Dogs, get involved! Friday 22nd June is national ‘Bring Your Dog To Work Day’.
Get your ‘Humum’ or Dad to ask their boss if you can pop into their work for the day. Or maybe your Mum or Dad is the boss, so no excuses. Save the date and get lots of lovely worky-type people to make a donation to GRACE.
P.S. No clocking off early or snoozing on the job!
Thank you to another amazing G.R.A.C.E supporter, Laura Burlinson, owner of ‘The Paddock’ organically sourced produce. Laura is running a raffle to win this gorgeous hamper, which includes Northumberland tea, cheese, organic chocolate, handmade jams, chutneys, local honey, shortbread, pressed juice and free range eggs!
The hamper is worth £40 and raffle tickets are £2 each. All proceeds will go to G.R.A.C.E. If you would like a raffle ticket, please comment on the post via our Facebook page, or send Laura an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org The raffle will be drawn in time for Easter!
Rescue greyhounds are very close to Laura’s heart after losing her beloved Derwent Dog, who she described as her best friend and loyal companion for 13 years. Laura has recently taken G.R.A.C.E girl Leona into her home, who has certainly landed on her paws.
We are blown away by how kind some people are. Just look at these fab roosters (and this isn’t all of them!) that Xena made.
Xena has spent hours knitting these beauties and sold them to raise money for Lewis (the beautiful greyhound boy who was run over recently).
From all at G.R.A.C.E, and especially from Lewis, a huge thank you Xena – you are a wonderful person.
Lewis is receiving ongoing veterinary treatment. He had another dressing change yesterday, under anaesthetic, but the wound is slowly beginning to heal. Thank you to all who have sent love, words of support and donations to help this very special boy.
Curtis is wondering if you are about to book your next holiday? Or will you be sorting out your car insurance? Or whether you shop online with retailers such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, iTunes, eBay, Tesco, Sainsbury’s or HMV? Then you will be able to raise money for Greyhound Rescue and Co-ordinated Emergencies while you shop via www.easyfundraising.org.uk – and it won’t cost you a penny more! It’s really simple to do:
- Visit https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ and sign up.
- Find our page in the ‘search for a cause’ box: GRACE (Greyhound Rescue and Co-ordinated Emergencies).
- Use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer of your choice whenever you shop online. [NB: there are thousands of well known retailers to choose from]. Then when you buy something, a percentage of what you spend comes directly to G.R.A.C.E at no extra cost to you.
It really is that easy. And it will be a huge help to us! For example, if you spend £100 with M&S online or Amazon, then it raises £2.50 for us. There’s over 2,000 retailers on their site, and some of the donations can be as much as 15% of your purchase. Thank you.
We are thrilled to announce that beautiful Tiffany has now been officially adopted!
So, a huge congratulations to Tiffany and her lovely new family.
Here is Tiffany enjoying some fresh air and boating fun with her G.R.A.C.E foster family before her adoption. They were instrumental in getting Tiffany ready for her new home, by showing her love, affection and introducing her to new experiences to help boost her confidence.
You might have seen our January news post about the progress of Hansel and Joy, the two emaciated hounds we rescued in December. When rescued, Joy weighed a mere 15 kilos. The vets wanted to put her to sleep she was so thin and poorly. Well just look at her now! Our hearts are bursting to see how brilliantly she is doing.
Beautiful Sky is a rough coated lurcher, who has been with us for a little while now. It was under extremely sad and difficult circumstances that we were asked to take Sky under our wing.
She is such a special girl that we don’t think it will be long before we find her a permanent home of her own – fingers and paws crossed.
Sky is currently being very well loved, cared for and pampered by one of our fabulous foster families, but we are keen to find Sky a permanent home that she can call her own. Her foster family say that she is really lovely to have around and very loving.
Sky is 7 years old and still an active girl who loves her walks. She could live with another calm dog or would be fine as an only dog.
Check out our Facebook page for some heartwarming video footage of Sky, taken just after she got back from the grooming parlour and looking even more gorgeous than ever.
You might recall,via our Facebook and web pages, that we took two hounds into our care at the beginning of December. They became known as ‘the two emaciated hounds’ as they came to us in a horrendous state. Both had been deliberately starved, had intestinal parasites and flea dirt in their coats. It looked like they might not survive. However, G.R.A.C.E founder Tracy Cook refused to give up on them and rushed them straight to the vets. She was warned by the vet that it might be too late. Tracy insisted on help and begged the vet to give them a chance.
Following a period of intensive veterinary care, amazingly both dogs survived. On leaving the vets, both were taken home by Tracy. As well as receiving love, care and attention , they had four small meals a day to build them up gradually. Despite being touch and go during those early days, both dogs have turned a corner and are doing remarkably well.
We have been blown away by the kindness of so many people who have gone out of their way to help these two poor souls. As well as raising funds to help towards their veterinary care, a Facebook competition saw the duo named ‘Hansel’ for the brindle boy and ‘Joy’ for the black girl.
Special thanks go to Catherine Kearney and her husband, who raised hundreds of pounds. Also a big thank you to Ali Smith for the wonderful grooming session, which saw Hansel and Joy enjoy a much-deserved pamper and left Ali’s salon with gorgeously clean, fresh coats.
We’re delighted to report that Joy and Hansel have both put on weight too. When Hansel came to us he weighed a mere 17 kilos, but was up to 26 kilos in early January. At his latest weigh-in, he was an amazing 32 kilos. Joy was only 15 kilos when she came to us and was 23 kilos at her early January weigh-in. [NB: We are waiting for her latest figures]
Their personalities are starting to emerge too. Joy is a confident cheeky girl and Hansel is a sensitive soul.
So on behalf of Hansel and Joy, a big thank you to everyone who has made a donation, helped to spread the word about their plight or has taken the time to care. Your help and ongoing support means so much to our charity and we are forever grateful.
The good news is that Hansel has already been reserved and has a forever home lined up. We will continue to look for the right loving home for Joy too. We will keep you posted!
The amazing voluntary work done by GRACE founder Tracy Cook and the team of GRACE volunteers is extremely rewarding. However, it can also be incredibly challenging and heart-breaking. This was certainly the case earlier this month when Tracy was alerted to the plight of two emaciated hounds who were near death. After an emergency rescue mission, when they came into Tracy’s care it was a harrowing sight. Both hounds had been deliberately starved. The black girl weighed just 15.4 kilos and the brindle boy was just 17.4 kilos [NB: a good weight for a greyhound would be around 35 kilos]. Both desperately needed a bath to remove the flea dirt in their coats. Both had intestinal parasites.
Tracy rushed them straight to the vets and begged him to give them a chance. She was warned that their lives were in jeopardy and they might not make it. They were put straight onto drips and everyone waited anxiously for news, hoping and praying that they would survive.
Amazingly, one week on both hounds have defied the odds and have reached their first major milestone – survival. They are currently being cared for by Tracy at home and are slowly building up their strength on a day by day basis. As well as four small meals a day, both are receiving the love and kindness they so deserve.
They are still under supervision of the vet and have a long way to go physically and emotionally. However, it looks like they have turned a corner. The black girl now weighs 19.4 kilos and the boy is 21.6 kilos.
To help raise the funds for their care, we are holding a competition to choose names for this awesome duo. Please donate £1 for each name suggested and let us know your suggested names via our Facebook page, or via our other contact methods. You can pay via ‘PayPal friends and family’ on email@example.com, or see the ‘how you can help’ page of our website for other payment methods. The winning names will be picked at random on 1st January 2018.
You can follow their progress via our Facebook page. Thank you to all those who have already expressed love and support for these two special hounds, who have surprised even the vet by surviving.