A Place for Us Greyhounds
Thank you from all of us!
Sending special gratitude to the Community Foundation of West Texas and their recent recognition of our group and grant award for "The Care and Rehabilitation of Sighthounds", in the amount of $2,000. The funds are designated to help pay for expenses of the dogs found in perilous situation that require specialized care in anticipation of adopting them to a home.
Highlights from 2017—A Place for Us Greyhounds
2017 was a record-breaking year for our group: 38 sighthounds were adopted, and two additional dogs found homes in early January, as well. Here is a short summary...
The group covered a 300-mile radius by placing dogs or responding to dogs in need in two states and fifteen communities. Seventy-percent of the dogs were in perilous or unsafe situations at the time they entered the adoption program including: abandonment, in animal shelters, loose on the streets, on Craigslist, and/or in unsuitable living situations where their needs were not being met or were in danger of not being met.
Most of the dogs that the group assisted this past year were from hunters that breed and raise dogs to chase rabbits, coyotes, and wild pigs. Dogs that originate from hunters are less healthy and have greater physical and emotional needs. This year was also marked by a very large number of dogs that were bred to race and had somehow “fallen through the cracks” and ended up as the property of hunters. Seven Greyhounds that were registered to race were found in perilous situations during 2017 and required immediate care and attention by the group.
The group spent $16,508 on veterinary care. The dogs acquired from hunters had serious illnesses and infections. Some of the conditions treated included: Heartworm, tick fever, intestinal parasites, respiratory/systemic illnesses (possibly distemper-not confirmed by tests but symptomatic), malnutrition, and muscle wasting. Ninety-eight percent of the budget provided direct care to the dogs.
Volunteers spent an estimated 2,000 hours at the “rescue kennel” working directly with the dogs that were being kept there. In dire cases, the volunteers hand-fed dogs that were ill and frail. The dogs at the kennel benefitted from socialization, going on walks, and playing as they became ready for foster or adoptive homes. Dogs were at the rescue kennel for 48 out of 52 weeks this past year. Volunteers also ferried dogs to an estimated seventy-five veterinary appointments. Whenever we learned that dogs were in peril—we drove up to 200 miles one-way to pick them up. When adoptive homes were found in Albuquerque, El Paso, or other remote locations—they were often driven part-way or all the way there by volunteers.
100% of the dogs taken into the program in 2017 have found homes and with the help of volunteers and donors—ongoing success is assured. Thanks to all of you!