PRICELESS

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”  Sherry Anderson, from Best Friends Animal Society uses this saying, and it can’t be any more true for our volunteers at SA Greys.  This Saturday, March 3rd, is the Arizona Animal Fair and it will give us a chance to put a public face on all the work everyone has been doing ‘behind the scenes’.   And best of all, we are hoping that Gabi, Simone, Spencer, Bear and Xena find their forever homes.  
We always have room for more, so if you are interested in volunteering at this event or any other upcoming event, please contact us. 
Spencer says we’ll see you Saturday!

ANIMAL FAIR 2012

Arizona Animal Fair Is Just One Week Away!
Be part of SA Grey’s first public event, the Arizona Animal Fair. You sure don’t want to miss this one, meet us at Reid Park!
The kick off time is officially at 10AM. Look for our booth sporting the new logo. We’ll be in the Super Adoptions Area at booth V.  If you need more help finding us click here for a fair map.
We need you and your four-legged friend to help staff the volunteer table for the 2 to 4PM shift. This is a time for you to showcase your handsome grey and the wonderful breed.
Please bring your hound, spend some time at our booth, and parade your fur kids around the Fair grounds while you help us fly the SA Greys’ flag.
If you have any questions about the Fair, the location or the SA Greys participation, or if you want to volunteer for the 2 PM to 4 PM shift, please email John:  soazgreys @ gmail.com.

DONATIONS ARE WELCOME

From the email newsletter of Saturday, February 25th.
Donations are Welcome!

Now that SA Greys is up and running, we are incurring expenses. As we announced: we have incorporated, communication is up and running, we have taken in our first greyhounds, paid vet bills, purchased dog tags, microchips and the first round of meds for our new dogs, prepared for the Arizona Animal Fair, are in process of signing the kennel contract, and are printing brochures, business cards and training materials.
All this takes money, and so far, the interim steering committee has underwritten these costs on behalf of our organization. Now, we are ready to turn to you, our volunteers and donors, for the next steps.  We have our first insurance premiums to pay, our first kennel rent to pay, and more dogs to take in and start on their roads to their forever homes.
For those of you who were able to attend our last all volunteers meeting at Udall Park, we asked for your pledges of support, and you overwhelmed us with your offers.  Now that we are official, you may make out your checks, payable to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, and mail them to our address:

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption
1517 North Wilmot Road
Box 175
Tucson, AZ 85712

For those of you who were unable to attend the Udall meeting, or did not get a chance to make a pledge, we hope you will also consider mailing a check. Anne Marie, our interim Treasurer, is ready, willing and very eager to deposit those checks and put them to work for you and for our greys.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

SA Greys is not yet a 501c3 organization (the application process has begun). These initial donations are not yet tax deductible. Anne Marie did announce at the Udall meeting that IRS regulations governing non-profits provide for retroactive granting of non-profit status if the 501c3 application is approved by the IRS within 15 months of the organization’s incorporation. We fully intend to have that approval, and expect that it will be retroactive to February 17, 2012, the date our Incorporation was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

When you make your donations, please be sure to keep copies of your checks for your records, so that you may take advantage of our non-profit status in your tax planning and preparation for 2012. You will also receive a written acknowledgement of your donations from SA Greys, which should also be retained for tax purposes.

Thank you so very much for your support.

MORE HAPPENINGS!

We are having a hard time keeping up with all the new things being accomplished for this group. Just finished – a youtube channel established with the first video posted! It’s under SAGreys. Follow the link to head on over, watch the first of many videos, and subscribe. Well done Communications Team!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

WELCOME!
Welcome all you SA Greys folks passionate about greyhounds, but new to the blogging world. Thanks for stopping by. As you know from the SA Greys message today, and as proven by the fact you are reading this, the blog is live! We plan to keep everyone up to date on the SA Greys going-ons, entertain with stories and photos, and, most importantly, showcase our greyhounds; both those that are available and those that have been adopted. Be sure to stop by often, because we will be posting new information frequently.
There is a couple of ways to follow the blog and participate. You can follow by clicking on the blue “Join this site” button over on the right side of the page. You will need to have a google account set up to do so. This is quite easy to do and you will be directed to the site when you click on the follow button.
You can also follow by email. Simply enter your email address in the box below the “Follow By Email” text, also on the right side of the page. An email version of the post will be sent directly to your inbox whenever there is something new.
Please participate in the blog by making comments. Don’t be shy, click on the “comments” button below each post, write what you want to say, (keep it clean please), and hit publish. You will be asked to enter a profile. If you’ve set up your google account so you could follow, choose google from the down drop menu. It’s that easy.   

You can also share any of the posts by email, facebook, and twitter. Just click on the links (M, B, T, F, +1) at the bottom of the posts. Then follow the simple instructions provided.

We are asking for submissions for posts. Please email soazgreys @ gmail.com when you would like to participate.
We hope you enjoy the site. Please stay awhile, check it out, and get involved!
Breeze says “welcome!”

UPDATE ON GABI

A FOSTER UPDATE ON GABI

Gabrielle (Gabi) is cute 4 year old female, recently retired from racing. She has the honor of being the first dog in our newly formed rescue group! She is not cat tolerant and her status with small dogs is unknown at this time. She is now in foster.

FOSTER UPDATE:

Gabi is sweet, affectionate and social. She likes to sit on a doggie bed with the resident greyhounds. She has had no accidents in the house and, in fact, had the doggie door down in the first hour she was here.

Gabi is very curious, but not destructive.  Of course, we are doggie proofed well at this house. I crated her twice, for about 1-l/2 hours each time, but I no longer crate her.  After just over a week, she had the rhythm and routine of the house down.

Her ears will shoot up on our two mile walks in the mornings when she spots a Jack Rabbit, but she doesn¹t seem to have much of a prey drive. The dogs we meet on our walks she has greeted with a wagging tail, although we’ve not seen any small dogs. She has a healthy appetite, good stools, and loves her marrow bones, so whomever adopts her better be armed with bi-weekly marrow bones!

NEW SA GREYS LOGO

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption Unveils Our Logo

We hope you will like the look of our new logo!

Our Communications Team continues to outdo itself, with one major accomplishment after another. Mark M. in particular has worked his magic with this image.

We think it perfectly represents our greyhounds – the logo reflects their graceful presence, their serenity (most of the time!), and their beauty as they enrich our lives.

About Our Name

We are all very happy with our official name: Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption describes us well and distinguishes the mission to which we are committed. We have been wrestling, though, with the “shorthand” of SAGA.

We would like you to think outside the box… think SA Greys. We think this works on several levels. It is more descriptive, SA representing Southern Arizona, and Greys of course representing the dogs we serve, and treasure, and love so much. It reflects more than a collection of letters, more than an acronym, it leads us into our story.

Try it – we think you will like it.

Thank you so much for your support, and for all you do for our greyhounds!

WE HAVE DOGS!

We are delighted to announce to you that  Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption has greyhounds!

  
Please meet Gabi –

Gabi is a 5 year old female who just retired from racing.  She is a Tucson Greys dog, who has just come to us, and is now in foster.

Please meet Spencer and Simone –

Spencer (on the left) and Simone are GAL dogs who, with the support of GAL, are being transferred to SA Greys. Simon and Spencer are dogs who rebounded to GAL and are looking for a new home.  Spencer is 9 years old and Simone is 6 years old.  They have been roommates since they retired, and so need to stay together and find a forever home together.
We need a foster home for them, so if you have room in your home and in your heart for them, please contact us. 

UPCOMING EVENTS – ARIZONA ANIMAL FAIR

March 3, 10:00 to 4:00, Reid Park, 22nd and Country Club.  Come early, stay late, there are other events that day and parking will be at a premium.

This is our coming out party as Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption – you will not want to miss this historic event!  Bring your greys, show them off, see the Fair, stop by our booth and say “hi” –

If you want to volunteer and haven’t checked in yet, please contact us. 


Thanks! 

UPCOMING EVENTS – EQUINE VOICES

Hold the Date!

What:  Equine Voices 8th Annual “A Very Special Horse Event”
When:  March 31, 2012   11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Where:  Brandi Fenton Park    – River Road at Alvernon

Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption will be there, our second major event in March, celebrating our greyhounds and our new organization!  And more importantly, we will be supporting our friends at Equine Voices.  This is a great event and a very worthy cause – make sure it is on your calendar, and plan on joining us.  We will share more information as we get closer to the date.

Please check out the Equine Voices website for additional information.