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Volunteers are the life-blood of SEGA, and it requires a tremendous amount of individuals and labor-hours "behind the scenes" to receive the Greyhounds from the track, and to clean, feed, and care for the dogs prior to their adoption. You can get involved and assist our efforts to find these wonderful hounds good homes in a variety of ways.
A foster home is a temporary home for one of our Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) Greyhounds awaiting adoption. Fostering is always one of our most critical need areas, and is one of the best things an individual and family can do to help SEGA, one Greyhound at a time. Fostering entails welcoming a hound into your home on a temporary basis to help start its acclimation to its new life as a family pet. Most of our homes have their foster hound between two days to seven weeks, depending on the type of fostering assignment. More information about fostering.
While the Greyhounds await their adoption, we help care for them during their stay in the greater Atlanta area, which includes an evening "turn out" or walking. More information about hound walking.
"Meet & Greets" are one of our most public facing roles as an organization and encompasses setting up and manning a table in front of a pet store. It helps build public awareness for the breed and helps spur interest in Greyhound adoption. More information about Meet & Greets.
Running Mates are assigned to new adopters and provide the new adopter with an experienced Greyhound owner for post-adoption support. More information about the Running Mate program.
We also need volunteers to help with dog washing, and occasionally with picking the dogs up from the tracks in Florida or a pickup point in south Georgia to bring them back to our kennel in Atlanta (a field trip!). These activities are done as required, so if you are flexible and want to get involved, let us know and we will put you on our list for when we have needs in this area. The dog-washings occurs at our kennel in Acworth. We provide the supplies and you bring the love for the hounds and the labor. Processing new Greyhounds fresh from the racetrack is one of the most rewarding and heart-warming activities! If you are interested in being put on the list for these ad hoc activities, please email our volunteer chair and let us know. We will have someone contact you when the need arises.
Another way to volunteer is through individual events, such as Greyfest or fundraising events such as lure coursing field trials. These volunteer opportunities are ideal for people that want to contribute, but cannot serve as a foster, dog walker, or at Meet & Greets. These activities generally require a time commitment of a four-hour shift when we have the event, so for as little as four hours a year, you can help SEGA!
If you would like to make yourself available for volunteering for these special events, please contact our volunteer chair and let us know you would like to help with these events.
Lure coursing field trials are also an exciting way to volunteer, see the dogs run, and enjoy the fundraising lunches on the field that raise money for SEGA. The field trials are currently held four weekends a year, in October, December, January and March. Please contact the volunteer chair if interested.
We can assure you that behind every Greyhound we place there is a team of dedicated SEGA volunteers chairing committees to do all of the work to support these activities. Most of these roles are not very glamorous and requires a fair amount of time and administrative effort. If you are the sort of individual that will work hard for pay in doggy kisses and hugs, you are dependable, and can continually perform roles that are challenging, than you are just the sort of person we could use to help one of our committee chairs. If you are interested in helping the SEGA Advisory Board, please contact the volunteer chair.
As any non-profit organization will tell you it takes a lot of money to keep our "business" running. It costs approximately $70 per week to feed and care for each dog in our kennel, which does not include the spay/neuter and dental vet expenses spent on each hound as soon as they enter our program. Click here for information on donating.
Being a volunteer for any non-profit, including SEGA, can never be considered a thankless job. However, many times our volunteers and committee leaders are quite busy and cannot begin to spend the amount of time necessary thanking everyone for their time and efforts helping with our passions. Please know that every penny and every minute spent volunteering and helping SEGA in furtherance of its mission is very much appreciated and respected! Of course, the thanks that we receive for volunteering with SEGA comes in the form of face licks and Greyhound smiles! Overall, we need to encourage volunteers to help the hounds, because of the shared passion to help find a home for EVERY hound with us!