2006 ~ Where did the year go?
BY: Scott Bruns, MGPS President / Executive Director
This year has raced by quickly. Looking back, MGPS has accomplished many things over the year. A steady flow of Greyhounds retiring off racetracks from Jacksonville, Florida to Seabrook, New Hampshire kept us busy throughout the months of 2006. The processing of these dogs to ready them for adoption is lengthy and laborious but necessary. Our temporary in-house clinic was a Godsend to us and certainly helped to speed up the process of getting the Greyhounds from the track to the couch.
A big thanks to the transporters, meet and greet folks, veterinarians, doctors, vet techs and our volunteers. No thank you would be complete without recognizing the wonderful folks who have supported our shelter and our veterinary clinic building fund over the past year. The monetary gifts have been an enormous help, as well as the donations of supplies and labor. Truly, we could not exist as an organization if it were not for the generosity, kindness and loyalty of our adopters, volunteers, friends and the community. We are extremely grateful!
One of the most successful MGPS programs we have implemented is the 12 x 12 plan. People interested in donating monies to the building fund can make a commitment of $12.00 or more (or less) per month for 12 months. The person's debit or credit card is kept on file and on the first of each month, the amount is withdrawn and goes into the building fund account. We have offered this way of supporting the shelter for a little over a year and it has been very successful. The combined effort of the many participants in the 12x12 program has been tremendously helpful in keeping the forward progress of the building project in motion.
If you are interested in helping out in this way there is a 12 x 12 form located in this newsletter, a click and pledge form located on the web site (www.greyhoundplacement.com), or call the shelter between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at (207) 626-2893.
After breaking ground for the clinic in October, we are excited to report that the site has the driveway and parking lot roughed in and up to elevation. (Which is quite a job considering the fill hauled in and compacted is 14 feet deep in some locations!!) The foundation will be poured first thing in the spring along with the septic system installed and the underground electrical cables. The design and floor plans are just about finalized and we are having monthly project meetings over the winter to organize our spring and summer efforts.
Some of the other noteworthy moments in 2006 would have to include the purchase and installation of a 55 pound industrial commercial dryer, thanks to the sincere generosity of an MGPS adopter / volunteer. This gigantic and efficient machine can now keep up with our large commercial washing machine. Along with this new equipment came a tankless hot water heater and propane plumbing to service them all.
In an effort to help keep the Greyhounds in our care dry and comfortable, we have built a concrete "poop pad" with roof and fencing. This was financed in large by another MGPS adopter / volunteer. On those wet and chilly days, the hounds are very thankful for this enclosure, as are we.
Because of the hard work and dedication of several MGPS volunteers, the new and improved Tally Ho Shop has reopened in the kennel barn. This store carries all kinds of goodies for both the hounds and humans with funds going to the care of the greyhounds. We are open for business Monday through Friday, 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Come see our ever-expanding inventory, and don't forget to bring your doggies!
Once again, a huge thanks to you all. We could not be more appreciative. Please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.