Our Volunteer Spotlight!
Nicole and David Graves
Nicole and David Graves live in St. Louis, MO, along with their children Cora (age 6), Levi (age 4), Noah (age 1)., and having two dogs Peanut and Mateo, in addition to fostering many more. Nicole and David have been associated with American Greyhound for around 10 years, starting with the adoption of their first dog JS Diet Pepsea, who they said goodbye to in June of 2019. David and Nicole both serve on the Board of Directors for American Greyhound.
American Greyhound had a chance to talk with Nicole and David, and had them tell us their American Greyhound story, and talk about the dogs they fell in love with. Here is what they had to say:
How did you first get interested or learn about the breed?
A friend’s family has always had greyhounds and that is what got us interested in the breed. We loved their personalities and how affectionate they were; we were also enamored by the unique look and behavior of the breed.
Tell us about what you do for, or within the American Greyhound. Tell us your American Greyhound story.
(Nicole) — We moved to Northwest Indiana from St. Louis, MO upon completing college in 2010. When we moved out on our own, we knew we wanted to adopt a dog. We did our research and we knew of the greyhound breed from a family friend. We found American Greyhound and the rest, as they say, is history. In the summer of 2010, we adopted our first greyhound. We decided shortly after that we wanted to help more greyhounds find forever families so we decided to foster. In 2012, I became a board member and had the opportunity to coordinate foster homes for these wonderful dogs. I have been the foster coordinater since then, even after moving back to our hometown in Missouri in 2014. Greyhounds and our American Greyhound family have been by our side through so many milestones in our lives, including 4 moves and three children! We love the wonderful volunteers with American Greyhound and all of the joy our greyhounds have given us.
(David) — I help the group in areas where I can apply my skills. I currently manage the group’s Google business account, including all the emails and apps for the organization. I also update and maintain the historical database of dogs and adopters. I manage our Google ads account which lets us run targeted advertising for people looking to adopt dogs in the Chicagoland area.
What is it that you like about American Greyhound and keeps you associated with the group?
We enjoy the dedication of the group in helping dogs in need, and have made many great friends that share the best interest of the hounds at heart. We love working with our foster homes, who’s dedication to the dogs is inspiring and warms our hearts. We also love that our foster families dedicate their time, and open their homes to give our adopters the gift of a sighthound companion, and to be part of their family. Fostering a greyhound is such a selfless task — they love the dogs as their own and send them on their way to their forever families; it can often be a heartbreaking task!
When not busy working with American Greyhound or helping the dogs get adopted, what other interests or hobbies do you have in your free time?
(Nicole) —Being a stay at home mom takes up most of my time! Coordinating foster homes for American Greyhound, Volunteering with my children’s school and my daughter’s Girl Scout Daisy Troop.
(David) — I enjoy taking care of my pets including a: Red Footed Tortoise, a Bearded Dragon, a Leopard Gecko, and also a coral reef tank.
All of us at American Greyhound would like to thank Nicole and David for all of the hard work they do, as well as the important contributions they make to the group, which make a big difference in the lives of the dogs we all strive to help.