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

Casting Call for NCGL 2020 Calendar

Greetings Fellow Greyhound Lovers!

NCGL is putting out a casting call to all Northwest Canadian Greyhound League Hounds, past and present, to put their beautiful faces in our new 2020 Calendar! NCGL will celebrate its 20th year in operation so this is an extra special calendar!

We are looking for beautiful photos of adopted or fostered NCGL dogs from over the years to be featured in our new 2020 Calendar, which will be sold in an effort to help raise money for all the future hounds that will go through our organization.

In order to have your photo chosen, it must be in a landscape (horizontal) format; portrait (vertical) submissions cannot be used. NCGL hounds should be featured prominently but other pets are welcome in the photo.

Photos have to be large and high quality and should be sent to: GreyhoundPictures82@gmail.com  in a .jpg format by JULY 5, 2019.

We kindly request that each person enter no more than 5 photos so pick your best!

The Calendar this year will be a standard calendar format with a large photo on the top and dates on the bottom half. Please include your pup’s name and age!

We’re looking forward to your submissions!!!

The Results from the 2019 GGGW

RESULTS FROM SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH, 2019

A celebration of Greyhounds!

The Great Global Greyhound Walk (GGGW), an annual dog walking event with the aim of raising awareness of greyhounds as great pets, had every reason to celebrate its 10th year on Sunday 9th June 2019, with an overall attendance of 8,795 hounds that smashed the previous highest total (recorded last year) by over 2400!

In this record breaking year,  275 registered walks took place across the world, from the USA and Canada to the Philippines and from the Highlands of Scotland to Jersey and Australasia, greyhounds, with their owners, supporters and lovers, walked ‘together’ to raise awareness of the breed as the great pets they are.  England hosted 3 walks, and Australia 2 walks, that had over 200 hounds participating, however it is important to note that every hound that attends a registered walk is counted and contributes to the final total, therefore the smaller attendances of single figures are just as important to help spread the message.

From its small beginnings,  the walk has continued to increase in popularity, exposure and coverage.

GGGW is the brainchild of Greyhound Walks, a registered charity based in East Anglia, with the aim of socializing and promoting greyhounds as pets by organizing local walks.  In 2009 they decided to have an annual ‘Great British Greyhound Walk’ to include the whole of the UK.  Each year popularity grew and in 2014 the walk became a global event.

Greyhounds are one of the most historic and iconic breeds of dog, famed for their incredible athleticism, noble stature, gentle nature and calm temperament.  Greyhounds make great companions, they love human company, walk nicely on the lead, adapt to many different lifestyles and contrary to popular belief, they don’t require much exercise – just two 20 minute walks a day, although many can enjoy much more too.  They really are 40mph couch potatoes!

With thanks to all our dedicated walk organizers, the GGGW team, our sponsors and every single hound that participated. Our thoughts immediately move onto next year…  Hopes are high that the walk in 2020 will be even more successful and 10,000 hounds is the aim!

Save the date! – Sunday 14th June 2020.  

49 Hounds Attended at Rocky Point Park, Port Moody, BC Canada

18 Greyhounds walked at Elk/Beaver Lake in Victoria, BC  Canada

Dressed to celebrate  Colourful hounds Louis and Freddie enter the spirit of the GGGW
Location: Palmerston North New Zealand  Photo courtesy of Kendall Palmer-Frecklington

Walkers and hounds at Billingshurst, West Sussex in the UK.
Photo courtesy of Sam Morris.

Pittsburgh, USA participants.  Photo courtesy of Carolyn Dombrosky.

There were some stunning locations – like this one at Southport,
on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Vining.

Walk at South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, UK.  Photo courtesy of Julie Simmons.

The Wakefield, Yorkshire walk had 244 hounds participating – along with Hexham, they shared top spot in the UK for number of sighthounds.
Photo courtesy of Steve White.

Greyhounds Stag and Harper celebrate at the Victoria Park walk in London.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Boyce.

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!

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

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”

“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!

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 2018-Aug22  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.

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, September 14th, 2019

 

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League