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Volunteering with NSGA

Northern Sky Greyhound Adoption (NSGA) is 100% run by volunteers. Our goal is to provide our volunteers opportunities to apply their incredible skills and talents to support a cause they are passionate about – Greyhound Adoption.
NSGA runs regular activities that need volunteer support, but new volunteer opportunities are only as limited as your imagination. If you have an idea of how to help the organization in promotion, fundraising or operations, or would like to help out with one of our regular events or activities, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meet & Greets

Meet and Greets are usually 2 – 4 hours in length and are held at various venues in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. Check "Upcoming Events" for Meet and Greets in your area.
The purpose of Meet and Greets is to educate the public about greyhounds, greyhound racing, and greyhound adoption. They are a form of "Show and Tell." They give the public hands on opportunities to spend time with our fabulous dogs, and give our volunteers a chance to show off their beloved hounds. People often ask which dogs are available for adoption, and so Meet and Greets are also a means of promoting our available foster dogs.

 

Foster Homes

One of NSGA's greatest strengths is our network of foster homes. Many of the greyhounds that enter our system come from tracks and greyhound farms across the U.S. Though the dogs have been trained in racing specific skills and are extremely well socialized, many have never been in a home environment. We rely on our foster homes, and our greyhound foster brothers and sisters, to help the retired racing greyhound make the transition from the life of a well-honed athlete to a life of retirement with the comforts of home. The duty of a foster home is simply to familiarize their foster dog(s) with family life, and to teach them the essential skills needed to live in a house with a people pack. The foster home experience helps the hounds make a smooth and successful transition into their forever homes.

Many people turn down the opportunity to foster, saying that they could never say goodbye to their foster when he is ready to leave for his home. If you are on the fence, ask yourself whether you would rather cry while proudly watching your foster leave your home, ready to live a full, good life with his own forever family, or would you prefer to cry for the dog that never had a chance to find his forever home because no one stepped up to foster.
Fostering is one of the most rewarding volunteer positions we have to offer. It's hard to understand it until you've experienced it.

Drivers

NSGA operates across three provinces, and because all our volunteers also lead busy lives exclusive to the world of Greys, we are often in need of drivers. Some drives can be a few hours long, like when a dog needs to be moved from one city to another. Other trips are short commutes and involve driving fosters to vet appointments or Meet and Greets. The short trips are just as important as the long ones.

All drivers must have their own greyhound friendly vehicles. NSGA happily reimburses mileage for our volunteer drivers.

Fundraising Events

NSGA's adoption fee does not cover the costs incurred to acquire our dogs, their transportation, and vetting. As a result, we rely on fundraising throughout the year. We have hosted numerous fundraising activities including live and on-line auctions, family picnics, bake sales and sales of specific merchandise items.

As well as events geared toward raising funds, we also host events to build and support our greyhound community network. Do you have any ideas for fundraisers or fun social events? We are always looking for volunteers to help organize and execute functions and events.