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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Grooming, Barks & 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!