Come one, come all! The 2019 BRGA Annual Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 12:00PM to 3:00PM at 8 Chains North Winery, 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford, VA 20197. The deadline for picnic registration is September 1, 2019.
Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption will be running an auction from May 14 through May 25, 2019.
ALL proceeds will go towards transportation costs to bring retired greyhounds from Florida to their new homes in Northern Virginia.
The Greyhound Advancement Center (Hardee Hero Hounds) is EXPANDING! The new location in Central Florida needs supplies so we can get inmates and hounds the supplies they need to be successful! Please consider donating. An Amazon wish-list is shown below!
SIXTOTENANGLASSY "Midge" was born on January 11, 2004. She had a successful three year racing career in Daytona Beach before her retirement in late November 2009. She was chosen for a family by BRGA, however just before she was scheduled to travel to Virginia, the family received unfortunate news and were no longer able to adopt. BRGA decided to bring Midge to Virginia as planned with the hopes of finding her a wonderful new forever home. Midge boarded the van in Florida with several other greyhounds for the long haul North. By the time the van reached Fredericksburg, the driver had fallen in love with Midge and wanted to keep her. Luckily, my husband Mike had volunteered to help Niels Hauffe with the BRGA haul that day. Mike and Niels insisted on taking Midge as planned, along with three other greyhounds whose families were waiting for adoption day. I happened to be out of town that weekend, but Mike bravely volunteered us to foster Midge until a new home was found for her.
Our foster period for Midge began that day in Fredericksburg, VA and ended 45 minutes later when Mike pulled into our driveway and called to tell me that we were adopting our third greyhound because he had fallen in love with her on the drive home. We officially adopted Midge in early December 2009 and she has held our hearts captive ever since. Midge is our "totally amazing hero" dog, not only because of her longevity, but also because of her unwavering positive attitude, her bright eyes and constantly smiling face, and last but certainly not least, her unfailing ability to keep our back yard totally safe from vicious creatures such as birds, squirrels, rabbits and the occasional wayward chicken. Although she has retired from neutralizing the stuffed animals inside the house, Midge's playfulness is still going strong at 15 and we are forever grateful. Happy Birthday Midge! We Love You! -Mike and Wendy
WE WANT YOU! Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption has open positions on its Board of Directors. If you are interested in self-nominating for a position on our Board, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your intent to run for a position, confirmation that you will adhere to the by-laws of the organization, and a brief biography that describes the skills and abilities you will bring to the position NO LATER THAN January 25, 2019. You must be a member in good-standing to run for a position on the Board. Elections will occur during our annual meeting on February 17, 2019.
Required attendance: monthly meetings (alternating web and in-person) to discuss adoption days, fundraising for medical costs, meet and greets, and fun events for BRGA members.
Not able to commit to the board? We need occasional volunteers too!
Adoption day/picking up dogs
Help with organizing and sending out items for auctions
Meet and greets
Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption (BRGA) follows strict bylaws in order to maintain our 501 (c)(3) status. In keeping with the changes coming over the next few years, the BRGA Board Members have reviewed, revised, and edited the bylaws that have been in place since 2005.
Updating BRGA bylaws will help us stay current and allow BRGA to move forward as a group. The modifications will streamline our processes and time frames for accomplishments as well as further define roles of each of the Executive Board Members.
Please review and comment. The new By-Laws will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting on February 17. We hope members can attend and take part in the discussion and vote.
Greyt holiday gifts!
This year BRGA will be selling 2019 wall calendars and Christmas cards. All proceeds benefit finding homes for retired racers. Check out our store to pre-order calendars (to ship mid December) and get adorable Christmas cards (quantities limited).
URGENT - We need your help. You may have heard that Florida voted yesterday to ban greyhound racing by end of 2020. Tracks can begin to close as early as January 2019. There are currently more than 8,000 greyhounds in Florida that will need homes over this timeframe. This is going to overwhelm the adoption groups. We need your help.
Contact us if you can help in the following ways:
· Transport dogs from Florida to Virginia email us: email@example.com
· Foster dogs as they wait for permanent homes http://www.brga.org/foster-application
· Adopt a greyhound http://www.brga.org/application
Can’t volunteer? We need donations to vet these dogs and care for them until they find permanent homes. Please consider donating. http://www.brga.org/donate/
Attention BRGA members who are attending our picnic this Saturday, October 27. Please note that the weather has once again put a damper on our plans. We will still hold our picnic at 8 Chains Winery but due to the forecasted cold weather and rain, we are forced to move indoors to a private room on the second floor of the building. For those attending with dogs, please bring a blanket or bed for your dog’s comfort. Everyone will still have access to the dog run outside as needed. All activities – lunch, auction, blessing of the hounds, ice cream social, etc. – will still take place. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. As a reminder, the address is 38593 Daymont Ln, Waterford, VA 20197 and the time is noon to 3pm. See you there!
Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption is offering a fantastic t-shirt for sale in the first of several t-shirt campaigns. 8 year old Lucas B. has donated his artwork as his way to support BRGA. All proceeds will go towards the surgical and medical expense of broken leg dogs, helping with their recovery and finding them new homes in Northern Virginia. T-shirts are available for sale through October 24th with a delivery date of November 8. You can choose from adult of kid's t-shirt, and a kid's t-shirt. Follow this link to order your shirts:
Thanks to all who donated to Patches for his recovery. We can report he is healing well and will be ready for a home shortly. We hope we will be able to bring him to Virginia to find his forever home. If you're interested, please put in an application now!
BRGA is always looking for ways to make money to support greyhound adoption, specifically broken-leg dogs, so we’re going to be selling some great t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. We could create the design ourselves, but though it would be more fun if we opened the design up to members of BRGA and/or their family and friends. We’re looking for something fairly simple and easy to reproduce in just one or two colors. If you can come up with something clever, we’d love to see your design. It might even be fun to feature your child’s greyhound art! You won’t get paid for the use of the design (consider it a donation) but you do get the glory of having your design printed on t-shirts for all the world to see! T-shirts will be sold through Ink to the People, a fundraiser service https://inktothepeople.com/. We may end up doing several so don’t be afraid to submit more than one. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 21st. If you think you can help us, send a high quality digital file of your design to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Patches! He is a beautiful blue-fawn male. He broke his leg and is recovering from surgery. BRGA is looking to raise funds for his recovery $2,000. Once recovered, he is hoping to make the trip up to Virginia to find his forever home!
Run for the Greyhounds! 5k and 10k options. BRGA has partnered with Bishop’s Events, a group that provides area runners with high quality races that benefit local charities. For two sippin’ series races this Fall, Bishop’s will be giving 25% of profits back to BRGA. Walkers, leashed dogs, and strollers are welcome to participate.
Maui has been missing since May 13. He was startled and bolted into the woods behind his family's home. Since he's been out so long, he is survival mode. It is unlikely he will approach a person, respond to his name or possibly even a squawker. If seen, do not chase, do not pursue. Just call in location with info about his condition and whereabouts. We are operating on a capture strategy. We need sightings of his location, then we will setup a food station, get him to come consistently (watching via camera) and eventually set a trap to capture him. We have ONE chance at setting the trap. If he gets scared of it, or it comes down but he's able to get away, he will never get in it again. This is a strategy used by many dog search and rescues in the past and comes as advice from a professional tracker hired by the family.
How you can help
- We need FLYERS posted in Reston and Oakton to gain community awareness and get tips/sightings
- We need PEOPLE WALKING around Difficult Run and W&OD trails and talking to people walking around to get awarness
Blockhead is very sweet, cat, small dog and young kid friendly 2 year old male. He's very mild mannered and needs a good home. He has some arthritis in his back leg but is being treated and doing well. He is located in Virginia and is open to meeting you if you're interested in adding him to your family. Fill out an application today! http://www.brga.org/adoption-application/
It's time for another greyt auction! All proceeds go to helping broken leg dogs recover. We've got two sweeties that needed surgery this year: Jayden and Victor. Let's restock the fund so we can help many more! Auction ends May 19th at 10PM
Our Special Needs Greyhound, Dingo, has a Forever Home! Lucas and Karen, our long time members and foster family decided that they needed to add a new member to their family and a new "brother" for Mia. They met Dingo when he first arrived from FL and were instantly in love with him. At the time, Dingo went to another foster family to complete recovery of his broken leg.
With the discovery of Dingo's epilepsy, healed broken leg, and Panus (an auto-immune eye disease), Dingo needed several months to recover and get back on track. Even though Dingo had all these issues, Lucas and Karen researched all of it and told BRGA whenever he is ready to go "home" they would love to care for him!
That day arrived on March 31! Dingo greeted everyone with kisses and even cozied up to their other Grey, Mia.
A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to the entire family for adopting Dingo and giving him a wonderful and happy retirement!
BRGA's Special Needs Greyhound, Dingo, has a Forever home!! Thank you to all who donated and promoted Dingo!
Dingo's story has a happy ending and BRGA wants to thank all of you who have donated to help this fabulous Greyhound!
Dingo's start in retirement was fairly rough with the discovery of his epilepsy on top of his already healing broken leg. This resulted in several days of an ER visit and multiple trips to the veterinarian, medications, supplements, and special food. BRGA's cost ran over $2000 for Dingo's care. While in recovery of his epilepsy, BRGA found out he had an auto immune eye disease. This meant more trips to the vet, new medicine and management of that eye.
BRGA could not have done any of this without all of you who donated and participated in our special auction for Dingo. We'd like to thank you and let you know that your donations matter!!
100% of your money goes to help these Greyhounds in any way possible to secure them into a forever home.
BRGA would also like to give a special Thank You to our foster family, Dianna, her husband, Karl, and their daughter for taking such good care of Dingo with all of his special needs and making him a member of their home until a new one could be found. We are forever grateful for what you all have done on behalf of BRGA.
Congrats to Oscar who found his forever home this month! It's because of generous donations from BRGA members that we were able to sponsor his surgery and aftercare and bring him up to Virginia to enjoy retirement.
Broken leg dogs make great pets! To learn more about BRGA's mission to ensure no greyhound is left behind http://www.brga.org/broken-leg-dogs/