AFG STALL AT HARFORD BRIDGES CAR BOOT SITE, NORWICH 10.01.2016
The first stall for the new year with surprisingly dry mild weather meaning we can get out to raise awareness and funds, which is always difficult this time of year.
Although the Christmas and New year celebrations are not long over, plenty of people are still looking for bargains to buy and being very kind to give us donations to our collection pots.
AFG MONTHLY STALL at CHARITY STALL, HAYMARKET, NORWICH 30.01.2016
Our first monthly charity stall in the City for the new year and with a dry mild day the City was very busy meaning many visitors to our popular stall.
Over Christmas and New year we also received many lovely cards with generous donations in from supporters across the country so we were also kept busy sending our thanks to those valued supporters.
Orders are still continuing to come in for our hand knitted sighthound garments keeping the lovely knitting ladies busy.
AFG MONTHLY STALL on CHARITY STALL, HAYMARKET, NORWICH 05.12.2015
We were lucky enough to have two Saturday charity stalls for this very busy month leading up to Christmas and also lucky to have unusaul mild dry days which is so much in our favour as it means the City is so busy and people have more time to browse on our stall.
AWARENESS/FUNDRAISING DAYS ROYS WROXHAM 10&11.12 2015
Thanks to the great support of Roys, we always have a great space outside their store to accommodate us with our accompanying hounds. Due to the unusually mild weather for this busy month the store was very busy all day with customers who were very supportive of our work.
We meet regular locals as well as holiday makers as we have events here in August as well as in December and Wroxham is such a pretty place with lovely shops and very popular holiday homes and boat yards, so very popular with families and the young and more mature visitors, so we meet such a wide variety of interesting people here.
AWARENESS/FUNDRAISING DAY TESCO, STALHAM 16.12.2015
We had a great area to erect our shelter under the cover outside the store for our annual fundraising event at this very busy store. We were kept very busy today with great support from tesco customers.
We met lots of people who had rescued dogs and many of them had rescued greyhounds and lurchers, so it is very encouraging to learn that so many people are choosing to adopt from rescue centers. Again we had terrific support with very many generous donations made and many of our awareness leaflets distributed.
AFG MONTHLY STALL at CHARITY STALL, HAYMARKET, NORWICH 19.12.2015
Our final awareness/fundraising event for 2015 with our 2nd charity stall for this month.
The City was heaving with public, due to is being so close to Christmas and a glorious sunny day.
The stall was surrounded by street entertainment and some very interesting little street barrows so the whole area had such a great atmosphere today. People seemed to be more generous than ever today and those who couldn’t find anything to buy from our stall, instead made generous donations.
As well as our Autumn and Winter awareness and fundraising events for 2015 we were also kept very busy sending off orders, mainly for our very popular sighthound head and neck gear and jumpers.
Of course the great ‘ Ladies Who Knit’ were crafting like crazy meeting the special orders of the colours and sizes of items we did not have in stock, so with this great team work all customers received their items in time for Christmas meaning lots of beautiful hounds would be kept snug and warm for the cold months to come.
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AFG STALL at HARFORD BRIDGES CAR BOOT SITE, NORWICH, 01.11.2015
A lovely Autumn morning for our stall at this very popular car boot sale, held on a lovely clean hard standing site at the Harford Bridges Park and Ride site. Open every Sunday morning (except Christmas and New Year weekends).
Again, due to receiving good quality donated items, we always have some very interesting bargains on offer for sale as well as displaying some of our unique merchandise and being able to distribute our awareness leaflets.
We also receive many generous donations to our collection pots. We have a lovely space for our beautiful hounds to be kept comfortable and as usual they receive lots of affection from car boot visitors.
AFG NEWCASTLE AWARENESS AND FUNDRAISING STALL AT NEVFEST, SUNDERLAND 15.11.2015
Thanks to great AfG supporter Lynsey for organizing this event with the help of Heather and other supporters.
This is the second year the group have held a very successful stall at the event at the great venue, the Stadium of Light in the City of Sunderland. The event is ever growing in popularity with great public interest and support with more stalls exhibiting each year promoting a cruelty free lifestyle with lots of vegan food and recipes on offer as well as promoting animal rights issues.
The AfG was kept very busy all day with much merchandise sold, lots of awareness material distributed and very generous donations given. This is also a great opportunity for the group to raise their profile in the area, because, as well as holding awareness/fundraising events in and around Newcastle, the group also hold regular peaceful demonstrations outside the Newcastle greyhound track on a Saturday evening https://www.facebook.com/actionforgreyhoundsnewcastle/?fref=ts
AFG MONTHLY STALL at CHARITY STALL, HAYMARKET, NORWICH 22.11.2015
Another mild Autumn Saturday for our very popular stall today.
We had some beautiful hand made cards donated which were very popular, especially the unique sighthound cards, some of them which were specially made Christmas cards.
These are beautifully hand crafted by very talented AfG supporters Karenza and Teresa.
Autumn is a very busy time for us with our cosy sighthound head and neck gear and jumpers much in demand, so as well as them being purchased from our website, there are always a good selection of them for sale on our stalls.
Again these items are beautifully crafted by our very talented local ladies and some from across the UK who often donate the yarn as well as taking up so much of their time making the items.
We are very lucky to be able to have dry mild weather to have our stall in the Autumn and Winter months as this is usually a hard period for us to be raising our vital funds.
STREET COLLECTION/AWARENESS DAY HAYMARKET and GENTLEMANS WALK, NORWICH 03.10.2015
Another fantastic day in the Centre of Norwich, due to amazing weather for this late in the year. We were kept so very busy with such interest and support from the public with very many generous donations made.
The hounds started off wearing their jumpers but by early afternoon were wearing their AfG ‘Cool Houndz’ wet coats. Who would have thought it for the beginning of October. Of course, as usual the hounds received lashings of attention throughout the day, we are so proud of our beautiful rescued hounds as they are such fantastic ambassadors for promoting the gentleness and beauty of this wonderful breed.
AFG MONTHLY STALL AT CHARITY STALL, HAYMARKET, NORWICH 10.10.2015
Another very busy day on our popular charity stall in the heart of the City. As long as we have dry, mild weather we are able to take a couple of our beautiful hounds along with us, who are very well accommodated in a snug corner of the stall.
It is due to receiving some great quality donated items from supporters that we always have such great bargains for people to buy. Usually our stalls are held her on a Saturday, but very occasionally, we may hold one on a Sunday or a Thursday in Spring and Summer.
AFG in SHEFFIELD AWARENESS STALL AND TOMBOLA/BRIC A BRAC TABLE PENNISTONE ANNUAL FAYRE 15.10.2015
Thanks to great AfG supporter Rosemary who organizes awareness events and fundraisers in and around Sheffield, sometimes being accompanied by her beautiful rescued greyhound Sean.
Rosemary and her mum also knit some of the sighthound head and neck gear and jumpers which AfG sell all over the world.
Rosemary does a great job collecting items for her tombola and bric a brac table for this annual event which is growing in popularity each year with a large array of local charity and businesses holding stalls here.
AFG STALL AT SPROWSTON CAR BOOT SITE, NORWICH 25.10.2015
Another great morning for our stall at another very popular car boot sale which is held on the Sprowston Park and Ride site on a lovely clean hard standing surface.
This is a ‘Late start’ sale open to the public from 10 am on Sundays, usually between April and end of October. It is great to be able to set up the stall before the public arrive. There are always a wide variety of stalls to browse around and a good area to walk the hounds who accompany us on our stall.
Colour/Sex: Black Male
Date of birth: ?.08.2009
Last reg trainer: Irene Barnard
Races contended: 34
Last rec. race: Yarmouth/ grade A5 / 29.08.2012
HAPPY (named for racing as ) LESS THAN ZERO
Came into the care of AfG September 17th 2015.
He was in a terrible state of neglect, weighing only 23 kg emaciated and dehydrated. His entire body smelt of stale smoke, he was crawling with fleas, with hair loss and sore infected skin over 50% of his body. He had been kept in a second floor flat in Yarmouth, not far from the track where he was used for racing. Neighbors had been concerned for Happy (who was then named Jamie) as they had noticed his condition deteriorate over the years and more so over the past months as they noticed he was not being taken out of the flat.
One neighbour finally managed to convince the previous owner that Jamie would be much better off in another home and sought the help of AfG who acted immediately with the help of the neighbor to take him as we were concerned he may change his mind about giving him up. The conditions in the flat were awful, all windows closed, curtains drawn and the entire flat full of cigarette smoke. Even though his condition was so bad, he managed to wag his tail and could not wait to get out of the flat.
He was given just one small bowl of food a day and was allowed a small drink of water after and it is believed he was forced to wear the dirty, yellow, plastic muzzle (which he was wearing when we entered the flat) all day every day to stop him nibbling and itching his sore skin. He was very depressed by how uncomfortable his condition was and ravenous for food and water.
He stayed with our vet for the next 24 hours and was treated for the flea infestation, fed many small meals regularly and his sore skin was gently bathed.
Once in his foster home, he was very eager for his food and drink, but over the days that followed, he soon realized the food and water would be regularly available to him and he became less ravenous for them. He enjoyed the attention and company of his foster carers and his comfy bed and gentle walks.
It became apparent that Happy enjoyed meeting people and other dogs over the weeks and months which followed and he steadily improved physically and mentally. Once Happy had gained several kilos and was down to 2 good meals a day he went into a new foster home with the company of 2 other rescued dogs. All 3 hounds get on very well and Happy enjoys many walks and is able to run off lead with many other dogs.
It has taken many weeks to get Happy to the healthy condition he has now reached and his exercise is still being built up steadily. Unbelievably, the only action the RSPCA chose to take against the previous ‘owner’ was to issue him with a ‘severe verbal warning’, even though our vets were willing to back up a cruelty prosecution case.
Date of birth: 29.01.2012
Last reg trainer: Patrick McKenna
Races contended: 4 (and 2 trials)
Last rec. race: Harolds Cross /grade A6 / 03.12.2013
DOVE – (named for racing as) PRINCESS SMARTIE
Came into the care of AfG on 11th September 2015.
She was earlier found wandering as a stray and eating from rubbish bins in County Clare and was in very bad condition. Luckily, once the couple who found her discovered what her fate would be had they handed her into the local Ennis stray pound, they contacted Clare Greyhound Project (CGP).
As CGP had no available foster carers or available kennel placements at that time, the couple agreed to foster Dove until CGP were able to take her into their care. With the care of the kind couple and later CGP, Doves health and well being steadily improved.
AfG had a foster home for Dove and she was later brought over to Norfolk. She quickly settled in to her foster home where she was steadily rehabilitated and socialised and enjoying her new life to the full with dedicated care.
When Doves history was traced it was discovered the previous owner had sold or given her away to be used for breeding. Luckily Dove escaped and was lucky enough to be found by kind caring people who wanted to ensure he long term welfare and safety. After her last race, no transfer of ownership paperwork could be found. So Doves fate could have been so much different and she could have so easily ‘ gone off the radar’ as many thousands of greyhounds do, who simply disappear and remain unaccounted for.
Date of birth: 07.05.2013
Last reg owner: Mr Darryl Hopper
Races contended: None found
Last rec. race: None found
ZEN – (named for racing as ) NICE ONE ZOLA
Came into the care of AfG on 07.07.2015.
He had been saved from the notorious Ennis pound in County Clare, Sothern Ireland.
The pound had a high ‘kill rate’ especially of greyhounds and lurchers, who were usually only given 24 hours before they were destroyed.
If it were not for Clare Greyhound Project (CGP) who formed in May 2014 and Rover Rescue in Ennis, many greyhounds like Zen would not have been saved. Zen was one of the ‘very lucky ones’ out of the thousands of young greyhounds who find themselves not wanted by the greyhound racing industry.
When Zen was taken from the pound, he could not bear any weight on his right leg and was treated with painkillers by a vet.
Once he came to AfG, an xray by our vet confirmed the injury was an unusual multi fracture to the wrist joint an old untreated injury of at least 1 year old, caused by a drop or fall from a height.
As no previous history can be found for Zen it cannot be established who was responsible for his mistreatment and abandonment. He is just one more young greyhound, from many thousands bred in Ireland to supply the industry and who was obviously not profitable as a racing commodity.
Zen steadily improved physically and mentally in his foster home with the company of other greyhounds. His leg continues to strengthen with regular steady exercise and he may need the joint operated on at a later stage.
AFG STREET COLLECTION/AWARENESS DAY HAYMARKET and GENTLEMAN’S WALK, NORWICH 05.09.2015
We were lucky enough to have a dry day, although a little chilly, but meant the City was very busy all day, so such a great opportunity for us to have such a successful day.
Non-stop awareness raised with constant interest from the public and off course our beautiful hounds received so much attention throughout the day.
One particular couple expressed a great interest in our little foster lurcher pup Fiz, asking many questions about her and spending lots of time with her and this resulted the following day in them contacting us with serious interest in adopting her.
We never know who we are going to meet and what stories we will hear from people at our events, so this is another interesting aspect of our public campaign events.
AFG AWARENESS/FUNDRAISING WEEKEND PETS AT HOME HALL ROAD,NORWICH 12 and 13.09.2015
We are always given a great space outside the store for our shelter to accommodate accompanying hounds.
A very busy weekend with lots of awareness raised.
Lots of people fell in love with AfG foster lurcher pup Fiz, but because we met a couple at an event earlier in the month, this resulted in confirmation of her adoption, so she will soon be going to her new home.
We had a lot of interest in our new range of Cool Houndz wet coats which the hounds wore on the Saturday afternoon once the weather became hot.
AFG STALL AT SPROWSTON PARK AND RIDE SITE,NORWICH 20.09.2015
Another lovely day at this very popular local car boot sale which opens to the public at 10am which is why it is called Lazy Boots Car Boot Sale.
Lovely pitch on hard standing which keeps everything so much cleaner.
We are always popular here and even if people don’t find a bargain they always stop and fuss the hounds and make donations in our collection pots.
We manage to distribute lots of our awareness leaflets here too as the site is always visited by newcomers as well as regulars.
AFG’s MONTLHY STALL AT CHARITY STALL ON HAYMARKET,NORWICH 26.09.2015
We have been having regular monthly stalls at this very popular market stand in the heart of the City of Norwich for over 15 years now. It is provided for charities and good causes who are mostly local to Norfolk.
Usually we are here on either the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the month and very occasionally on a Sunday and a weekday (which is usually on a Thursday).
The popularity and success of these stalls we do is down to all the quality items which are regularly donated for us to sell.
We only have limited space on the stall so we try to select items we feel will be of interest to everyone and we have selected items of our unique merchandise for sale here too, not to mention our campaign awareness leaflets.
We are able to have hounds accompany us in the Spring and Summer and on occasions in Autumn if the weather is mild.
AFG STALL AT CATTON PARK FUNDAY and DOG SHOW CATTON,NORWICH 27.09.2015
This is the third year for this ever growing popular event and AfG have had a stand at each one. Gets busier every year and great to have it on the last Sunday of September as it gives people a chance to get over the long Summer holidays and get their children settled back into school and look forward to an event which has something for everyone.
Each year there are more stalls and more space is taken up, and luckily enough the weather has always been so lovely.
Many visitors were unaware of Catton Park and commented on what a beautiful place it is.
Our hounds on our stall seemed a little confused as they are used to having a good run over the park instead of being in one place.