Long Stay Dan has been Adopted!

This week starts with some really wonderful news in that Dan, our then longest stay greyhound finally got himself adopted. He waited a whole 18 months for it to happen, but the deed is done and we know he’ll be very happy as he’s not physically moved anywhere. Dan’s status in the home has simply changed from foster dog to family pet.

At the beginning of this year we set ourselves a challenge and that challenge was to see our longest stay dogs get homes of their own. So far things have gone pretty well in this respect as Ben, Noo Noo, Basil, Ozzie and now Dan have indeed found wonderful adoptive homes.

Dan black greyhound and baby

Dan, our just adopted, previously long stay greyhound with his new “mum’s” visiting 3 month old grandson Trey. Dan was impeccably behaved around the young baby, but as would be expected he was supervised at all times when in the presence of baby and the older grandchildren as well. A beautiful photo of an ex-racer turned family pet. With thanks to Trey’s parents for allowing us to use this photograph.

We still have plenty of residents however that seem to get overlooked time and time again and we are by no means complacent. It’s not just a case of finding any old home, it’s very much a case of finding the right home for the individual dog where the dog’s and people’s needs/wants gel together well.

Blue greyhound

Blue has just become our latest longest stay resident. He’s been looking for his family for a whole year now. Could Blue be meant for you?

The greyhound who holds our record for being the longest stay ever was Bruno, he waited a staggering 4 years to be adopted, but it finally happened and Bruno couldn’t be happier! Delta was at the other extreme of homing speed, he arrived and got snapped up the same day if memory serves us correctly that is – however long it was, it was super quick! There simply is no telling how long an individual dog will be with us.

Jet who has waited 10 months so far for an adoptive home has recently moved into foster care where, as you can see, he has settled beautifully.

Two of our current residents are definitely overdue and adoptive home of their very own. Blue has now become our longest stay dog (at a 1 year wait) and Jet is only just behind him (at 10 months waiting). Please folks, if you are thinking of adopting a greyhound, then take a look at Blue and Jet. Are either of them the one for you?

Attention all visitors/dog walkers/staff and Pet Blood Bank appointment holders planning to arrive at our kennels on Sunday 17th March:

Please note that Sunday 17th March is not only our Blood Donation day it is also the day of the Fleet Half Marathon. Please be aware that there will be some road closures and diversions in and around the Fleet area. Please allow extra travel time to get to us if you have to drive through or close to Fleet and allow for more traffic than normal to be in the area generally. This map shows the Half Marathon course so you can check if your route is likely to be difficult. Traffic coming from the M3, junction 5 (Hook) and onto the A287 should not be affected nor should traffic from Farnham direction on the A287.

Homed Greyhounds:

Josie, Dan, Tilly and Basil are the lucky greyhounds who have found themselves adopted so far in March.

Reserved Greyhounds:

Poppet, Shauna and Tiger are reserved.

New Arrivals:

Joe, Bobby and Tipsy are our latest arrivals.

Staff needed:

We still need to find a volunteer kennel hand for Monday mornings. If you are interested in joining us then please call Marie on 07828 138378 or Jane on 07971 394184 to arrange an interview/trial session or email us.

Foster Homes for Greyhounds Needed:

It’s is positively lovely when our foster carers fall in love with their foster dog and decide to adopt them. Great for the dog and family alike with no more changes required to their lives, but the unfortunate down side is that it means we most often lose a foster home from it.

Niki greyhound fawn female
Niki just one of our greyhounds in foster care who still needs an adoptive home to call her own.

We desperately need more foster homes in case of need for greyhounds that may be older, not suited to kennel life or ones that simply need some “real world” experience to bring out the best in them. If you think you might be suited as a foster carer then please read our fostering information page and then contact us if you wish to go forward.

Thank you Saara:

With thanks to Saara for running her bric a brac stall on 9th March where she raised plenty of funds for us on the day from a fair in Cranleigh. Well done Saara and thank you!

Bric a brac items are needed again:

Good quality new or used items suitable to sell on a bric a brac stall and/or car boot sales would be very welcome. The summer event season is not that far away and the more items that we have to sell the better the chances are of raising money for the greyhounds in our care.

Great British Greyhound Walk 2013:

The Great British Greyhound Walk is an annual dog-walking event that brings together greyhounds, lurchers, other sighthounds and their owners, to raise awareness and show members of the public just what wonderful pets greyhounds make.

Lifeline's volunteers for GBGW 2012 in Basingstoke
Some of our then homeless greyhounds, their friends and our volunteers at GBGW’s Basingstoke venue in 2012.

This year it is set for Sunday 23rd June 2013 with a hoped for setting off time of 10am.

To find out more information and to hopefully join in with your local walk please visit the GBGW web site. If you are a registered Facebook user you can follow events on the GBGW Facebook page as well.

We have yet to work out the logistics of attending ourselves, but we’re sure that we’ll have a few representative hounds and owners attending at least. If you can;t find a walk very close to you, please keep checking as more walks are being added regularly as they are organised.

Fleet Half Marathon 2013:

Marie’s son Ed is entered into the 2013 Fleet Half Marathon on Sunday 17th March. Apart from aiming to beat his time of last year Ed is hoping to raise further funds for Greyhound Lifeline through sponsorship.

A sponsor form will therefore be available at the kennels from Tuesday 26th February for anyone who wishes to sponsor him. If you would like to sponsor, but cannot get to the kennels to fill in your details then please contact us and we’ll put your name down for you.

If you are a tax payer we can claim Gift Aid on your sponsorship, but in order to do that you must provide us with your residential address and post code.

Sponsored Slim:

Fiona, one of our supporters, needs some sponsorship to help motivate her weight loss plan. If you think you might be able to sponsor her then please contact us and we’ll complete your details on a sponsor form for you.

Open Day 2013:

We have set the date of our 2013 Kennel Open Day and it will be held on Sunday 2nd June from 11am until 2pm. We’ll have lots of attractions, stalls and competitions for your to enjoy, so please make a note of the date in your diary and come along and join us for the biggest fundraising event of the year for us.

Kennel Open Day 2011 - Black Beauty Competition
Competitors at a previous Open Day line up.

Don’t let Lungworm kill your dog!

Please be aware of Lungworm, it’s a killer that many of you won’t necessarily have heard of. It is spreading fast in the UK and many dogs have already died from it. Don’t panic however as Lungworm is very easy to prevent and equally if diagnosed early it can be treated very successfully too. Late diagnosis of Lungworm does not always have a happy ending however.

The following link will take you to a Lungworm Information site. For preventative treatment of lungworm you will need to contact your vet. Treatment/prevention of  Lungworm is by prescription medication only.

Fundraise for us using eBay

You can now sell items on ebay and choose to donate between 10% and 100% of your sale price to Greyhound Lifeline. If you are an ebay member you could also simply donate by using your Paypal account. For ebay members only please visit their Sell for Charity page and enter “Greyhound Lifeline” in the Charity name area.

If you are a UK tax payer please also tick the Gift Aid box. Please read ebay’s terms and conditions carefully as we cannot be held responsible for any problems you may encounter. Could you sell your unwanted items and help us to buy food, provide veterinary care and generally look after the greyhounds in our care at the same time?


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