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

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

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