Since GPA-WI is made of entirely volunteers and has no paid positions, we rely on the generosity of volunteers and the community for all facets of our organization to be successful. Such facets include fostering, helping with adoptions, kennel work, hauling dogs and supplies, coordinating events and much more.
CALL TO ACTION– BECOME A GPA-WI VOLUNTEER!
Have you got a little extra spare time these days? Looking to give back? How about volunteering with our greyhounds?
There is an urgent need for volunteers in the following areas:
1) FOSTER HOMES
— Must be experienced greyhound owners
— Need to provide training on home living to newly retired greys
— Provide a safe, nurturing environment for 2 week periods
— Maintain ongoing communication with adoption reps and adopters on the hounds progress
Each time a load of dogs is trucked up to Wisconsin (a “haul”) from the track or farm (about once a month), we need very special, flexible, committed volunteers that WILL SHOW UP WHEN NEEDED. Hauls can be a chaotic and exciting affair — at times up to 30 dogs will need to be quickly unloaded from the transport at Emerald Greyhound Kennels south of Burlington. Once they arrive at Emerald, they need to be labeled and accounted for in paperwork, placed in their individual kennels, given flea and worm treatments, photographed, and fed and watered for the night. You will be trained and supervised, but we really need people we can count on as the hauls are sometimes delayed and can arrive early morning or late night.
— Need to be physically able to handle sometimes overexcited dogs up to 100 lbs.
— The hounds can be really wound up coming off the hauler after up to 20 hours and needing to run, stretch and relieve themselves
— Flexible with timing on haul dates including nights
— Must be able to commit to providing support (if you say you’re coming, you have to be there)
Additionally, if your occupation allows you to provide professional services such as printing, supplies donation, advertising or other administrative tasks, your participation is most welcome! If you have time, would like to help and enjoy collaborating with other greyhound aficionados, contact your nearest regional event coordinator: