This year, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption will again participate in Arizona Gives Day.
Arizona Gives Day is one day for Arizonans to come together to show support for the state’s nonprofits in a very short 24 hours. On April 9, 2014, Arizonans came together and donated $1.4 million to Arizona non-profits in just 24 hours. Thank you for your generosity, and we hope you will join us again in 2015.
In 2014, your generosity resulted in over $10,000 in donations to SA Greys from 73 unique donors in the 24 hours of the campaign. SA Greys ranked 14th of 438 non-profits across Arizona in the Most Donors by Small Non-Profit Category and 18th of 1277 in Most Dollars Raised Overall among Arizona Non-Profits participating. This was an extraordinary showing, demonstrating the extent of dedication, caring and support among our members, volunteers and donors.
This year, with your help, we would really like to take our efforts to a whole new level – 2014 was an incredibly challenging year in terms of our caring for the needs of injured dogs, with 2014 veterinary expenses exceeding $100,000.
This year you can help us to a great showing on April 7 – help us to a top 5 ranking in Most Dollars Raised (that would have been $21,500 last year) and a top 10 in Most Donors Overall (that would have been 250 in 2014). This will go a long way toward replenishing our Jackie’s Fund account, and will support our ongoing efforts for some very special greyhounds.
Mark this date – April 7 - on your calendars and watch for more information as we get closer to Arizona Gives Day.
Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is a Tucson-based all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding loving forever homes for retired racing greyhounds from Phoenix to New Mexico. So far this year (thru mid-November), 65 greyhounds found new homes.
Our greatest accomplishment is being able to rehabilitate injured greyhounds. Since 2012, 28 dogs, many who suffered career ending illnesses or injuries, now enjoy life just like the hounds on your couch and in your heart. These special needs dogs were helped by a special fund – Jackie’s Fund, which began when Jackie the original poster dog required costly veterinary expenses and recovery.
Very simply, our mission is to take racing greyhounds at the end of their careers and place each one of them in a forever home to be loved and cared for in their retirement years. We have been doing this since the beginning of 2012 - initially it was easy. Greyhounds came to us, we socialized them and provided spay or neuter surgery, and they went to a loving home (not always that simple, but it seemed so).
Today, the task is a much more challenging. In the past eighteen months, we have taken in a number of special needs dogs. These dogs have suffered career-ending injuries requiring complex surgery, or they have suffered illnesses or other serious conditions that required extended (and costly) care and treatment.
We created Jackie’s Fund for Special Needs in July of 2013, in response to the significantly higher costs of veterinary care that we experienced for these special greyhounds. Jackie, the namesake of the Fund, came to us that month with a badly broken leg. The cost of the surgery to repair her leg exceeded $5,000.
Chili after his latest vet visit
Chili is one of our latest poster children for the beneficiaries of Jackie’s Fund. Chili came to us on September 16, with a badly broken leg. His surgical costs have reached $10,000.
In late November, we took in Boo and ZigZag. The surgery, recovery and rehab for each of these dogs will also reach $10,000.
At this time of thanksgiving, peace, joy and celebration, we need your help. Please consider a donation to these wonderful greyhounds. You can see all the beneficiaries of Jackie’s Fund in the Gallery. Please help us place these dogs in loving homes, healthy, happy and ready for a full life of fun. Donate now.
We hope you and your family and friends have a joyous holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
With appreciation, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption
Bandit is a super sweet, fairly Velcro 2 ½ year old, who is quite calm for his age. He would rather be with people than other dogs, but does get along well and likes to play some with his foster greyhound brother.
Bandit has shown no negative interest in the cat, only the usual sniffing and greeting. Bandit loves toys and soft beds, but is fearful of tween and teenagers. Bandit will be a fun and delightful companion for an adult home.