Bringing you the latest news from the Wolverhampton branch kennels after a little absence. We will be posting each month after Sponsor Weekend from now on.
We have a great bunch of Volunteers who support the hounds in many ways such as kennel duties and out and about at events. If any of you are outstanding Greyhound Trust uniform please let the kennels know. and we will order it in for you.
Roadshows and Awareness Events.
Roadshows have continued to take place during the Spring. Events have been held at Penkridge Children’s Market as well as Bilston, Cannock, Stafford and Rugeley town centres as well as Perton Spring Festival, Lichfield Bower and the Rugeley Charter Fair. We have also promoted the work of the Trust at Bank Holiday race meetings at Monmore Green Track.
The events are always worthwhile and rewarding. As well as it being enjoyable for the volunteers to get together, it also provides the opportunity to promote the need to find homes for hounds who have finished racing. A number of people who visited us on the roadshow have subsequently homed one of our hounds.
As well as the information and leaflets we give out, the tombola, bric a brac and sales of merchandise continues to be popular raising much needed funds.
We are now entering the fete, carnival and festival season. Over the coming weeks we have events planned for the Oaken Arms, Great Wyrley and Pelsall Carnivals as well as attending a national event at Blenheim Palace.
We are always looking for people to volunteer to help, so if you can spare the occasional Saturday contact us at the kennels
Branch Greyhound Walks.
Thanks to all of you who attended our Greyhound Trust Wolverhampton Greyhound Walk on Sunday 10th June at Baggeridge Country Park. Forty one hounds and their families took part on a beautiful sunny day. As many of you know that walk was part of the Great Global Greyhound Walk when both nationally and internationally Greyhounds and their families were walking to raise awareness of the breed and the excellent pets they make.
The total number of hounds who took part in the GGGW 2018 was as follows:
UK – 3516 hounds
Non UK – 2871 hounds
World Total – 6387 hounds.
I think you will agree that those numbers are an amazing achievement.
On our walk there were familiar faces and a lot of new faces too. Here I should mention Daisy and Rory. They had been adopted from our branch and had been in their new homes for a very short time – Daisy had been adopted only two days before the walk. They both exuded confidence and were really happy.
After the walk there was a raffle which raised £106 and the hounds enjoyed sausages.
Our next GT Wolverhampton Greyhound Walk is on Sunday 23rd September at Brindley Heath, Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase, WS12 4PW. Please meet near the Brindley Heath Visitor Centre between 10.00 and 10.15am and the walk which is for Greyhounds, Lurchers and all Sighthounds will begin at 10.30.
Here at the kennels we run a supported hounds scheme which cares for two older hounds, Parker and Luigi, who were returned into our care and now live with loving families in the local area. For a yearly donation of £25 you can help to provide care for these two older lads and in turn you will receive cards and updates from them thanking you for your kindness throughout the year. We currently have just over 70 supporters in our scheme and if you would like to become one of our kind supporters then please contact the kennels either by phone or email.
Care Home Visits.
We regularly take our kennel hounds to local care homes to meet the residents, many of whom have had to leave a treasured pet behind and look forward to our visits. Many tales are shared and the hounds love the fuss they are given. Lynn, who coordinates these visits, has sent this report from the last visit that took place.
On Friday, 22nd June, it was the turn of New Cross Care home to receive a visit from our lovely hounds and this time Lewis and Trudy represented us beautifully. They were both eager to meet and greet the residents who had been looking forward to our visit.
It was also a surprise to be greeted with a donation raised by the home from a tea party they held in March. A photo of Lewis and Trudy receiving the cheque from several of the residents is available for you to see on social media.
It seemed to be a really busy day at the home with lounges full of people waiting to meet us. In addition, we gathered quite a crowd of staff, several of whom were considering giving a home to a hound. One already has one and is now looking for a companion for him.
All in all it was a very successful visit where Vanessa and the rest of the staff made us feel so welcome that we look forward next time.
News From the Kennels.
93 greyhounds have left the kennels so far this year, to enjoy their retirement in loving homes and at present we have 28 in the kennels, who are hoping that it is their turn next. Details of these kennel hounds can be found on our website.
Unfortunately, Holly was returned to us recently with a medical condition, that will mean she will need ongoing medication for life. After her next visit to our vets, we are hoping to find her a home, and through a Supported Hound scheme support her condition with her new owners, rather than her spend her days in our kennels. If you feel you can help, please contact the kennels.
Sponsor weekend this month has been very quiet and maybe you have mistaken the dates. We would remind you that it is always the last Saturday and Sunday of the month.
As we are now in the main period for roadshows at local carnivals, our stock of suitable items for our tombola tables are running a little low and if you can donate items, we will gratefully receive them at the kennels.
Our annual fundraising event, ‘Sounds for Hounds’, takes place on Friday 29th June at Woodfield Sports and Social Club. Entertainment will be provide by Simon Lees, who was the lead guitarist with ‘Budie’ and you may of seen him on Stars in Your Eyes when he sang as Steve Tyler.
We will also be holding our normal sports memorabilia auction with some great items for you to bid for, including a framed Brazilian football shirt signed by Pele, with a certificate of authenticated, a Wolves ball signed by the lads that led us into the Premiership last year, together with signed framed photographs from the world of snooker and darts.
Limited tickets are available priced £5 with also includes a buffet from the kennels.
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