Thank you all SO MUCH!

Who has the BEST Volunteers, Supporters and Donors on the Planet?! WE DO!!

With your generous donations of absolutely beautiful items and the high bids placed on them, the 2020 Northwest Canadian Greyhound Fall Auction raised a whopping $5628.57 for the dogs! We are completely blown away! Thank you so much!!! This has been a tough year for everyone and we know how tough it must have been to be this generous, but you did it! This will go a long way to helping the amazing hounds we have in our care now and the ones we take in in the future ❤

 

We do have to put an very special thank you out to Mikayla Owen and Heather Lane who organized the auction, solicited donations, collected winning bids and got everyone’s packages out in the mail! Running auctions is a TON of work and we are so grateful for both of you! We want to thank our very, very generous donors who parted with some absolutely breathtaking items for people to bid on, there were some truly awe inspiring items this year! And we want to thank all of you who bid on those items and made that massive total possible, even in such tough times!
All of us at NCGL and the beautiful pups we love so much are grateful for all of you, you are all so kind and we are glad to have you in our lives ❤

Sweet Broken Leg Little Boy!

Good Morning Hound Lovers!

Yesterday NCGL was contacted about a pup in need that had been dropped off at a vet with a broken leg. We were asked if we would be interested in taking this sweet little man into our program as his owners couldn’t afford his upcoming and necessary surgery…. of course we would!

Little boy is a sweet and handsome man who will be 3 next month. He’s a happy boy and even gave us a sweet little tail wag when we went to visit him!

Little boy will be going in for surgery today to have his leg repaired by the amazing folks over at

Grandview Animal Hospital

and Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Abe! We want to thank Dr. Abe, Dr. Manesh and all of the amazing staff for taking care of this sweetheart over the last couple of days!

We also want to thank super volunteer Judy for coming to the aid of this cutie yesterday and making sure he ended up with us!

Rough estimates will put the surgery to fix his leg at about $3000. These costs could of course go up once they see what’s going on, in addition to follow up visits, his neuter, teeth scaling and boarding costs. We want to thank Grandview for their extremely generous discount but still need your help!

This has been a tough year for all of us but if you can spare a few dollars to help Little Boy out it would greatly appreciated! We couldn’t help pups like him without you!

Send good wishes for a quick and uneventful surgery and a smooth recovery!
Stay tuned for more updates and Welcome to the NCGL family Little Boy, we love you already!

2021 Calendar Casting Call!

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 2021 Calendar!

We are looking for beautiful photos of adopted or fostered NCGL dogs from over the years to be featured in our new 2021 Calendar, which will be sold in an effort to help raise money for all the future hounds that go through our organization.

We are requesting photos that are in a landscape (horizontal) format of NCGL hounds – not portrait (vertical), other pets are welcome in the photo but the NCGL hound should be featured prominently. Photos have to be large and high quality and should be sent to [email protected] in a .jpg format by AUGUST 25, 2020. 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!!!

Coronavirus Announcement 2020-03-16

In response to the state of emergency declared by local and federal health authorities due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in accordance with recommendations, NCGL is cancelling all Greyhound gatherings in Alberta and British Columbia until further notice.

We have had no volunteers affected by the virus to date, but we are following the recommendations for social distancing where possible.

Your health and well-being and that of our volunteers is our #1 priority. If you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you via email or Facebook private messenger.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support. Please stay safe.

 

Board of Directors
Northwest Canadian Greyhound league

Happy Birthday to the Magnificent 8!

Today, February 19th, 2020 our Alberta puppies are celebrating their 1st birthday!

We want to thank you all for your continued support that made helping these babies possible and we want to thank all of the amazing parents of these cuties that are doing such a great job with them!

Special thanks also go out to Dawn who brought these babies into the world and fostered the family for their first few weeks (and her amazing helpers) and Judi who took over fostering until they had homes!

We can’t believe today they celebrate their 1-year birthday!

AryaDollyGaia (fkaSanza)Greyjoy (fka Bronn)Jenga (fka Jon)Oak (fka Drago)Odin (fka Tyrion)Shiloh (fka Dani)

2020 GGGW – NOTE: Change of Date!

PLEASE NOTE:  CHANGE OF DATE

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4, 2020

An annual walk celebrating and raising awareness of
Greyhounds as great pets

One day,
across the world,
united for Greyhounds!

 BIG, BOLD & BLUE!

The Great Global Greyhound Walk (GGGW) aims to build on its increasing success and go big, bold and BLUE in 2020!

The theme for the event on Sunday 4th October, 2020 is the colour blue and people and hounds are encouraged to dress up whilst participating in the 100’s of walks organised across the world, with the aim to promote Greyhounds, and their sight-hound cousins, as fantastic pets.

Originally named the Great British Greyhound Walk this annual event was begun by the charity Greyhound Walks. Founded by one lady, Janet Peacock, who wanted some company to walk with her Greyhound, the charity organizes walks primarily across East Anglia to unite sight-hounds and their owners – giving both the chance to relax and socialize together. The idea of a national (and now very much international!) annual walk was sown and has grown to be a very popular date in Greyhound lovers’ diaries.

Greyhounds are misunderstood by many – believed to be high maintenance and needing lots of exercise; nothing could be further from the truth – they are known as 40mph couch potatoes for good reason! Instantly recognizable with their sleek noble look, Greyhounds have calm temperaments and gentle natures. Most are happy with just 2 twenty-minute walks per day – but many are happy to do more too. They are more adaptable than people realise and can suit many different lifestyles and family circumstances – several even living with small furry animals.

Over the 10 years its been running, the GGGW has expanded immensely in both numbers and spread of walks, with registrations across the UK from Scotland to Jersey, and globally involving participants in North America, mainland Europe and Australasia, to name a few. Five of last years registered walks attracted over 200 hounds – quite a sight! – however it is important to note that small walks involving just 2 or 3 hounds are equally important to the overall figures and helps increase the coverage across the globe that the event can reach. The ultimate goal is for the general public to see the hounds out on their walk, meet them, and learn about their lovely characteristics – and maybe even go on to give one a home in the future. In the past, the GGGW has been proven to find forever homes for hounds that needed them – it is the hope that this side of the event will also increase.

Stay tuned for times, where walks will take place, and registration instructions in your area!!

Tye (fna Tiger)

NCGL Has always been 100% committed to giving our wonderful dogs the best chance at a happy life with their new families and sometimes that unfortunately comes at a high cost. It’s no secret that we’ve taken in some absolutely fabulous dogs lately, but a lot of those dogs have required some very special care.

Tye (FKA Tiger) is one of those wonderful dogs.

Tye was born on June 30, 2016, is a sweet guy who is excited with life in general and has a puppy-like personality. Tye is one of the most affectionate dogs you’ll ever meet! He absolutely adores his foster family and his foster family loves him back. He’s playful and great with others and is just the most handsome guy around.

Tye unfortunately has really struggled with adjusting to home life. He has a lot of anxiety and can be really stubborn at times which has led to some incidents where he’s lashed out as those in his surroundings.

We KNOW Tye is a diamond in the rough and have reached out to the awesome folks over at Bowen Island Dog Ranch to help Tye find his shine. This of course comes at a cost to NCGL and we’re looking for your support to help us help Tye be the best dog he can be.

We don’t give up on dogs and have had the joy of seeing some of these pups grow into the most beautiful and amazing dogs you’ll ever meet – we know Tye is one of those dogs!

If you’d like to contribute towards Tye’s care, there are a few ways to do so.

  • by e-transfer to [email protected]
  • through Paypal at this link: http://www.ncgl.ca/how-to-help/
  • by sending a cheque or money order payable to NCGL and mail to the Treasurer, 210 – 4745, 54A Street Delta, BC V4K 2Z9
  • by purchasing our new 2020 Calendar or
  • by participating in our NCGL Fundraising Auction 2020 auction.

All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt.

We couldn’t help awesome dogs like Tye without the support from this amazing community. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

Click on the following link to view Tye’s training sessions and watch his progress!

https://www.facebook.com/careytrainsme/

Final Appeal (nka Kipur)

First off we want to thank the incredibly talented Furry Friends Pet Photography https://www.furryfriendsphotography.com/  for these absolutely beautiful images. We also want to thank our amazing vets over at RAPS Animal Hospital and the 48th Avenue Pet Hospital for taking such good care of our boy. NCGL Has always been 100% committed to giving our wonderful dogs the best chance at a happy life with their new families and sometimes that unfortunately comes at a high cost.

It’s no secret that we’ve taken in some absolutely fabulous dogs lately, but a lot of those dogs have required some very special care. Kipur is one of those wonderful dogs. Kipur was destined to arrive in Billings, MT and head home with our Alberta chapter back in October – unfortunately along the way he re-broke his leg and the Alberta Chapter wasn’t comfortable with having him do the very long trip to Calgary in a snowstorm. They contacted our amazing BC folks and made them aware of this sweet boy heading their way with the rest of the dogs and they agreed to take him in! The amazing folks over at Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) agreed to take him in immediately and get him ready to surgery. (You can read all of his updates (newest first) below!)

Kipur will be heading in for what will hopefully be his last surgery on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, we have already contributed $3900 + GST to his care with more bills plus this new surgery on the way. If you’d like to contribute towards Kipur’s care there are a few ways to do so.

  • by e-transfer to [email protected] ,
  • through Paypal at this link: http://www.ncgl.ca/how-to-help/
  • by sending a cheque or money order payable to NCGL and mail to Treasurer ‪210 – 4745, 54A Street Delta, BC V4K 2Z9,
  • by purchasing our new 2020 Calendar or
  • by participating in our NCGL Fundraising Auction 2020 auction.
  • All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt. We couldn’t help awesome dogs like Kipur without the support this amazing Greyhound community. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

2020-03-05 Update

Yesterday, our special boy Kipur finally had his surgery, this definitely will be his last. Unable to combat the lingering bacterial infection, it was decided that the leg would have to be amputated. He did well during surgery and spent the night in hospital at RAPS to monitor his initial recovery hours.  As the staff returned to work he wagged a welcome to all who came to look in on him. Later in the morning he was up, walking around for a few minutes and then back to bed to snooze some more. He will return to his foster home tonight where he will join his foster sibling who has missed him during his 2-day absence!

We are saddened on one hand that his long journey has had this result, however, we are happy that he will not have to continue daily injections, the prodding of doctors and technicians on a weekly basis during bandage changes. Now he can heal and begin the next stage of his journey.

If you can donate towards Kipur’s surgery bills, please contact NCGL [email protected] .ca

2020-03-02 Update

Once again Kipur’s surgery has had to be postponed – that nasty bacterial infection will just not let go even with all of the antibiotics, monitoring the surgery site every three days and doing frequent bandage changes. The plate, screws and staples have all been removed. Kipur has begun another 7-10 day treatment of special antibiotics with even more scrutiny than before. On the 7th day he will have another procedure to ascertain if the infection has disappeared and if so he will undergo the Arthrodesis surgery as planned.

In the meantime, this brave guy has been outstanding through all of this medical nonsense, happily greeting all of the hospital staff, and besides a few vocal expressions of discomfort during the injections, has remained a happy, sweet boy through this whole ordeal. We will update his progress in a few days.

The next date set for surgery is Wednesday, March 4th, 2020. Fingers crossed that this will soon be over for Kipur!

What a lucky dog to get all this extra care by the folks at RAPS Animal Hospital. We would also like to thank 48th Animal Hospital for working alongside RAPS and providing their wonderful love and care along the way.

2020-0203 Update

Kipur is now undergoing his 4th and, hopefully, final surgery. Although he has been progressing and healing well, there have been a number of significant complications. The lack of use of the leg for almost 6 months has resulted in a severe contracture of the Achilles tendon. The options are amputation of the leg or Pantarsal Arthrodesis (joint fusion). NCGL has opted for the latter and that is the surgery he is having today. Kipur will always have a degree of mechanical lameness even after successful achievement of the joint fusion. We are assured, however, that he will be able to walk and run once he has recovered completely. His leg will always be in a “standing position” even when he is not standing but as we all know, these Greyhounds usually roach with all four legs up in the air anyway!

2019-12-22 Update

Kipur’s surgery had to be postponed due to the late arrival of synthetic bone material to be used in his surgery. Surgery took place on Friday, December 13th – fortunately no superstitions were present and the surgery and post hyperbaric oxygen treatment were successful. Kipur has been confined to his crate for the past 9 days and as his early Christmas present was released into the general household. His first stop was the couch, and a snooze! His healing is going well, and he is being a perfect patient, eating and taking all his medications without any complaints (loves the cheese wrapped offerings!). His very short business breaks outside have been met with enthusiasm and quick turnaround to return to his crate…..now at least he will have his favourite couch to enjoy for the rest of his healing time. Boxing Day Kipur will go for a bandage change, an inspection by the vet and another hyperbaric treatment. The vets estimate his recovery time will be around 6 weeks – and then Kipur will be available for adoption into his forever home.

2019-11-29 Update

Kipur is scheduled for his leg surgery on Thursday, December 5th – finally after 21 days of injections, bacterial inspection is all cleared up! On Tuesday, December 3rd, BCTV will do a segment on the hyperbaric chamber at RAPS … and guess who is the star? Kipur himself! This pre-surgical hyperbaric treatment will prepare and stimulate the body to increase tissue function and to stimulate the body to release stems cells that can promote healing. Then we will do a post-surgical hyperbaric treatment after the surgery. If you’d like to contribute towards Kipur’s care there are a few ways to do so.

We couldn’t help awesome dogs like Kipur without the support this amazing Greyhound community.

ADOPTION FEES

November 1, 2019

In 2020 Northwest Canadian Greyhound League (NCGL) will be celebrating 20 years of helping sighthounds find loving families, and we have all of our amazing supporters, volunteers, foster homes and donors to thank. From July 1st, 2018 until now, we have taken in 111 greyhounds and greyhound mixes, 54 of which were owner surrendered hounds requiring full vetting.

Unfortunately, with the increased cost of fuel, dog food and vet care, NCGL has had to make the tough decision to increase our adoption fee. We have always worked hard to keep our adoption fee low but at this point we won’t be able to take in new dogs without some sort of additional income coming into the group. We help a lot of Canadian dogs who come from hunting, match racing and farm backgrounds.  These dogs are much more expensive to get ready for adoption than their racing cousins to the south. Canadian vet care is a lot more expensive than American vet care. This year we have seen dentals for some dogs creep up to over $2000 each, spays for female dogs usually range between $300 – $500 each in addition to vaccinations and the cost of worming. Although these Canadian dogs end up costing a lot more we feel that it’s important that we continue to help them.

Even the costs associated with taking in retired racing dogs have almost doubled in price for us and the agencies in the south who help vet and transport the dogs to us for adoption.  Dogs are having to be transported further to reach Canada and vet fees across North America are going up.

From July 1st, 2018 until now, NCGL has spent over $70,000.00 on our dogs which works out to over $600/per dog and we have 3 hounds in our care now that require serious surgeries as well as on-going care in our forever foster program.

So, with hopes of continuing to help even more hounds in the future we have raised our adoption fee for dogs aged 7 and under to $450 and our senior fee for dogs aged 8 and over to $350 effective November 1st, 2019, people who already have their applications in will be grandfathered in at our old pricing. After looking at the adoption fees from other non-profit organizations in our area and the ever-increasing costs of getting dogs ready for adoption, we feel this is a fair and reasonable adoption fee and hope you all feel the same. We will continue to work with our local vets to try to reduce the medical costs for the dogs and are always looking into new fundraising opportunities

Thank you so much for your support, we look forward to adopting out more amazing sighthounds in the future!

 

The Board of Directors
Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

KIPUR NEEDS YOUR HELP!!

We want to introduce you to Kipur (Final Appeal). Kipur is an absolutely fabulous, friendly and handsome born May 10th, 2017. He loves lounging on the couch, going for walks and eating cookies!

Kipur was originally supposed to join NCGL Alberta on our October 2019 Greyhound haul but ended up re-injuring his leg on the haul during a turnout/pee-break on his long journey to the Northwest. He wasn’t putting any weight on the leg when they arrived in Billings, MT and it was decided at that time that the long trip back to Calgary in a snowstorm could potentially cause further injury and make things much worse. We committed at that time to take him into our program at a later date when he was well enough to travel. On the hauler he had his own ‘bedroom’ he could relax in for the rest of the journey, whereas in the van with NCGL Alberta he would have had to hang out with the other 7 dogs for what turned out to be a 12-hour drive.

 

The hauler continued west with Kipur and all of the other amazing pups who were on their way to Seattle to meet up with NCGL BC at the GPI Kennels (thank you GPI!). The idea of Kipur having come so far and having to head all the way back east didn’t sit well with our Alberta drivers and a phone call was made to NCGL BC to see if they had room for one more handsome boy.

 

NCGL’s Judy reached out to the amazing folks over at the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) who agreed to take in Kipur, get him on pain medication and figure out exactly what we were dealing with. Appeal’s name was changed to Kipur as he arrived at RAPS on Yom Kippur and the attending vet, Dr. Roey Kestelman who is Jewish, took care of him even staying late that night to make sure that Kipur was comfortable – we are eternally grateful and love his new name!

 

Kipur had originally broken his leg in schooling which was surgically repaired He then ended up breaking the leg again during turn out on his trip from Alabama to Washington. The dilemma we faced was deciding if his leg was salvageable or if an amputation would be better for this sweet boy? Since arriving at RAPS, he has received x-rays, bloodwork, pain medication and has seen an Orthopedic Surgeon. That surgeon believes we can save his leg if we can clear up the infection, insert bone grafts and follow up with physio and specialized treatment.

 

We decided to try and save his leg and that’s where your support comes in. The amazing folks over at RAPS have been extremely generous with discounting the incredible work they’re doing but it’s still going to be quite expensive. We feel it’s the right thing to do for this sweet 2.5-year-old boy. Estimates to get this leg working again are coming in at around $4,000 to $5,700 – he’s worth it.

Kipur is currently resting at home with his awesome foster mom after having surgery to remove the wiring and screws from his broken leg. His leg has been wrapped and casted and he’s being given medication to clear up a bone infection. Once the bone infection clears up his surgeon will use bone grafts to reinforce the leg along with other treatments to make sure everything stays the way it’s supposed too. He has a long road ahead of him but with his sweet disposition, the help of his foster mom, the amazing folks over at RAPS and all of our amazing supporters – we know he’ll be back in running shape in no time!

if you’d like to contribute towards Kipur’s care there are a few ways to do so. You can click on that handy “Donate” button in this post, by e-transfer to [email protected] through PayPal at this link: http://www.ncgl.ca/how-to-help/ , by sending a cheque or money order payable to NCGL,  ‪210 – 4745, 54A Street Delta, BC V4K 2Z9, by purchasing our new 2020 Calendar or by participating in our NCGL Fundraising Auction 2019 auction. All donations over $20.00 will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt.

 

We couldn’t help awesome dogs like Kipur or Rocky (who is also currently receiving specialized care with NCGL) without the support of this amazing Greyhound community, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

 

We also want to thank the amazing folks over at Alabama Greyhound Adoption Center who originally helped this sweet boy with his injury, provided and transported some absolutely wonderful dogs to us and who have helped countless loved Greyhounds find forever homes after retirement through adoption agencies. We are so grateful you trusted us with your precious cargo and thank you for everything you do! Be sure to head on over and show them some support!

Medical Update 2019-11-02

Kipur went in to get his bandage changed and for the vet to inspect the leg to see how the infection is doing. At the time of his first surgery, a culture of the leg infection was taken and sent to a lab to find out exactly what kind of infection was in the injured area. The test was returned showing that there is a bacterial infection, which if left untreated could be fatal for Kipur.  There is a special antibiotic (Amikacin) used for a number of bacterial infections. It is very expensive ($428.00/bottle) but an order has been placed and Kipur will begin daily intravenous treatments. A further culture will be taken following the treatments and sent to the lab to see if the bacterial infection has cleared up.

2019-11-29 Update

Kipur is scheduled for his leg surgery on Thursday, December 5th – finally after 21 days of injections, bacterial inspection is all cleared up!

On Tuesday, December 3rd, BCTV will do a segment on the hyperbaric chamber at RAPS … and guess who is the star? Kipur himself! Stay tuned for the link to view his first movie!!

This pre-surgical hyperbaric treatment will prepare and stimulate the body to increase tissue function and to stimulate the body to release stems cells that can promote healing. Then we will do a post-surgical hyperbaric treatment after the surgery.

What a lucky dog to get all this extra care by the folks at RAPS. If you would like to donate towards Kipur’s surgery bills, be sure to contact NCGL [email protected]

2020-03-05 Update

Yesterday, our special boy Kipur finally had his surgery, this definitely will be his last. Unable to combat the lingering bacterial infection, it was decided that the leg would have to be amputated. He did well during surgery and spent the night in hospital at RAPS to monitor his initial recovery hours.  As the staff returned to work he wagged a welcome to all who came to look in on him. Later in the morning he was up, walking around for a few minutes and then back to bed to snooze some more. He will return to his foster home tonight where he will join his foster sibling who has missed him during his 2-day absence!

We are saddened on one hand that his long journey has had this result, however, we are happy that he will not have to continue daily injections, the prodding of doctors and technicians on a weekly basis during bandage changes. Now he can heal and begin the next stage of his journey.

If you can donate towards Kipur’s surgery bills, please contact NCGL [email protected] .ca

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League

Northwest Canadian Greyhound League