Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tis’ the season for Tucson greyhound adventures

Drummer lives with small  dogs
Forever home
We love sharing your forever home photos on Facebook and the blog. Keep them coming. This is Brewski, Kodi, Cindy, Shazzam and Drummer (formerly Rory).

Holiday pet safety
If you’re new to greyhound adoption or foster care this year, here are some holiday pet safety tips to keep in mind.

Join the flashy mob

What do you call a parade of greyhounds?
The Tucson Downtown Parade of Lights happens this Saturday, Dec. 13. SA Greys’ float is a herd (we hope) of lighted greyhounds. We need many extroverted greyhounds to make an impact. C’mon down to 15th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue (in Armory Park) and take your dog for a walk. Admit it, you need the exercise. Let’s show off our hounds to thousands of people. Also walkers without greyhounds are needed. Dogs should be wearing coats and wrapped with battery operated lights. Read the previous blog for specifics then contact Renee to be updated. Let’s put our best paws forward!

And Toby makes three
Thank you to Dancers Anonymous
Last month volunteer Reness Nasca-Vaughn and Dancers Anonymous chose SA Greys as the fundraising recipient for their Leaps for Lives event held at Reid Park. The event raised $715.50! SA Greys truly appreciates all their hard work and talent in making the event a success. Pictured are Reness and husband Luke and their newly adopted greyhound mix, Toby.

If your organization, service group, book group, scout troop, church group would like to host a fundraiser to benefit the hounds, please contact

Thank you to Lizzie Mead and Alphagraphics                                    

the winning poster

Lizzie Mead/Beading Diva and owner of Silver Sea Jewelry submitted the Beading Divas/SA Greys poster (which is visible at bracelet points of purchase around town) to the Alphagraphics contest and SA Greys won 1,000 free color brochures. Thanks to Diana Hansen for creating the poster.

Alphagraphics says: We look forward to printing your brochures and seeing how you use them to support your humane cause. Thanks for the good work you do in our community.


January 9, 10, 11 2015
Arizona State Home Show at TCC
SA Greys has a table at this Home Show. We will need many greyhounds (not just fosters) to participate. If you have never done a meet & greet, here’s your opportunity to be part of the fun. Thousands of people from all walks of life come to the Home Show. Every couch potato will have his or her day at the Home Show. Volunteers without dogs are also needed. Contact to volunteer.

January 13, 2015
6 to 7:30 PM
Free Legal Seminar - Estate Planning
SA Greys will sponsor a free legal seminar on estate planning in conjunction with the law offices of Snell & Wilmer, no solicitation or products will be sold. Let’s save your seat. RSVP to
Location: City of Tucson, Midtown Substation, 1100 S. Alvernon Way, (@ 22nd Street)

January 31, 2015
12:30 to 1:30 PM
Volunteer Orientation
Volunteers – past, present, and future are invited to a 60-minute orientation which will provide an overview about the various volunteer opportunities available at SA Greys. Also what makes greyhounds different from other dog breeds will be discussed.
Location: Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road, Tucson 85741 (NW) RSVP:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


***ETA: As of Wednesday (12/17) morning we are only 1 bracelet away from achieving our goal and receiving the $1,000 in matching funds! Please head on over to Etsy and put us over the top. Thanks everyone!!***

As mentioned in our previous post, we are the recipients this month of fundraising by Tucson's own Beading Divas. Pure dedication had these ladies working through a very soggy 4th Avenue Street Fair this weekend, resulting in $1,020 worth of bracelet sales!

We are 8 online bracelets sales away from reaching the full amount in matching funds that were so generously offered. For those last minute Holiday gifts, for yourself or someone else, please visit the online Etsy store Beading Divas to the Rescue and pick up your very own bracelet.

Thanks go out to everyone who has purchased or helped in anyway and especially to the Divas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tucson Beading Divas Raise Funds for Injured Greyhounds

Buy bling to help the hounds
Beading Divas to the Rescue has chosen Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption as their fundraising recipient. The seven original Beading Divas are past and present greyhound adopters.

All bracelets fundraising during this month benefits Jackie's Fund for Injured Greyhounds. Fixing a broken leg can cost from $2,500 to $5,000+, which is a huge expense for any adoption group. But every racing greyhound deserves a chance to become a beloved pet. Don't you think?

One-of-a-kind bracelets are made with donated beads, coiled memory wire, and a paw charm; one size fits most; they cost $20 and the entire amount goes to the injured greyhounds fund.
Chili deserves a chance 
From now until December 25, when you buy bracelets online, one of the Divas is matching bracelet sales up to $1,000 or (50 bracelets). Check out the dazzling selection here.

In Tucson, you can also find bracelets this weekend 

--At the 4th Avenue Fair - Dec. 12, 13, 14 (look for Silver Sea Jewelry, 330 N. 4th Avenue)

--At the Equine Voices Holiday Open House - - Dec. 13 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Greyhounds Love a Holiday Parade, Tucson

Light up the night with a greyhound
Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption can't wait to put their best paws forward to participate in the  20th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 20.

Our "float" is a herd of lighted greyhounds. In order to make an amazing impression on the crowds, we need MANY greyhounds participating.

All greyhound adopters are encouraged to put on your walking shoes and bring your extroverted hounds for some exercise. You can walk the entire one mile route or drop out at any point.

In the past we have been staged at the beginning of the parade, after the dignitaries.  We need people to carry the front banner(s) announcing who we are.  Our message is simple, "ADOPT A RETIRED RACING GREYHOUND" along with the organization name.
Yo Santa, I'm the Greyt Elf!
What you need:  1 strand of battery powered holiday lights and 1 extroverted greyhound. Lights can be attached to a greyhound's coat or sweater. Holiday costumes are optional.

Target had a variety of battery powered lights last year.  Also, they are available online.  This is just one sample.

Last year's attendees would like to remind everyone that this activity was "so much fun!" Don't miss out. Families with teens, solo walkers, couples, and extroverted greyhounds are welcome. The more the merrier, dress festively, optional.

Let's introduce SA Greys to throngs of people who have yet to see a greyhound, never petted a greyhound, and don't even know we exist. What do you call a herd of lighted greyhounds? A flashy mob.

Contact Renee Bennett to participate. You will be kept up to date on where to meet, etc.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Greyhound Goodies For Sale this Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and December 7
9:00 am to 2:00 pm both days

1635 N. Oracle Road (between Grant and Drachman)

I am going early to get the good stuff!

Everything Greyhound!

There will be:
  • greyhound beds, greyhound coats
  • collars and leashes
  • greyhound art
  • greyhound jewelry
  • greyhound collectibles
  • greyhound treasures
  • books
  • surprises...
  • and more, more, more

Greyhound Goodies in Abundance - Anything you could ever want. So don't miss this one!

Cash or check only, please.