How You Can Help
Experience the joy of helping save a life. You can
help GreySave save greyhounds in a number of ways: by volunteering
to help with the many phases of the adoption process such as fostering
or placing dogs in home, by volunteering behind the scenes at GreySave
functions, by buying merchandise from our store, by donating money,
or by participating in the Ralphs program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to volunteer.
Find out more about volunteer opportunities
an event volunteer
Every GreySave event is staffed entirely by volunteers.
We're looking for more "greyt" ideas for new events, whether
community outreach, greyhound training and education, fundraising
or social events. From set-up and clean-up, to food booths,
to helping with silent auctions, to handling information booths,
our volunteers are the heart and soul of GreySave. Visit our Event
Calendar to check out upcoming events, and if you have
an idea for a GreySave event, or if you're interested in volunteering
for future GreySave events, email us here.
Consider also the specific events highlighted below.
• Have your name added to the volunteer
• Check out the Event
Calendar for opportunities to participate
Work on the front lines of the adoption process
• Help at a GreySave Meet
you love telling people how wonderful greyhounds are? Find out about opportunities to do so on our Meet & Greet page.
See more Meet & Greet photos.
• Be a GreySave foster home family
About once a month we bring a group of dogs up from
the track. How many we can bring depends largely on how many foster
homes we have. So we are always looking to add new foster homes.
Some folks are able to foster only at certain times of the year,
and we can accommodate that. This is one of the most important roles a GreySave volunteer can assume. The number of our foster homes usually determines how many greys we can adopt out. Read more about fostering. If you're interested in fostering, email us here.
• Be an Adoption Representative
GreySave Adoption Representatives work with adoption applicants to make sure a greyhound is right for them, and then help them find the right greyhound. Adoption reps must be experienced greyhound owners who care very much about helping greyhounds make a smooth and successful transition into their adoptive homes. They make
sure that we have a good understanding of what adopters are looking for
in a greyhound. They help adopters think about changes in the new home that could ensure their greyhound has a safe
and happy life. They think of issues that adopters might
not have considered as they look for a new dog. If you're interested in fostering, email us here.
Work in essential roles behind the scenes
• Help with Homecoming Day
A very special service event is Homecoming Day, where
we bring a group of dogs from the track and prepare them to enter
their foster homes. Volunteers can help with anything from bringing
dogs from the track to facility setup/teardown, washing dogs, clipping
toenails, brushing, preparing food for workers, helping with cat
and small animal testing, to taking pictures of the dogs. See a description of Homecoming Days in our From Track to Home article. Also see photos from a Homecoming Day or go to our Photo Gallery for even more photos. If you
are interested in volunteering at a HomeComing Day, email us here.
• Be a Spa Day
GreySave offers "Greyhound Spa
Days" in multiple locations where you can bring your needlenose
pal for a day of treatment like a king or queen: wash, nail trim,
brushing, ear cleaning, etc. We do the work so the owners don't
have to! These days will offer many opportunities to volunteer.
See photos from one of our Spa Days.
• Everyone can be an informal GreySave volunteer
- Pass out GreySave business cards while you walk your dogs
- Tell everyone you meet what great pets greyhounds make!
Provide financial support
• Make a Donation
• Become a GreySave Benefactor
at the GreySave Store
At times GreySave brings in a dog with extraordinary
medical needs -- whether for a broken leg, a long-term illness, or
due to some other injury or accident. The medical costs for healing these greyhounds can be very high. In fact, it may cost 15 to 20 times more to prepare one of our special “medical” greyhounds for adoption than it does to prepare a healthy dog. But leaving these ill and injured dogs behind is not an option since we know that once they are healthy again, they can lead long, happy lives.
(Image at right: an x-ray of the repair of GreySave greyhound Annette's broken hock, showing the inserted metal plate/screws.)
GreySave has established a special fund for dogs with extraordinary medical requirements. It's called the GreytLove Fund. Monies donated to this fund are used exclusively for our foster greyhounds with special medical needs. We need your help to make sure that they can get the care they so desperately need and deserve.
Eight to 10 percent of the greyhounds we take in have extraordinary medical needs that can cost $1,000 or more per dog. The majority are broken legs. Breaks come in several degrees of severity, requiring different levels of treatment:
- Splinting but not surgery. This costs from $800 to $1,000 and can take three months to heal.
- Surgery with screws. This costs from $1,200 to $1,800 and can take four to five months to heal.
- Surgery with a plate and screws. This costs from $3,500 to $5,000. Removal of the plates, sometimes required, adds $650 to $1000. Recovery time is five to six months.
Exceptional illnesses are somewhat less common than broken legs. These illnesses include excessive post-surgical bleeding, Valley Fever, Tick Borne diseases, and exposure to toxins. Veterinary services and medicines in these cases are expensive and recovery time varies greatly. But our costs average $2,500 per severely-ill greyhound.
Each greyhound, each injury, and each illness is unique, but our goal is always the same: restore the animal to health so he can become part of a loving family and lead a full, exuberant life. We need your help to do that.
You can contribute to the GreyLove Fund via the Donate button above, or by taking part in our annual GreySave Benefactor fund drive (button in the left column).
• GreySave Info for Payroll Deduction
If you donate via payroll deduction, you may need the following information:
• GreySave's 501(c)(3) number: 20-5442395
• GreySave's United Way of Greater Los Angeles number: 32497
Community Fundraising Program
The Ralphs Community fundraising program
contributes thousands of dollars every year to registered
Not-for-Profit organizations. To have a portion of your purchases
contributed to GreySave you need to register on their web page.
Important Note: those already enrolled in the program need to re-register after August 31, 2012.
To do so:
- Go to Ralph's Account Registration page: https://customer.ralphs.com/login.aspx. Log in if you have a Ralphs online account, or create an account.
- Once you've logged in, select Community Rewards.
- Then type in either Grey Save (2 words) or our account number: 84135. Select us when our name comes up.
Note: If you are a new registrant you may need your 13-digit Ralphs card number. If your card appears to only have 12 numbers make sure you include the little number on the far left side of the card. If this does not work, or you have questions about how to register, or you need to get your Ralphs card number, call Ralphs' help line: 800-443-4438.If you are still having problems, email Cathy Kiburtz (email@example.com) and she will send you the GreySave barcode that you can have scanned at the Ralphs checkout counter.
After you register, please check your register receipts to confirm they are showing GreySave as the beneficiary.
• Shop Amazon and Support GreySave
The Amazon Shopping Link is Back!
Whenever you shop at Amazon.com, you can support GreySave at the same time! The key is to get to Amazon by coming to the GreySave page first. Just click on the Amazon link in the left column of this page to go to the Amazon site. After you've made your purchases (of any merchandise on Amazon), a small portion of your purchase price will be sent automatically from Amazon to GreySave (you're not paying any more for goods when you do this, by the way). You don't have to do anything else!
• Contribute auction and garage sale items
Among the more important sources of funding for GreySave is the raffles and auctions at our annual Race to the Park! Picnic in May and Fall Social in October, and the garage sales held at Sue Blair's home. We end up with so much more money for greyhound rescue if we don't have to buy the items that we raffle or auction off.
That's where you come in. The items you donate likely will earn more money for us than you paid for them, so your donation will be multiplied. Also, your donations are tax deductible. You might talk to your employer about a donation. Businesses often donate goods and services as part of their service to the community. You can tell them that we are a California non-profit corporation, so their donation is tax deductible, and that we will honor them for their donation at our event (i.e., a bit of free publicity).
What to donate to our raffles and auctions: items that have greyhound themes (such as a statue or picture of a greyhound, or greyhound jewelry), or that a greyhound would enjoy (such as collars, toys, treats), or that a greyhound owner would enjoy (such as movie tickets, gift cards, calendars). Please donate new items unless an item has value because of its age or despite its age (such as an antique greyhound clock). Note: please don't donate food items with expiration dates too soon before our next big event.
What to donate to our garage sales: pretty much anything that is in working condition, new or used.
To donate items to our auctions or raffles, or if you have questions about what we need most, contact Sandy Hightower: 714-776-8212. To donate to our garage sales, contact Sue Blair: 714-636-3919.
• Learn about Taxes
and Charitable Contributions to GreySave