Wings For Greyhounds - They Run For Their Lives, We Fly For Their Lives


NEWS UPDATE

Spring 2000

WINTER WOES:

Lanky Lance snoozing in the WFG plane
A combination of weather, required maintenance on the Wings For Greyhounds airplane, and the illness of pilot Maggie, slowed us down a little - but with Spring in the air we are up and about again, flying greyhounds wherever they need to go.

Lanky Lance snoozing in the WFG plane
(Photo courtesy Mark Pettijohn)

RHODA & EDNA OUR "THANKSGIVING GIRLS" FLY TO SEDONA:

In November, Wings For Greyhounds was contacted by Joan Eidinger, Editor of Phoenix based Greyhound Network News. Two senior greyhounds who had been used for breeding, had been turned in to a Phoenix vet to be killed. Luckily, the vet contacted Joan, who then arranged for a foster home in Sedona, Northern Arizona, and transportation from Phoenix by Wings For Greyhounds.

Edna and Rhoda at Glendale AZ airportMaggie, aided by copilot Kathleen Moore, landed at Goodyear Airport in West Phoenix and was met by Joan, and "the girls." After an uneventful one hour flight, Rhoda and Edna were delivered into the care of Ann Sakowicz, director of Greyhound Pets of Sedona.

We're pleased to say that both of these sweethearts are now adopted and living the good live in beautiful Sedona.

Kudos to Joan Eidinger for a terrific job of coordinating the rescue effort.

Edna & Rhoda at Glendale AZ airport
(Photo courtesy Mark Pettijohn)

OK - SO WE CAN BE "WHEELS FOR GREYHOUNDS" IF WE HAVE TO!

After several attempts to get retired racers Quentin and Perfection from Arizona Greyhound Rescue of Tucson to Greyhound Pets of Sedona by air, WFG hit the road to deliver them. At the same time, we took Lanky Lance to a talk given by Kim Stallwood, editor of The Animals Agenda magazine, and noted animal welfare advocate. Over two hundred of Tucson's animal activists attended the event. Lanky Lance went in to bat for the racing greyhounds, as only he can, and the next day Quentin and Perfection arrived in Sedona. Both were quickly adopted.

We can't always do things the way we planned - but we do our best to make sure they get done - one way or another.

GREYHOUNDS FOUND ABANDONED IN NORTHERN ARIZONA GO TO TUCSON ON A WING AND A PRAYER:

Two fawn male greyhounds were recently taken in by the Humane Society of The White Mountains in Pinetop, Arizona. The shelter director, Joanne Morgan, did some research and located the Greyhound Adoption League in Tucson. Gary and Lorri Tracy will never say no to a greyhound in need, but the drive to Northern Arizona is a long one. Enter Wings For Greyhounds. We flew to Show Low airport, and then down to Tucson with the two boys we named "Lucky Lindy" and "FlyBoy." They are now safe and awaiting adoption in the Greyhound Adoption League kennels in Tucson.

ANOTHER ANIMAL PLANET SHOW GOES INTO PRODUCTION:

The Greyhound Adoption League, Wings For Greyhounds, and Greyhound Pets of Sedona joined forces to film the story of retired greyhound "Do I Hafta" for a new show "Pet Stories" scheduled to air on Animal Planet in July. "Do I Hafta" was filmed from his retirement through to his adoption.
Pet Stories crew films Do I Hafta arriving at Sedona, AZ
Many thanks to everyone who cooperated to make this greyt show - Greyhound Adoption League, Greyhound Pets of Sedona, Marsha McMurtry, who opened her kennel to the cameras, and Kimberly Tillotson, the proud new mommy of a very handsome hound.

Pet Stories crew films Do I Hafta arriving at Sedona, AZ
(Photo courtesy Mark Pettijohn)

OTHER GREYT NOTES:

Lanky Lance and his Dad at the GAL picnic, Tucson, AZ Did we have a fabulous time at the Greyhound Adoption League's annual reunion in Tucson or what! Over two hundred people showed up with their Tucson Greyhound Park alumni. We met a lot of old friends and made some new ones. Lanky Lance got a prize for "The Greyhound With The Most TV Time." GAL and their volunteers did a terrific job of making this special day a success.

Lanky Lance and his Dad at the GAL picnic, Tucson, AZ
(Photo courtesy Jim Tejada)

AND IN SEDONA......:

The first annual "Doggie Fun Days" took place at Tlaquepaque. Eleven greyhounds were there to represent the retired racers. We answered questions and found many potential adopters. Maggie talked about Wings For Greyhounds on the local radio station, while Ann Sakowicz was interviewed about her work in greyhound adoption. Greyhound Pets of Sedona is doing a terrific job of placing retired racers in Northern Arizona.

LOOK OUT FOR.....

"Dogs With Jobs" - the show we filmed for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will start running through much of the world this summer. They are working on a web site, and it will be linked to the Wings For Greyhounds web site as soon as it is ready.

McCalls Magazine is getting ready to run a story on Wings For Greyhounds in the next few months. We'll keep you advised if and when a publication date is announced.

"Pet Stories" will air on the Animal Planet in July. We will do our best to find out when our greyhound story will air, and let our friends know.


Gary Tracy, from GAL, Maggie and Do I Hafta at Tucson airport

Left to right: Gary Tracy, President Greyhound
Adoption League, Maggie, and "Do I Hafta"

(Photo courtesy Mark Pettijohn)


And Of Course..... WE'LL KEEP ON FLYING GREYHOUNDS!



Wings For Greyhounds, Inc. is a nonprofit organization under part 501(c)(3) of the tax code. We depend on donations and corporate sponsorship to do our work. We have no paid staff and all funds received go directly to support our rescue effort. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Please help us to help the racing dogs.


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