GreySave issues, opportunities and volunteer Help Wanted!! Just check out these eyes and give them your support!!
In the last 6 months GreySave has not only grown quickly but we have been faced with some challenges or maybe just interesting opportunities.
They are in 3 categories:
1. Going into and out of Mexico to retrieve the greyhounds. It gets more challenging every month.
2. An increased number of greyhounds at the Caliente track since Tucson closed and an increased number of broken leg dogs. Broken leg hounds now number 17 for us alone this year. They are all very expensive to repair, about $5K each. However, getting the broken leg dogs back to the states and caring for them is a very high priority for GreySave that is shared by us and the other 2 large southern CA groups that take broken dogs.
3. We also have a greater need to be supported by social media and labor saving apps. We need to move some of those activities to people who understand them and can take responsibility for their set up, maintenance and then briefing the Board.
So far here is what we have done to solve some of the issues/opportunities.
New Van in-bound - We realized that the GreySave hauler with its nice logo and dog crates was making the boarder crossing a bigger challenge every time we went. Mexico saw us as commercial and their boarder agents were freaked out about the crates. The hauler also made it harder to get back into the US as we had to use the commercial exit lanes which were slower and we often got sent to secondary. So we have ordered a used Ford Super Duty Passenger extended van. It is a returned lease vehicle with less than 40K miles. We plan to sell our Hound Hauler soon as it is a great rescue van as long as you don’t have to cross the border.
Enhanced Outreach - As to the cost of medical we have reached out to our adopters, website followers and Facebook friends for additional donations. They have been very generous and we are very grateful but we are still quite short if we plan to save as many as possible from a potentially unhappy fate. So we need to reach out to people who don’t even know who we are today!
A technical advisory team and a few more great social media applications –
If you are someone who has the knowledge and skills and wants to work with us please call Cathy at 626-354-8476 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forth of July is almost upon us and in some areas, even in high fire danger areas, the celebratory crowd is already making themselves know. In many cases, there are random fireworks going off nightly so you have a hint that your greys don’t like them but Monday will bring that up to a new level. I live near the Rose Bowl and they have a huge display on the 4th that makes the ground shake. Most of my greys cope well but not all. Holly has already taken to sleeping in the bathroom leaning up against the shower because of random fireworks. Patty used to get stuck under our bed, shake and cry.
GreySave has a lot of new greyhounds out there this year and you just don’t know for sure how they will react. Greys in a panic can do some pretty crazy and scary things! In prior years we have had a couple die from injuries sustained over the 4th. Some will try to hide under beds; in closets; in the bathroom or even climb into the tub. Others panic and run around the house into sharp corners or other objects, jump on counters as Carlee did or even jump over very high fences or break through pretty strong gates. Once loose, they run in a panic and are in extreme danger.
Greyhounds can do things that you never thought they could do so be prepared. At my house we close the doors and windows and even the dog door so no one can escape, turn on the AC and music or the TV (without a fireworks display) and stay home with them. Whatever you do please don’t leave them home alone.
I will put this message up on our Facebook Group page so others can share their experiences and what they do to keep their greys safe.
Warning!! Extreme heat and greyhounds do not mix well!! The high heats we are experiencing are very dangerous for all dogs but especially greyhounds with their lack of fur and thin skin. Their tender feet are a risk too - on the dark hot top or even on lighter colored sidewalks. Always test the surface with the back of your hand and keep them off the pavement as much as possible. If walking your grey this time of year it should only be in the early morning or maybe later at night or get them a "cool coat". I know that REI has them and theirs are made by Ruff Wear but you can also get them on the net.
For more information and what to do if you grey is going into heat exhaustion see the article on our our website http://www.greysave.org/heatstroke.html
OK this is really the LAST CALL to register for the Race to the Park through the website. So far we have 280 people registered and probably as many greyhounds. I have been informed by a reliable source that Ty, the well dressed boy below, will be there. Come by and let me know at the Adoption Booth if you can find him! He may not have is great Doggles on but another hint is that he wears Therapaws. Yes, I said he is well dressed.
At midnight tonight or sometime after that when I wake up I will pull down the registration form. NOW that does not mean you can't come join us in the fun it just means you will have to pay $22 at the door and hand write your own own name tag. I know that at least 50 people will find out on Saturday morning that the weather is great and their greyhound heard about the event and is pestering you to go. If so we will be thrilled to see you.
To help you out here is the reservation link!
GreySave has a new and durable sticker for your vehicle. It is a 4' high and 9' wide made in "bumper sticker" material. This one should stay in place for a long time and not fade or peel. It is the same greyt picture and wording that is on the GreySave hauler. This new sticker will be on sale for the first time at the Race to the Park Picnic for $11 which includes the CA sales tax. They will be at the GreySave Mini Store. After the picnic they will be available on the GreySave on-line store. We only printed up 100 so don't miss out on getting one.
We got an e-mail this afternoon from the pet kennel at Caliente stating that there are 50 retired greyhounds waiting to come back to the US. We knew that the number down there was building up as more greyhounds continue to get sent to Caliente and as the track starts to close in Tucson.
GreySave is having its Race to the Park picnic next Saturday, May 28th but we will be going to the track to get some of those greyhounds on the following Saturday, June 4th. If you can help these hounds by fostering please contact Sandy Hightower. Her information can be found on our contacts list at http://www.greysave.org/about.html or contact her through Facebook.
Meet Cole. He is one of the 8 new greyhounds GreySave brought in from Sue and Marcie's Phoenix kennel. Cole's friends are now up on our website. Dell, Destiny and Sable come in all the way from Daytona Beach a couple weeks back and were resting at the kennel. Cole, Betty, Digby, Taker and Joker came from the Mann kennel at Tucson as she prepares for the track to close. The Phoenix 8 are a nice look group of greyhounds and appear to be very happy to be starting their new lives in foster homes. Come meet them at the Race to the Park picnic on May 28th. Don't forget to register soon on our events page.
GreySave's Race to the Park - The annual Race to the Park Greyhound gathering is our largest fundraiser and social event. This year it will be held on May 28th at the Crescenta Valley Regional Park, 3901 Dunsmore Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214 from 10 am to 3pm.
It is a great day at a shady park tucked away from busy streets and traffic. This event is a make your own taco bar (including veggie taco's), with a large salad bar, great yummy deserts and drinks. Just register and then bring you hounds, your blankets, chairs and dog pads and don't forget your x-pens. To register go to http://www.greysave.org/annual-events.html
If you would like to be more involved with GreySave we would love you to start by volunteering for this all important and fun event: If you can make some of the yummy deserts; help set up or take down the site; cut nails; sell raffle tickets; help Marci set up or close out the GreySave store; help Sue set up the auction table; work the carnival with Bonnie and team; or take pictures for our photo album then we would LOVE to hear from you. To volunteer just contact a Board member or lead event volunteer directly or e-mail us at Info@GreySave.org. If you would like the names and phone numbers of who to call directly see our website Contacts page
Some of you are aware, that again this year, there are rumors that the Tucson track is closing permanently. There is a bill going through the AZ state legislature concerning its really and most probably closing this time but on what the date is apparently is not yet decided. Seems like it could be anytime from mid-June (after 100 days of racing) to the end of December. We have been asked if we could take some greys from Tucson even though we now primarily take our dogs from the Caliente track. But greys in need are greys in need!
At this point there are close to 500 greyhounds at the Tucson track so GreySave has decided to help some of the greys no longer running to get off the track sooner as opposed to waiting to the final push. So if you are someone who wants to really help the hounds of Tucson then please consider fostering one so we can keep the Caliente hounds covered. If you can help please let Sandy know. We are expecting 8 from Tucson and points east to be part of our next Homecoming probably in a few weeks.