Once again, we bring you the Branch News in the new monthly format that many of you have told us you prefer. So let's have a look back at events that happen in August and give you details of what is happening in September.
News from the Kennels.
During August nineteen of the greyhounds in our care, left us to continue their retirement in loving homes. You can see pictures of these hounds with their new owners on our social media sites. Follow up calls are made by the kennel team and advice offered for any concerns, as the hound adjusts to his or her new environment, but we are pleased to say that August hounds have all settled in well.
Several other of our residents have been reserved and will be leaving us during September, when their new owners return from annual holidays.
Also leaving us in August was kennel team, member Andrew for his new career in teaching and we wish him all best for the future. His role has been filled by Kirsty, whom some of you may have already met and we welcome her to the team.
After the wonderful weather we enjoyed during the month, sponsor weekend was once again doomed by rain showers, but this did not prevent several greyhounds enjoying a gallop in the field following a pedicure.
The first signs of Autumn has began to appear, as the leaves from the trees around the paddocks have started to fall and have been cleared daily by our volunteers to prevent slipping hounds. Where as the year gone?
As in previous years, the kennels are supporting the Macmillan Coffee Morning, but ours will run as usual for all of September. The kennel team and volunteers are making donations for their drinks at break times and you are welcome to join them. Pop down the kennels, meet the hounds and we will put the kettle on for you.
Roadshows and Awareness Events.
Several of the Branch volunteers joined other Branches in the Head Office ‘ Big Top’ at Blenheim Palace for the BBC Countryfile Live show at the beginning of the month. The weather was very hot and the introduction of a large industrial fan in the tent was welcomed by the hounds and humans alike. The hounds also enjoyed the paddling pool, wet coats and cool beds all day, as well as the many treats on offer!
We know several of you either watched the programme, or recorded it, to see the greyhounds and were disappointed as there was not one in sight. This was solely due to the allocated site being well away from the main event areas, but even so the hounds were visited by lots of the public and details of greyhound as pets passed on, so hopefully visits to branches nationally will be made.
Due to the holiday period the only Branch event during August was the Bank Holiday meeting at Ladbrokes Monmore Green Stadium. As usual the Greyhounds attracted a lot of interest and showed what great pets they make, with the volunteers happily chatting to the visitors to the trailer. We are lucky to have dedicated volunteers who give up their time to promote our wonderful greyhounds.
Details of upcoming events are on the Events Page of our website and if you are in the location the hounds and volunteers would love to met you. If you have recently rehomed one of our greyhounds, you will be welcome to join the volunteers and help promote the hounds, by telling visitors to the trailer of your experiences when your hound joined your family.
Care Home Visits.
In August we again visited the residents of New Cross Care Home who always look forward to meeting the hounds, as many of them have had to leave their beloved pets behind. The lounge areas are always full of people that want to meet the hounds and give them lots of fuss.
We also visited the residents in their rooms that were unable to go to the lounge, which the hounds always enjoy, as treats are often available in bedside cabinets and are quickly sniffed out.
In both the lounges and rooms, we hear so many recollections of eventures of residents and their pets. The staff tell us that these recollections are shared for the rest of the day once we have left.
During the month, our social media sites have been busy with our photographs of the greyhounds leaving us for their new homes and of them in their new homes sent by their new owners. Please keep posting these for all to see, as this does indeed help promote ‘Greyhound as Pets’ and helps us find homes for the greyhounds who have retired from their racing career.
Our twitter page is GTWolverhampton and the facebook page is Greyhound Trust Wolverhampton so please take a look. We would ask however, that you use our email address firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries regarding the hounds.
Our Supported Hounds.
Our three supported greyhounds, Luigi, Parker and Holly continue to enjoy their lives with their loving families.
Parker once again visited us for sponsor weekend and the older boy still enjoys his gallop in the field after having his nails trimmed. Ofcourse he always receives lots of fuss from the weekend volunteers which is greeted by a really waggy tail.
We have regular updates on both Luigi and Holly, who both live with other hounds and hear tales of the mischief they get up to.
Your contribution to our Support Scheme helps us to provide loving homes for these hounds, rather than them living out their days in the kennels. If you would like to join this scheme please contact the kennels for further details. You help will be truly appreciated.
Branch Walk. A Date for Your Diary.
The next walk, which is for greyhounds, lurchers and all other breeds of sighthounds, will take place on Sunday 23rd September on Cannock Chase, so please join us for a stroll around the beautiful surrounds.
The walk will start from the Brindley Heath visitor centre at 10.30pm and there will be the choice of three different walks. A short one around the parade ground area, one of around one and a quarter miles and for the more energetic one of around two and a quarter miles.
After the walk, our four legged friends will be treated to sausages whilst the humans can enjoy a coffee and natter. We look forward to seeing you and hopefully the good weather will continue
As a branch, Wolverhampton is blessed with a large group of people who willing give up their time for our greyhounds, either by helping on a regular basis at the kennels, completing home checks before the hounds leave us, promoting the breed on our awareness events and any other task that requires their help. If you would like to join them, please contact the kennels for further details.
Our volunteers have helped make our branch one of the most successful branches in finding homes for the retired hounds that come into the Trusts care, once their racing career has come to an end. This week we received an email from head office that concluded with the following:
by the way, Wolverhampton is the highest performing branch on Pet Plan, well done all of you. Your compliance is the best of the whole network.
A little explanation. When a hound is homed, we issue a free month pet insurance via Pet Plan and if the owner decides to continue with the insurance, Pet Plan make a donation to the trust for each policy.
With Christmas approaching, we have been discussing the annual volunteers party which usually takes place on the last Friday of November as a thank you for all your hard work. Due to the falling numbers over the last two years, we would ask all our volunteers to let the kennels know if you would like to attend. We will need at least forty to fifty to make this viable.
Following the rebranding of the Trust, you all should have now received the new green logoed uniform of a polo shirt, sweater, shell jacket and ID lanyard. It is a legal requirement that the charity identification lanyard must be worn by every volunteer when meeting the public and or collecting money on behalf of the Trust. Please contact the kennels if you have an old lanyard that says Retired Greyhound Trust, so we can obtain a new one for you. Also, contact the kennels if you require any item of the new uniform. Thank you all for your continuing support.
We are always grateful for your donations of items of bedding for the hounds, old blankets, sheets, duvets, curtains etc., but would ask that you do not include feather filled duvets. With the winter weather approaching we would also welcome your old towels.
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