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NCGL Calgary 2019 Holiday Raffle

NCGL Calgary is raffling off this absolutely amazing gift basket with over $500 worth of people and pet goodies!

Tickets are 1 for $2.00 and 3 for $5.00 with all proceeds going to help the dogs! We will be collecting tickets until December 22nd when a winner will be chosen! You can enter at our meet and greets, or you can contact us at adopt@ncgl.ca to make arrangements!

Due to the size of this basket we, unfortunately, can’t ship it, but if you’re not in Calgary and want to enter contact us adopt@ncgl.ca We will hold onto the basket if you can make arrangements to come and pick it up in Calgary.

If you want to do an e-transfer for your tickets the minimum amount of tickets you have to buy is 6 for $10.00. Send your e-transfer to treasurer@ncgl.ca – make sure you let them know that it’s for the raffle. We’ll fill out your tickets and put them in the draw for you! We’ll need your name, address and phone number!

If you’d like to sell raffle tickets on behalf of NCGL, contact us at adopt@ncgl.ca  and we can send you a pdf of the tickets!

Thank you Lorraine Oland for donating the fabulous wine and thank you Joan MacTavish for making a beautiful gift basket!

Thank you so much for your support and good luck!

Wine portion of the basket contains:
– Stave and Steel Cabernet Sauvignon
– Matua Sauvignon Blanc
– Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava
– Two wine glasses
– Wine opener

Check back soon for a list of the contents of the rest of the basket!

 

ADOPTION FEES

November 1, 2019

In 2020 Northwest Canadian Greyhound League (NCGL) will be celebrating 20 years of helping sighthounds find loving families, and we have all of our amazing supporters, volunteers, foster homes and donors to thank. From July 1st, 2018 until now, we have taken in 111 greyhounds and greyhound mixes, 54 of which were owner surrendered hounds requiring full vetting.

Unfortunately, with the increased cost of fuel, dog food and vet care, NCGL has had to make the tough decision to increase our adoption fee. We have always worked hard to keep our adoption fee low but at this point we won’t be able to take in new dogs without some sort of additional income coming into the group. We help a lot of Canadian dogs who come from hunting, match racing and farm backgrounds.  These dogs are much more expensive to get ready for adoption than their racing cousins to the south. Canadian vet care is a lot more expensive than American vet care. This year we have seen dentals for some dogs creep up to over $2000 each, spays for female dogs usually range between $300 – $500 each in addition to vaccinations and the cost of worming. Although these Canadian dogs end up costing a lot more we feel that it’s important that we continue to help them.

Even the costs associated with taking in retired racing dogs have almost doubled in price for us and the agencies in the south who help vet and transport the dogs to us for adoption.  Dogs are having to be transported further to reach Canada and vet fees across North America are going up.

From July 1st, 2018 until now, NCGL has spent over $70,000.00 on our dogs which works out to over $600/per dog and we have 3 hounds in our care now that require serious surgeries as well as on-going care in our forever foster program.

So, with hopes of continuing to help even more hounds in the future we have raised our adoption fee for dogs aged 7 and under to $450 and our senior fee for dogs aged 8 and over to $350 effective November 1st, 2019, people who already have their applications in will be grandfathered in at our old pricing. After looking at the adoption fees from other non-profit organizations in our area and the ever-increasing costs of getting dogs ready for adoption, we feel this is a fair and reasonable adoption fee and hope you all feel the same. We will continue to work with our local vets to try to reduce the medical costs for the dogs and are always looking into new fundraising opportunities

Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to adopting out more amazing sighthounds in the future!

 

The Board of Directors
Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

KIPUR NEEDS YOUR HELP!!

We want to introduce you to Kipur (Final Appeal). Kipur is an absolutely fabulous, friendly and handsome born May 10th, 2017. He loves lounging on the couch, going for walks and eating cookies!

Kipur was originally supposed to join NCGL Alberta on our October 2019 Greyhound haul but ended up re-injuring his leg on the haul during a turnout/pee-break on his long journey to the Northwest. He wasn’t putting any weight on the leg when they arrived in Billings, MT and it was decided at that time that the long trip back to Calgary in a snowstorm could potentially cause further injury and make things much worse. We committed at that time to take him into our program at a later date when he was well enough to travel. On the hauler he had his own ‘bedroom’ he could relax in for the rest of the journey, whereas in the van with NCGL Alberta he would have had to hang out with the other 7 dogs for what turned out to be a 12-hour drive.

 

The hauler continued west with Kipur and all of the other amazing pups who were on their way to Seattle to meet up with NCGL BC at the GPI Kennels (thank you GPI!). The idea of Kipur having come so far and having to head all the way back east didn’t sit well with our Alberta drivers and a phone call was made to NCGL BC to see if they had room for one more handsome boy.

 

NCGL’s Judy reached out to the amazing folks over at the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) who agreed to take in Kipur, get him on pain medication and figure out exactly what we were dealing with. Appeal’s name was changed to Kipur as he arrived at RAPS on Yom Kippur and the attending vet, Dr. Roey Kestelman who is Jewish, took care of him even staying late that night to make sure that Kipur was comfortable – we are eternally grateful and love his new name!

 

Kipur had originally broken his leg in schooling which was surgically repaired He then ended up breaking the leg again during turn out on his trip from Alabama to Washington. The dilemma we faced was deciding if his leg was salvageable or if an amputation would be better for this sweet boy? Since arriving at RAPS, he has received x-rays, bloodwork, pain medication and has seen an Orthopedic Surgeon. That surgeon believes we can save his leg if we can clear up the infection, insert bone grafts and follow up with physio and specialized treatment.

 

We decided to try and save his leg and that’s where your support comes in. The amazing folks over at RAPS have been extremely generous with discounting the incredible work they’re doing but it’s still going to be quite expensive. We feel it’s the right thing to do for this sweet 2.5-year-old boy. Estimates to get this leg working again are coming in at around $4,000 to $5,700 – he’s worth it.

Kipur is currently resting at home with his awesome foster mom after having surgery to remove the wiring and screws from his broken leg. His leg has been wrapped and casted and he’s being given medication to clear up a bone infection. Once the bone infection clears up his surgeon will use bone grafts to reinforce the leg along with other treatments to make sure everything stays the way it’s supposed too. He has a long road ahead of him but with his sweet disposition, the help of his foster mom, the amazing folks over at RAPS and all of our amazing supporters – we know he’ll be back in running shape in no time!

if you’d like to contribute towards Kipur’s care there are a few ways to do so. You can click on that handy “Donate” button in this post, by e-transfer to treasurer@ncgl.ca through PayPal at this link: http://www.ncgl.ca/how-to-help/ , by sending a cheque or money order payable to NCGL,  ‪210 – 4745, 54A Street Delta, BC V4K 2Z9, by purchasing our new 2020 Calendar or by participating in our NCGL Fundraising Auction 2019 auction. All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt.

 

We couldn’t help awesome dogs like Kipur or Rocky (who is also currently receiving specialized care with NCGL) without the support of this amazing Greyhound community, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

 

We also want to thank the amazing folks over at Alabama Greyhound Adoption Center who originally helped this sweet boy with his injury, provided and transported some absolutely wonderful dogs to us and who have helped countless loved Greyhounds find forever homes after retirement through adoption agencies. We are so grateful you trusted us with your precious cargo and thank you for everything you do! Be sure to head on over and show them some support!

Medical Update 2019-11-02

Kipur went in to get his bandage changed and for the vet to inspect the leg to see how the infection is doing. At the time of his first surgery, a culture of the leg infection was taken and sent to a lab to find out exactly what kind of infection was in the injured area. The test was returned showing that there is a bacterial infection, which if left untreated could be fatal for Kipur.  There is a special antibiotic (Amikacin) used for a number of bacterial infections. It is very expensive ($428.00/bottle) but an order has been placed and Kipur will begin daily intravenous treatments. A further culture will be taken following the treatments and sent to the lab to see if the bacterial infection has cleared up.

2019-11-29 Update

Kipur is scheduled for his leg surgery on Thursday, December 5th – finally after 21 days of injections, bacterial inspection is all cleared up!

On Tuesday, December 3rd, BCTV will do a segment on the hyperbaric chamber at RAPS … and guess who is the star? Kipur himself! Stay tuned for the link to view his first movie!!

This pre-surgical hyperbaric treatment will prepare and stimulate the body to increase tissue function and to stimulate the body to release stems cells that can promote healing. Then we will do a post-surgical hyperbaric treatment after the surgery.

What a lucky dog to get all this extra care by the folks at RAPS. If you would like to donate towards Kipur’s surgery bills, be sure to contact NCGL treasurer@ncgl.ca

 

CALENDAR TIME!!!

It’s our FAVORITE time of year!  NCGL’s “20 YEARS OF GREYCE” is here!

2020 is a very special year for us as it’s our 20th year in operation! 20 years of helping incredible sight-hounds find the best families on the planet with the help of the most generous and kind people out there. Celebrate with us!

This year has been an absolutely fabulous but very expensive year for us. NCGL Alberta took in 21 dogs (including 8 beautiful newborn puppies) from one farm in January/February who all required full vetting, we currently have the handsome and young Rocky who will be entering our forever foster program due to a very serious heart condition (vet bills so far have totaled $2525.55 so far) and we recently accepted a handsome black boy Final Appeal (Kipur) with a broken leg that will need some extra special TLC (stay tuned for details).

All profits from the sale of this calendar go towards helping us find amazing homes for all of the Greyhounds and sight-hounds that go through our group. This calendar helps us cover the costs associated with getting these skinny dogs into beautiful loving homes; like vet bills, transport, food, supplies and training – buying one of these calendars helps us pay for all of this! Calendars are available at Greyhound Gatherings and meet and greets now!

This is a major fundraiser for NCGL to support the costs of local surrendered hounds and the retired racing Greyhounds we get from the USA.

In addition to our regular calendar, this year we’re introducing an adorable desktop version! Large calendars will look absolutely stunning on the wall at home or in your office, but you can also enjoy a small one on your desk!

Large/Regular Calendars are $15.00 CDN each, the small desktop version which has the 12 large beautiful photos included in the large calendar, an area to write and includes a jewel case stand for only $8.00 CDN. You can purchase both for only $20.00 CDN!

If you cannot pick up your calendar at NCGL Greyhound events, please include an extra $5.00 each for shipping. Check our calendar and keep tabs on both Facebook and our website to see when there are events in your area.

Cash and cheques will be accepted.

If you are ordering a calendar to be shipped out to you please email greyhoundpictures82@gmail.com with how many you would like to purchase, your name and shipping address.

– For Payment:

1) Send eTransfer to treasurer@ncgl.ca or

2) Send your cheque payable to NCGL to the following address:

NCGL Treasurer
Unit 210, 4745 – 54A Street
Delta BC V4K 2Z9

3) PayPal by clicking the following link and clicking on the PayPal button http://www.ncgl.ca/how-to-help/ (Be sure to put in the description that it’s for a calendar)

Once your payment is received the calendar(s) will be shipped out to you!

A huge thank you goes out to our FABULOUS printer (who does such a beautiful job every single year and offers us such a fabulous rate, thank you Doug Grelowski at Dat Media Inc for everything you do for us, we love and appreciate you!

We also want to put an absolutely massive thank you out to Dawn Robertson & Heidi Phillips who have put so much hard work and dedication into collecting photos and assembling these absolutely beautiful calendars, you ladies rock!

We also want to thank all of our fabulous adopters and fosters who submitted these beautiful photos. We have enjoyed these past 20 years with you all and are looking forward to many more!

 

GREYHOUND SWEATERS!

Fashions for the Hounds!

We have just received a small supply of awesome sweaters, made by one of our volunteers, specifically for the Greyhounds. We have a limited supply on hand, but custom orders can be made by contacting:

Ellie at  erayner@shaw.ca

In the meantime take a look at a few that we have and get your order in quickly before they are all gone….the weather is starting to cool down!

The cost for each sweater is $40 and $10 from each sale will be donated to NCGL towards the care of the hounds!

Rocky-Rocket (Rocky)

Greetings to all of our amazing greyhound lovers,

Now that we have a better idea as to what’s going on with our absolutely fantastic teeny boy Rocky, we’d like to get you all caught up.Rocky is a local boy who came to us from a loving family who could no longer take care of him. As always we were more than happy to help a beautiful hound and the people who love him. We found him a great foster home, picked him up and made arrangements to have him neutered and
fully vetted to get him ready for adoption and a new forever family.

He was taken to the awesome folks over at Yaletown Pet Hospital and when they performed their pre-surgery check-up it was noted that he had a very loud and serious heart murmur. After discussions with 3 vets, we all agreed that we couldn’t move forward with the neuter as there was an added risk to Rocky’s safety. It was agreed that further examination should be done by way of either a chest x-ray or an echo-cardiogram/heart ultrasound. A chest x-ray alone will provide certain information but can be limited and not as thorough as ultrasound – although often both are done.

We went ahead with the x-rays and echo-cardiogram/heart ultrasounds. The results were not good, they discovered that he has significant and serious issues with both the left and right side of his heart. Due to the seriousness of his heart condition, it was suggested that we do a follow up with a Canine Cardiologist along with additional testing so we know exactly what we’re dealing with, figure out the best treatment plan and keep Rocky as healthy and happy as we possibly can. We agreed.

We contacted Dr. Mark Harmon, Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology, at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Seattle and booked an appointment. After more testing was done, Dr. Mark Harmon determined that Rocky’s heart condition is indeed very serious. Much to our heartbreak, we were made aware that Rocky could pass as soon as tomorrow, or if we’re lucky, 10 years from now.

At the recommendation of the specialists, Rocky is starting a specialized cardiac support diet that has to be imported from the US. He is also beginning a medication regime that will keep him healthy and happy for as long as possible. Rocky will need to continue his specialized diet and take medication for the rest of his life, along with specialized care and support from his vets and his people.

Due to these special medical needs, Rocky will be entering our “Forever Foster” program. This means that NCGL will be covering the cost of his specialized care for as long as we’re blessed to have his beautiful happy soul among us. We are covering the costs of his medication, prescription food, vet visits, additional veterinary support, and testing. Rocky will be 2 in November this year.

One of the best things about dogs is that they live in the moment, the do not think about tomorrow or 10 years from now – they love their people today, they love their walks, they love their toys and they love to be loved. Rocky doesn’t know there is anything wrong with him and is happy – we will do our best to keep it this way as long as we possibly can, whether that be just today or the next (hopefully) 10 years of his life.

We want to thank all of the amazing vets, fosters, volunteers and supporters that make helping Rocky possible. We are happy you have all put us in the position that we can give dogs like Rocky the best shot at a happy life and hope with your continued support we can continue to help dogs like Rocky for many more years to come. We love you Rocky, you are amazing and we’re going to make sure that your life is as full and joyful as we possibly can.

A special thank you goes out to Michelle Wright at Furry Friends Photography for the beautiful photos – thank you so much.

If you’d like to contribute to Rocky’s ongoing care we would really appreciate it! You can send a cheque payable to NCGL, e-Transfer to treasurer@ncgl.ca or go to http://www.ncgl.ca/how-to-help/ and donate through PayPal.

 

Happy 6 Month Birthday to our Game of Thrones Litter!

All of these ADORABLE babies are getting bigger and more and more beautiful every single day. We want to thank you all for your continued support that made helping these babies possible and we want to thank all of the amazing parents of these cuties that are doing such a great job with them!

Special thanks also go out to Dawn who brought these babies into the world and fostered the family for their first few weeks (and her amazing helpers) and Judi who took over fostering until they had homes!

We can’t believe it’s been six months already….they couldn’t be any cuter!

Arya

Dolly on left (fka Brienne) – with Hank

Gaia (fkaSanza) Greyjoy (fka Bronn) Jenga (fka Jon) Oak (fka Drago)

Odin (fka Tyrion) Shiloh (fka Dani)

Rocky Rocket needs your help….

NCGL – Northwest Canadian Greyhound League is asking for donations.

Hey Everyone!

“Your resident ‘handsome stripey man’ Rocky here! I’m sure enjoying time with my amazing skinny-boy-loving foster family and the folks at NCGL! They’ve been taking such good care of me – they take me for walks, give me treats, give me lots of pets and food!”

“We went for a special car ride last week to visit the awesome people over at Yaletown Pet Hospital to get neutered….? I’m not sure what that means but they said I weigh an adorable 68lbs give or take a few pounds (to be honest I was a little bit wiggly on the scale). When they were doing my ‘pre-neuter check-up’ and ‘vaccines’ I heard them talking about how I have a loud heart? I’ll let the good folks over at NCGL Explain!”

Good morning all! While our sweet Rocky was at the vet last week to be vaccinated, neutered and chipped we discovered that he has a loud heart murmur. After discussing it with 3 vets, we all agreed that we couldn’t move forward with the neuter as there was an added risk to Rocky’s safety. We agreed that further examination should be done by way of either a chest x-ray or an Echocardiogram/heart ultrasound. A chest x-ray alone will provide certain information but can be limited and not as thorough as ultrasound – although often both are done.

We have decided to move forward with an Ultrasound Echocardiogram to figure out what’s going on with this sweet boy’s heart and give him the best chance at a long and happy life. Estimates put the cost of this procedure and his neuter at over $1000 after a very generous discount from the awesome folks at Yaletown Pet Hospital.

To help offset some of these costs, we’ve set up a little Facebook fundraiser – if you have anything to spare that’s awesome! If you don’t that’s okay too, just keep rooting for Rocky!

Needless to say, until we figure out what’s going on with this little red man, he will be put on medical hold – we will keep you all updated as we get more news!

Here’s a handsome photo of the boy with the amazing staff at Yaletown! Thank you so much for taking such good care of Rocky!

You can also e-Transfer to treasurer@ncgl.ca and be sure to provide the answer to the security question in a separate e-mail to the same address. Thank you everyone – for helping us keep this little not quite 2-year old healthy!

Dog Availability Release 31May2019

Greetings Greyhound Lovers!

We know a lot of you have been asking for updates regarding our next haul of retired racing dogs. Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to secure dogs to bring up to Canada for adoption at this time.

We have reached out to our regular sources and they have no dogs available and are unsure as to when any dogs will become available. We have reached out to other sources for dogs and they have no dogs available either and are unsure when dogs will become available; we have also reached out to the National Greyhound Association and their response was;

“Unfortunately, there is a general shortage of Greyhounds all over the country right now, both for racing and adoption.  Obviously, this will change over time as the tracks in Florida begin to slowly close down.  I am sure you will see some availability in the coming months.” 

This does not mean we will not be getting dogs; it just means we don’t have a firm date when they will arrive.  Our Board members and Volunteers have been working tirelessly reaching out to old and new contacts in the United States to obtain a haul of retired racing dogs for both NCGL in British Columbia and Alberta. We hope to have some news soon.

Despite all of this, 2019 has been an extremely busy year for NCGL!  We helped a kind farmer find homes for 21 of his Greyhound x Wolfhound crosses (including 8 brand new babies born in our care) after he sadly passed away, we’ve helped families find new homes for their beloved pets when they could no longer keep them and we’ve helped the local match racing community find homes for their Greyhounds once their coursing careers have ended.  While it has been difficult to obtain Retired Racing Greyhounds from the United States of America, we’ve continued to help find homes for beautiful hounds in need.

If you’ve been waiting for a retired racing dog to arrive but are interested in adopting dogs from one of these alternate sources, please let your adoption coordinator know.  While these beauties tend to have a few different needs than the retired racing dogs – they make incredible additions to the family!

We also encourage you to check out other adoption groups in your area.  Our goal at NCGL is and always has been to find loving families for beautiful sighthounds. Meaning if you offer your loving home to a Greyhound from another adoption group, we couldn’t be happier for you and your new skinny!  If you do adopt from another organization, please know that you are always welcome to attend NCGL events. After all, we’d love to meet your beautiful new Greyhound!  If you do secure a racer through another organization, please let us know so we can remove you from our waiting list.

In addition, if you have paid a deposit to NCGL with your adoption application, we would be more than happy to refund the amount. Just contact us at treasurer@ncgl.ca Or, if you would like to get a tax receipt for the $50.00, we can do that as well – simply send your mailing information to the same e-mail address.

We want to thank everyone for all your continued support this year and in years past. Next year will be our 20th year in operation and with your continued patronage, we are hoping to carry on for many more!  Stay tuned for celebrations being planned for the 20th Anniversary in Alberta and BC.

We apologize for any inconvenience this shortage has caused but please know that we are doing our best and are hoping to have an update for you very soon!

All the Best,
Board of Directors
Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

NCGL Named Responsible Adoption Partner by NGA

The following has been received from the National Greyhound Association:

“The National Greyhound Association (NGA) has long wanted to provide a resource list of credible, responsible adoption groups to their membership, owners, kennels, haulers and trainers.  The list may also prove to be an assistance to those coordinating hauls and hopefully will be another re-direct for those looking to adopt. The list is comprised of groups they feel are responsible in practices as well as their professionalism towards our sport and dogs.  Northwest Canadian Greyhound League has been nominated to be added to the list.

The NGA is proud to include your adoption group as part of our inaugural list. The list can be viewed at  www.ngagreyhounds.com/adopt  

Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you put into our Greyhounds.  We are proud to consider you one of our Responsible Adoption Partners.

Sincerely,

NGA Webmaster & Board Member 3B”

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League