AFG SURREY AWARENESS/COLLECTION DAY REDHILL SURREY 01.08.2016
Lisa organized another awareness day with a street collection helped by other AfG supporters.
Lisa and the group are becoming well known all over Surrey with their regular awareness events, they always have a lot of regulars coming to speak with them and are always meeting new people especially in the holiday season which is when they have most of their events.
They always have great public support wherever they are.
AFG MONTHLY CHARITY STALL HAYMARKET NORWICH 04.08.2016
We are getting so well known now with our regular charity stall on the Haymarket in Norwich City Centre. It is now 16 years we have been using the stall.
We meet up with regular visitors as well as always meeting new people and many people make a special visit to the stall to make a fuss of our accompanying greyhounds should the weather be nice enough for them to be with us on the stall.
The success of the stall and all the bargains and often unique items we have for sale on the stall is due to the fact that we are fortunate to have some very lovely items donated to us to sell.
We now have an every growing list of merchandise in stock, mostly our own exclusive sighthound accessories and sighthound themed packs of cards of which most is on sale on our stalls as well as to be purchased from our website.
The hounds are often sporting our sighthound clothing so do a great job modeling and promoting it.
We always have the stall one Saturday per month (weather permitting) and sometimes in the Summer months we occasionally have the stall on a Thursday or a Tuesday.
AFG STALL COAST TO COUNTRY CAR BOOT SALE AYLSHAM NORFOLK 06.08.2016
We thought we would try a new car boot sale. This is one of a new set of car boot sales just starting up hoping to find venues across Norfolk and Suffolk for sites on the coast as well as in the country.
This one is located near Aylsham on a Saturday Morning for Spring and Summer and is on a beautiful field adjacent to a very busy garden centre. So not only did we have general car boot visitors but many of the garden centre customers came to look round too.
In a different area, so we met lots of new people so were able to raise even more awareness about AfG. Lots of people spent time paying attention to the hounds and paid them lovely compliments.
Many people were walking their dogs round with them too so it was nice to meet such a variety of dogs too.
At the end we had a lovely walk around the massive field with the hounds.
AFG STALL HARFORD BRIDGES CAR BOOT SALE NORWICH 07.08.2016
A lovely weather forecast for today so we made the most of it by doing a stall at this very busy popular car boot sale. We always find that good weather means more car boot goers attending and spending more time looking at the stalls.
We often get people donate to our collection containers if they cant see anything they want to buy.
Of course wherever we go we always meet new people as well as regular visitors to our stalls and are always able to issue our information leaflets to people who do not know of us.
AFG STALL CROMER CAR BOOT SALE CROMER FOOTBALL CLUB FIELD NORFOLK 09.08.2016
A beautiful day for a car boot sale with the hounds on the Norfolk coast, the car boot is held in the Summer on a Tuesday morning at the Cromer Football Club ground (opposite Cromer Hospital) it is a very popular holiday car boot sale as it has been running for many years.
We like to have a stall here at least once a year in the Summer holiday as we know people in the area like to keep in touch and keep up to date with what we are doing and of course, to make a fuss of the hounds who are with us on the day.
Our greyhounds had 2 little canine pals with them today on the stall and its always nice for people to see that greyhounds and tiny dogs can and do get on well together.
Over the years we have met people at this sale who have become adopters of AfG hounds and they have settled into their great forever homes across the beautiful Norfolk coast.
We had our Cool Houndz wet gear on a display table today and have sold several items, people were commenting on what a great idea they were.
AFG AWARENESS/COLLECTION WEEK WROXHAM NORFOLK 12,13,14,16,17&18.08.2016
We had a glorious week for our annual August collection week at Wroxham.
Thanks to the great support of staff and management of Roys we are able to have a great space outside and under the cover of their store to accommodate us and more importantly to keep the hounds who joined us each day, happy and comfortable.
We were joined two of the days for a while by some of our foster hounds who are currently seeking their special forever homes.
Our 2017 calendar ‘Sighthound Survivors’ is now hot off the press so we launched it this week with the help of the promotion of an article about the calendar in our local newspaper. We sold several copies this week with lovely comments of how beautiful the images are.
This year all the photographs were take by a local photographer, Belinda Buxton at her studio in Wymondham, Norfolk.
Wroxham is a very popular tourist spot and so we always meet lots of new people from all over the country and some from overseas as well as all the local people.
Its nice to hear stories of their rescued sighthounds and other rescued dogs, some of who come along to see us for a sighthound get together.
On 17th we were joined by beautiful rescued greyhound Penny who is adopted from a local rescue by one of our supporters. We felt we knew Penny as we had often heard about her and seen photos of her over the years but this is the first time we had all met her and she soon settled herself in with our hounds as if she had always been with them. That’s what we call ‘The Sighthound Bond’.
AFG STALL CHARITY STALL HAYMARKET NORWICH 20.08.2016
Our last stall for this month in Norwich City centre with beautiful weather meaning the City was very busy and we had lots of visitors to our stall with our accompanying hounds receiving lots of attention.
Lots of copies of our new 2017 calendar sold with people meeting two of our hounds who were with us featured on the calendar.
For some reason our packs of Christmas cards were very popular today, probably because there were a lot of holiday makers in Norwich who took a liking to the cards.
This is good as all our cards have campaign awareness on the back.
AFG SURREY AWARENESS DAY/STREET COLLECTION DORKING SURREY 20.08.2016
Lisa organized another awareness and fundraising event again in Dorking helped on the day by other AfG supporters.
They had a very successful day and managed to issue hundreds of our information leaflets despite it being a drizzly, dull day and not being able to have their usual awareness spot due to road works taking place.
Never the less they managed to find a nice dry spot where they could display the awareness posters and the public soon realised they were there.
AFG’s AWARENESS/COLLECTION WEEKEND PETS AT HOME, SPROWSTON. NORWICH 02&03.07.2016
AfG are one of this stores charity partners and this is the first of our four weekends here for 2016.
We had amazing weather and a great place outside the store to accommodate us with our beautiful accompanying hounds.
Kiz, little AfG foster greyhound enjoyed her day again today and lapped up the attention she received and on the Sunday we were joined by Rosemary and her family from AfG in Sheffield, who gave up their day from their Norfolk holiday to help with today’s event.
We had the pleasure of having the company of their beautiful rescued greyhound Sean ( affectionately known as Sheffield Sean) he loved being around all the other hounds, most of who he has met before on his visits to Norfolk.
We are always kept busy throughout the weekends here meeting so many people and so many different dogs and of course being able to raise lots of awareness of our cause as well as allowing people to realise just what wonderful hounds greyhounds are.
AFG IN SURREY AWARENESS DAY/STREET COLLECTION RIEGATE, SURREY. 02.07.2016
Lisa organized another great awareness day with the help of other AfG supporters.
Hundreds of leaflets were issued and great public interest was shown.
AFG’s STALL FUNDAY & DOG SHOW CAISTER-ON-SEA HIGH SCHOOL 10.07.2016
Afg were fortunate to be invited to have a stall at this event.
A glorious day meeting lots of new people and lots of happy dogs, many of who were rescues.
Our cuddly toy an our doggy treats tombolas were, as always, very popular attractions on our stall, next to our beautiful accompanying hounds of course. The bottom of the school field was next to the lovely peaceful beach, so once we had packed away we enjoyed a lovely time with our hounds at the beach.
Little foster greyhound Kiz, we expect had never seen a beach or the sea before and was a bit bewildered at first but soon got used to the new experience.
AFG NEWCASTLE STALL NEV FEST METRO CENTRE, NEWCASTLE. 10.07.2016
Lynsey, who formed AfG Newcastle organized another great awareness stall with the help of Heather. A new venue for Nev Fest (North East Vegan Festivals).
As well as raising lots of awareness of AfG’s campaign and hopefully recruiting new local members for their group lots of AfG merchandise was sold as well as some lovely hand crafted jewelry and cards which were very kindly donated to us to raise funds for our cause.
The group also hold regular awareness demonstrations outside their local Newcastle greyhound track at Brough Park.
Where they display our thought provoking awareness banners and distribute our information leaflets.
We had a beautiful day and a great space for our awareness station outside the store for our 2nd visit for this year. Our accompanying hounds were kept comfortable on their cozy beds and in the shade when need be with our specially designed shelter.
Also they were wearing their AfG Cool Houndz wet coats which not only keeps them cool all day but is a good way of promoting them so people can see how efficient they are.
Being outside the store (weather permitting) not only allows us to have lots of space, but we are located between the pet store and M&S store next door so we not only meet people visiting the pet shop and M&S but also all the other shops on this busy industrial estate.
On the Sunday we met some ladies who were part of the organizing team for the Celebration of Animals with Animal Blessing later that evening at the Norwich Cathedral, who invited us along to their event with our hounds and to have an AfG awareness table, so as the store closes at 4pm on Sunday we accepted this invitation to go along after packing away and having a short rest until 6pm.
AFG AWARENESS TABLE AND MEET THE RESCUED GREYHOUNDS CELEBRATION OF ANIMALS & ANIMAL BLESSING NORWICH CATHEDRAL, CLOISTERS. 17.07.2016
AfG were invited along to this event with an awareness table and as many of our rescued and foster hounds as we would like to bring. We met 2 of the event organizers earlier today whilst at our awareness day at Jollyes Pet Store Norwich.
So as it was such a glorious weekend and after being able to have a rest with our hounds we set off to set up for this event. Earlier in the day we were able to get in touch with some of our supporters and adopters who were able to come along with their hounds.
It was such a lovely setting and we were surrounded by all sorts of animals and other local animal welfare groups. All the animals were peaceful and well settled.
Other welfare organizations present were Dogs Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Cats Protection Norwich and district, Eastern Counties Retired Greyhound Trust and the horses with the Norfolk Constabulary.
We had lots of time before the blessing at 7pm to meet the other charities with their animals and meet with the visiting public with so many coming over to meet our lovely hounds and show an interest in our work.
We were also able to issue awareness leaflets of our Greyhound Remembrance Weekend which was coming up in Norwich the following weekend.
We also got a mention in a local newspaper in an article, not only of our presence at this evenings event but with information about our annual campaign event of the Greyhound Remembrance weekend for the following weekend.
AFG GREYHOUND REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND AWARENESS DAY/STREET COLLECTION NORWICH CITY CENTRE 23.07.2016
This weekend was the second of our two main campaign annual awareness events marking 90 years since commercial greyhound racing started in Britain on July 24th 1926, which is why we hold our ‘Greyhound Remembrance’ Weekend event every year over the nearest weekend to July 26th, to raise awareness of all the greyhounds who have been bred for, used by, suffered, died and ones who are unaccounted for, presumed killed in the name of greyhound racing.
We issued almost 2,000 of our greyhound remembrance awareness leaflets produced especially for the weekend along with our leaflets ‘Spirit of the Greyhound’ a poignant poem (on the reverse is a list of some of the many hundreds of greyhounds who have lost their lives as a result of being injured whilst competing on the dangerously configured British greyhound tracks).
We are still meeting people who are still unaware of these facts, so we are always encouraged that we are still being able to raise awareness to people who do not know.
We have become well known over the past 17 years at our usual spot on Gentlemans Walk in Norwich for our awareness days with our street collections and being opposite the fantastic Lush store not only do we experience their amazing aromas throughout the day but they always have a stack of our leaflets to issue their customers, should any of them miss our presence.
We were fortunate enough to have such glorious weather for the day, meaning our beautiful adopted greyhounds, along with some of our foster hounds were able to accompany us.
Because of this, we are able to allow to experience just how gentle and friendly greyhounds are in the hope more people may consider foster or adopting greyhounds, so in turn more will able to be saved.
Today, our beautiful little foster greyhound Kiz, met a wonderful couple from Ipswich, who we hope will be her forever adopters.
AFG in SHEFFIELD STALL SHEFFIELD VEGAN FESTIVAL 23.07.2016
Rosemary organized this stall at Sheffield’s first ever vegan festival and was helped on the day by Jane and John. All three campaigners were kept busy interacting with the visiting public.
The stall raised lots of public interest and received lots of generous donations. Hundreds of our information leaflets were issued and a lot of our various unique merchandise was sold.
So this enables us to not only educate more people about our campaign and the plight of greyhounds, ones who are used, exploited and abused by the industry as well as the ones who are not wanted by them, but to raise vital funds to enable us to maintain our vital work.
AFG STALL SPROWSTON PARK AND RIDE CAR BOOT SALE NORWICH 24.07.2016
We took advantage of such wonderful weather this weekend to carry on raising awareness of our ‘Greyhound Remembrance’ Weekend by having a stall at one of our local car boot sales. We carried on issuing our greyhound remembrance leaflets and poems along with our standard information leaflets.
It is always a handy thing to know the lay outs of all the car boot sites, as it helps to know which way to park your vehicle to have access to as much shade as possible in hot weather or to be facing the sun on cooler days. So our accompanying hounds are in the shade for best part of today as well as wearing their AfG wet coats.
We managed to sell some of our wet coats, mats and neck bands today as we had samples on display as well as having some stock with us for sale, with the option of people also being able to purchase them from our website.
So not only do our hounds make people aware of what fantastic animals they are but also manage to promote how great our wet coats are once people see our hounds are the coolest around on such a hot day.
AFG AWARENESS/COLLECTION WEEKEND PETS AT HOME SPROWSTON NORWICH 30 & 31.07.2016
Another great weekend of awareness and fundraising for our second weekend this year at Pets at Home.
We were kept very busy all weekend with people constantly wanting to know the stories of our hounds who accompanied us as well as being interested in the work and campaigning we do.
The management and staff at the store are so supportive, friendly and helpful and always allow us a great space outside their store to accommodate us with all our beautiful hounds as it is so important to keep them safe and comfortable.
The hounds meet lots of other dogs but are always especially excited when other sighthounds come along.
We often get donations of dog treats here so we have to be careful just how much our hounds have to eat during the day and we have to make sure they don’t pinch any of them when we are not paying attention.
Notice greyhound Dove being sneaky around the treat donation basket!!.
AFG’s STALL at DOGS TRUST, NORFOLK. OPEN DAY 05.06.2016
This is the first time we have had a weekend free which coincided with the Dogs Trust Annual Open Day at the Snetterton branch in Norfolk. Absolutely beautiful weather and a great space for our stall.
Hundreds of people visited the event and we met lots of people with rescued sighthounds and other breeds, some of who had been adopted from the Dogs Trust. Our accompanying hounds were kept cool all day wearing our special Cool Houndz wet coats.
The coats, mats and neck bands were on display on our stall along with our other unique merchandise and because it was such a hot day the wet gear proved very popular which boosted our sales. Our other popular feature today was our cuddly toy tombola with all prizes being won by the end of the day.
We received some very generous donations and were able to spread even more awareness with many visitors taking our campaign leaflets.
A great stall today at the very popular busy local car boot sale. The car boot is on Sunday from April until October and is visited by hundreds of locals as well as holiday makers. Many people make a special visit to our stall to see the beautiful hounds who accompany us.
Often we will have a new foster dog with us who are awaiting their forever home, so not only do they receive lots of attention and get well socialised with people and other dogs but there is often a chance they may be met by a future adopter.
Little brindle foster greyhound Kiz was with us today, she has been in the care of Afg for just a short while after coming over to us from Ireland with her brother Vince and she really enjoyed herself. We often have peoples children stay on the stall fussing the hounds instead of walking around the sale with their parents.
Colour/Sex: Black Male
Date of birth: 20.04.2014
Last reg trainer: Martin Malone
Races contended: Not found
VINNIE (named for racing as CLONBONY JACK)
Came to the care of AfG (with his litter sister Kiz) at age just 26 months in June 2016. Both greyhounds had been saved from a ‘high kill rate’ pound in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.
They were left there by their trainer/owner stating “He was no good .. he is too slow”” and of his sister ” She was a good bitch, she raced”.
Both were saved by Clare Greyhound Project (CGP) an Rover Rescue in Ireland and later arrangements were made for them to come to AfG together where we had separate foster homes waiting for them.
Vinnie soon settled into his experienced foster home with the company of two other rescued hounds, a young lurcher and a senior setter.
After examination at our vets the report states Vinnie’s broken protruding rib and broken base of his tail were unlikely to be birth defects but more likely caused by trauma injury.
Vinnie was not well socialised and soon had to learn that small dogs, cats and other small furries were not for him to hunt.
Over months which followed with the patience and expertise of his foster carers, Vinnie’s physical and mental health gradually improved and they had become so attached to him, they finally decided to adopt him.
Vinnie is now very much more settled and has even gained a lot of little canine friends, once he realised they were dogs too.
Over the months the white flecks appearing on Vinnie’s shiny black coat, multiplied covering most of his body, so he is now fondly known as Vinnie, the blizzard hound.
REMEMBER RUSTY WEEKEND AfG’s AWARENESS DAY/STREET COLLECTION NORWICH CITY CENTRE 01.05.16
We had a piece in our local newspaper prior to today’s event, which of course was held in conjunction with ‘ Remember Rusty’ weekend, which AfG continue as one of our main awareness events each year to remember not only a greyhound who was used, abused, tortured and killed in the name of greyhound racing, but for the thousands who go unaccounted for, many who may have met the same grim end as poor Rusty did.
We issued hundreds of leaflets today in the hope of making even more people aware of the atrocities of the greyhound racing industry and hopefully encouraging many more people not to support it.
We also advertised the upcoming Norwich Vegan Festival which AfG were having a stall at the following Saturday.
AfG’s STALL AT THE NORWICH VEGAN FESTIVAL THE FORUM, NORWICH 07.05.16
This was the first all vegan festival for Norwich orgainised by Shena Lou from Pudz animal sanctuary. Although all the stalls apart from the amazing food stalls were indoors, the weather was like a Summer day outside. Thousands of public visited this amazing event so we were kept very busy all day. Our tombola sold out by mid day and our merchandise was very popular.
It was so nice to spend the day with so many like minded people with other stall holders all doing their bit for campaigning for animals and meeting so many interesting and compassionate visitors to the event.
So many people were supportive of our campaign so we were able to raise even more awareness of our work.
Well done to Shena and her helpers for putting in so much hard work and organising such a great event.
AfG’s STALL HARFORD BRIDGES, NORWICH CAR BOOT SALE 15.05.16
Another lovely morning for us at this very popular car boot sale off A140 near Norwich.
Open all year round (apart from Christmas and New Year weekends) and being a park and ride site means lovely and clean on hard standing ground. We always meet really nice people and dogs here and as always our hounds who accompany us always receive lots of attention and admiration.
AfG’s FUNDRAISING/AWARENESS WEEKEND JOLLYES PET SUPERSTORE, NORWICH 28&29.05.16
This is our first visit to Norwich Jollyes and the first of our three weekends booked here for 2016.
We were lucky enough to have a great space outside the store to accommodate our hounds and awareness station and met lots of new people as well as people who already know of AfG. We received many generous money donations as well as pet food and treats and the hounds, as usual received lots of attention.
We met a lot of people who have rescued dogs and other animals which is very encouraging to learn that so many people are choosing to adopt animals rather than buy them from breeders.
Thanks go to the friendly store managers and staff for their great support.
AfG SHEFIELD STALL at TABLE TOP SALE, PENISTONE, NEAR SHEFIELD 10.04.16
Thanks to Rosemary and her mum for once again holding a stall at this annual indoor event which is growing ever more popular with stall holders and visitors. There are other charity and animal welfare stalls at this event so really good for raising awareness as well as funds.
Rosemary has items donated and she also collects items herself for her very popular tombola on the stall.
AfG’s STALL at SPROWSTON PARK AND RIDE CAR BOOT SALE 16.04.2016
Another great day at the very popular car boot sale which runs fro April until end of October.
We meet lots of local people as well as holiday makers and other visitors to the area.
Lots of people like to meet the hound who accompany us and many people have their own various hounds with them, so lots of socialising going on.
AfG’s MONTHLY STALL NORWICH CITY CENTRE 30.04.2016
Another busy day for us at the charity stall on Haymarket, Norwich and lovely warm weather all day which makes all the difference for the success of the stall.
We are lucky enough to have many wonderful items to sell which are kindly donated to us, as well as our ever growing unique, popular merchandise.
AfG in SURREY AWARENESS DAY/STREET COLLECTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH ‘ REMEMBER RUSTY’ WEEKEND 30.14.2016
Lisa and supporters from AfG in Surrey held a successful awareness day and street collection in the town centre in conjunction with this years Remember Rusty Weekend held by AfG every year over the nearest weekend to May 2nd to remember the plight of dear innocent young black greyhound, Rusty who was so brutally abused and tortured when no longer any use for greyhound racing.
Rusty was one of many thousands of greyhounds who are and will be used, abused and killed by the industry and all these, along with Rusty will be remembered.
AfG’s MONTHLY CHARITY STALL NORWICH CITY CENTRE 26.03.2016
It’s always good to have mild, dry weather for our events and various stalls, which we were lucky enough to have today for this months stall at the charity stall on Haymarket Norwich. Lots of regular and new visitors visiting the stall for a bargain and to make a fuss of the beautiful hounds who accompanied us today. Our exclusive sighthound knitwear still selling well as very popular.
AFG NEWCASTLE AWARENESS/FUNDRAISING EVENT LUSH, METRO CENTER, GATESHEAD 06.02.2016
Thanks again to Lynsey for arranging and organizing the day at the fantastic Lush store.
Lush have been great AfG supporters for many years and we are very appreciative to them for allowing the group to have this event.
Lynsey was helped by Heather and they had a really great day with lots of interest from Lush customers with their table in the store with campaign leaflets and AfG merchandise for sale and kindly, lush displayed one of our collection buckets on their shop counter and gave leaflets to their customers throughout the day.