Adoption Doubts?

This is something we have hoped to avoid writing about, but the time has come to address an issue that is happening more and more often. If you are having significant doubts about adopting a greyhound, then PLEASE let us know in advance. Even if it is the morning of your adoption. We would much rather cancel your adoption and reschedule it for another day. Although it may not give us time to schedule an in-home with another potential adopter, it will at least save the time of our volunteers.

To be clear, when your in-home visit is scheduled, and our volunteers come to your house, we are fully expecting you to adopt a dog that day.  Every one in the family needs to be on board with the adoption. It is not a personal meet & greet to see which dogs you like or who you clique with. You are making your choice based on the dog’s personality. Not one based on their color, their age, who they remind you of, or how tall/short of big/small they are. While there is no fool-proof process in selecting the hounds which we feel are a best fit for your home, we take pride in our success rate and how our process works. 

Every one of our volunteers puts in the work required because we love this breed. Nobody – not one – of our volunteers are paid for the work we do. We have families. We have jobs. We have friends. We pay for our own gas to drive to your home. People are often surprised to discover one of our volunteers had to drive anywhere from 1-3 hours to get to their home with their foster dog. That is potentially 2+ hours of driving one way, another 2-3 hours for the in-home, and then another 2+ hour drive home. Our volunteers can easily dedicate an entire weekend day for a single dog to be adopted. When you decide not to adopt you have taken away time that is precious to our volunteers. That is time away from our families and friends that we cannot get back.

From time to time we get suggestions, often not so friendly, on how we should better run our group in order to speed up the adoption process. We are sympathetic and understand the frustration that can come having to wait for your in-home to get scheduled. This year has brought in an unprecedented number of applications creating a never-ending backlog. Although we have a large number of volunteers within our group, only a few select individuals are qualified to handle the actual adoption visit. That is why it is so detrimental when a dog does not get selected at an in-home. Not only have we lost that day to do another adoption (or potentially 2 other adoptions depending on the situation), but now we have to reschedule your visit which puts new applications even further out.

To combat this issue, and effective immediately, we will begin adding a $50 fee to the adoption cost for a rescheduled visit. In addition to the fee, your application will go to the back of the queue for rescheduling. This ONLY applies to individuals that choose not to adopt for frivolous reasons. There are legitimate instances when a dog should not be adopted, such as an issue with cats in the home, how the greyhounds react to another dog, and so forth. In those extremely rare cases the fee will not be applied. Our group has never, and will never, try to force a dog on someone or into a home that is not a proper fit. That is not what this is about, but we feel something must be done to address this problem as it is happening more frequently.

Make no mistake – we want you to adopt from our group and become part of the Allies family. Our volunteers are doing the best they can and they want your adoption to be a success. All we can do is to ask for your continued patience and our promise that the wait will be worth it.

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Foster Homes Needed

AFG is needing foster homes.  If you have considered fostering, please take a look at our fostering FAQ.  AFG Fostering FAQ

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Before you Adopt…

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Spring Fling 2019 Registration

Here we go! Spring Fling Pre-registration!!

For those who have never been to Spring Fling. Pre-registering that you will be in attendace guarantees you a free goodie back at check-in! Pre-registration closes on June 1.  The entrance fee will be taken at the door after check-in.

Pre-registering is not required to attend the event but it just give us a rough idea on the number of attendees and is and added bonus for you.

PRE-REGISTER AWAY! 🎉🎉🎉

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Spring Fling 2018 Registration

If you haven’t marked your calendar yet this year’s Spring Fling will be on June 9, 2018! It will once again be held at the Kalamazoo kennel club! This event is completely open to the public but only open for Greyhounds to attend!

We will also have a table set up again for Memorial Baskets. Here you will compose a basket dedicated to a hound who has passed. Please also include a little write-up +/- a picture to tell us who the basket is in memory of.

Below is the link for the pre-registration form. Pre-registering is not required to attend our event but those families who do pre-register and attend will get a little goodie bag when you arrive at Spring Fling!!

 

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Spring Fling 2018 T-Shirt

SHIRTS!!

This year all shirts are $15 each. We have tee sizes small-5x. Ladies Vnecks are small-4x.

Right now our deadline for pre-ordering is May 20th

To guarantee what you want we recommend pre-ordering. We will have some available at the event but it will be limited amounts.

If you’d like to pre-order email us your order to alliesforgreyhounds@gmail.com
Include:
-which shirt(s)
-size
-your name
-your address
-how you’d like to collect your order : (either at Spring Fling or otherwise) If you’d like them mailed shipping will apply.

Each shirt comes in one color as follows:
Spring Fling : Marigold with SF design in black
AFG Logo Tee : Blue with white lettering
AFG Logo Ladies Vneck : Light Purple with black lettering

If you have any other questions please feel free to email us!

w! Right now our deadline for pre-ordering is May 20th. Thanks!!

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AFG Donate December 2017

It is Donate December at AFG!

Want some last minute tax deductible donations for 2017 that will go to a bunch of special hounds?

 

Greyhounds make awesome pets and we want everybody to be able to enjoy a retired racing Greyhound! So take a look at the wonderful hounds that we have available for adoption and sponsor one today. Maybe we can get them all sponsored before the end of the year!!::

Here are some options:

** There are items that we use on a daily basis at the adoption kennel and during the monthly kennel cleanings. If you visit one of the local meet and greets, please think about donating one of the items on the list. The items will not go to waste that’s for sure. Please feel free to share our list with family and friends!  Just click on the link below:

AFG Kennel Needs

**AFG is doing something new this year. For a donation of $10 or more, you will be able to “virtually” adopt one of the retired racers we have available for adoption. Your name will appear on the website as a sponsor for the hound of your choice for the holidays.

Virtually Adopt a Greyhound

 

Greyhounds make awesome pets and we want everybody to be able to enjoy a retired racing Greyhound! So take a look at the wonderful hounds that we have available for adoption and sponsor one today. ::

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Allies For Greyounds

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Announcement

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that the Allies Family is growing!

Recently we were asked to absorb another greyhound adoption group, Second Chance. There are some within this group that know and/ or have worked with Second Chance, so while it is unfortunate the group could not go on, we do have the pleasure of accepting all of the adopters into our greyhound family.

You will be seeing new faces and new hounds attending events, so let’s all make them feel at home and welcome them to AFG.

If you are a Second Chance adopter, please send us a message through our Facebook Page or Website and we will get you added to our Facebook Closed Group.

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Annual Shirt Sale!

Hi Everyone!

Here is our yearly shirt sale! We have many to select from this year! These are going to be pre-order only to avoid us ending up with a lot of unsold shirts. Pre-ordering will be open until April 15, 2017. Shirts will be available for pick up at Spring Fling on May 13, 2017 or can be arranged for pick up or mailing after Spring Fling. Sizes available are Small-5X.  

Please email your order to alliesforgreyhounds@gmail.com and include your name, address and phone number along with which shirts you want and in what size. Also please add how you plan to get your shirts whether you are going to get them at Spring Fling or otherwise. Please feel free to comment any additional questions. Thanks!!

Spring Fling Shirt Green – $15
Spring Fling Shirt Olive – $15
AFG Logo Shirt Red – $12
AFG Logo Shirt Brown – $12
AFG Logo Shirt Long Sleeve Blue – $20
AFG Logo Ladies V-Neck Pink – $15
AFG Logo Ladies Polo Sage – $20
AFG Logo Mens Polo Navy – $20

*** Please note the Ladies shirts (V-Neck & Polo) tend to run small so we recommend you go up a size in those specific shirts***

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Red TShirt AFG

Cocoa Tshirt AFG

Long Sleeve AFG

Ladies Maroon Tshirt AFG

Ladies Polo AFG

Polo AFG

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AFG Donate December 2016

:It is Donate December at AFG!

Want some last minute tax deductible donations for 2016 that will go to a bunch of special hounds?

Here are some options:

** There are items that we use on a daily basis at the adoption kennel and during the monthly kennel cleanings. If you visit one of the local meet and greets, please think about donating one of the items on the list. The items will not go to waste that’s for sure. Please feel free to share our list with family and friends!  Just click on the link below:

AFG Kennel Needs

**AFG is doing something new this year. For a donation of $10 or more, you will be able to “virtually” adopt one of the retired racers we have available for adoption. Your name will appear on the website as a sponsor for the hound of your choice for the holidays.

Virtually Adopt a Greyhound

 

Greyhounds make awesome pets and we want everybody to be able to enjoy a retired racing Greyhound! So take a look at the wonderful hounds that we have available for adoption and sponsor one today. ::

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Allies For Greyounds

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Featured Greyhound

T’s Charlie Tuna — Charlie

Charlie has retired in 2019 with 83 heart pounding races!  He is also the Winner of the 2018 Southland Ness Sechrest Middle Distance Consolation.  Charlie has recently been returned to AFG and we are learning more about him at this time. 

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