Our volunteers are the backbone of the organization; without them, we would not have an effective adoption group. Volunteering is an excellent way for new adopters to meet other people in the greyhound community, and there are opportunities for helping the dogs in many different ways. For people who live in the Santa Rosa area, you can spend some time walking the dogs at King’s Kastle or playing with them in the exercise yards. We hold outreach events in various areas in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, and Carmel/Monterey/Santa Cruz areas and can always use more people to come out and talk with people about the breed. It’s a great time for your greyhound to hang out with other greyhounds! Even if you don’t have a dog that is social enough to attend Meet and Greets, you can help by coming out and talking with people and answering questions. Check out the website for Meet and Greets near you.
Every year there are several larger events that require a larger turnout of volunteers with their greyhounds because it is an all-day or multi-day event. We have booths at the San Carlos Art and Wine Festival, the Solano Stroll in Berkeley/Albany, Bark in the Park in San Jose, the Los Altos Pet Parade, the Human Race in Santa Rosa, the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, Woofstock in Rocklin, and the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show at the Cow Palace. At the annual reunion and picnic, we need people to help with the set up and take down, organize and run the games, cook the picnic lunches, bring condiments, drinks, etc.
Volunteers also foster dogs, work on our website, put together the newsletters and the annual GFFL calendar, take photographs of incoming dogs for the website and other postings, and transport dogs, whether to new homes, veterinary appointments, or meeting hauls and bringing dogs to Windsor. All these areas of the organization can use extra pairs of hands and new ideas!
If you would like to volunteer, or have ideas for events, outreach locations, or other issues, please get in touch with your local representative or anyone on the board of directors. We’d love to hear from you!
“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people [and animals]waiting for someone like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, need our unique talents. Someone who lives a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give… It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” [Leo Buscaglia]