What a Success!

This is an interim news page, following our very successful Open Day on Sunday. We have an awful lot of thank you letters and follow up homing calls/home checks to make following the day, so unfortunately time constraints mean a brief update for now on site.

We raised a fabulous sum of money for the dogs (the final figure will be announced as soon as it’s all collated).

The day generated several new homing enquiries and they are in progress now.

The weather held for us and we had an amazing turn out with reports from our wonderful team of car park attendants that we needed to open the overflow parking area as the main area was full!

We had several special visitors (all the dogs we have homed are included in the term extra special by the way), but 2 greyhounds stand out especially and they are Jack and Choc. Both happily homed, special needs boys.

We would like to thank all the following, without whose help and support we would not have been able to hold such a successful event:

  • Caroline the vet and George the veterinary nurse from Cedar Vets in Alton for their interesting talk and demonstration.
  • We are extremely grateful to St Nicholas’ School, Fleet for allowing us the use of their car park which we understand was used to its capacity!
  • Greyhound Bus for several years of supporting us with raffle prizes and goodies for us to sell.
  • Rod from Alton Plumbing and Heating for getting our electricity supply up and running again after we blew fuses with all the kettles for refreshments!
  • Year 10 girls from Farnborough Hill School in Farnborough for their generous donation of canned dog food and tins to enable the running of their tin tombola stall.
  • Penny and Adrian for once again working their socks off baking, jam making and everything else they do to run their tombola, and home made produce stall.
  • The Sweet Shop, Hart Centre, Fleet for donating 100% of the Sweet Shop stall sales to us and providing the stock to sell too!
  • We had two separate, but very generous donations from long standing supporters and we are very grateful to them for their much needed financial assistance. They know who they are.
  • We want to thank our car park attendants: Cathy, Nick, Nigel, Paul K, Sarah-Jane and Mark who kindly gave of their time, whilst away from all the activities to supervise the car park, collect canned food donations and make sure all was left as the school would want it to be.
  • Thank you to all our stall holders: Carol, Lynn, Lucy, Emily R, Sian, Emily H, Saara, Joy, Tracy, Mo, Sally, Anne, Penny and Adrian.
  • Special thanks go to Mo, Lucy, Sian, Paul G & Jane G for being early birds on site to help put up several gazebos.
  • Thanks to Nick for setting up the P.A. system and for acting as event photographer too, along with doing a shift in the car park. Lots of photos coming soon folks!
  • Thank you Paul K for managing the whole morning kennel shift on your own and keeping calm in the face of such disruption to the normal routine.
  • Thank you to everyone who attended. Your generosity, as ever, astounded us. We have a lovely mountain of canned dog food and fish now, we raised a large sum of money and we’ve had no complaints about left dog mess anywhere which is brilliant. Well done everyone!
  • Thank you too to the lovely lady from Riding for the Disabled (sorry, we don’t know your name) who had grown several plants to sell at their own Open Day which had to be canceled. At 30 minutes notice she set up a stall with us and donated 50% of her take to us retaining the other 50% for Riding for the Disabled.
  • We hope we have remembered to thank everyone because everyone who was involved or attended was a credit to Greyhound Lifeline and most importantly to the greyhounds themselves.
  • Thank you too to the families who brought their Therapy dogs along with them. We hope you managed to interest a few more people into putting their dogs forward as greyhound therapy dogs.

New Arrivals:

Tomorrow we are expecting a new dog and a new bitch in.

Homed greyhounds:

Harry and Champ have been homed.

Reserved Greyhounds:

Lulu is reserved.

Looking to adopt a greyhound?

Please visit our Greyhounds Needing Homes Gallery to see details of all our available greyhounds. (Please note that there are 3 pages to this gallery, so if you don’t find your perfect greyhound for you on page 1, please keep looking as he/she may be on page 2 or 3).

We Still Need Foster Homes – Can you help?

If you think you might be able to foster a greyhound then please read our Greyhound Fostering Information page.

Cat Test Passes:

Bizzle, Tilly and Abbie have all passed cat tests and with caution in the early days they would be able to learn to live safely with cats.

Foster Dog Updates:

Tara has turned into a real lady in a home environment. She’s living in a busy home with other dogs/bitches (including a small terrier). Clean, quiet, able to be left and sociable with children and other dogs. Why she is still waiting for her home, we don’t actually know.

Abbie remains the perfect foster dog. We don’t understand why this gentle and perfectly behaved girl has not been snapped up already. Abbie has passed our cat test.

Dan has recently moved into foster care and he too has turned into a smashing pet. Please give Dan a chance and ask to meet him. He’s one of those dogs who is a bit reticent until he knows you, but the lad has oodles of love and loyalty to give. Think what you could discover about him if you were to give him a chance to know you. Just look at Dan below, what a relaxed boy he is.

Dan on the sofa

Sponsored Slim:

Fiona Selby is aiming to lose 2 stone in weight and has offered to raise sponsorship for Greyhound Lifeline through her efforts. Her local Weigh Watchers group in Northamptonshire will verify whether or not she succeeds and/or how much she manages to lose.

If you’d like to offer Fiona some incentive to succeed and help raise funds for us at the same time then please email us at enquiries@greyhoundlifeline.co.uk giving your name and address (including postcode) and details of how much you wish to sponsor either in total and we’ll fill in the form for you.

Those of you who pay UK tax please let us know whether you agree or not to us claiming Gift Aid on on your sponsorship to increase the amount we receive at no additional cost to you.

New Greyhound Merchandise lines:

Luxury thick tartan, hooded fleeces are now stocked and available at £22 each and fancy house collars are another recent addition to our merchandise. Wide collars are available at £13 each and the standard width house collars are just £6 each. Please check out our Greyhound Merchandise Page to see other items we stock. Sorry, but we cannot do mail order, items are to be purchased in person only.

Next Canine Blood Donor Day – Sunday June 10th

Our next quarterly Pet Blood Bank blood collection sessio0n is booked for Sunday 10th June. Please call Pet Blood Bank on 01509 232 222 to book an appointment for your dog and save the lives of up to four other dogs! Acceptance criteria apply please read our Canine Blood Donor page for more information.

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?

3 thoughts on “What a Success!

  1. Let me add my voice to the folks who have already congratulated Marie and her team of Volunteers for a simply SUPER day.It was such fun being amongst the Greyhounds, and Greyhound minded People, and to enjoy all of the ‘TAILS’……Also, to catch up with those of you at Lifeline whom I already know whilst meeting yet more of the team.
    Parker slept all of the way back,Reserving his strength for unpacking his goodies.Liver cake first [ and he knows where I stored the rest] Then parading around in his Union Jack Bandana practising just in case we are summoned to the Palace [Not a word to anyone that Parker isn’t too keen on Corgies !] And yes1 what some brave little chaps those Therapy dogs at the kennels were Just imagine what it was like at their level…A forest of legs, and the occasional wet nose.
    I have only one thing more to add. When is the next one?
    Many, many thanks,
    With all good wishes,
    Parker,and Rosemary.

  2. Thanks for a lovely day. So pleased it was such a success for you & the hounds. Thanks for the updates too; the website is absolutely fabulous (to coin a phrase)
    Steve

  3. ***** give up……A word on……

    Parkers Progress.:

    Today we passed a dog by without Parker calling it’s Parentage into question !

    Might not sound much,but believe me,it’s a huge step in the right direction
    Kind regards to all,
    Rosemary.

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