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

February by the Numbers
In February we had 6 adoptions.

This makes our year-to-date totals 14 adoptions and 12 brought into the group.
Wanted: Volunteers

One thing that was one of American Greyhound's primary needs a decade ago, is just as pressing a need today as it was then.............
                                                              ..............the constant recruitment of volunteers.

We have some wonderful volunteers who do a wonderful job and who make this organization click. But, like in just about any other area of our lives, be it work or play, or volunteering with a charitable organization, there is a natural turnover of participants, and we certainly understand that. People's lives change as do their priorities. From starting a family to a work relocation to any number of other things that can shift priorities. And we want to make very clear that whether you've helped for a month, for a year, or for even a decade, we appreciate your help and all you've brought to the table.

So, we must be always on the lookout for new volunteers. And to help with not only finding new volunteers, but to find them meaningful work that matches their particular skill sets, we've come up with a plan. We'd like to invite everyone to come and volunteer with us. Whether you're new to volunteering for American Greyhound or maybe had volunteered in the past. Doesn't matter. We want to welcome everyone and anyone.

Some of the tasks where we're really strapped for help are:
  • Processing adoption and fostering applications
  • Helping with transport
  • Fostering
  • Fund raising
  • Auction committee

Plus oodles of other areas where we could use some help.

To accomplish this we're going to ask that you send an email to Sue Laatsch, who'll be collecting these communications and helping to find the right people for the right tasks. To volunteer, please send an email to Sue at, and in your message please let her know some of your strengths (and let her know of your weaknesses, or areas where you aren't comfortable), any special skills you may possess, your availability and any other pertinent information.
Volunteering with animals can be very emotional, tiring, frustrating and exhausting. But, volunteering with animals can also be very rewarding, uplifting, and inspiring, even while being emotional, tiring, frustrating and exhausting. So, if you've got a little time, even if it's only for a short while, come join our merry band and find yourself rewarded, uplifted and inspired.
Florida Hounds

In regard to the ever-evolving situation in Florida, our hope is to be prepared when the time comes that we are needed. We will need as many volunteers as possible to make this successful; from hauling hounds to fostering. I am in the process of compiling a list of foster homes that are willing to be waiting with their hearts and homes open to welcome the hounds. If you would like to be "on the ready" to help when the greyhounds in Florida need a place to go, please e-mail me at or complete the foster application on our website. I look forward to having you as part of this journey!
Auction Tickets Are On Sale!

Purchase your tickets for the 9th Annual Winning Hearts Benefit Auction.

Join us on Saturday, May 11 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville for a spectacular evening featuring exciting silent and live auctions, an open bar, seated dinner, and more!

Trotter's Lane Virtual 7.6K

The Whovian Running Club is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting charities focused on veterans, youth, literacy, animals, homelessness, the environment and fighting diseases. They have partnered with The Daphne Legacy Tour to help raise funds to support the "tour" of galgos coming to the US. 

As you know, American Greyhound will be welcoming some of these galgos in the spring into our foster homes. The Totter's Lane Virtual 7.6K is a virtual race which means you can complete it at any time, place, and pace! For every 20 registrants, a galgo is funded to come to the United States. This is a great way to help support the galgos and to get a few miles under your belt. If the distance is too long, you can break it up over multiple days to make it more manageable. The flexibility of "virtual racing" makes it possibly for anyone to complete. - Dr. Who fan or not! For more information and to register for the virtual event, visit:   The Whovian Running Club Website.
Downstate Illinois Updates

American Greyhound members in Downstate Illinois are striving to improve communication and coordination of events! Members who are interested in participating in AG events in the Champaign/Urbana area are encouraged to join the group database.

The database allows members to share their interest in participation, so you will only be contacted for events as requested. At present, there are 16 members and counting!

Meet and Greets
All events will be held from 12-2 at the Champaign PetsMart.
April 7
June 2
August 4

Greyt Readers
February's Greyt Readers had 36 visitors, as well as one inquiry for adoption! The Champaign Public Library has been wonderful to work with, and always has dog-themed books ready for children to read to the dogs.  

Save the Date!
Pride Fest is coming up in September- the date has not yet been released, so stay tuned! This event has been a popular event for both humans and hounds because if its short duration and high visibility.  This year, we will request to be position far away from loud vehicles and to have donation buckets.

Vet Med Open House will be held on October 6th this year; it provides great exposure for AG and has been a good experience for the dogs. Lots of volunteers will be needed for 2-3 hour shifts, so we hope you can save the date to help us spread the word that Greys make great pets!
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