RDRP participated in a Meet & Greet at the beautiful Jungle Gardens in Sarasota on 4/22/11 for "Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails." A wonderful place for families to see local fauna and flora, and on this day, a chance to meet retired racing Greyhounds! We thank Jungle Gardens for hosting this event and inviting RDRP to be a part of this gorgeous place.
RDRP's latest home improvement project included getting the Adoption Center painted. With the help of painting contractor Frank Speek and his dedicated crew, the retired racing Greyhounds that are awaiting adoption are living in style and comfort. Each dog has its own indoor-outdoor suite and the ability to run around with friends in the fenced-in yard several times a day. Ahh, it's good to be retired in Florida!
RDRP Volunteers love taking their Greys with them to participate in public service events, involving kids of ALL ages! Recently, several Greyhound ambassadogs attended the Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Fur Fun Summer Session. This is a “paws-on” program for children, ages 8-12, teaching them about many kinds of animals. On this particular day, the kids were exposed to the marvel of Greyhounds. Who knows? Maybe a future Greyhound owner was in the classroom! Another deed was done when a couple of Greyhounds made their visit to the rehabilitation area of the Pines of Sarasota, a private charitable nonprofit nursing, assisted living and rehab facility. Greyhounds are the perfect breed of dogs to take to nursing and senior care facilities because they are quiet and calm dogs and they are just the right height for someone who is in a chair or bed. Dancer and Tator were big hits on this day!
Big fun! Greyhounds and all of their adoring people got together to enjoy each others’ company during our 17th Annual RDRP Homecoming Picnic at the awesome Fun-n-Sun RV Resort in Sarasota. With all of the activities and goodies for sale, it is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds go towards supporting the organization’s efforts to take care of retired racing Greyhounds while finding appropriate “forever homes” for each one of them. We appreciate our sponsors so much for supporting us and our cause… Abundant Life Massage, Fancy Paws Pet Grooming/Sitting and Biscuits, GreytArt.com, Just Like Home Pet Hotel, Neena’s Greyt Collars, Sarasota Pet Magazine, Sarasota Pet Photo, Vet Care Express, and Woofgang Bakery. This year’s event happened to fall on the first cool Saturday of the season – and being the Floridians that we are – it was a great day to put on our cool-weather clothes for ourselves and our dogs. If you missed this year’s picnic, be sure to come next year! It is usually the first Saturday of November.
When RDRP volunteers learned about the 28 dogs - mostly Greyhounds - rescued from deplorable conditions in Ft Worth on 7/8/10, they launched a campaign to raise money to support the two Texas Greyhound adoption groups that took in the dogs after being rescued by Ft. Worth Animal Control. The poor dogs were found stacked in cages in a backyard, malnourished, neglected and covered in over 1500 ticks. They were bone thin and many had pressure sores. Funds are desperately needed for the veterinary bills. Team RDRP raised $1000 over the weekend of 7/17-7/19 to be split between “Greyhounds Unlimited” and “Greyhound Adoption League of Texas” groups in Texas that are caring for these dogs. A previously-scheduled Meet & Greet at the Tractor Supply store in Bradenton brought out additional volunteers from the group who worked extended hours to raise money for the Texas Dogs. An impromptu Meet & Greet was set up in front of Chico’s at St. Armand’s Circle Saturday evening, and more than 12 Greyhounds and their people rallied to help. One volunteer, Nancy Faris of Nancy Faris Designs, dedicated the profits from her show in St. Petersburg. Thanks to the residents and visitors in the area who cared enough to donate money to the Greyhounds. And thanks to all the generous people within RDRP who supported this cause!
Photos from the Indian Creek 4-H Club visits RDRP's Adoption Center. They learned about butterflies and how to attract them; they cleaned up some of the property in the Greyt Garden and then they got some hands-on experience with our Greyt dogs. You can see how much they enjoyed it by the looks on their faces. Oh, the looks on the kids' faces, too!