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

March by the Numbers
In March we had 9 adoptions. We also had 4 new hounds enter the TGIE program and brought in 1 new lurcher to make 5 for the month all together

This makes our year-to-date totals 23 adoptions and 17 brought into the group.
Galgos Coming Later This Month


We are really excited to pass along that later this month we'll be preparing to welcome some new Galgos (and Galgas-the female of the breed, though we'll refer to both sexes as Galgos hereafter). Again we'll be partnering with the Daphne Legacy Tour, the organization we partnered with last year to welcome 24 Spanish pups to the United States and welcome 11 of those dogs into American Greyhound's adoption program.

Daphne Legacy Tour-DLT, will have several volunteers traveling to Spain, will spend several days at the shelters helping with the 100's of dogs in their care, then will each escort several dogs, on successive days on their flight to Chicago. As of today, DLT is slated to deliver 30+ dogs (American Greyhound will be receiving 12, about another dozen will head to Colorado, some to the San Francisco area, all arriving at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and, new this year, a group of Galgos will land in New York).

American Greyhound will be at O'Hare to welcome the immigrants on three successive days. We'll get our dogs into our foster homes each day as well as provide temporary foster homes until they are ready to make the trip to Colorado, in the American Greyhound hauler.
This is really exciting news and we'd like to ask for your help in pulling this all together.
First, like always, we will be in need of some additional foster homes, both to foster the American Greyhound 12 and to provide temporary shelter to those dogs who will be heading west (about a day or so after the final group of dogs lands at O'Hare, so it'll be 5 days max). Now, we want to make a couple things clear, while Galgos are sighthounds and near relatives of our racing greyhounds, they aren't racing greyhounds. And, as such require a little different care and precautions. Unlike our lazy, couch potato dogs, some of these pups will be somewhat more active. And, unlike retired racers, who don't even consider jumping short fences, some Galgos have no issue jumping a 6 or 8 foot fence, so no matter the height of your fence leash walking will be required.

If you think you might be interested, touch base with our Foster Coordinator, Nicole Graves at foster@americangreyhound.org .



Next, we'll be making trips to O'Hare to welcome these pups on three successive days and will need some help with the haul. The hauls are slated to take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, during the middle of the day and we'd like to have at least 3 or 4 people help out each day. If this sounds like something that would work with your schedule or you have questions regarding this effort, please contact Jeff Coggins at president@americangreyhound.org .

On the subject of hauling, we would also like a few folks who may be interested in making the haul to Colorado to deliver the Galgos slated for the Colorado group.   This will in all likelihood be a 3+ day trip. The folks in Denver have offered accommodations so our drivers will have an opportunity to get some rest (rest that isn't in the back seat of a moving, bouncing van) before heading back home. We'll need at least 4 people comfortable with driving a van and pulling a trailer, so we can rotate drivers and keep people relatively well rested. Again, if you think you may be interested or if you have questions, please contact Jeff at president@americangreyhound.org .

While the DLT volunteers are in Spain, 3 of them, Christina Azharian Taylor, Dray Taylor, and Mysti Martin, will be participating in a local 10k race to raise awareness of the plight of the Galgos in Spain. To many of the locals, Galgos are nothing more than a nuisance and are held in very low regard, like we may view a housefly or ant infestation (or maybe more appropriately for our audience, a flea and tick infestation). To bring awareness to the cruelty and neglect these dogs suffer, these three runners will be wearing ribbons pinned to their running shirts. Runners will wear one pin with the name of one rescued dog for every $5 donated. Please sponsor a runner and help us help the Galgos! The donor who gives the highest donation will receive a very special long sleeve Scooby T-shirt.

To purchase a ribbon and sponsor a Galgo, go HERE.
Please add a note that the donation is for Scooby

I know, I just threw a whole bunch of information at you and your head is probably spinning (and don't feel bad, I still have trouble wrapping my head around all this). But, here's some more information that will help explain a little more what the Daphne Legacy Tour is all about:
Check out their Facebook page HERE.
Watch this Facebook page each day as the Galgos of 2019 are introduced (the ones coming to us will be identified with a green block in the upper left hand corner with the letters "IN")
Check out this video which will give you a little more insight into DLT's 2019 efforts

WRC and the Daphne Legacy Tour
WRC and the Daphne Legacy Tour


We are very happy to be a small part of this amazing effort. For years, this breed of sighthound has quite likely been the most abused breed of dog in the world, but also the breed whose needs were the most underserved. Well, thanks to the Daphne Legacy Tour, that's beginning to change in this country.

Last year's efforts welcomed two dozen Galgos to the US, the largest single transport of Galgos into the US. This year, with the organization making transports in the spring (later this month) and again in the fall, the expectation is that they will more than double the numbers of Galgos finding sanctuary on American soil (and a new home). We are very excited to see what the future holds for our association with DLT and hope you are too.

Please help out however you can and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask at president@americangreyhound.org .
Auction Wish List


 The 9th Annual Winning Hearts Benefit Auction is just around the corner! Help us round out our item selection by donating one of the items on our Wish List!

Wish List Items: 
  • Air fryer
  • Amazon Echo
  • Bar items (glassware, etc)
  • Camping chairs
  • Children's items and toys
  • Copper pot set
  • Day trips
  • Diffuser and and oils
  • Event tickets-theatre, concerts, etc 
  • FitBit
  • Gift Baskets of all sorts
  • Gift cards
  • Golf outings
  • Ipad
  • Jewelry
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Kitchenaid or Cuisinart small appliances
  • Liquor and liquor sets
  • Memberships
  • Outdoor games and activities
  • Pet related items (need not be greyhound specific)
  • Purses
  • Services
  • Sports tickets
  • Tools
  • Weekend getaways-maybe you or someone you know has a cabin or vacation home
  • Wine and wine tools
To donate an item, please email Christina at  membership@americangreyhound.org by this Friday, April 12. 

Don't forget to get your auction tickets! Visit  agrey.org/auction.
Fun With Data

Sometimes American Greyhound collides with other parts of my life in interesting ways. I am a graduate student, and I had an opportunity to complete on of my assignments using American Greyhound data, and I wanted to share those results with you.

In order to create the graphs below, I took most of adoption data from 2016-2018. Below you will see data that uses sums and averages to make the graphic. This data can be somewhat misleading if there is only one dog that fits into a given category. This data also only looks at dogs that had been adopted.

One of my main interests was whether or not there is a correlation between factors such as sex or color and length of time spent in foster care (time between entry date and placement date). A larger size square represents a longer time in foster care. Coat color was used to color the squares, and then they were labeled by sex.  This first visualization shows that females seem to spend longer in foster care than males, and that red dogs spend more time in foster care than others.  The large blue section in the lower left is "null" which means the coat color was unknown.
Next I looked at is how do color, sex, and time at age of adoption correlate to one another. From this second one we can see 
that the majority of dogs are between 3-4 when they are adopted. This is interesting because many dogs come off the track around age 1.5-2. This data is from the past three years, though, and that age grouping might be related to several tracks closing and some of the older dogs being released to adoption groups. The fawn female here is a potential outlier that might have been skewed by the averages.
Overall, it was fun to play around with data that meant something to me instead of looking at the canned data sets about things such as information about the passengers on the Titanic. I hope that the final results are interesting to you as well!
Upcoming Events


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PetPeople in Greenwood, IN
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Pet Expo at Allen County War Museum Coliseum 
4000 Parnell Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805 
April 27 and 28 from 11-4 
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