Winning Hearts, Not Races Auction

 American Greyhound’s Winning Hearts Not Races Auction is the BEST Night of the Year!
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Avalon Manor,
3550 US Route 30, Merrillville, IN.
 
Order your tickets soon before the event is sold out! All proceeds go towards the rescue of unwanted Greyhounds.
 
 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!

 
Ticket prices are only $60 which includes a wonderful dinner, dessert, an open bar, and lots of amazing auction items!
 
Auction contributions and volunteers are being sought.  For more information Call Nicole Roth at 708-828-6810
 

Polar Bear Wrap Up!

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Some people think Lake Michigan is too cold for swimming in the summer, but not American Greyhound!  More than 50 people were Freezin’ for a Reason as they rang in the new year and helped American Greyhound at the same time!    
 
Since 2007, American Greyhound volunteers have been braving the icy cold waters of Lake Michigan in order to raise funds and awareness for unwanted greyhounds.  And, this year was one for the record books.   
 
As our volunteers pulled up to the beach, the official air temperature was 20 degrees.  Many of us were hesitant to take the first steps, but Barb Coggins, one of only two people who have jumped in all 10 years, lead the way into the 32 degree water.  The mad dash quickly followed her as our brave volunteers rushed into the icy waters and just as quickly back to their towels! 
 
Not only was this our 10th Annual plunge, but it was also a record breaking year for American Greyhound! We had over 50 participants from eight states (three who flew in from Florida even) who raised almost  $24,000 making it our best plunge to date! American Greyhound would like to especially thank our top fundraisers.  Our top Polar Bear was Dr. Larry McAfee who raised $2,620.  Our top Penguin was Laura Reynolds-Anderson who raised $4,003  Laura was the first fundraiser in American Greyhound Polar Bear history to break the $3,000 and $4,000 mark!  Way to go Laura! Our top Walrus was Annette Martin!  Another huge thank you goes to the Old Town Ale House for opening your doors so early to accommodate us and for donating all of the tips from our fabulous After Splash Bash!   Finally, I’d like to acknowledge Jeff and Barbara Coggins, the only two people have plunged at all 10 of American Greyhound’s Polar Bear Plunges!   All of these folks do an incredible job of raising funds, and awareness of the plight of unwanted greyhounds. 
 
Whether you jumped in, donated online or in person, you helped unwanted greyhounds a brighter new year to look forward to on their journey to their forever homes.

Tenth Annual American Greyhound Polar Plunge!

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Mark your calendars for January 1, 2017 for the Tenth Annual American Greyhound Polar Plunge!  Each year, our brave volunteers plunge into the icy waters of Lake Michigan to help support American Greyhound in its mission to find homes for unwanted greyhounds all over the Midwest.   Over the past ten years, through thousands of generous donations, American Greyhound has raised over $100,000 and 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to help unwanted greyhounds find their forever homes.  YOU can make a HUGE difference to these noble hounds by clicking here to register to take the plunge!

Our annual plunge will feature three divisions of plungers:

Polar Bears:  This is the traditional division in which a plunger head is entirely submersed in the icy cold water of Lake Michigan.

Penguins:  This division will showcase the plunging talents of our volunteers who want to participate but can’t quite make themselves go all the way under.

Warm Walruses:  This division will feature our virtual plungers who would rather plunge into their warm wooly blankets.

Participants who raise at least $50 in donations from friends, family and co-workers get the privilege of receiving a commemorative Polar Plunge long sleeve t-shirt and entrance into a After Splash Warm Up Party, plus the chance to win additional prizes as you raise additional funds!

Click here to register and we’ll see you at North Avenue Beach!

This Weekend and Our Upcoming Events!

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Is your calendar looking a little empty on the weekends? American Greyhound can help you fill it up with some fun and exciting events!

American Greyhound will be at the Michigan City Farmers Market this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

American Greyhound will be in Michigan City at the corner of Washington St and 8th on every Saturday in October (weather permitting). Come on out and visit us, bring a pet or have a seat and hug a hound… you will not be the only one. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

We hope to see you out and about this weekend!

 

American Greyhound 2016 Picnic!

On September 10, American Greyhound had our 2016 picnic in Chesterton, IN, and what a GREYT time it was! In addition to really nice weather, there were lot of wonderful people, delicious food, awesome vendors, a silent auction, fun contests, a blessing of the hounds and above all lots and lots of beautiful Greyhounds who had a blast running together in the large enclosed area.

We also Wish to thank Loree and Mike McKinney for their generous hospitality in hosting the picnic at their house, and also all the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard putting together this fun event!

Please click on the image below to see some wonderful pictures from the picnic!

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We Need Foster Families!!!

American Greyhound is still in need of foster homes for a group of incoming dogs that we are receiving from the TGIE Prison Program on September 15. Without foster homes, we simply cannot make a difference in the lives of greyhounds and the people that love them.

foster-pictureThe Dogs we are receiving on September 15 have just completed a 10 week TGIE Prison Program session at the prison facility in Coldwater Michigan, where they have learned basic obedience training as well as earning their AKC Good Citizenship titles, so these are some pretty smart dogs!.

Please contact Nicole Graves at foster@americangreyhound.org to be part of the amazing experience of saving a hound and seeing them through to their forever family! You will make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about fostering one of these amazing dogs, you can watch the live chat video with Nicole posted on the home page of our website, or contact Nicole directly at the email address above.

If you do decide you want to give fostering a try, please Click Here to fill out a foster application, and someone will be in touch with you very soon.

Dog Days Of Summer Fest!

Come visit us from 5 to 9 pm in South Bend at the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ First Friday Event. Learn more about greyhounds and decorate a bandana for one of our foster dogs or keep it for your furry friend! Oh and bring your dogs!

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Shop at Amazon and Help the Hounds!

Do you shop at Amazon.com? If so, you could help American Greyhound raise money with just a couple extra mouse clicks!

Instead of going right to the Amazon.com website for your purchases, you can come here to the American Greyhound website first, and then click the Amazon.com link on the right sidebar.

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This link will take you to the Amazon.com site like normal, but the difference is that with ever purchase you make, Amazon.com will give American Greyhound a referral fee which really helps us out.

Please tell all your friends and family about this program, and send them to American Greyhound for all their Amazon purchases!

 

 

 

A.G. at Michigan City Farmer’s Market!

This summer American Greyhound has been attending the Michigan City Farmers Market. From the first day of us attending this event we have been welcomed with open arms, and every time we are there, people come out just to visit with the greyhounds. It has been so heart-warming to meet such wonderful people, each and every Saturday that we are there and we now look forward to the next event.

American Greyhound will be in Michigan City at the corner of Washington St and 8th on August 6th, September 3rd and every Saturday in October (weather permitting). Come on out and visit us, bring a pet or have a seat and hug a hound… you will not be the only one. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

American Greyhound to the Rescue!

A couple weeks ago, a call came into American Greyhound letting us know that a kennel at Mobile Greyhound Park would be closing, putting 50-60 hounds out of a home.  Immediately, we put the word out to both our membership and the other Midwestern groups who we have hauled for in the past that we would need to make a trip to help however we could.  In the interim, we were assured, the kennel owner had made arrangements to see to the feeding and turn out of all the dogs.

Some of our newer volunteers, Zac and Stephanie Jones, began sharing our message, on both social media and internet news sites that there were dogs desperately in need our help.  Almost immediately, we began to receive applications to foster these dogs as well as a few for adoption. And, over the course of just a few days, we received enough volunteers to fill up the haul!

haul_people_5 (small) Then the message was sent that we need folks to participate in the haul to take turns at the wheel and keep the drivers awake. Stepping up for this task was Robert Larson, Kevin Zurek, Diane Hubka, and Evan Croft.  Finally, the trip planning was complete and last Friday evening our dedicated drivers departed Valparaiso, IN. around 6:30 p.m. and headed down to Mobile Alabama.

On the trip south, the group encountered a great deal of road construction, mostly bridge rebuilds, as well as some heavy rain and fog along I-65 which caused some delays in the trip. They finally arrived safely at the racing kennel around 10:00 a.m., and began the loading process, eventually filling the hauler with 27 hounds headed for a safe new life as loving pets.

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Once loaded, our drivers headed the hauler north for the long ride home.  They arrived in Angola, Indiana around 4:00 a.m. and off-loaded four dogs for the GEM, (Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan) rescue group.  Included among GEM’s dogs was a boy who had broken his leg in a race and was reserved for GEM. However, GEM had no way of getting him north for a couple more weeks—which was the case until our hauler showed up! He is now in the care of GEM’s vets and things are looking much brighter for him.

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Once the GEM dogs were unloaded, the hauler headed west, down the Indiana toll road for a quick one hour trip to Elkhart, where nine of our dogs were unloaded, with several going into first-time foster homes who’s anxious family’s had waited patiently all evening to get their new charges.

haul_people_9 (small)The last stop of the haul was another hour and a half west to Valparaiso, where the remaining fourteen dogs were finally unloaded and prepared for their new temporary homes.  Again, all the foster families, both new and veteran, waited patiently for the arrival of the hounds and helped out immensely with the unloading process.

It was a remarkable weekend for American Greyhound, and even more so for those dogs beginning their new life.  A world of thanks goes out to the group of volunteers who drove the hauler, as well as all the volunteers who helped with unloading, micro-chipping, cleaning, and helped in a dozen different ways to make the transition that much easier for these dogs.

American Greyhound has another haul coming up on the weekend of June 10th-12th. If you’re interested in taking part, whether it’s going on the haul, helping with arrivals, fostering, or any of a number of other tasks which need attention, please drop an email to president@americangreyhound.org.  In the words of one of the volunteers who took part, “Such a rewarding experience to be able to help these hounds on their journey to their foster homes, and then onto forever homes”.  Please come on out and be part of this “REWARDING EXPERIENCE”.

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