It’s been a while since I did a blog for our site but some things have been moving faster than I can document them and others aren’t moving at all – like our adoptions!! Now – Where to start?. . Well this will be disjointed but I need to start with the most important things, first… Then the explanations. So bear with me, please.
Pet Expo in the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center – We will have a corner booth at the November 15th Pet Expo to showcase our dogs and hopefully find them homes. We’ll be at booth #530 which is between the Lure Coursing and the Mega Adoption Area. I hope you’ll stop by and visit. The hours are 10 to 6, admission is free and they expect 8,000 to 10,000 people to attend. There’s a costume contest and free nail trims. Find more info at: http://miamiftlpetexpo.com/ Needless to say, I could use some volunteers! And while we are there, we will be passing out flyers for our next event, too…
Paws for the Cause – Yes, we are buried in the efforts to care for dogs and find them homes but we have not lost sight of the need to establish a new kennel for these gentle beasts. On November 22nd, we will hold our first major fundraising event. We have been blessed with some amazing donations for our dogs and Paws for the Cause will be an evening of wine, food. dogs and silent auctions. We have every intention of giving you a memorable evening while denting your checking accounts. This is a full out fundraiser like we have never had before. The items that have been donated are spectacular. We have some beautiful artwork and unique antiques. There are greyhound items and even small dog items. Colorful, tropical handmade signs, lots of gift baskets and some very, very unique collectibles Lots of certificates for places and food and services and there’s no way you will not find something you love! Our auction catalog will be up on the website soon and you’ll be able to see for yourself. But nothing beats coming in person. Admission is $10 per person and that gives you wine, beer or soft drinks and light snacks for the evening. Your greyhound is welcome, too. (Please, at least one human per dog.) The location is the Showmen’s Association Hall on Griffin Road which is next to The Field (Irish Pub). Our flyer is here for printing and our auction catalog is an online work in progress so check it often. We hope you will bring all of your friends and their wallets. Proceeds go to the FoG Kennel Fund. And this is going to be an awesome evening. Don’t miss it.
VOTE FOR MAX: Before I get into complicated stuff, let me also say that one of our doggies, Max, is in a contest on Facebook sponsored by Allivet.com. If you have time, please go vote for Max’s picture. He’s our greyhound calendar boy!
The Dog Splash was a wonderful, wonderful party. An hour of just playing with the happiest doggies ever! It wasn’t just a nice, clean shallow pool full of offleash greyhounds but you should have seen them when they found that huge, shaded, SAND play area! The pack took off like they had a telepathic connection. It was breathtaking! They had so much fun and I swear I laughed for the whole hour. My jaws hurt from smiling! Huge thank yous to the Broward County Parks, to Quiet Waters Park and especially to Katherine, David & Isis for being such wonderful hosts and putting together such a great party for us. Our raffles even made us $260 towards our new kennel. But most of all, we made some great memories!
We did have a couple of items leftover from the Dog Splash party. We came up with a very nice, large insulated glass (Tervis Tumbler Type) with a JM Family logo and a pair of low style, black socks. I washed and dried both and have them available to be claimed if you lost them. Just call or email me.
Volunteers Needed: The new arrangement for dogs is very different and it is taking some work to get it to function well. I am getting worn out caring for the dogs. Admittedly, some of them are my own but since Jerry and I often adopt the less desirable, I don’t feel guilty about asking for help for the whole crew, house dogs and house-kennel dogs. And we won’t even mention paperwork or setting up events. And then there’s the in-between dogs like Yammy who goes in the kennel at night and spends the days mostly in the house. She’s 10. She’s earned a temporary home until a real one comes along. And she’s cat tolerant. But I really don’t have room! And we have a few dogs out in foster, too. Thank heaven for our foster partners!
And the duties at the house aren’t just dog care. There’s filing and cleaning and even fun stuff like making baskets for the auction and taking photos of dogs or auction items. There’s always something to do.
Without a regular weekend open house, we are not getting the people to come look at the dogs and adopt them. Without room for new dogs, our available dogs are mostly the seniors and returned dogs. And without the “more desirable” (white, cute, young) dogs to bring in the adopters, our dogs are just sitting. Plus we still have dogs being returned for one reason or another. I am picking up another one this afternoon. Many of the returned dogs are now seniors. So our choices of dogs are mostly the “old and broken” and they stay longer and require more care. So what do we need to do? Well I need to ask for help. We need VOLUNTEERS. . .
Dog care: We don’t have kennel help or groups of students working with the dogs. With more special dogs, there is more care to give. But we also need to do fundraising and marketing. If you can help in our house kennel, we can use you. This is not for one-time, inexperienced youngsters. I need people who can help with some general cleaning or walk and feed the dogs on a regular basis. Students teamed up with their parents would be great. Or reliable high schoolers. And yes, we can still give volunteer credit. Could you come by one evening a week on a regular basis? We generally walk & feed about 5 pm but they are flexible dogs!
We could also use a couple of greyhound people who might want to come by and wash some of the kennel dogs and/or help clean the kennel. We no longer have the “weekends only” restrictions either. Since we are working from the house in Sunrise, we can let you come work with the dogs any time! If you can help with kennel care, please email or call me!
Dog Events: Marketing our dogs to find them homes is still our focus. As part of that, we have committed to having a booth at the Pet Supermarket on E. Sunrise Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s a great location and the staff there is so welcoming. I am trying to do it every other Saturday from 10 to 2. I could really use someone else to help with it. If you would like to sit at a neat location with a dog, some brochures and a smile and tell people about greyhounds, please let me know. We can work together (I can use company) or I’d be happy to surrender the project to a team of you. I’ve got dogs, table and brochures. Have you got the time? That would free me up for some other events and projects. Seems everything hits on Saturdays!
This Saturday is no exception. November 1st, we will have a team at the Walmart Neighborhood Store in Coral Springs collecting donations for the dogs. Please stop and encourage us! We’ll be there from 9 to 5 and it’s along day!