News from American Greyhound recapping August and looking forward to September.

August by the Numbers
We had 3 adoptions and brought in 3 lurchers in August.

This makes our year-to-date totals 51 adoptions and 38 brought into the group.
A Need for Foster Homes

We are still looking for foster homes willing to take in one (or more) of our rescued Galgos coming in from Spain October 2nd. We had originally planned to bring over 15 dogs, due to particular dogs needing our help, American Greyhound is increasing that to 25 dogs. Something that makes this group of dogs unique is the fact that they were hand chosen by the volunteers at Scooby Medina in Spain. The dogs they chose for American Greyhound are the ones that will benefit most from being out of a shelter environment and in loving foster homes awaiting their forever families.
 
So why galgos?
 
If you attended our Winning Hearts Auction this year you will remember that we have been slowly expanding our mission over the last few years to not only find forever homes for racing greyhounds, but rather all Sighthounds in need.
 
You may also recall our recent letter about out resources being blocked by the NGA from placing dogs from Florida. If you missed this letter please read it here :   https://conta.cc/32elmym 
 
American Greyhound has developed a strong base of supporters who have spent years filling the needs of sighthounds. Now the galgos are a group of sighthounds in desperate need, and we can help.
 
The galgo, although very similar to the greyhounds we are familiar with, is actually an entirely different breed. While they are genetically different, most of the traits you have come to love in greyhounds are shared with galgos. They are generally claim, quiet, and laid back, still sleeping most of the day away. The majority of galgos are shown to be good with dogs, cats, and children. They can be a little shy at first, but open up quickly. When American Greyhound first began bringing in these dogs you may have heard us preach about the remarkable abilities of Galgos to jump and/or climb over tall fences. While this is true, jumping is typically a flight or escape response. With this now being known, we have no fence requirements, and after a duration of leash walking, fosters/adopters can typically let the dog out in the fenced yard leash free. The key is to establish trust with the dog. Galgos tend to stick like glue once they warm up to you. After several weeks of leash walking the dog realizes its safe, and will be less likely to test the fence. Keep in mind that this will vary for each galgo. Safety is critical and each dog is unique in terms of how long it may take to establish trust.
 
Our partner in Spain, Scooby, rescues around 600 galgos per year. Most of these dogs are left abandoned in the streets, hungry and injured. Scooby takes in these dogs and provides physical and mental rehabilitation. They further organize twenty trips around Europe annually to take dogs to their forever homes. Thanks to American Greyhound, among several other groups, Scooby has been seeing an increasing number of dogs coming to America. The flights are booked and the galgos are ready to find their forever families. Now, we need the foster homes to support them as they start their new life. If you have any questions about galgos or if you're ready to be part of their journey, call, text, or e-mail me. They will be landing in less than a month, let's prepare now. 
 
Nicole Graves
Foster Coordinator 
219-395-4432

American Greyhound Returns to the Champaign-Urbana,IL Pride Fest

American Greyhound will be marching in Champaign-Urbana's Annual  Pride  Fest Parade on Saturday, September 28th at 3:00 pm.  This year, the American Greyhound van will debut and follow the hounds!  This is the third year that American Greyhound will march in the parade- our hounds are always a huge hit.

American Greyhound friends far and wide are welcome to join us! Because of the time of year and short parade length, it's a perfect event for greyhounds.   In addition to an American Greyhound banner, the group will carry signs, such as, "Dogs Love Everyone" and "If Dogs Weren't Colorblind, They'd Love Rainbows".  For more information or to register, please go to:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a8ad2ba2fb6-pride .
Champaign, IL Greyt Readers Scheduled for Second Year

American Greyhound is partnering again this year with the Champaign Public Library to offer Greyt Readers. Inspired by sister programs in Indiana, emerging readers, accompanied by their parents, practice their reading skills for our hounds. Champaign Greyt Readers will meet the 4th Thursday of the month starting September 26th.  For more information or to register, please go to:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a8ad2ba2fb6-greyt
Up Coming Events

Vet Med Open House
October 6 from 10:00-4:00 pm.
              Volunteers will sign up for shifts.
  Location: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
               2001 South Lincoln Avenue
               Urbana, 61802

Celebration of Wildlife
October 7 12:00-5:00
Location: Sunset Hill Park
Valparaiso, IN

Check out our events page for more events!
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