Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dancers Anonymous To Raise Funds for Tucson Greyhound Adoption

Leaps for Lives – November 8

Dancer and volunteer Reness Nasca-Vaughan and her husband Luke Vaughan lost their 5 year old greyhound Kent to a rare blood disorder. Leaps for Lives chose SA Greys as a way to honor Kent and to give back to local greyhound adoption.

Leaps for Lives is a dance benefit showcase created by The DanceLoft and made possible by Dance for a Cause, a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to share dance as a celebration of life, raise funds for charity, and  promote the joy of dance.

This year's Leaps for Lives features seven high energy local dance groups.

This is a family-friendly event with picnic-style seating (BYO blanket or chair). Food trucks and greyhounds will be on hand. Well-behaved pets on leash are also welcome. Bring your friends.

When: Saturday November 8 - from 6 to 8 PM
Where: DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park, enter via Country Club Drive
Cost:  Buy tickets in advance/online - $10/general, senior/student/$7.50-use discount code Leaps4Lives
And tickets will be sold at the event - $15/general, $10/senior/student

Reness and Cindy Hall will be on the Morning Blend (KGUN-9) on October 30 at 11 AM talking about dance, greyhounds, and why you want to attend this event. 

Let's all support Reness and help her help SA Greys. Spend an evening in the park, enjoy energetic dance while helping to raise funds for the hounds. Everyone wins!  Follow Leaps for Life 2014 on Facebook

Dance on...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dogtoberfest is Sunday!

It's the annual "Carnival for Dogs" with LOTS of tail-waggin' fun to benefit Handi-Dogs!

On October 26th, come on out and bring your grey (or other dog, that's cool too!)  to this annual fun day celebrating the love we have for our dogs, featuring all kinds of activities for you and your best friend.  

Paw Painting - Let your dog express his/her artistic style by painting a picture just for you.

Tunnel Fun - Help your dog meet the challenge of going through various size tunnels - a Handi-Dogs trainer will be there to guide you.

Speed Dog
 - Find out how fast your dog can run, as we clock him/her with a radar gun.

Obstacle Course - Try out your ability to weave your way through our course, with your leashed dog at your side, as you try to balance a ball on a spoon.

Scent Game - See how good your dog's nose is, as you let him sniff out the hidden treats.

Pet Portraits -  Have your dog's photograph taken!

- for people (not of the canine persuasion) there's a live band, food and a beer garden!  

And of course look for the SA Greys tent, hang out for a while and show off your grey.  Hope to see you there! 

All to benefit Handi-Dogs!  Follow this link for the flyer 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fostering Madison For A Night

My family has been considering adopting a greyhound, and has been visiting with many of the dogs. A dog called Madison, a lovely female dog, seemed to be a good choice. We picked her up for an overnight visit to get to know her a bit better before considering adoption. Before you get excited, I am happy to report that Madison has since been adopted.

Our adventures with Madison started when we picked her up from the home of a dedicated foster parent in Oro Valley. The pup eagerly raced out of the house, eyeing the lively hare scampering around. Madison eagerly hopped into our car, continuing to eye that rabbit. In fact, she was so eager she hopped into the front seat and tried to get the rabbit by hopping through one car door and getting out the other side. Her ears perked up and her eyes sparkled when she watched that bunny hopping through the garden.

There was no lack of excitement on the drive home. Madison took in the world outside and sniffed the air coming in through a cracked open window. She stood up when there was a smooth road but lay down when we hit sharp turns and bumps. She tumbled around the back of the car and panted the whole way, but looked very happy.

Once at home, she explored her surroundings until she found her favorite spot to relax, where she could see all the possible entrances and exits. She bumped her nose a couple of times on glass doors and windows but it was nothing serious. She quickly learned about windows, doors and screens. One thing she absolutely refused to do was to go down a small dark hallway. No matter how much you coaxed her, begged her and bribed her, no way was she going through that little hallway. She would stand and stare though. Madison preferred to stay in one room and each new room was an adventure.

Going for walks with Madison was a lot of fun for all of us. She was a very alert dog with very keen eyesight. She was always looking around her, spotting everything in the desert. We took her for a walk after her dinner and it was getting dark. She stopped to observe a little desert mouse crossing the road so abruptly we thought she had spotted a snake. My mom shone a flashlight at the spot Madison freaked out about, and we saw this little quivering mouse! Another time, we saw her gulp up something from the road. It happened so fast we couldn’t be sure what she snacked on but it probably was a little lizard.

Like many greyhounds with a running career behind them, Madison is in the process of learning how to be a pet and she, last we checked, was doing a very good job. 

For us, having Madison at our home offered a great opportunity to learn more about greyhounds, their habits and their temperaments. We learned, for example, that even on dark nights, a greyhound notices any scurrying in the bushes that we neither saw nor heard. Only when Madison raised her ears and stared intensely in one direction, we could point our flashlight to that spot. Madison did not tug on her leash to catch night creatures but some greys do. So keep them leashed. Another thing we learned was that greyhounds can have very set schedules. Madison, for example, got up at 5:30 exactly and wanted to go for a walk.

We were sad to take Madison back to her foster home soon after her stay at our home. Soon after, Madison went for her spay surgery. She got adopted soon afterwards. We hope to see her around.

Guest blogger, Zoe Benson

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vote Informed - Proposition 415

This November, voters will have the opportunity to improve Pima County's Animal Care Center through the passage of Proposition 415. Approval of the proposition will provide the funding needed to build a shelter that will accommodate the thousands of animals brought to the shelter and allow for more humane modern animal care practices. The resulting $22 million bond will fund the construction of an entirely new animal care center.

Recently there has been significant coverage of the proposition in the news media, and unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, politics and special interests have obscured the need for the project and the expected outcomes. I hope you will take time to read the readily available facts about Prop 415 so you can make an informed decision at the polls.


  • The current animal care facility was built in 1968 when Pima County's population was approximately 300,000. Today, it is approximately 1 million;
  • PACC shelters more than 24,000 pets annually, a number that is likely to increase as our region's population increases; a recent tent expansion is a temporary solution at best;
  • PACC is an open-admission shelter - it has to provide care and shelter to every animal brought to it. It doesn't have the option of turning animals away;
  • In recent years, the adoption rate from PACC has increased significantly. Two years ago, the adoption rate was at 55%. In January of this year it was 80%. This is amazing progress and PACC staff and volunteers are doing a very good job in a very difficult situation - yet in spite of these efforts 20% of the animals brought in are still being euthanized.
  • Animal Care Centers are complex facilities with unique equipment for air filtration, plumbing and heating and cooling - essential equipment to prevent transmission of disease;
  • The facilities are designed to be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year;
  • Animal care facilities provide humane care including medical and surgical treatment;
  • The new facility will include public areas to encourage adoption and reduce euthanasia; veterinary facilities will be expanded to permit spay and neuter surgeries to be done on site;
  • The rebuilt PACC will also include facilities for law enforcement related to animal care.

In response to wide community support to reduce euthanasia rates even further, the Pima County Board of Supervisors placed on the November 4th General Election ballot Proposition 415. If Prop. 415 passes, it will cost the average homeowner from $3.00 to $4.00 per year.

PACC is not just a "dog pound" and we must make it a priority to increase adoptions, support spay/neuter programs, TNR programs, and reduce the needless euthanasia of our homeless pets.

The above information is provided by PAWS - Pets Are Worth Saving

Pima County has an information page as well:  Animal Care Bond

And another worthy initiative you should know about is No Kill Pima County

Please vote informed.  Thank you.

John Clark

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yard Sale for the Greyhounds

Yard Sale - 100% of Sales Benefits Greyhound Adoption

Bring us your retired golf clubs, exercise machines, and outgrown toys. Give up those items that you have been saving for your kids (or grand kids) who really don't want them. 


Yard Sale - Saturday, November 8 - 8 AM to 2 PM 
Location - Greyt Escape Vacation Resort - far Eastside 

WANTED: Furniture, fixtures, toys, sporting goods, working appliances, accessories for home/people/4-legged friends, artwork, craft supplies, trinkets, clothes, books, CDs, tools, treasures, and more

The more stuff the merrier and the more profitable… let's sell it all! 100% of sales benefit Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption. Donation receipts upon request.

To drop off items, email for address and directions.

To volunteer on November 8, contact