Our Volunteer Spotlight!
Diane Hubka adopted her first greyhound on July 4, 1997, and has been in love with the breed ever since. Diane was introduced to American Greyhound thru mutual friends, and ended up fostering her first AG dog, Mia, who she happily failed with. In April of 2016, Diane volunteered to go down to Arkansas on a haul to bring a load of dogs up for the group, and then went on another trip to Mobile Alabama in May of that year. From January 2017 to October 2017, Diane participated in seven more “road trips,” with the January trip bringing Yoko (Kelcie) back as her second foster-failure.
When asked about what it’s like going on the hauls to bring up a load of dogs destined for loving homes, Diane’s own words explain it up nicely:
“Being part of a crew to bring over 100 hounds north to find their forever homes last year is very rewarding, but guess I’m better at driving than being a foster mom as two dogs are my limit. Coming back home on the final leg of each haul, the last street turn to our destination at the drop off point gets me every time, and I just can’t control the tears which some of you may have witnessed. It’s not sadness or stress – they are tears of joy & thanksgiving, knowing the lives of the dogs being towed behind the van are about to change into something they have never known, and yet another trip has arrived back safely.
I encourage anyone to volunteer on a haul as it is worth your time & experience. You may return sleep-deprived, but you will have made a difference in the life of a greyhound, not to mention making new friends along the way. If traveling is not your thing, get out to a Meet & Greet as the hounds love to socialize.
A wheel needs so many parts to keep it turning and American Greyhound has so many dedicated volunteers to make it all work. I find it’s a Greyt feeling to be a very small part of it. Thanks to everyone for for all they do, and I’m looking forward to another productive year, and can’t wait to see the first arrival at the new property & kennel. What a day that will be!”
In addition to driving the van and pulling the trailer on dog hauls, Diane is also very active participating in American Greyhound Meet and Greets. She, along with her core group of friends and volunteers, consisting of Jan Brinegar, Jody Bauerle, Linda Stawinski and Phyllis Adamitus can be found spreading the greyhound love every month along with their hounds at several of our Meet and Greet locations, which include Pet Supplies Plus in Orland Park, IL., PetSmart in Mokena, IL., and Petco in New Lenox, IL. We encourage everyone to check our schedule of monthly events and find out where they will be, then stop by and say “Hi” to Diane and everyone else at one of these events.
Thanks so much to Diane for all the hard work she does to make a difference within American Greyhound. She is directly responsible for hauling many dogs safely up north, destined for new lives and loving homes.