Category: “NCGL News”

2nd Annual BC Fundraiser

BC is holding the second annual “For The Love of Dogs” fundraiser. Get your tickets now so you don’t miss out on an evening of fun, greyt food and awesome music!

FOUND GREYHOUND

Blue Velvet

FOUND DOG!

NCGL was contacted about a found greyhound in the Surrey, BC area. The person who had found the dog could no longer keep him at their house, so we agreed to take in the dog and start looking for the owner.

“Blue” looks to be about 4 years old and is a big boy at 82lbs. He’s a bit shy and fearful but looks to be well taken care of. He was found with no identification or tattoos and does not have a microchip. If “Blue” is your dog please reach out to us with proof of ownership (license, old photos, etc.) so we can reunite you with this handsome man.

NCGL has reached out to the BC SPCA in Vancouver, The City of Surrey Resource Centre and the Delta Community Animal Shelter. They know of this handsome man and have asked us to look for his people as they cannot take him in. If his family cannot be found in the next 30 days we will happily take him into our program and find him a new home. We have cleared this with The City of Surrey and they are in agreement that this is what’s best for him.

If “Blue” is your dog or you know his people, please reach out to us ASAP! In the meantime, he’ll be given a warm bed and a full belly!

Let’s get this boy home!

 

 

NCGL Calgary Christmas Draw!

NCGL Calgary is raffling off this absolutely amazing gift basket! 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 23th 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 and we’ll fill out your tickets and put them in the draw for you! We’ll need your name, address and phone number!
Thank you so much for your support and good luck!

Bill 13 – Ends Greyhound Racing in Florida

NCGL was and still is firmly against Amendment 13. We feel that regardless of your position on racing, this bill is irresponsible as it has no provisions nor funding in place for the thousands of Greyhounds it displaces. There are approximately 8000 dogs on Florida tracks, there is an estimated 2000 more puppies and dogs-in-training to race on farms and an estimated 5000 on farms in other states that were destined to race in Florida – this is a staggering amount number of dogs. While racing could continue for as long as 2 years, we could also see track closures as early as January 1st, 2019.

We have always had a good relationship with our contacts in the racing community, and we have enjoyed re-homing the dogs they have worked with and cared for. We will be reaching out to these contacts, offering our assistance and will be there for these incredible pups.

Currently, we are also working on bringing dogs to Canada from a track in Asia that has closed. We hope to get 30 of the over 500 dogs looking for homes. NCGL is here to help racing dogs regardless of their origin, and this project will not affect our ongoing support of dogs from Florida.

NCGL is and has always been pro-Greyhound. We are ready to help all these amazing dogs find amazing families and will work with our contacts in the United States to welcome as many new Canadian skinnies as we can. If you are looking to help, please donate to your local adoption groups; please offer to foster and if you’ve been looking for a new family member, there has never been a better time to adopt. Please stay tuned to find out ways you can help these beautiful souls make the transition from racer to retired.

It is worth noting that funds raised by lobbying organizations that spearheaded this bill will not be dispersed to local Greyhound adoption groups, who along with kennel owners will shoulder the costs of moving these dogs to adoption. Please reach out to your LOCAL Greyhound adoption group if you’re looking to donate.

NCGL “Souls of Greytness 2019” Calendars Are Here!

It’s our FAVORITE time of year! CALENDAR TIME!!! NCGL’s Souls of Greytness 2019” Calendar is here!

All profits from the sale of this calendar go towards helping NCGL find amazing homes for all 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 forever homes; vet bills, transport, food, supplies and training – buying one of these calendars makes it all possible! Calendars are available at Meet & Greets and other upcoming events.

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.

Order your calendar(s) for only $20 each. If you cannot pick up your calendar at any of the NCGL Greyhound events, please include an extra $5.00 each for shipping ($25.00 total). 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 the number you would like to purchase, your name and shipping address.

Payment Options:

  1. Send an e-Transfer to:  treasurer@ncgl.ca
  1. Send a cheque payable to NCGL to the following address:

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

  1. 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 greyt rate, thank you Doug at Dat Media Inc for the awesome work!

NCGL wants to extend an absolutely massive thank you to Dawn  & Heidi  who have put so much hard work and dedication into collecting photos and assembling these outstanding and beautiful calendars; you ladies rock!

NCGL also wants to thank our fabulous adopters and fosters who submitted these beautiful photos. Thank you SO MUCH for all your support!

UPDATE – Greyhounds From China Need Placement!

Macau Dogs Update – 2018-11-21 – The following update was received by NCGL.

We will continue to support and work along size the Macau people to ultimately receive 30 Greyhounds into our care. Thank you everyone for your patience & please continue to hang in there to help us help the dogs!

On 2018-11-21 2:36 a.m.
Dear Brandi and Judy,
allow me to thank you both for your patience and kind assistance, in giving the Macau greyhounds a chance to be re-homed to a new loving environment for their retirement.  This email will hopefully answer your queries and explain the complications we are facing.
I understand that a lot of work has been done by NCGL and am confident that the greyhounds will be in good hands when they are able to fly over to you.
The complications and hurdles we are facing in Macau has been incredible, but we will not give up on achieving the goal of giving the greyhounds a chance to enjoy their retired life with good families.
As our professional Pet Moving company has mentioned, we previously anticipated and arranged with the only airline (Eva Air) that could fly greyhounds out of Macau to Canada (Via Taiwan).  Unfortunately, we were unable to use Eva Air’s services because they gave us unbearable limitations that would cause logistical and arrangement nightmares, incapable paperwork procedures to be met with local authorities, as well as possible animal welfare problems.
I also mentioned that the adoptions for the greyhounds is handled by Anima.  There was a recent post by Anima on facebook stating which countries the greyhounds are planned to be shipped out for adoption.  Anima has made an error in accidentally leaving out some destinations in their post, which should also state that greyhounds will also be going to Canada.  Anima has also said that the order of priority in sending out dogs depends on when the associations enrolled for adoptions, some of which enrolled almost 2 years ago.  Nevertheless, we have not stopped trying to find solutions to have the dogs sent out for retirement life as soon as possible.
The only airport for which we can send out dogs are via Hong Kong International Airport.  Dogs are currently only being sent to USA because of Anima’s enrollment order of priority and because of the limitation for which Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has given to us.  The schedule for receiving dogs in USA have been arranged thoroughly and approved by local authorities.  These arrangements are currently made up to February.  According to the limitations AFCD has put into effect, only 10 dogs per week may enter Hong Kong jurisdiction and cleared by customs.  So every week, 10 dogs are being sent to the scheduled receiver in USA.  For the sake of the dog’s, we are working as hard as possible with AFCD so that they may increase the capacity of dogs to enter Hong Kong.  We previously used ships to send the dogs to Hong Kong, but now, since the Hong Kong Zhu Hai Macau bridge has been inaugurated, we have been granted permission by AFCD to use the bridge to transport the dogs to the Hong Kong airport.  This may very well give us an opportunity in being granted more dogs to enter Hong Kong on a weekly basis, subject to AFCD review and approval.
Once we are granted a larger capacity of dogs to enter Hong Kong, we will be able to plan for sending dogs to other countries, including Canada.
I am unable to give you an actual date, due to the reasons stated above.  I can presume that the earliest batch to be sent to Canada will be some time in April, if only 10 dogs can be sent per week.
Please understand that the imposed capacity problem of 10 dogs per week is something that is out of our control, but with good will and heart, let’s hope our negotiation for more dogs per week entering Hong Kong may be approved as soon as possible, so that we may commence again with you the logistics of receiving these beautiful animals.
I hope this email finds you well.
Thank you and Best Regards,
Jose Luis

Macau Dogs Update – 2018-11-09

Hey Greyhound Lovers,

So, what’s up with our Macau Greyhounds?

As mentioned before this is a really complicated and fluid situation. From what we understand is that there is an issue with the airline that our contacts in China wanted to use to ship the dogs directly out of Macau. They are currently in contact with airport authorities in Hong Kong to try and ship them out of there instead and are looking at different airlines to get the dogs to Canada.

We know that several US groups have received hounds from Macau and we’re not sure why the situation for us is different, but we have given our contacts a few options in hopes of speeding things along! There are still 470 Greyhounds at Canidrome that need to make their way to adoption groups throughout the world, so no worries!

We want to thank you all for your continued support and patience, as soon as we hear more, we will be updating you! Hopefully, it’s with the wonderful news that our sweethearts are on the way!

Please know that our volunteers have been working on this project since the beginning of August and are doing everything they possibly can to help these wonderful Greyhounds, we are just as excited to meet them as you are!

 

Board of Directors
Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

 

PS – We have also reached out to our regular contacts in the US regarding the dogs from Florida that will soon need homes – we will update you on that front as soon as we know more!


Macau Dogs Update – 2018-10-19

Greetings Greyhound Lovers!

Finally, the update that you have all been waiting for, WE ARE GETTING GREYHOUNDS FROM MACAU!  YAAAAAY!  Northwest Canadian Greyhound League has committed to taking in 30 greyhounds from Canidrome in Macau -15 dogs will go to Alberta and 15 dogs will stay in BC.  Greyhounds will be soon arriving in shipments of 3 to 5 on flights from Hong Kong and will be landing in Vancouver where volunteers will help greet them and get them settled in. We would welcome any volunteers available to help with the arrivals.

First off, a little bit of background on what’s been going on overseas.  The amazing Volunteers over in Macau have been working extremely hard to make sure the dogs are well taken care of, feeding them, taking them for walks and getting them any vet care that they require.  The dogs were supposed to be moved off site to a newly built facility about a month ago but there were some issues with the locals who were worried about the noise of barking dogs and that was eventually scrapped.  In the meantime, the amazing volunteers at Anima have helped the dogs stay as comfortable as they can be at the race track and have even kept them safe and dry during a typhoon.  Due to all these changes and the fact that they now can’t use the off-site facility, the timetable to get dogs to adoption groups has moved up, meaning that the dogs will not be fully vetted before they arrive in Canada.  Dogs will come with their Rabies vaccination but will require all other vet care to be done in Canada.  The Officials in Macau have been very generous and have offered to pay for all the expenses associated with getting the dogs from China to Canada and have offered a donation with each dog that we take in to help us cover the vet expenses that we will incur.

We believe that most of the dogs will require dental work which as you know can get very expensive. We will have to do a donation drive, some fundraising to help cover the costs associated with getting these pups the best care we possibly can, so stay tuned for some great opportunities to help these dogs get ready for forever families!  There will also be a need for volunteers to help with the day to day tasks of taking care of these dogs such as driving them to and from vet appointments, babysitting when foster parents are away and various other tasks.

It’s going to be a ton of hard work, but it will all be worth it when we see these beautiful dogs enjoying the rest of their lives on soft beds with loving families.  We want to thank the incredible foster homes who have all offered to take these babies in and our amazing volunteers and supporters who are making this possible. A big thank you goes out to the Macau Government and organizations associated with the Canidrome track for making sure that these dogs have the option to retire, but most of all we want to thank the incredible volunteers at Anima who have been taking such great care of these dogs and have done amazing things to make sure these dogs are safe.

As soon as we get some dates and details of which dogs we are getting we will be sending that information to you!  So, keep a close eye on your email, check out our website and follow us on Facebook!

We’re excited to help these dogs and we couldn’t do it without your support!  Thank you so much!

Board of Directors
Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

 

www.ncgl.ca

https://www.facebook.com/NCGLCanada/

 


Macau Dogs – Update 2018-09-12

Hello Greyhound Lovers!

NCGL is letting you know that we have yet to receive any further updates from the officials in Macau regarding the Greyhounds who raced at Canindrome. If we are going to get Greyhounds from Macau we now know it will be later than the September 22, 2018 date that was floated before. The dogs are currently being moved from the racetrack to an off-site facility and many of them still require vet care and procedures before they are ready to head to adoption groups.

As mentioned before, NCGL is 100% committed to helping these dogs and are waiting with baited breath for any updates and news from the officials in China; but please keep in mind whether the dogs head to Canada or not, it is in their hands. We are really hoping that we are given the opportunity to show these pups how amazing life is in Canada!

NCGL would like to thank everyone who offered to foster these beauties and all of you that have sent your support along for these pooches! Keep those paws crossed that this will all happen…soon.

As soon as we get any info you will all be the first to know!

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more!

The Board of Directors
Northwest Canadian Greyhound League


August 31, 2018

Greetings Greyhound Lovers!

You may be aware that the Greyhound Racing track Canidrome in Macau, China has closed for good.  If you haven’t heard here’s a link to a recent news story by CTV:

 https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/hundreds-of-macau-greyhounds-up-for-adoption-after-dog-track-closure-1.4033184

NCGL has been contacted by a group who are looking for Greyhound adoption agencies to take these dogs into their care and find loving forever families for them.  Before organizations in China stepped in to help these dogs they had absolutely no option for retirement and their safety and welfare were in dire straights.  We have enthusiastically informed them that we would love to help and take in as many hounds as we possibly can!

Our dilemma at this point is that we do not have a kennel and rely solely on our incredible foster homes whenever we need to take in dogs.  We have some wonderful and dedicated foster families that will no doubt step up and take in some of these hounds, but with the number of dogs that are in need of care, we are even more driven to take in even more and welcome them as new Canadians!  We are hoping we can find dedicated foster homes than we normally have available and that our awesome volunteers and adopters are as excited as we are to help these beautiful souls find a safe and happy landing!

We are contacting all of our previous and present Greyhound owners to see if there would be anyone willing to do some fostering for NCGL for these dogs, or maybe you’ve been thinking that you need another beautiful family member to welcome into your life – either way, we hope we can count on you to add a permanent or temporary skinny pup into your life.  The hounds will come fully vetted with all of their vaccinations before they arrive in Canada, any on-going expenses and care will be covered by NCGL while the dogs are in foster care.  The expected date of arrival is September 22, 2018, at the airport in Vancouver, BC but this is a very fluid situation and is subject to change.  NCGL will have a group of volunteers and transporters ready to move the hounds to their respective destinations, including Alberta.

We are hoping to hear from you as soon as possible if you think you can offer your home and help us out, but particularly to help these beautiful hounds begin the next journey in their lives right here in Canada.  And maybe, just maybe, some of you have been considering the adoption of another beautiful Greyhound – this would be a wonderful gift to these hounds in need and your family!

If you are available to help these wonderful skinnies find a soft landing contact NCGL BC at vebenn@telus.net or NCGL Alberta at adopt@ncgl.ca as soon as possible.  As you can see time is of the essence for these greyhounds and without the incredible work and dedication by the volunteers and staff on the ground in Macau and all of the other amazing groups around the world stepping up to take these beauties into their programs, they had no future – we are incredibly grateful for all of their hard work and love and will be more than honored if we are chosen to participate in this incredible endeavor.  

Please remember that while NCGL is 100% on board to get these hounds, this is a very fluid situation and we may not receive any at all.  We have been in contact with authorities in China regarding this situation and we feel that we will be receiving dogs in the near future from Macau but do not want to say that this is set in stone.  If we are blessed enough to take in some of these dogs we want to make sure that we are prepared and can take in as many as needed be, the more the merrier!  We need your help, so please open your heart to a beautiful skinny – even if it’s only for a little while!

Many Thanks,
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”

Abandoned dogs rescued from farm near Alberta-Saskatchewan divide after facing the elements

Ryan White, Reporter / Producer   @CTVRyanWhite

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 5:07PM MST
Last Updated Friday, January 19, 2018 6:38PM MST

 

Officials with Northwest Canadian Greyhound League (NCGL) say seven dogs that were rescued from the cold in western Saskatchewan are recovering from the ordeal and are nearly ready to be homed.

On Sunday, January 14, volunteers with NCGL in Calgary drove to a rural area in Saskatchewan following a call from Saskatchewan Animal Control indicating dogs had been found abandoned on a property.

“The big problem came when the original owner left and left the dogs on the property,” explained Brandi Williams, vice-president of  NCGL. “The neighbour had noticed that there were still dogs on the property so he started doing his best to make sure they were fed and watered but in temperatures like this water freezes.”

“If it weren’t for the neighbour and if it wasn’t for these amazing people that stepped up, they wouldn’t be alive.”

Williams says two of the dogs, a Greyhound and a Beagle, were friendly and approached the volunteers but the other animals appeared distraught. It took more than two hours to catch all of the dogs. “We popped muzzles on them because we weren’t sure if the dogs had met before.”

A dog, believed to be a Spaniel-mix, was found in medical distress and animal control members transported it to a location within Saskatchewan for treatment.

The dogs were transported to the Springbank Pet Resort, west of Calgary, where the animals began to let their guard down.

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“We actually opened up one of our buildings specifically for them,” said Glenn Condoran, general manager of Springbank Pet Resort. “We have staff that are dedicated to look after just them and spend the time with them.”

“All of the dogs are completely different after being here for a week,” said Williams. “They’re just learning that people are good.”

The seven dogs consist of five greyhounds, a Beagle and a German Shepherd-cross. The Beagle is now in the care of Beagle Paws Rescue while NCGL is looking for a rescue foundation to take in the Shepherd-mix.

Williams says the animals are adapting to their new environment. “The great thing about dogs, and pretty much all animals, they’re very, very, very forgiving. Even if something bad happens to them, the second something good happens to them, they forget.”

“We’re working on getting them all fixed and into foster homes and then ready for forever families,” said Williams. “These guys will make absolutely awesome pets.”

For information regarding fostering or adoption, visit  Northwest Canadian Greyhound League . Condoran encourages any potential adopters to stop by the Springbank Pet Resort to meet the animals.

With files from CTV’s Stephanie Wiebe

PhotosGreyhound rescued from Saskatchewan farm

 

Seven dogs were removed from a property in Saskatchewan and transported to a facility in Springbank on January 14, 2018 (photo: NCGL)

A shepherd-mix was one of seven dogs found abandoned on a rural property near the Alberta/Saskatchewan barrier

A neighbour attempted to feed and provide water to the dogs after realizing the animals had been left on the property when the previous owner moved (photo: NCGL)

 

 

“For the Love of Dogs” BC Gala Fundraiser

Please view our Gala Fundraiser page:

“For the Love of Dogs” BC 2018 Valentine Gala Fundraiser

Hello Skinny Dog Lovers!

When NCGL was started way back in 1999, the primary goal was to aid in the placement of retired Canadian racing dogs. While we don’t see any dogs coming from Canadian racing tracks anymore (the last track was closed years ago) we still stay true to our original mission statement and take pride in helping any Canadian sight hound that finds itself in need of a home. We LOVE these dogs and adore seeing them make their way into new families. Whether they’re from a farm or a loving family that has to make the heartbreaking decision to re-home their pet, it is a true joy to see them blossom in their new homes and pay back all the love they receive with joyful tail wags and kisses.

This past year has been a big year for local hounds; so far we have taken in 14 Canadian sight hounds in need of new families. While, as stated above, we LOVE these local guys – the unfortunate downside is they come with much higher costs than the dogs we bring in from the US race tracks. While we have fabulous local vets who do their best to off-set the costs of taking in these beauties with EXTREMELY generous discounts, the fact is, Canadian veterinary care is much more expensive than in the US.

With surrendered dogs we have to cover costs for alterations, vaccines, microchips, dentals, worming, surgeries, transport costs, boarding, food, training and anything else they need to get them ready for their new lives with their new families. The average cost to take in a Canadian skinny is around $800.00 each with some dogs going as high as $5000+. We would never deny a dog the treatment they require because of cost, our goal is always the quality of life for every single dog we take in. However, because of this, we can only take in as many dogs as we can responsibly cover the costs for.

 

We know that this has been a tough year for everyone and appreciate every single dollar donated towards helping these incredible pooches, but we’re at a bit of a crisis point right now and are looking for ideas for alternative fundraising opportunities and ways to raise more money for the pups. So far this year donations are down by about 90%.

 

If you have any extra money that you’d like to donate to help get some incredible dogs into incredible homes – remember that every single donation of $20.00 or over will come with a tax receipt! And please remember that this is a 100% volunteer run, registered non-profit organization – every single hour spent by our AMAZING volunteers is donated!

 

If you’d like to donate you can click that fancy “Donate” button on our website http://www.ncgl.ca/how-to-help/  or send a cheque to Northwest Canadian Greyhound League to 210-4745 54A Street Delta, BC V4K 2Z9 or send an e-Transfer to our treasurer at treasurer@ncgl.ca and remember that every single dollar goes to the dogs!

We’re also looking for people with great ideas who want to do fundraising for us. Organizing bottle drives, events, auctions or anything that will help. If you’d like help promoting your NCGL event please send an email to adopt@ncgl.ca  Do you and/or your workplace donate to United Way? Did you know that you can designate the charity that your funds go to? Why not designate NCGL this year! Talk it over with your co-workers and make this year the year to help the Greyhounds.

 

We’re also in desperate need of foster homes for these beautiful pups – as with funds, we can only take in as many dogs as we have foster care for. We are so thankful for the donations of time and kennel space from the fabulous kennels we work with; Sunset Kennel and GroomingBarks & Recreation Dog Kennel, and Hudson’s Hounds – but we do need to get these pooches into foster homes so they get some house experience and these fabulous businesses have room for their paying clients!

Thank you so much for all of your support and making the past few years at NCGL so successful. We love all of our supporters, volunteers and of course the hounds! We couldn’t do this without you, you’re all heroes!

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League