Updated: Dec 20, 2019
Have you ever thought about volunteering at a greyhound shelter? Our gang of three homeschooled students volunteered at the Maine Greyhound Placement in Augusta on Saturday, February 16, from 11:30 to 2:00.
The dogs at the shelter were mostly ages 4 and 5, but there was a year-old puppy, a 7-year-old, and an 8-year-old. New dogs arrive every couple of weeks.
One of the dogs, Cindy, had an injured leg and limped when she walked. This was our favorite because she was the sweetest, running up to us and nudging our hands to be pet. She had her leg amputated on March 21 and now she is at Elizabeth’s house, healing and waiting to be adopted.
On each dog’s door there are special instructions to best care for that dog. For example, one of the dogs can only have stiff blankets because otherwise he tears them up. Another dog could only have soft food because his jaw had been wired. They give special food to dogs if needed.
There were two cats to help the dogs become used to cats. One of the cats, which Azure named LaGwardian, was a long-haired, black cat with a white spot on his chest. The other cat, which we nicknamed Sir Fluffalots, was light grey with spots, like a tawny color. We looked at the cats through a window. Sometimes the cats are brought to an upstairs room to meet the dogs. This makes the dogs used to cats.
Elizabeth and Dawn were the two ladies who were volunteering when we were there at the shelter. Elizabeth helped us the most, assigning us to the volunteer jobs. Our first volunteer job was outside, moving snow and gravel to help drainage. Our second job was sweeping and mopping. (Two of the group, NOT Noah and Bodhi, got caught up sword-fighting with the brooms…)
After sweeping and mopping we split up. Azure folded laundry while Bodhi and Noah cleaned up the cat area. (Once again, Noah and Bodhi got a little distracted… But that’s another story…)
If you want to adopt a greyhound, here is some information on what you need to know about greyhounds before you adopt one: Greyhounds are gentle, non-barkers who are very good companion dogs. They can never be outside without a leash, because, being sight dogs, it is very likely that they will chase anything that moves fast. They need to be taken outside at least 4-5 times a day. Greyhounds enjoy running, so if you want a greyhound, then a fenced yard would be great for the dog.
If you are interested in adopting a greyhound at this shelter, here is the information:
call Mary at 207-847-0207; make an adoption appointment; attend a Meet & Greet.
Here are ways to help the shelter: like the Maine Greyhound Placement Service on Facebook; volunteer to help with the greyhounds awaiting adoption; donate supplies (check their website for needed supplies; www.greyhoundplacement.com).