An amazing $7000 raised for Boots’ operation

On Australia Day, Saturday 26 January, we posted the below story about Boots on this website and also our Facebook page. Well the donation tally began to rise  immediately with an incredible number of people donating to help with the operation. There were a few people on Facebook suggesting it was not worth it- that it was better for Boots to be euthanaised.  We found those suggestions upsetting as our policy has and always will be no-kill unless the dog is suffering and there is no other option. Many of our supporters jumped behind us which was comforting.

24 hours into the campaign over $3000 had already been donated and by Wednesday $4800. Several people donated huge amounts- $1000 each from two parties, as well as $500 from another. Whether big or small it all counted and on Thursday we had $6000 in the kitty. Last night (Friday), not quite a week since the Boots campaign began, Peter advised the committee that a staggering $7176.00 had been donated. Enough to cover the operation, the post operative care and even help with another hound’s toe amputation!

Greyhound Rescue is truly humbled by this amazing show of community support and will be forever grateful. Boots operation will take place next week and we will update you on his progress. Once he has recovered he will be looking for a forever human family. I think you can be sure that Boots will always be a very lucky and loved hound.

Thank you all so very much,

Peter and Janet Flann and the Greyhound Rescue committee and volunteers

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BOOTS’ STORY

This is Boots. He is the most gorgeous two year old who was saved by some kind hearted vet nurses who could not bear to see him put down for no reason. Unfortunately, although Boots has had a second chance at life, he still has a big struggle ahead and we are calling on some help, any help, by way of donations to help cover what will be a very hefty vet bill.

You see from X-rays it would appear that Boots had an injury to his hip as a puppy- a fracture that was never treated (no surprise there- clearly this is why he was thrown away). This injury has interfered with the growth plate and as a result Boot’s two thigh bones are 4cm different in length- which has caused extra stress on his hip. As a result of this his hip is worn out and he needs a replacement. Remember, poor old Boots is only two and a half years old.

Our very kind orthopaedic vet has knocked $500 off the cost of this operation for us and did not charge for the consultation. But we still need to find $6500. Of course there is a cheaper option where they just cut off the head of the femur, which seems to work with little dogs, but it does not sound like a good option for Boots- and in that situation if the operation did not work, amputation is then the only option.

Boots will need 6 weeks recovery, basically in a cage, and we see little option but that he does that with Peter and Janet at home. One of our amazing volunteers Verity has pledged $1000 to start the ball rolling.

I guess we feel like we are always asking for your hard earned money- but as you know we get no funding from the government that supports greyhound racing and the bills just keep on coming. We are not willing to euthanize an otherwise perfectly healthy young greyhound.

If you think you can help us, we would be so “greytful” and so would Boots!

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Any donation can be made into our bank account and use the reference “BOOTS OP”. Please include your name so we can thank you!

The bank account details are:

AccountName: Greyhound Rescue Inc
BSB: 012289
Account No: 524792379

Or you can donate via PayPal:  

Why do we think it’s worth doing? Because we think Boots was made for walking, not hopping, that’s why!

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Milo now Stig (cat friendly) (homed)

Milo now Stig, has found his forever home with Stephanie and Eoin!

Milo is another recent pick up from the pound and ironically his racing name was Expendable – but despite this he is a very sweet boy with a waggy tail! He is just about 3 years old and lucky for him, his racing career is already over and he is ready to start his real life.

Milo is a unique colour of white and a ‘Phantom of the Opera’ style mask, which looks a bit like Milo – hence where he got his name from! A good looking boy with a personality to match he is an affectionate dog who loves everyone he meets.

A bit of a character, Milo can often be found in his kennel playing with his squeaky toy whilst laying on his bed.  Greyhounds often don’t know about toys, coming from racing, but this guy thrives on them and spends his time squeaking the hours away; not destructive at all, just playful.

Very inquisitive, Milo loves to explore and shows interest in everything going on around him.  He would love to join a family who will include him in family activities, keep him entertained and give him the opportunity share their home and their lives.

He is currently in kennels and could do with a foster home or even better, his forever home! He has tested cat friendly! If you can assist, please contact us.

Milo is:

* 2 years (dob March 10)

* desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated

* located- Sydney

* adoption costs $300

 

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Cairo (homed)

Cairo is a black and white boy who recently arrived with greyhound Blaze from Darwin and is ready to find his forever home. He is a tall, sooky boy weighing at 33kg. He reminds long time kennel volunteers of a boy called Zac who found his home earlier this year. Both have delightful, friendly and goofy looking grins that any animal lover would fall in love with.

Cairo recently spent time at the North Sydney Market and this boy truly loves people. He will go anywhere for a cuddle and a kiss. He loves to lean into you and really is the sweetest boy. He got all the ladies to swoon over him and all the men commented on how noble he looked. Everyone that walked passed him just had to come back and give him a little pet 🙂

A recent kennel visitor describes him as “A playful and confident greyhound. He loves his cuddles and is very affectionate. He’s very regal and a handsome young chap.” And Verity who does a lot of volunteering says he is the sweetest boy who loves water and playing with the hose!

Cairo is small dog friendly but yet to be tested with cats.

Cairo is:

* 4 years old (dob Feb 10)

* desexed, microchipped, heartworm tested and treated, vaccinated

* located – Sydney

* adoption costs $300

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Sally (homed)

Sally has found her home with sister Betty at Kim and Hilary’s house!

Sally was picked up on Australia Day with her sister Betty by Janet and Peter who had given up their day to rescue and transport these urgent girls. Both are small and slender girls weighing at about 24kg and they are both calm and gentle.

Sally is not cat friendly.

Sally is:

* nearly 3 years (dob Feb 10)

* desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated

* located- Sydney

* adoption costs $300

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Betty (cat friendly) (homed)

Betty has found her home with sister Sally at Kim and Hilary’s house!

Betty was picked up on Australia Day with her sister Sally by Janet and Peter who had given up their day to rescue and transport these urgent girls. Both are small and slender girls weighing about 24kg and they have a calm and gentle nature.

Betty is cat friendly!

Betty is:

* 3 years (dob Feb 10)

* desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated

* located- Sydney

* adoption costs $300

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Calm (cat friendly) (homed)

Calm has found his forever home with Debra!!!

Calm is an older fellow at almost 7 years old, and is quiet and cat friendly. At his age he deserves to be on a couch happily being loved. He has a lovely nature and is now in foster care with Rhianna and two other hounds and cats and children! This photo shows him with Ashy who is also available for adoption and is cat friendly as well. They are a good pair- Calm is sweet and gentle and calm and Ashy is bossy and exuberant- both are loving and lovable!

Calm is:

* 7 years old

* cat friendly

* desexed (pending), microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated

* adoption costs $300

* located Sydney

 

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Diamond (homed)

Diamond now Zola, has found her home with fellow grey pal Geordie at lovely Lisa’s home in Balgowlah.

Diamond is a newbie, who has never raced. A volunteer who received her at our kennels says the following about this sweet girl:

“This darling was a bit confused to start, not sure why she was here with me. She was shy and nervous but after spending some time with her she opened up into a delightful little girl. She pretended like she didn’t need me, sniffing around being a madame. But after a while she came to stand next to me as if to say “I’m here now, you can cuddle me as you like!” I began to pat her and ever so slowly she leant further into me eventually nuzzling my shoulder like a hug. This truly made my eyes water as she really showed no interest in me to start with but then to fall into my arms like that…she really just wants to be loved.

Diamond followed me around for cuddles as I tried to get pictures of her and then began to play, picking up her cuddly toy and throwing it into the air. We played fetch and she always brought it back to me, placing it on the ground for me to throw it again.

I think Diamond will make a wonderful companion, shes a typical greyhound who loves attention but she is a special one this Diamond, you just have to meet her to find out.”

Diamond is cockatoo friendly but hasn’t yet been tested with cats!

Diamond is:

* 3 years (dob April 09)

* desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated

* located- Sydney

* adoption costs $300

 

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Dude (homed)

Dude has found his forever home with fellow grey Ruby and foster mum and dad, Caroline and Simon. Hooray!

Dude really suits his name- he is absolutely adorable and is super affectionate, happy to jump up to place wet kisses in your lips- a real boyish boy! He gets on well with the other dogs and is a loving, handsome boy.

Dude is now in foster care in Sydney with a hound called Ruby and loving it! His foster Mum says: ” My partner Simon and I are really enjoying Dude’s company. He has such a gentle affectionate nature and would make a wonderful addition to a household with another dog. I am sure he would be wonderful with children over about 9 as well. He is so considerate with Ruby- displays no food or toy aggression whatsoever and loves playing with her in the garden. When he’s not following Ruby around he’s happy to lie on his bed asleep like a true greyhound. He’s a joy to be around”.

Dude will need a doggie friend for his forever home. He is still being tested with cats.

Dude is:

  • 3 years old (DOB 9/11/09)
  • desexed
  • microchipped
  • vaccinated
  • heartworm tested and treated
  • located – Sydney in kennels
  • adoption costs $300
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Bella (homed)

Bella has found her home with Nerrida and fellow hound Zeus, in Byron Bay.

Bella is a black beauty who has recently arrived with Zeus, a stunning light fawn. They have lived together and make an excellent pair.

A volunteer who recently visted them wrote:

“Zeus and Bella are gorgeous. Zeus loved the camera a lot more than Bella, he is definately a poser who loves attention! Bella was camera shy but she was so excited when I got the leads out. They walk well together not pulling on the leads too much. They have good manners, taking treats from me very politely. They will make greyt pets!”

Bella and Zeus are going on trial with Nerrida in Byron Bay

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Zeus (homed)

Zeus has found his home with Nerrida and fellow hound Bella, in Byron Bay.

Zeus is a stunning light fawn who has recently arrived with black beauty Bella. They have lived together and make an excellent pair.

A volunteer who recently visted them wrote:

“Zeus and Bella are gorgeous. Zeus loved the camera a lot more than Bella, he is definately a poser who loves attention! Bella was camera shy but she was so excited when I got the leads out. They walk well together not pulling on the leads too much. They have good manners, taking treats from me very politely. They will make greyt pets!”

Zeus and Bella are going on trial with Nerrida in Byron Bay

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