog is exactly the help we need!  

Please click the link and fill out the form - I promise it is painless and takes less than five minutes!  Having problems with the form?!  Give me a call - I'd be glad to fill out the form with you on the phone. Have more questions?!  Call, text, email, send a carrier pigeon!   I am so excited to get you all out there and help spread the word about how wonderful greyhounds are!  


Kelli Manigrasso, Volunteer Coodinator

Around Town with Your Hounds

Do all these April showers have you itching to get out and about?  If they do, then you should check out one of these super cool events happening at some of our sponsors or other charities in the area this month or coming up!   Be sure to swing by one on your way to or from an American Greyhound Meet & Greet!  Extra points if you wear an AG t-shirt!

Event
Location
Date
Time
Cost
Hound Friendly
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Healthi Paws North Location
April 14
3:00 PM-6:00 PM CST
FREE
Yes!!!
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Healthi Paws North Location
April 15
11:00 AM-3:00 PM CST
FREE
Yes!!!
Mutt Strut
 
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
April 29th
7:00 AM EST
$35-must register online at http://indymuttstrut.org/register/
Yes!!!
Valpo K9 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
Central Park Plaza, Valpo, IN
May 19th
6:00 PM CST
$20 for ages 13 and up; $13 12 and under
Yes!!!
Dream Spay 5k
Riverfront Park, Niles, MI
May 20th
9:00 AM-2:00 PM EDT
$25
Yes!!!
Kent's 5k Run and Pancake Breakfast
Boone Grove High School, Valpo, IN
May 27th
8:00 AM CST
$25 for race; pancake breakfast only TBD
No.
 
Also, the Bomber Girls, a 501(c)(3) that sends care packages to deployed soldiers and their canine companions.  These ladies are famous in our area for sending hundreds of dozens of cookies to our troops around Valentines Day.  Now, they've expanded their operations and are collecting board games for summer care packages.  If you're interested in donating a game or two, please drop them off at the Porter VFW, 1290 Wagner Road.  Please note the game must fit in a 12" L x 12" W x 6" H so it can get there.  Some examples are Hive Pocket, Farkle, Zombie Dice, Code Names, Exploding Kittens, Left Right Center, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, UNO, Skipbo, and Jenga! For more information check them out at: https://www.bombergirlslrc.com/valpo-chapter

Is there a fun community activity in your neck of the woods that's hound friendly or showcases one of our fantastic AG sponsors?  Email me about it and I'd love to try to feature it in my new monthly column-Around Town with Your Hounds!  You might even catch me and one of my schmoopies there!

Sarah Gasienica

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