Volunteer of the Month – August 2017

We’d like to introduce you to Verity, one of our dedicated volunteers who we are recognising as our ‘Volunteer of the Month’ for The month of August.

Our volunteers are the very backbone of what we do at GR. Without them, we could not possibly save and rehome as many greyhounds as we do. While every single one of our volunteers is important no matter how much they do whether hands on with the dogs or behind the scenes, every month we are introducing just one of them to you and acknowledging their amazing efforts. These volunteers have demonstrated exceptional passion, commitment, reliability, and co-operation to make GR what it is, and we thank them tremendously.

We had a chat to Verity to learn more about why she loves volunteering with Greyhound Rescue…


When and how did you first get involved with GR?
I first got involved with Greyhound Rescue close to 6 years ago after I adopted my first greyhound and fell in love with the breed.
In the early days I would visit the kennels twice a day and look after all the kennel maintanance duties which included cleaning kennels, waters, playing with the greys, plus doing all the greyhound introductions to the new homes.
I came up with the idea of the sponsorship programme 3 years ago, implemented it, and couldnt be happier at how positive and successful the programme is running today. We have grown from 10 to 80+ members who all share the common love of greyhounds.

Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?
I own 3 greyhounds of my own, Mac a blue brindle, Thunder a black boy and Crouton who is the biggest black boy I have ever seen, they all are the love of my life!!

What do you find most challenging about GR?
The most challenging part of being a volunteer is not being able to take all the greys home with you. I’m a softie when it comes to their eyes, they just melt your heart and you want to do ll you can to help them.

Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?
I chose to support Greyhounds because I feel incredibly sorry for these dogs, they have a rough trot, and I wanted to be able to be a voice for the greys when it came to educating the public on how incredibly soft natured, gentle and kind they really are. I put my heart an soul into the sponsorship programme I started, as I felt it was a way people who could not necessarily own a greyhound but wanted to help, could do so.

When your friends or family find out that you volunteer what do they say or ask?
My friends and family are incredibly supportive of my volunteer work at GR, and i can happily say I have made a lot more friends through the group.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
If you are thinking of volunteering I urge anyone to do so, try it!!! Its one of the most rewarding things you can do. Yes you see and hear sad stories, but you also see happy stories and you can contribute to those happy stories happening more and more by spreading the word and setting the example.

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?
When im not volunteering with the greyhounds I spend all my time with my horses and greyhounds at my property in the Hawkesbury. I ride and train Dressage horses and have been doing that for the last 25 years. I have a wonderful circle of friends and can be found at the local sushi train on weekdays for lunch or out for dinner most weekends with them.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

People may be surprised to know about me I’m a rev head at heart, I have a love of fast cars and horse trucks. I own an R35 Nissan GTR sports car and hold a current Semi Trailer licence plus have driven in most types of car racing events.

If you could use three words only to describe greyhounds, what would they be?

My 3 words to describe greyhounds would be “Love Them All”, as that’s exactly how I feel about ALL greyhounds.

And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!?
I’m terrible at picking my favourite kennel greyhound, I cant, I love them all!!!! But what I can say is that there have been 3 greyhounds who have been adopted that touched my heart, they are, Adam a dear little blue boy who was so scared of humans, Freddie a little black boy from a few yrs go now who was absolutely petrified of humans as well, and a big black boy Spud who I am fortunate enough to be good friends with the owners that adopted him, and attended their wedding ceremony a few week ago.

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