Our Volunteer Spotlight!
Annette currently lives in Hobart, IN. with her dogs Iker, Sergio, Rico, and an ever changing number of fosters. Annette has been involved with American Greyhound since 2013.
Annette has been in love with greyhounds since back in 1977 when, for her birthday, her sister gave her a book called ‘The Love of Dogs’ and on one of the first pages of the book was a picture of a brindle greyhound, and right then and there, she knew she wanted one! The book also had a picture of greyhounds racing, and she remembers her mother telling her that she couldn’t have a greyhound because “they were mean, and that’s why they were wearing muzzles” (so it’s funny that her first greyhound Kenlee and her mother were the best of buddies). It wasn’t until years later that Annette actually got to meet a greyhound in person. While on a work trip in Kenosha, WI, the team she was with wanted to visit the (now closed) Dairyland Greyhound Race Track. When she walked into the entrance of the track, there was an adoptable greyhound there waiting to meet everyone coming in. She then spent the whole evening in the adoption center with a big, black boy named, Perry, and from then on it’s always been greyhounds for her!
Annette adopted her first greyhound named Kenlee Credit in 1994 from Greyhound Companions. After Kenlee passed away at fourteen years old, she adopted two greyhounds named Lennon and Mick, from Mapleview Animal Hospital in Holland, Michigan. After she lost Mick and Lennon, she adopted Iker and Sergio from American Greyhound. After that, she became a foster flunkie and adopted Rico in 2015.
Annette became involved with American Greyhound when she adopted her first two greyhounds from the group on September 7, 2013, and then volunteered for her first time a day later on September 8, 2013. Annette relates her volunteering experience with American Greyhound below:
“My first volunteering experience was helping with picnic clean-up the day after I adopted, Iker & Sergio in 2013. I didn’t know anyone at the picnic that day, but I felt really welcomed. There was some discussion that day about a volunteering opportunity that was coming up, and (Events Coordinator) Melissa Pearman was rounding up volunteers for this event. Out of the corner of my eye, I see (group President) Jeff Coggins, point at me, and tell Melissa to try and get me as a volunteer for this upcoming event. Within a few weeks, I was in a car traveling to the event with Sarah Gasienica, Barb Coggins and Corrie Golando.
From there, I started volunteering at events, and eventually running events and doing adoptions on my own. My first adoption was David & Nicole Graves’ dog, Peanut. Hand in hand with running events, I started to foster and help with the dogs when they came in on a haul from a track, or from the TGIE Prison Program release.“
In January 2016, Annette was asked to become a member of the American Greyhound Board of Directors, and in September of that year she was elected to the very important position as the group’s Treasurer, which is a position she excels at.
When asked want it is that she really liked about being a part of the American Greyhound family, she responded that “American Greyhound has a great group of people who are always working towards the same goal – finding homes for greyhounds in retirement.”
When not busy with her work, or helping and fostering greyhounds, Annette can be found sewing and knitting, and she also enjoys working at making running a hobby.
American Greyhound would like to thank Annette Martin for all the time and hard work she puts in at her various roles for the group, and also for her dedication and love of greyhounds!