The Happy Tails Roadshow is finally on the road and visiting greyhound rescue groups across the country. And now that the WordPress glitches have been fixed, I can start blogging about the groups we have visited in the past 2 months since we’ve been on the road.
We started in Augusta, Maine, where we attended the Maine Greyhound Placement Services Annual Reunion and Picnic. I also
spent some time with Elizabeth Tulip, Vice President of MGPS talking about how they began and where they are now.
MGPS was founded by Scott Bruns and Mary Towle in 1991, and both are still involved in the group as Executive Director and Adoption Coordinator respectively. The group incorporated as a non-profit in 1993. They are a completely volunteer organization with approximately 28 volunteers helping out each week to care for all of the dogs currently waiting for new homes. In the past 21 years, they have placed over 4,000 greyhounds into forever homes. This is a huge accomplishment for any group, especially a breed specific group.
As you can imagine, a lot of expenses are incurred caring for 30-40 greyhounds daily. To help cover these costs, MGPS is always b usy thinking of new ways to raise money to help the hounds. They hold fund raising events, weekly meet-n-greets and have ongoing sponsorship programs. One such program is their 12 x 12 program, where participants donate just $12 a month for a year and another is their Adopt a Crate program, where for $30 a month, you can help provide food and care for a greyhound that is chosen just for you. Participants receive a picture of their greyhound and regular updates on their progress and eventual adoption. MGPS also relies on generous donations from the community of items such as laundry detergent, paper towels, trash bags and also gratefully accept monetary donations to help care for the greyhounds.
MGPS also offers boarding for greyhounds and other sight hound breeds. In 2008, they opened a full service veterinary clinic on site. They are able to provide spay/neutering services, dental work, vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm/tick testing, blood, urine, and stool analysis, and more. The clinic provides all care for the greyhounds coming into MGPS and they also help other breed specific rescues, including cat rescues.
You can find out more about Maine Greyhound Placement Services, their available greyhounds and how you can help on their website at http://www.greyhoundplacement.com. You can also call 207-626-2893 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.