It is Donate December at AFG!
Want some last minute tax deductible donations for 2014 that will go to a bunch of special hounds? Here are some options:
** These are items that we use on a daily basis at the adoption kennel and during the monthly kennel cleanings. If you come out to the kennel or 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! The AFG “Kennel Needs” list is on the website or you can visit our Facebook page for more info.
**AFG is doing something new this year. For a donation of $10, 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.
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.
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You can help Allies raise funds when you purchase a Younkers Community Days Coupon Booklet for a $5 donation, you get over $500 in coupon savings including a $10 coupon on any purchase good on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th,2014. The coupons are good at any of Bon-Ton stores, anywhere in the country including Younkers, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, and Herberger’s. Allies for Greyhounds gets to keep the entire $5! This is a great fundraiser for us, but we do need your help. These booklets will be available for purchase at any of the meet and greets we will have at Younkers at Rivertown Crossing Mall in Grandville. Check out Events tab for dates and times. You can also purchase these booklets online. Shipping is free! Follow this link to purchase yours:
Thanks to WNDU for the coverage of our Concord Mall event on 10/4/14 and to our volunteers Nate Parrow and Nichole Rohrer for participating in the interview. Jazzmin and Ron did a great job too! Follow the link or copy and paste into your browser for the full story!
There is a new and healthy way for you to help raise funds for Allies for Greyhounds!! Download the free smartphone app Walk For a Dog and raise funds for Allies for every mile that you walk! Choose Allies for Greyhounds as your charity, and start walking! It’s that simple! Go to www.wooftrax.com for more information.
Southern Cody Designs is generously donating proceeds in a fundraiser to benefit a special needs Allies hounds facing significant medical expenses as well as a number of hounds returned for various reasons and the over 40 hounds currently awaiting adoption that need vet work. Sport your greyhound pride while helping a wonderful cause at the same time! The fundraiser runs through Monday, September 1st. Order the new “Said No One Ever!” t-shirt.
The shirts are being offered in 3 ways: A traditional adult tee in Galapagos Blue and Black and a Ladies cut tee available in Black only. The Ladies tees tends to run a little small so if you’re in between sizes, it is recommended to order a size larger than normal. Proceeds ordered from the Retired t-shirts in both adult and Ladies cuts will also go to benefit AFG.
If you do not wish to order a t-shirt but would still like to help, or would like to help in addition to ordering a shirt, you can make a donation through the following link: http://www.alliesforgreyhounds.org/donate/
IMPORTANT DETAILS: This is a special PRE-ORDER fundraiser. It is being run this way to raise the most money possible without having money going towards excess inventory. Orders will begin shipping the week of September 8. Updates will be provided through our Facebook page. Any additional items ordered will be held and shipped with the pre-order t-shirts. Any orders placed that do not include pre-order items will ship as normal. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message through https://www.facebook.com/southerncodydesigns with any questions.
Each week we’ll post a summary about the previous weekend’s meet & greets. Here’s what happened that past Saturday, August 9. Be sure to visit the Events page to see where we’ll be next.
PetSmart — Kentwood, MI
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Kentwood M&G! We had a lot of people stopping to talk and donate. Quite a few seemed to be interested in the possibility of adopting a greyhound. Posted a few pictures of the M&G on the facebook page.
We had quite the turnout today: Chris, Richard, Matthew and Michael stopped by with their grey Airwin. Jamie had his fosters Dale and Keela. Pat C. brought Fiona who is looking for a home. Heather brought out Taylor from the kennel. Cheryl and Tom brought Apollo and his women Jewel, Tonya and foster Nell. Brian and Brenda brought Day, Iris, Becky, Daisy and foster Wanda. Dennis and Barbie stopped by with their grey Liberty. Celeste came with foster Remmy. Dan came with his grey Lulu. Cindy came with her Sonny. Walt brought out foster Pete and I had my foster Gene. Finally Courtney, a soon to be adopter, came to hang out with the hounds.
PetSmart — Muskegon, MI
Today was pretty slow at Muskegon but did have a few families really interested and had some good grey conversations. Gravy and Franklin attended and Sonic and Sweetheart were there and I brought Bai. We set up outside, weather was beautiful and took in some donations. Thanks everyone!
Kathy, Dotti & foster Bai
SPRING FLING 2015
5-16-15 – SATURDAY – mark your calendars – we want you to be there.
More to come as things progress.
We are again looking for donations for the silent/basket auctions. Goods or monetary items are always welcome – they do not have to be greyhound related. We know many people have other breeds, cats etc. Kids items also welcome since we have many children within the group.
We are again doing the Spring Fling tee shirt design contest. Get them in soon – we would like to have them by the first of October so we can get the invitation finalized. – Watch for a message regarding this.
We are still looking for prior Spring Fling tee shirts for a special project for the 2015 Silent Auction. If you have any you would like to donate please let us know. We need several years – I will find the list and sent that out again.
We will also be looking for some volunteers to help out with the various stations – a sign up sheet will be out as the date gets closer. Please consider asking a high school or other youth groups that your children may be involved with that need volunteer hours. We can use several to help out with the parking and helping people get their stuff in and set up. Final clean up help is essential too.
I believe we are going to do the pre-registration again this year. Working on some fun things for those that pre register so watch for the notice that we have started taking registrations.
I think I have given you plenty to digest for now. Watch your in-boxes for additional notices. Facebook & the new website will also be updated.
Allies for Greyhounds
Scenes from Spring Fling 2014
In the spring of 2013, Allies for Greyhounds, Inc. announced its new name. Over the past year, the group has been working to update logos and other materials with that name. Today I am thrilled to announce the next step in that transformation: the launch of our new website.
You can now find Allies for Greyhounds online at http://www.alliesforgreyhounds.org/
This new site will make it easier for potential adopters to get their questions answered and find a greyhound to add to their home. Because it was built from the ground up on cutting edge, world-class technology, it will be significantly easier for our volunteers to update and maintain. It is also mobile friendly and can be easily viewed on phone and tablet devices.
This is just the first phase of what we plan to do with the new site. We have a lot of features and functions we want to add in the near future.
Check back over the coming weeks and months as we continue to expand our new site. Additionally, we now have a blog available that we will keep updated with the latest news from AFG, as well as an up-to-date list of upcoming events and fundraisers.
I’d like to thank a few folks who helped bring this site to life:
- First, Nate Parrow, for all his hard work, frustration, and long hours keeping the existing site running well past its prime. That man deserves a medal!
- Rachael Parrow, Amy Kliven, Kari Shook, and Debbie Day for reviewing the new site as it was in development and giving fabulous feedback. Additionally, these ladies have worked hard adding the hounds and other content to the new site. They will continue to keep hounds, events, and the rest of the site fresh and up-to-date.
- The beta testers (you know who you are) for reviewing the new site over the past week to help find things we missed.
- Janene Poortvliet. This name will be new to almost all of you. She’s a designer I work with and a greyhound aunt. (Her brother has a greyhound couch potato.) She was instrumental in coming up with the design for the new site and the graphic for the splash page. My development work was significantly easier because of her contributions.
- And finally, Dave and Pat Conrad. They gave initial guidance, suggestions, and constructive feedback along the way, then stepped back and gave us the freedom to design and build this world-class site to expand the Allies for Greyhounds goal of Helping Hounds and Fulfilling Dreams.
Please visit our new site at http://www.alliesforgreyhounds.org/ and give us your feedback. Feel free to submit a comment on the Contact Us page. If you select “Website question,” that message will come straight to me.
I hope you like the new site. I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback and adding new, exciting features in the future.
Leilani, Brinkley and Rascal
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Take a look at the first donation of the day at our meet and greet at Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa in Grand Haven.
Look at the size of that bill! That was very kind. Thank you whoever donated it!
Way to work the crowd Jewel!!
We would like to thank everyone that participated in the Christmas in July surprise for the Tuskawilla kennel. Not sure if you have seen the pictures and thank yous from the kennel on Facebook. Please check them out.
They were pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed by your generosity.
Again, thank you to everyone that dropped off donations of goods or money. We ended up sending 5 boxes of goodies. There was a $150.00 gift card that went along for them to purchase femur bones for the hounds. I just kept filling until I had no more items. I do have to say it looked like a Meijer commercial with all the Meijer products. Greyt job everyone.
Dave & Pat Conrad