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April is Bosley’s Pet Appreciation Month

FEATURING NORTHWEST CANADIAN GREYHOUND LEAGUE

DURING PET APPRECIATION MONTH 2019

APRIL 1st-30th, 2019

We are very excited to announce that Bosley’s-Ladner Store #7007 has selected Northwest Canadian Greyhound League (NCGL) as their charity of choice to participate in their Pet Appreciation Month 2019.

For the full month of April, NCGL will be featured daily at: 5263 Ladner Trunk Road, Ladner, BC V4K 1W4. NCGL will have an information table with brochures, a supply of adoption/foster/volunteer applications and signage inside the store. Bosley’s will be collecting cash donations every day and at the end of the campaign will present a cheque to NCGL for the donations collected.

On Friday, April 26th, and Sunday April 28th, 2019, NCGL volunteers will hold Meet & Greets at the store, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please be sure to drop by and meet the Greyhounds.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US HELP THE GREYHOUNDS!

Dillon

This was posted to FB on March 28, 2019 by our Vice-President Brandi W. who has been instrumental in picking up all of these dogs, finding temporary facility for arrival and assessments, (Springbank), finding foster homes, getting all of the vetting done and finally, finding each and every one of these 7 dogs their forever homes. A beautiful update about Dillon, one of the 7 Saskatchewan dogs found abandoned on a farm a little over 1-1/2 years ago. Grab the Kleenex box and enjoy!

At NCGL we always say that our foster homes are the backbone of this organization. Without these loving souls who welcome these “strangers on 4 legs” into their homes and into their lives, we couldn’t help the dogs that we do. Today Dillion’s mom, who was previously his foster mom, shared the most incredible update that made my heart soar.

When we first heard about Dillon, he was part of a group of 7 dogs that had been abandoned on a farm in Saskatchewan in January. An incredible neighbour had heard barking and discovered the dogs with no food and frozen water in their buckets. The dog’s houses were tractor tires with plywood over-top and he had been doing his best to keep everyone alive by heading to the site every day and feeding them.

NCGL was called to see if we could take in these dogs, get them vetted and find good homes for them…. in order to do that we needed incredible foster homes to open their hearts to these guys who were VERY shy and didn’t trust anyone – why would they? (We also want to thank the incredible folks over at Springbank Pet Resort who allowed us to pick up the dogs immediately, housed and loved them until foster homes could be found).

Dillon abandoned on the farm to die, he was skinny, wounded and absolutely terrified. He’s come such a long way!

One of those foster homes agreed to take in two 100lb boys with little to no socialization and severe kidney issues due to lack of accessible water. They hid in their crates, peed and soiled in the house and were terrified of human touch. One of those dogs was Dillion who was adopted by his foster mom Kirsten W. – she fell in love and just couldn’t let him go.

Today she posted this update…

“Facebook tells me that a year ago, I was over the moon with joy that Dillon willingly came out of his crate to lie on the back door mat with the other dogs, but I couldn’t get a decent picture, because I would have scared him back into his crate.

“This morning, this beautiful, gentle giant of a dog went to St John’s Ambulance to see if he would qualify as a therapy dog to go visit the elderly and hospital patients, and the lady said, “he’s perfect.” We have to go back for an official group evaluation, but she said she can already tell that he won’t have any problems.

“My heart just soars when I see how this unbelievably resilient boy has learned to trust, love, and enjoy life. He’s easily the sweetest dog I’ve ever known. You’re such a good boy, Dillon. 💞💖💗”

We want to express our gratitude to every single one of our incredible foster homes. Without you, happy endings like this would never happen. We know it’s not easy – sometimes they pee in the house, sometimes they bark too much, sometimes they eat your furniture – but you always see that diamond in the rough and help them find their shine. Thank you for your patience, forgiveness and kind hearts. We want you to know that we couldn’t do this without you!

All of the dogs taken from that farm that day, abandoned for dead, are now living the best lives ever with their new families.

Thank you, Kirsten, for sharing this incredible update, it truly made my heart smile

Handsome Dillon today – happy, healthy and loving life!

The Babies’ Birthday!

2019-03-27 Update:

Here are a couple more videos that we can’t resist posting, the first one was taken on the puppies’ 2week old birthday! The second one is at 5 weeks old. The names are coming and will be posted shortly!

https://www.facebook.com/NCGLCanada/videos/338582330095286/?t=11

Happy 2-week birthday babies! Man are they getting BIG! Mom is doing an amazing job making sure her babies are happy and healthy! We want to thank their amazing foster mom Dawn R. for taking care of this beautiful family – and for doing so much laundry! How does something so small make so much poop?!

https://www.facebook.com/NCGLCanada/videos/2364827000234715/?t=20

Uh oh… babies are 5 weeks old tomorrow and are becoming full-fledged landsharks! We’re excited for the weigh in! Thank you to their very brave foster mum for taking such good care of these weirdos

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2019-03-20 Update:

Our babies are 4 weeks old today!!! Happy Birthday little sausages!

Everyone is doing absolutely amazing! They were moved from Calgary to their new foster home in Central Alberta who is home throughout the day and time to help them now that they are just a wee bit more mobile, thank you SO MUCH Judi!

We want to thank the fabulous Dawn Robertson who did an absolutely incredible job with mom and her beautiful family! She helped welcome these babies into the world and made sure that they were super well taken care of and loved in her home. We also want to thank all of Dawn’s fabulous helpers who came in during the day to check on the family (and cuddle) while she was at work!

 

The babies tried their first bit of solid food yesterday and seemed to really enjoy it! We’re sure mom will be relieved that she’s not the sole source of nutrition now. All of our babies have gone from about 1lb to between 4.62lbs and 5.75lbs! We have names picked out for everyone and we will work on getting those up, of course, adoptive families can call their babies whatever they want when they arrive in their homes, but we’re going with a Game of Thrones theme for these guys!

 

Happy Birthday, cuties!

https://youtu.be/zf1pipKDCPk

 

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Wednesday February 19, 2019

Well.. we hit 6 and thought we were done, and then a 7th showed up and we were done… And then an 8th shows up one hour ago… We think we are done… Again? NCGL wants to welcome 8 beautiful, stunning, adorable, healthy babies to this world!

Mom is doing great and is an absolute Rockstar, we are so glad she waited until we picked her up to have her babies in a safe warm spot!

Thank you so much Dawn for being an amazing foster mom 🙂 Puppies started arriving at 1:45 am and the last one came an hour ago at 10:00 am!

We have 4 boys – one blue fawn, two blue and one white.

And 4 girls – one blue, two parti-colour and an apricot!

Thank you all again for your support and stay tuned for updates!!!

And then there were seven….

You’ve been following the story of our beautiful Harry Potter pups lately on Facebook and on the Website, here’s the rest of the tale…

A few weeks ago, a volunteer with NCGL reached out to a kind individual who was looking to move some Greyhound x Wolfhound puppies into new families. At that time, we found out that there weren’t only the 7 puppies we were contacting them about, but a bunch of adults that also may need a place to go. Their owner was very ill and had reached out to neighbours to make sure his dogs were taken care of while he was in the hospital. NCGL agreed to take the pups and put the offer out to take in any adults that the owner may want to part with when he felt better.

Sadly, last week the owner’s health took a turn for the worse and he passed away. At that time, we were contacted by two incredible neighbours who had been taking care of the pups at the farm – making sure they were fed, had water and were loved on. With care and affection, the pups had begun to trust these two amazing people – we asked that if it were possible to catch as many as they could and put them back on their dog houses or in the barn in preparation of us coming down. The property is not fenced in and is surrounded by large open fields, it would be quite the task to try and round up 7 dogs.

A group of 4 awesome Volunteers got together on Saturday and made the trip 5-6 hour north where we would stay overnight in a motel and meet the neighbours at the property Sunday Morning to pick up the pups and get them back to Calgary.

When we arrived at the farm, we were informed that the neighbours had managed to catch five of the six dogs on the property. The one boy was VERY shy, and they weren’t able to get a hold of him – we all walked around the property for about an hour putting down some cat food and trying to catch even a glimpse of this elusive boy – but soon realized that with ‘strangers’ on the property he would never show himself. The heartbreaking decision was made to start heading back to Calgary with the 6 we had with the commitment to come back and get this last sweetheart as soon as he could be caught.

While we were thanking these incredible people for taking such good care of these pups, we were informed that they had 13 bags of dog food for donation to help feed these beauties and the Estate of the pups’ owner had left us a very generous donation to help take care of the dogs he loved so much in life. Tears were shed, hugs were passed around and thank yous were exchanged – it’s not every day you meet such generous and kind people – we hope to stay friends and will be sharing updates when we get them as these beautiful dogs start this new chapter in their life. These neighbours even sent these babies off with beautiful brand-new leashes purchased by them!

Once again, the absolutely amazing and generous folks over at Springbank Pet Resort offered to take in these pups until we can move them into foster care despite them being almost completely booked with it being a long weekend! We couldn’t take in large groups of dogs with unknown histories without them – we are so grateful for them and their amazing staff! The pups will all be seeing the awesome folks over at Springbank Pet Hospital who have offered to treat our pups and make sure their feeling tip top while they stay! Thank you!

We ended up picking up 4 males and 2 females on Sunday. We’re going to stick with the Harry Potter theme and want to WELCOME:

Hagrid,

Harry,

Ron,

Phineas,

 Hermione,

to the group! All of the dogs need to be vaccinated, wormed, spayed and neutered. There are some wounds that require treatment and some of the dog have some teeth that need to go. We also believe that Hermione is pregnant! She will be visiting a vet this week to make sure but we’re about 99.9% sure we have more babies on the way. The last dog left on the farm was caught by the loving neighbours after we left on Sunday, they didn’t give up and because of their hard work and dedication he will be joining NCGL next Monday!

Our amazing volunteer Harley the Cat worked extra hard on Monday cat testing all the new guys – we’ve determined that Hermione is cat safe and the 4 boys did well – because of some fear caution should be exercised when introducing them to new pets as when they gain some confidence their feelings on small critters may change.

The 7 puppies we picked up 3 weeks ago are all in foster care and will be getting spayed and neutered in the next couple of weeks. All of your donated dollars and support are the reason we can help deserving dogs like these guys – thank you so much for your continued support! We also thank you for your patience, we know we’ve been slow to get back to some of you but there has been a lot of work to be done!

While this has all been going on, we also picked up another sweet little girl we’re calling Izzy! Izzy is a 5-month-old Greyhound x Wolfhound cross with a sprinkle of Border Collie thrown in to make her that much cuter! Izzy will need to be spayed and have her vet work done but stay tuned for updates about this pretty little girl! We want to thank Nina, Judi, John and her awesome foster parents for making this happen! Welcome to the group! It’s been a busy week for all of us – we can’t thank you enough for everything you all help us accomplish!

We will be moving these babies into foster care a soon as we can so stay tuned. If you’d like to donate towards their care you can email us at treasurer@ncgl.ca with an e-transfer or questions on other methods to send funds. Thank you so much for all of your generosity!

We want to send our condolences to the family who lost a loved one this past week, we hope he can rest well and in peace knowing that the dogs he loved so much in life are taken care of and are about to start their journey as much loved family members. These pups were very loved by their dad, They love people and we know they were well taken care of. We send you, your family and friends our thoughts

UPDATE – 2019-02-26

Lupin

We’d like to welcome Lupin to NCGL! Lupin was the last boy our volunteers couldn’t catch when we went up to pick up the dogs – but the amazing neighbours didn’t give up and were able to catch him! They even gave him a ride today to a location much closer to Calgary where our volunteers Nina and Laurel travelled to pick him up. We know that both us and all these fabulous pups are so thankful to these two amazing people for taking such good care and loving them.

NCGL is in real need of 5 foster homes in or around Calgary that willing to foster the adult dogs we picked up a week and a half ago! The dogs are friendly but can be shy – they initially tested well with cats but should be monitored as they become more comfortable in their surroundings. All expenses are covered by the group, we just need your love and patience to get these guys ready for their new life.

If you’re interested in fostering please contact us at adopt@ncgl.ca

We want to once again thank the incredible staff at Springbank Pet Resort for taking these guys in until we have foster homes lined up, you all rock the casbah.

(This boy sure looks like Albus!)

 

10th Anniversary of Great Global Walk!

The date is set! Watch for details of time, place, registration!

Northern Alberta Puppies!

On January 25th, a call was made by Vice-President, Brandi Williams, in answer to an advertisement for 7 Irish/Wolfhound puppies available in Northern Alberta. An offer was made to take the puppies in and find homes for all of them. The person who had the puppies consulted with the owner (who recently had undergone heart surgery) and it was agreed that the puppies would be picked up on the weekend.

Ms. Williams secured a temporary location to house the incoming puppies and headed out to bring the puppies back.

All but one is approximately 22-26 weeks old and believed to be from 1 litter. One is from a previous litter and a few weeks older. All had been tied up outside with little or no shelter. Little is known about the puppies and they will be vet checked, get their vaccines and settle down to begin their new lives.

The dogs are not kennel trained and have never been on a leash (and freaked right out when putting them on).

These guys are shy, they will need a bit more work than the average puppy. They also haven’t been in a house so things like crate training and housebreaking need to happen.

When the owner of these pups got sick, he made sure to reach out to neighbours to make sure his dogs were well taken care of, fed and watered. He loves his dogs, and this will be difficult for him – we are there to help though!

The pups are wary of strangers, but the neighbour let us know that that once you start feeding them, they warm up quickly to you. Their whole world was the farm and moving to the city was overwhelming for them!

Watch for further updates on these beauties! Here are their first official photos….

Being Fostered in Alberta

For further Information Contact:  adopt@ncgl.ca

Special Photo

Special Meet & Greet Photo

People often ask if Greyhounds are good with children – certainly the majority are kid safe, although it may depend upon the temperament of both the dog and the child.

Here is a perfect example of how that can come together……. taken and posted (with permission from the parent) at a recent PetSmart Meet & Greet in Port Coquitlam, BC

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.

Macau Greyhounds – News Release

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

 

Hello Greyhound Land!

 

We have an update from China regarding the Greyhounds that were designated to come to BC/AB in April.

 

As you all are aware, NCGL has been working incredibly hard since August 2018 to help in the re-homing effort of Greyhounds from Macau into loving families all over the world. Countless hours have been spent on planning, recruiting fosters, adopters, volunteers, transportation and supplies, along with various facilities that would all be involved with the incoming hounds. We thank everyone that was involved along the way – we could not have put the process in motion without you and we so gratefully acknowledge your time and efforts on behalf of NCGL and on behalf of the dogs!

 

It is with great sadness that we inform you that NCGL will not be receiving any of the Macau retired racers. On January 23rd, 2019 we were once again advised that there would still be 30 dogs arriving in Vancouver during April 2019 for NCGL. Recently there have been changes with regard to who our main contacts in China would be. After many back and forth communications with various officials, on February 8th, 2019 we were advised that no dogs will be shipped to NCGL.

 

In short, the response to the call for rescue groups to take in these 533 Greyhounds was overwhelming and particularly in Europe, Italy and Asia. In addition, the hounds were shipped out to organizations that had registered with the Macau officials some 2 years ago and the shipments of dogs were done in order of registration. As NCGL was asked in August 2018 to participate in the effort to take in Macau Greyhounds, our name was quite far down the list.  Despite that, we were assured time and time again that we would receive the allotment of 30 dogs from our contacts in China.  We even had health certificates and flight information for two separate flights of 5 Greyhounds to Vancouver, each of those flights cancelled at the last minute.

 

NCGL is disappointed and devastated. This news has come as quite a shock to the Board and those involved in the process from the beginning. We are, however, extremely happy that the outcome for the Greyhounds is the best or better than expected. We want to thank Mr. Albano Martins and the amazing folks at Anima who have worked so hard to make sure that these dogs get a chance at a happy life with loving families. They are truly incredible, and we are thankful for all of their love and dedication that made this happen.

 

We realize that many of you have made donations via our GoFundMe page specifically for the Macau Greyhounds, and we are more than happy to refund those donations. If you would like a refund, please contact treasurer@ncgl.ca Please note that while NCGL is not directly helping Greyhounds from Macau we are still moving forward with helping many other sight-hounds from many other situations as we have for the last 19 years. 

 

Just this month we have taken in 15 Canadian Greyhounds and Greyhound crosses that will require all of their vet work done, foster homes and full bellies.  We are expecting quite a few more sweethearts to join us soon as one of the 15 dogs we took in is pregnant!  In addition to the above mentioned pups, we are also working hard with our contacts in the United States to receive dogs from Florida in need of homes after Amendment 13. Once the roads are safe enough, we will be receiving our first shipment with more following throughout the year.  All funds donated to NCGL have always gone towards helping us find loving families for sight-hounds in Canada, and we will continue to do so for many, many years to come!

 

Thank you for all of your support through this endeavor.  While no Macau Greyhounds are heading to NCGL we take comfort in knowing that they are all safe and taken care of and we are humbled by the generosity of all of our volunteers and followers.

 

On Behalf of the 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