NCGL Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest!

It’s time to transform those adorable hounds into spooky skinnies, because on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm we’re having a Greyhound Costume Contest at PetSmart Chinook – located at:  Unit 7,  321 – 61 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB  T2H 2W7

Join us for fabulous treats for both the pups and their people- stay until 2:30 pm when we will have a PetSmart Manager pick their favorite 3 costumed Greyhounds! Each winner will receive a fabulous gift basket full of toys and treats!

Admission is free (but donations are always welcome) so get those creative crania’s thinking and come on out and have a spooktacular time!

NCGL 2018 Fall Auction!

                 Northwest Canadian Greyhound League 2018 Fall Auction!

NCGL is looking for donations of New and Gently used items to auction off in an effort to help raise some much-needed funds for the hounds! Items should be hound related but don’t necessarily have to be for hounds (example: clothing, earrings, etc.).

If you’d like to donate and are located on the Vancouver Island – contact Heather at heather_lane01@hotmail.com

On the Lower Mainland – contact Mikayla at mikaylaowen@hotmail.com

In Calgary –  contact Brandi at brandi007@shaw.ca

Donation Deadline is October 15, 2018 with the auction to follow in November!

Thank you all for your support!

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 2018-09-12

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!

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.

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, October 13th, 2018

 

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League