What we're rooing about lately
Happy 10th Anniversary to the GAFNE Picnic!! Which gave me an idea for the next newsletter...if anyone has pictures of GAFNE Picnics through the years, I'd love to have them for a special photo story in our next edition. I think it would be lovely to recap 10 years of great times and we'd all enjoy the memory lane stroll. If you'd like to contribute one or more pictures, please send them to either Marilyn or to me, digital format, and labeled by year and photographer.
Maureen & Tony...Barry...Mark...everyone who's so very good at recording memories, and there's so many of you in the Northeast...this is a shout out to you all!
Thanks! And have a fantastic time on June 2!
Although legislative victories were not coming this year, Florida greyhounds will benefit from a new ruling from the FL Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Taking effect on 21 May will be the following requirements:
1. Greyhound trainers will be required to notify state regulators every time a dog dies on racetrack or kennel grounds...in writing and within 18 hours of the death.
2. Greyhound haulers must be licensed.
3. Trainers must maintain a "roster" identifying each dog by name, tattoo number, owner's name, trainer's name, dog's date of arrival and departure and the name & license number of the person transporting the dog.
4. Keeping more than one dog per racetrack cage is now prohibited.
5. Track officials will be required to complete a "weekly documented walk-through" of occupied greyhound kennels.
This is progress. This is added transparency which history has proven to be the most effective check on maltreatment. This is proof that the tide is turning and the industry is being forced to listen to people like all of us who care only for the welfare of these dogs that we love.
The re-dedication of Freedom's garden will take place this Sunday, March 24 at 1:00pm at Grey Haven.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the recent on-line auction for the newly created Father Al Dash Memorial Fund. A total of $7,786 was raised to help special needs hounds from the generosity of donors and winners.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Father Al Dash Memorial Fund anytime. All donations received will enable us to say yes the next time the phone rings with news of a greyhound who desperately needs help.
We would like to thank all the people who got up in the middle of the night and came to work at the pancake breakfast this past Saturday. You all did a GREAT job!
We raised a grand total of $974 to help greyhounds with special needs.
Thank you all so much for your dedication to GAF.
on behalf of The Villages Greyhound Club
The concert will be held at the Savannah Center at 6:30pm on Saturday, March 16.
Tickets are $10 each. The event is BYOB. Coffee & baked goods will be available for sale. There will be a 50/50.
To purchase tickets please contact Enis at 352-751-4416, Jo Ann at 352-751-6908 or buy on-line now:
Download the event flyer to print or share.
We hope to see you there!
The Villages Greyhound Club will host a Pancake Breakfast at the Havana Country Club on Sunday, February 23 from 7am-10am.
The cost is $7 per person for All-You-Can Eat Pancakes, Coffee, Juice and Tea plus sausage (1st plate only).
Download and print or share the event flyer.
We hope to see you there!
Our big, important on-line auction is weeks away! We are desperately in need of auction items that will make this event a huge success. With our focus on special needs dogs, we expect the vet bills to be high but this is the only way to be sure each greyhound has a chance to live a healthy, happy life with a loving family.
We hope that each of you will find a special item to donate to this important cause.
Pictures and descriptions can be emailed to both Diane Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org and me email@example.com. The auction is scheduled to start on FEBRUARY 24, so, please....the sooner we can work on your donation, the happier the little auction elves will be. :)
Here's what we need from you:
- what the item is
- a detailed description
- what you want the donated by line to say
Please consider donating the postage within the contiguous US and even Canada!
If you don't have an item to donate, please consider making a cash donation that will help us cover all fees involved with this auction.
All funds netted in this auction go into our Father Al Dash Memorial Fund for special needs dogs.....GAF is hoping to be able to help other groups with vet bills to be sure all greyhounds receive the medical care they deserve.
Questions? Contact me at the above e-mail address!
And thank you all in advance for your continuing support and love for greyhounds everywhere.
Greyhound Adoptions of Florida
at the farm....Grey Haven