Greyhound Walk in Victoria, BC

The next scheduled group walk in Victoria is December 10.  Because of the darker afternoons we’ll start the walk at 2:00 pm (instead of the usual 3:00 pm).  Let’s hope it’s not too wet.  Even if it’s raining, we’ll be there.

We will meet at our usual spot – the parking lot of the Beaver Lake Filter beds.

For those of you who don’t know where that is – here is a map https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Elk+%2F+Beaver+Lake+Regional+Park+-+Filter+Beds+Parking+Lot/@48.5077325,-123.3969891,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x548f720584a327eb:0x6dbb0df9e2a2e851!8m2!3d48.5077325!4d-123.3948004

We hope you can all make it.

“For the Love of Dogs” Gala Fundraiser

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League (NCGL) became a Registered Charity in the year 2000. Our mandate is to rescue and rehome retired racing Greyhounds, owner-surrendered Greyhounds and Greyhound mixes as well as other Sight Hound breeds. Our Board of Directors are all volunteers and a large percentage of our Greyhound owners assist in offering their homes to foster incoming hounds as well as participate in our fundraising activities, such as Meet and Greets in PetSmart stores, picnics, Animal Expos and other events as they arise.

On Saturday, February 10th, 2018 we are holding a major fundraiser “For the Love of Dogs” to raise funds that will go towards our major expense, Veterinary fees. All of the hounds that come into our organization are completely vetted before being adopted out to their approved forever homes. During our 2016 fiscal year NCGL’s veterinary expenses amounted to $17,019.40 and donations received were $13,426.70. This year-to-date veterinary expenses have already cost NCGL $14,258.65 and donations are down considerably at $5,181.63. Our entire operation depends on donations because the adoption fees seldom cover the veterinary fees paid, so we have decided to hold this first gala fundraiser.

The venue for our event has been donated (to pay only for cost of food) and we have a 19-piece jazz band who has also donated their time (NCGL will pay for their meals only). NCGL is asking for your help with items for our Silent Auction. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to NCGL and ultimately directly to the care of the hounds.

We hope you will consider our request and help us make this first major fundraising event a success not only for NCGL – but for all those hounds looking for their forever homes! Your brand will be prominently displayed for recognition of your generosity.

Thanking you in advance for your generous support.

 

Watch this post for further details!

Contact:  treasurer@ncgl.ca

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!

Greyt Beauties of 2018 Calendar

It’s our FAVORITE time of year! CALENDAR TIME!!! NCGL’s 2018 Greyt Beauties of 2018 calendar is almost here! Proofs are being printed and public copies should be available as early as next week!

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! We will have calendars available at Greyhound Gatherings and meet and greets as soon as they’re ready!

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 in person! Check our events calendar on both Facebook and on our NCGL website at http://www.ncgl.ca/events-calendar/  to see when there are events in your area. The calendar cost is $20 – cash or cheques are accepted.

If you would like your calendar shipped out to you, please send an email and provide your name and shipping address to greyhoundpictures82@gmail.com , indicate how many you would like to purchase and please include an extra $5.00 each for shipping ($25.00 for each).

Payment Methods:
1) Send an eTransfer to treasurer@ncgl.ca  or
2) Send your cheque to the following address:
NCGL Treasurer
#210, 4745 – 54A Street
Delta BC V4K 2Z9
3) Via PayPal by clicking this 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 and as soon as we get the copies from our FABULOUS printer (who does such a beautiful job every single year!) Doug at Dat Media Inc, the calendar(s) will be shipped out to you!

We also want to extend an absolutely massive thank you to Dawn Robertson & BJ Fontana who every year put so much hard work and dedication into collecting photos and assembling these absolutely beautiful calendars, you ladies rock!

Thank you SO MUCH for all of your support!

 

Foster Homes Needed!

 Foster Homes Needed!

NORTHWEST CANADIAN GREYHOUND LEAGUE

We are DESPERATE for foster homes! We can only bring in Greyhounds based on the number of foster homes available. Please help us help the dogs!

Greyhounds that come straight off the track need to learn how to behave in a house. They need to learn all about things like; linoleum, carpet, stairs, cats, little dogs, windows, mirrors and much more. Foster families take a Greyhound into their home and spend time teaching it how to be a wonderful house dog. They then have to be strong of heart and give the Greyhound up when it’s ready for adoption. Failing at fostering simply means falling in love with your foster and wanting to keep it. If you fail too often you won’t have room to foster anymore Greyhounds and that is what we consider a loss, but a happy loss! Usually, the fostering period only lasts 1-2 weeks

 

Click here for Fostering Application 2016-05  or  e-Mail victoria@ncgl.ca

NCGL Meet & Greet – Surrey, BC

NCGL is happy to announce that we will be holding a Greyhound Meet & Greet once a month at PetSmart store #483, located at 12101 – 72nd Avenue, Unit #110, Surrey, BC (in the Strawberry Hill shopping centre), from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

PetSmart Store #483

We would love you to drop by and bring your Greyhound(s). Watch the event calendar for future dates!

The Next M&G will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018

 

NCGL Calgary Meet & Greet – Chinook Centre

Calgary NCGL Meet & Greet – We meet every other Sunday at 1:00 PM – 3:00 pm – Check the event calendar for upcoming dates – and special attractions of the day!

Chinook Centre – Unit UTC-07, 321 61 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

 

 

NCGL PetSmart Meet & Greet – Port Coquitlam, BC

Mark your calendars now and come join us for our monthly Meet & Greet to be held on Sunday, November 12th, 2017, between 1:00 – 3:00 pm. at PetSmart Store #2319 located at:

2180 Hawkins Street, Unit 110, Port Coquitlam, BC  V3B 0G6

NCGL has partnered with PetSmart Charities Canada and will be featured at this store every month. We would love to see you and your Greyhounds – beds will be available for those hounds that need to have their afternoon nap-time!

Store #2319

Watch our website events calendar for upcoming dates! www.ncgl.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greyhound Belly Bands – Our Training Tool for Male Markers!

Do you own or are you fostering a male Greyhound that likes to mark everything in sight? We have just the right training tool for you and they are being custom made by one of NCGL’s volunteers. Five Dollars ($5.00) from each sale will be donated to NCGL.

Belly Bands have proven over and over that marking ends promptly after a few wearings. How long to have your dog wear a belly band and when to stop using? That is a personal decision, but if the dog/foster stays dry overnight while wearing one, use is usually discontinued.

For further information or to order, contact Jean at weepeebellybands@gmail.com

NCGL Shopping Guide!

We still have some items left – for birthdays, or gifts for her, for him, the kids and for the Greyhounds. Shipping costs from British Columbia will be added on to purchase price of items listed. Act now – quantities are limited!  Orders can be sent to treasurer@ncgl.ca

GH Hangars

GH Hangers $5.00 ea.

Earrings and Charms

Earrings $15 pair and Pandora Charms $10 ea.

 

NCGL T-Shirts $15 each

NCGL T-Shirts $15 each

 

Greyhound Figurines $15 each

Greyhound Figurines $15 each

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greyhound Pandora Pendants $20 each

Greyhound Pandora Pendants $20 each

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Party Animals $40 + Shipping

Original Party Animals $45

Greyhound Tag Collars $15 each

Greyhound Tag Collars $15 each

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League