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!!.