Volunteer of the Month

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.

Sarah Thomas – February Volunteer of the Month

Birthday: 14th June

1.When and how did you first get involved with GR?

After learning about the plight of greyhounds in Australia and finding some spare time from work I got in touch with Peter to enquire about how I could help in GR. I first started volunteering for GR in October 2013 and I’ve been doing the Tuesday morning shift at the kennels ever since.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

I have 2 whippets, Indie and Zephyr and a greyhound Reg who was a spectacular foster fail! We adopted him 2 years ago from GR.

3.What do you find most challenging about GR?

The hardest part about looking after our kennel kids is seeing the sometimes terrible situations these dogs come from. And then after you spend so much time with them week after week, you start to see their true personalities shine through. The transformation is amazing and its wonderful to be part of a team of people so dedicated to helping these dogs. You really get so attached to them and the longer they’re in kennels the harder it is to say goodbye to them when they find their forever home, but its of course a happy farewell.

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

GR relies purely on donations and the amount of time, energy and resources that go into saving these dogs is incredible. The no kill policy was also really important to me.

5.When your friends or family find out that you volunteer what do they say or ask?

They mostly ask about what greyhounds are really like, so I get to dispel lots of myths about them and tell people how lovely they are to be around.

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering

Do it! You meet some amazing people, as part of this team you make a huge difference to the dogs and its great knowing you’re a part of giving them a wonderful new life.

7.What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?

I love to go running, and I love planning the next travel adventure.

8. What might someone be surprised to learn about you

I love watching french films

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

Gentle, affectionate and forgiving

10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

Loki is my favourite kennel kid! He really is such a smoocher, he loves to play and go for a run but he’s equally as happy having a cuddle with me too.

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Future Vet Kids Camp

Scott is a vet who lives in Toronto and for the last six years has come to Sydney in January to run a Summer Camp for children interested in becoming a vet. Scott is a very inspirational person and some of his initial students are now in University studying Vet Science.

Since the inception six years ago, Greyhound Rescue has gone along to give a talk about greyhounds and Greyhound Rescue , taking along a greyhound or two for the students and Scott to have hands on.

January 2017 was no exception and Peter accompanied by Izzy and greyhound Rocky, who has been adopted by Izzy and Mum Alyson, went along to let the students know about GR. Rocky is the most calm greyhound ever and let Scott do a demonstration examination for the students, during which the students listened to Rocky’s heart. Only a greyhound would put up with so much attention.

Thank you to Scott for inviting us to his Summer Camp and for his donation of $200 to help GR, also thank you to Izzy and Rocky for coming along to help.

We look forward to seeing Scott again in 2018

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Behind the Scenes – What Makes a Rescue Tick?

It takes an army of people volunteering an enormous amount of time to keep a rescue running, and GR is no different. The happy photos on social media, the cute houndie knick knacks in our online shop, and the fun we have at events disguises a hive of activity, blood, sweat, and tears. We would like to regularly feature one of our volunteering roles behind the scenes  to show you just what goes on to help save and rehome the greyhounds. It certainly isn’t just cuddling dogs (although we like to do that too!). Want to know more? Read on….

Ausilia Cristiano – Boss Lady of Emails

Emails is our first point of contact and the central email info@greyhoundrescue is a busy one. When you are a volunteer with other work and a home life too it needs discipline to get it right. The job requires consistent timely attention and Ausilia is brilliant at this!

What is your role in GR?

Don’t ask me what year I started volunteering. I sometimes forget what I said ten minutes ago.  I do know I first started volunteering at the Riverstone kennels many years ago. It was my first real interaction with greyhounds. During that time I fell in love with many many greyhounds (George, Rosie, Princess, Bruce, Stevie, and so on and so on).

The increasing demands running our family-run hang gliding business (HangglideOz) and the need to care for my elderly parents (now 91 and 89) increased. So this meant the trip to the kennels became more and more difficult. So a shift to helping with emails seemed logical as I spend possibly too many hours online. Plus I can type really really fast!

That brings me to today, where I happily spend my days fielding all enquiries at info@.

How much time do you spend on your role? (weekly or daily)

I would have to say 2 hours each day. I check emails every morning and night, every day.

What does a typical day/shift involve in your role?

The rescue receives many email enquiries about adopting, fostering, surrenders and donating.  In many cases it is just a matter of forwarding emails to the relevant volunteers. 

These days we have volunteers to oversee applications in their designated geographical areas. Helps spread the workload.  Once applications are received, they are sent to their respective area coordinators for processing. 

I also assist with applications in the South Coast and Inner West areas.  So that means checking applications, discussing any concerns with applicants, organising home visits and the meet and greets at the kennels. It is a very thorough process at GR.  We won’t just send any dog out to any home.  It is all about sending the right dog to the right home.

What is the thing you like best about your role?

I wait ever so patiently for the “money shot”.  That photograph of a family smitten with their new greyhound about to make his/her escape from our kennels.  It is a truly wonderful feeling.

Whilst I rarely meet the families or the greyhounds it always brings a smile to my face. Always.

What frustrates you about your role?

Hollie (smiley face goes here).

Sadly, if we homed 20 dogs in one day, it wouldn’t take long to fill their kennels with new recruits.  It just never stops. 

I guess it is important to focus on each dog that GR has been able to save.  The big picture can be overwhelming so it is important to focus on the positives.

Anything else you’d like to add?
It is more than just a volunteer role for me. It is a passion that has been with me for a very long time. As with most volunteers at GR, there is a small chamber in our hearts just for greyhounds.

I cannot find the words to describe how it feels when you know that you have played a small part in helping a greyhound make the journey from racer to much-loved pet.   I am just one of a long list of dedicated people who make it all happen.  Quite amazing when you think about it.

And finally, through Greyhound Rescue, I was Hollied* and found my very own Greyhound. My Zoumi. My very own little black treasure who has truly stolen my heart.

* Definition: 

Hollied (verb):
[Holeeeeeed] To induce (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument, without them actually knowing it.  A tactic used regularly by one kennel manager, who shall remain nameless.

 

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Sponsor of the Month

On average, it costs $1100 for GR to home a greyhound. This includes basic vetwork, kennelling, food, and flea and treatment costs. Without our sponsors and donations, Greyhound Rescue could not possibly do the work it does. We are tremendously thankful for them, because they really do help us save lives.

This year we would like to introduce you to the people who help us every month. They are everyday ordinary people helping us do extraordinary things!

January

Karen Coventry

 

Birthday: September 4th 1953

1.When and how did you first start donating to GR?

I have been trying to think about when I started to donate to Greyhound Rescue. I can’t actually remember the date but it was when Sue Tofful was involved. I think it was Sue that ignited the spark that grew to a deep love of greyhounds. I remember seeing a post about greyhound rescue and they were asking for people to become sponsors and I thought I can do that!!!! And the rest is history.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

I have 2 greyhounds that I adopted in late 2014. Max was 10 months old when he found his forever home. He is my heart dog and he loves me more than anyone.  He never raced as he was injured and deemed unsuitable. Lucy was 4 and she is an ex racer. She is also my heartdog and she loves us all equally. Max found his feet in his new home immediately but it has taken Lucy 2 years to become the happy joyous dog she is today.

3.How does it make you feel to sponsor?

I remember how I felt as a sponsor when I didn’t have my own Greys and it was a wonderful feeling, I would love all my sponsor dogs as if they were my own. I love to be able to buy little goodies for them and feel overjoyed when they find their forever home. I think it’s a most wonderful and worthwhile thing to do and wish I did live closer to help at the kennels

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

Greyhound rescue stood out from the beginning as an organisation totally committed to the care and rehoming of hounds. I always felt that they give a 100% to the care of their rescues as has been evidenced over the years with fundraising to help those in the most need. The volunteers and those on the committee are exceptional.

5.When your friends or family find out that you sponsor a hound what do they say or ask?

Initially they used to say oohhh they are so ugly, thin, have such long noses etc. But once they understood why I do it and certainly since I have my own dogs they understand. I always try to be an ambassador for greyhounds and will spend time with people explaining to them what exceptional dogs they are. The main things people used to say is “why don’t you adopt your sponsor dog” these words would break my heart because the time was not right and my heart used to break because I couldn’t take them all home.

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about sponsoring?

I would tell them that this would be the best thing you could ever do, as you will certainly foster then adopt and find the most wonderful dog in the whole world who you will love unconditionally and eventually they will love you unconditionally back. I also tell those who think they need lots of room and exercise that Greyhounds were voted the best inner city pets. That gets them thinking.

7.What do you do when you aren’t working?

Playing with my hounds of course. Max loves to play ball with his “mummy” so that does keep me busy. I also have a beautiful Anglo who is retired (hurt) whom I spend a lot of time with. As I don’t ride anymore I am having golf lessons and will start to play golf soon. I enjoy music, wine and going out. I do work a lot but I will also do volunteer work when I retire.

8.What might someone be surprised to learn about you

People always think that I am a very strong person (which I am mostly) but I am a “crier” I cry when I am happy and when I am sad. I feel other people’s pain deeply and I often cry for them. I am very competitive and if I do something I want to be good at it, so I persist till I am. So watch out golfers :0)

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

Joyous, faithful and oh so loving.

10.And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

I love Queenie she is so beautiful and she so looks like my heart dog Max

 

 

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Volunteer of The Month

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.

January Volunteer of the Month

Matt Randall

Matt getting thanked by Zia Greyhound for helping out!

Birthday: 02 June 74

1.When and how did you first get involved with GR?

March 2015. I saw the Four Corners program and wanted to do something to help and the rest is history.

2.Do you have any greyhounds or dogs of your own?

Yes – Chelsea Princess, Patsy (3 legged staffie X) and Oreo (GR foster

3.What do you find most challenging about GR?

I find it hard when dogs arrive in poor condition and scared of people – hard to imagine how people can be so cruel. On the flip side it is wonderful seeing them transform into healthy, happy dogs and there is nothing better than seeing them head off to a new home. I love my Saturdays at GR, its my favourite day of the week spending time with these amazing Dogs.

4.Why do you support GR as opposed to other rescue groups?

I support GR because unlike some other rescue groups all Greyhounds are accepted, regardless of their age or condition. I also like the very through adoption process that matches the right dog to the right people.

5.When your friends or family find out that you volunteer what do they say or ask?

People generally ask what Greyhounds are like and if they need lots of exercise

6.What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

Do it!!
It is great fun and very rewarding. It takes a lot of time and commitment but you get to spend time with the most beautiful dogs on the the planet. You also get to meet a great bunch of people and Dolly the Goat!

7.What do you do when you aren’t volunteering or working?

I love to travel, but otherwise I’m usually at the beach with the dogs watching the planes.

8.What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

While at University I worked as an extra on UK soap Hollyoaks sadly the producers missed my potential so instead I work in IT.

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

Elegant, Gentle, Affectionate

10. And lastly, who is your favourite kennel kid at the moment and why!

Selma – Such a happy, friendly and cheeky girl. Impossible to pass her kennel without having a cuddle.

 

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Uh Houston….We Have a Problem Here!

 

Howdy folks, Houston here. Apparently my arrival this week is causing a bit of a kerfuffle…a problem even. GR is very full, and we have so many houndies coming in but not enough going out! We have two more greyhounds from a pound that are due any moment, another two urgent saves needing a kennel, and a growing waiting list of 12 surrenders. But we just don’t have  room!We are in urgent need of adopters or foster carers so GR can save and rehome more hounds.

What we need here is a bit of help for this mission, and we need it from you.

We know it’s just after Christmas and everyone is broke, but the holidays is a perfect time to settle in a new family member while people are at home more.  GR Mission Control has come up with a plan so that any houndie that goes on trial until the 31st January 2017 will have a reduced adoption fee of $250, which does not need to be paid until the end of February. How good is that! So what we need is people to adopt us! If you don’t have room for a couch potato at your place you might know somebody that does. Please share our mission so we can save more hounds, all it costs is a bit of your time!

Unfortunately at present we don’t have any cat tolerant hounds available, but if you have a securely fenced yard or a secure apartment and think you are ready to join our mission this is what you need to do. I’m not ready to be adopted yet but we have lots of hounds that are ready to land on a couch right now!  Please fill out our application form found under our adoption process information and send it to the team info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

Love, Houston

PS I’m not really a problem…

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IS YOUR HOUND PREPARED FOR NYE?

 

It’s almost Christmas and we are sure you’ve already made plans to keep your houndie safe and happy over the holiday. But have you thought about New Year’s Eve yet? NYE can be one of the most distressing times for animals, and it is important to keep in mind the hazards fast approaching. Loud music and parties, fireworks, and owners keeping unusual hours can all lead to distress. The pounds are at their most full on  New Year’s Day with escaped pets. Don’t let your hound be one of them! A distressed and anxious dog can cause harm to themselves, and others if their anxiety escalates too much. It is important to recognise the behavioural signs of nervousness and act accordingly to keep your pet happy and healthy. Vet clinics are extremely busy New Year’s Day treating injuries sustained after panicking and attempting to escape, or managing to escape and being hit by a car. The number one consideration is to not leave your pets unattended for long periods of time – if you are going away even for a day and night they can’t fend for themselves – make arrangements for someone to look after them for you.

 

Is your animal’s registration up to date with your current address and contact details? If you are unsure you can contact your local council to check, all you need is your pet’s microchip number. Not sure what it is? Can’t find the paperwork? Ask your vet to scan for you. If your animal manages to escape this is how you can be reunited.

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag, with your contact number. This should be standard in any case as it is a legal requirement in NSW for a dog to be wearing a collar and ID tag whenever they out of your property.  If your pet escapes this is the easiest and quickest way for you to be reunited as anyone finding your hound won’t have to wait for the vet or council to open to look for a microchip – extra important on public holidays when more time will lapse while you frantically search for your pooch.

If you are going out for the night DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PET OUTDOORS. Pets left outdoors are more likely to be frightened and escape in an effort to find a safe place than if they are secure indoors.

Take your hound for long walk, and spend time playing with he or she so they are tired and more likely to sleep while you are not at home. Giving a meal afterwards will leave them with a  full belly which will also make them more sleepy. It also helps to not make a big deal about leaving the house, just go quietly without making a big fuss.

If you haven’t had your pet for very long and don’t know how he or she reacts to loud noises or thunderstorms just yet – the best thing to do is to not leave your pet alone. If you know your pet does not cope well in thunderstorms, chances are fireworks are going to be just as scary. If you aren’t sure what behavioural signs to look for, anxiety will manifest in various forms such as:

  • Lip licking
  • Panting
  • Tail between legs
  • Trembling
  • Whining or barking a lot
  • Pacing, restlessness
  • Clawing at doors to get in or out
  • Destroying bedding, furniture or similar

What you can do:

  • If the anxiety is mild you can try putting the radio onto soothing music such as classic FM or putting on a CD of similar music. Leaving the television on is also comforting.
  • Close windows and draw blinds
  • Put your pet in a room where they will not hurt themselves. Leave them with their favourite bedding and toys. You can also leave puzzle treats such as a Kong or hide small puzzle treats around the room for a longer treasure hunt to distract them.

Know where your hound is! When unofficial fireworks start locate your dog quickly and put them somewhere safe, near you so you can monitor them.

If your hound has a higher level of anxiety, consider spending the night elsewhere – take your pooch somewhere quiet where they won’t hear the fireworks. This may take a bit of advance planning but a worthwhile consideration.

Or if you live somewhere that doesn’t have fireworks why not organise a NYE Pooch Party and invite your hound’s doggy friends and humans over? That way you can all celebrate the new year but know your pets are safe and supervised? No one misses out!

If this isn’t possible and your hound has a history of severe anxiety (known to your vet) chat to your hound’s dogtor about sedatives to assist in keeping he or she calm for the night. DON’T leave this option to the last minute, as this is something that will need to be properly assessed by the vet.

Have a happy and safe new year every doggy!

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Merry Christmas

2016 will forever be remembered as the year that Mike Baird raised our hopes sky high by banning Greyhound Racing only to dash those hopes by reversing his decision.

However, amidst this political upheaval, life went on as normal at Greyhound Rescue where we manage our property with room for more than 30 greyhounds, and work with an amazing network of foster carers and generous sponsors. Running this would not be possible without the help of many volunteers who clean, feed, and walk the greyhounds as well as giving them large doses of TLC in all weathers, pouring rain or 40 degree heat. Other volunteers work behind the scenes online, and raising valuable funds to keep us going.

We extend our gratitude to those who have donated to help us in our work with the greyhounds. We continue to find homes for many dogs, and by the end of the year expect to have homed about 150 greyhounds. Thank you to everyone involved and we wish you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.

Peter and Janet
Founders

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Mocha (Homed)

Mocha is kindly sponsored by Leigh & Pat.

 

Hi I’m Mocha, and just like the hot beverage I’m dark and sweet! Please don’t look past me becaus eI’m a little grey around the muzzle, as I am quite a catch. I’m a pretty lazy older gent even by greyhound standards, so it has to be REALLY worthwhile for me to get out of bed – I hope that you will make the effort to come and pat me of course…. If you adopt me consider me to be the resident couch ornament or doona weight, because I’m not going to move very much – you may even have to dust me to be honest! A short walk is all that’s required and I am very good on the lead. I am friendly with children; I’m great with other dogs and I do love the ladies – if you had a couple of girl doggies I don’t mind moving into a harem, it would be a tough job but somedoggy has to do it and it may as well be me. If you are looking for a gentle senior that just requires a comfy spot to snooze my days away, some good tucker, and lots of love, then I may just be the hound for you. Get in touch with the volunteers info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

 

  • DOB 25.02.08
  • Located in Sydney
  • Desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost $350
  • Cat Tolerant: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Very friendly
  • Children: Friendly
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Keeping Houndies Safe at Christmas

 

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and nodoggy wants a trip to the vet over the holidays! To help you houndie helpers and doggy parents out we’ve got a few tips for you to keep your hound happy and healthy while you are putting up your decorations and eating lots of human treats! Don’t forget if you are unsure about what your pet has ingested or if there has been an incident call your dogtor!

CHRISTMAS TREES

  • Make sure you anchor your Christmas tree securely to prevent a curious snout toppling it over
  • Sweep up pine needles (real or artificial regularly) so nodoggy licks them up by mistake
  • If you are decorating your tree with breakables put them up high out of reach, or better yet don’t use them at all.If they get knocked off they could be hazardous for paws. Also try and avoid tinsel which if ingested can cause serious issues and a trip to the vet.
  • DON’T decorate with edibles – they are far too tempting for houndies who will easily move from being counter surfers to tree surfers!
  • keep tree light cables secured and check regularly in case someone has had a nibble! Nobody wants an electric shock!
  • Use a  barrier around your tree if possible to prevent dogs from drinking the water for a real tree and DON’T add preservatives to the water, these are toxic.
  • Don’t leave presents under the tree where doggies can find them, especially if there is food in them.

 

TREATS AND FOOD

  • Don’t give your dog cooked bones of any kind, as they can splinter in the stomach and intestine.
  • If you are cooking a ham or turkey make sure you don’t leave it on the bench for counter surfers to find. Instead of putting bones in the kitchen bin wrap them up and but them straight into your big bin outside. A determined dog will sniff out the bones and knock over your bin otherwise!
  • Don’t give too many human food scraps to your dog. Too much fatty foods can cause severe gastric upsets and even pancreatitis.
  • Chocolate, mince pies, plum puddings, fruit cake, alcohol and lots of other Christmas goodies are toxic for dogs. Put all food away and out of reach, and dispose of all wrappers, foil, and string in a secure bin.

GUESTS

Christmas is a busy and stressful time of year – don’t forget your hound can get stressed too! With lots of people coming and going, kiddies with noisy toys and everyone in a rush don’t forget to make your best friend comfy.

  • Ensure gates and doors are closed quickly, and remind guests to shut them. You may even pop up a note on your exterior doors as a reminder for people without pooches who could easily forget there is a four legged family member about!
  • If you have guests staying overnight keep doors to bedrooms shut and ask guests to make sure their bags or suitcases are closed securely. Also ask them if they have any medications to keep them out of reach of nosey needle noses!
  • If you can create a safe place for your hound to go away from all the noise and stress in another room. Give them their favourite toys and blankets, turn on the radio low to something soothing such as Classic FM, and give them a long lasting treat, and leave plenty of water.
  • If you are going out keep in mind it can be stressful for your pet to have an unusual routine, so don’t go out all day and night without checking on your hound. If you are taking your hound with you make sure you can put he or she somewhere safe for time out if need be too, and that wherever they are is safe and secure with people going in and out.

Have a safe Christmas!

 

 

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