Our Volunteer Spotlight!
Ashley Sammut lives in Elkhart IN., along with her husband Derek and her daughter Kennedy who is 2-years old. Ashley has been involved with American Greyhound since 2012 when she adopted her first greyhound Buster who now is deceased. It has been a rough couple of years for the Sammut family, as within the last two years they have lost three dogs to Osteosarcoma, with Laci passing away in January of 2017, Buster passing away in September of 2018, and Bella passing away in early November of 2018. They currently have Martin who is a 7-year old lurcher, and have also recently adopted a senior greyhound boy named Dakota, who is 10.
As far as being interesting in greyhounds, growing up Ashley never knew much about them because she didn’t know much about dog breeds, except for those her family had. In early 2012, after meeting Buster locally in town, she knew she had to adopt him, and it was love at first sight! Buster was straight off the race track and into foster care, and he was huge too; weighing close to 90lbs and all muscle. After adopting him, Ashley started getting more involved with American Greyhound and eventually getting into the fostering program. She fostered Bella for 4 months before she got adopted out, and then ended up being returned 6 months later; and that’s when Ashley decided to adopt Bella for herself. Ashley thinks that Bella knew she wasn’t going to be leaving again, and she was the sweetest girl; a very well trained TGIE graduate. Bella was always super smart and great with her daughter Kennedy too. Her boy Martin was a foster fail too, as Ashley fostered him for a few months before deciding to make it official. He fit right into the family and got along wonderfully with all the others in the house. Martin has always been a couch/bed dog as well; which she knew as a foster he was breaking rules. She thinks Martin knew all along that he was staying in the family, even if Ashley didn’t!
After adopting Buster in 2012, Ashley started volunteering with American Greyhound and also started fostering greyhounds, which to date, her family has fostered over thirty greyhounds. Last year they had a job move out of state which put fostering on hold for them, but they are looking forward to fostering again sometime soon as they are now living back in their original Indiana area. Ashley was also an adoption coordinator for American Greyhound for approximately two years, recently having to step down after picking up a full time job and needing to spend more time with their daughter, who is a busy 2-year old. Ashley still finds time to attend and help out at American Greyhound events, as well as running her own monthly adoption Meet and Greets in Elkhart, IN.
When asked what she liked about being a part of the American Greyhound family, Ashley replied that “American Greyhound has some of the best volunteers who dedicate so much time to the dogs and everything else that goes into it all. American Greyhound is so dedicated in finding amazing homes for this breed. With the help of many volunteers, they also have some great fundraisers too; the Auction once a year in the spring, as well as the Greyhound picnic in September!”
When Ashley isn’t busy with American Greyhound activities, she likes getting together with her friends and/or family, as well as playing with, and watching her daughter Kennedy grow and learn. She has also started doing more DIY projects and making wall signs, shirts and other beautiful crafts for close friends and family, as well as for herself! Ashley is also getting into furniture refinishing and restoration, and has redone a few furniture pieces for their home. We would like to thank Ashley and her family for all that they have done, and continue to do for American Greyhound to help the dogs in need!