Pick-A-Pooch July 14-15

July 14 & 15, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Ralston Arena

GRRIN will be participating in the Pick A Pooch event held by Pets in Omaha at Ralston Arena. They will host over 100 booths from area rescue groups, shelters, and pet-loving businesses. (Check out the list of currently scheduled booths at the bottom of this post.)

The event is family-friendly and will include various activities just for kids. You are also allowed to bring your well-behaved pooches with you so long as you promise to clean up after them and walk them with a non-retractable leash. Please observe these guidelines and be considerate of other event-goers!

Please note, GRRIN will NOT be allowing any adoptions of our our foster dogs at this event. While some rescues may offer that option, we plan to have available foster dogs present only to meet and greet the public.

Come meet our volunteers and learn more about GRRIN – we can’t wait to see you!

To learn more about Pets In Omaha and this event, go here.

Wine & Howl – June 2

Thanks for coming out to support Lincoln Animal Ambassadors at Deer Springs Winery! Check out pictures on their Facebook page.

 

Wine & Howl brings together all the best parts of summer for a fantastic afternoon event! Bring your dog, a blanket or lawn chair and join us on June 2nd for an afternoon of dogs, food, wine and music. If you are looking for a new companion, many of the area’s rescue organizations will be bringing pets looking for their forever homes.

You won’t want to miss the raffle prizes, featuring pet, wine, and decor gift baskets from all around the area. With just a suggested donation of $8 to attend; there are just too many reasons you have got to be there! The wine will start pouring at 11AM and the bands will play until 5PM.

Visit our calendar page for a map to this event.

Omaha Gives! 2018 & Pizza West Celebration – May 23

 

Thank you GRRIN supporters for your outstanding participation in Omaha Gives! We raised $6695 with the help of many generous donors. Your donations will help us cover medical care needed for GRRIN foster dogs.

In 2017 the majority of our funds covered veterinary expenses – over $500 for each of the 28 dogs we rescued. Extreme vet care included treating severe dental disease, allergies and ear infections, thyroid imbalance, lump and bump removal, and palliative care. Something as simple as a dental cleaning will cost approximately $500, and even more if teeth need to be extracted. Eight of our foster dogs were eight years of age and older, classified as seniors. We are extremely grateful to have the resources to care for these Golden oldies with loving foster homes and the ability to pay for all of their medical expenses so they can live comfortably in their later years.

During the 24 hours of giving, Omaha Gives raised $7.3 million for the community and over 960 participating non-profits. The Omaha Community Foundation has brought this outstanding opportunity to the metro for six years and we are so excited to be a part of it!

Thanks also to the humans and canines who enjoyed the gorgeous – but warm – evening and came out to Pizza West to celebrate Omaha’s biggest giving day!

During the 24 hours of giving, Omaha Gives! raises millions of dollars for the community and over 900 participating non-profits. The Omaha Community Foundation has brought this outstanding opportunity to the metro for six years.

This year’s donations will help us cover medical care needed for GRRIN foster dogs. In 2017, the average vet expenses for each of the 28 dogs we rescued was over $500. We were extremely grateful to have the resources to care for eight Golden oldies with loving foster homes and the ability to pay for all of their medical expenses so they can live comfortably.

As of May 1, you can schedule your donation for Omaha Gives! Just click here to go directly to our Omaha Gives donation page.

Or, make your donation on Wednesday the 23rd. The giving begins at midnight with a minimum $10 donation and hourly drawings and prizes make your donations go further. So start gathering your circles and get ready for another great big give-together!

Follow all of the action for Omaha’s 6th day of giving on May 23rd on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Pups on the Patio!

Make sure to come celebrate on the 23rd with our volunteers and supporters at Pizza West in La Vista from 5-8pm. We’ll be on the patio and friendly pups are invited!

12040 McDermott Plz., La Vista

Click here for a map.

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Luncheon!

Thanks for coming! Oh my dog, over 40 friends of GRRIN joined us with their favorite Golden Retrievers for an awesome lunch and informative meeting. Board members were voted in, our finances are healthy (translation: we can do great things for foster dogs!), and our rescue process is running smoothly.

One of the challenges we are facing this year is that GRRIN is not getting calls from people who need help re-homing their dogs. The board has worked tirelessly to get our group’s mission out to the public, but sometimes word of mouth is the best way to share GRRIN’s 26-year devotion to helping dogs in need. Please let others know about our mission to find dogs permanent new homes, whether it’s talking to your work buddies and neighbors or mentioning GRRIN on Facebook or Twitter (@GRRINebraska). If you know someone that needs help, they can send an email to info@grrin.org or call 402-330-6680.

The other topic of business was planning for our annual celebration, Gold Rush. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, October 7th, at the Offutt Base Lake Park. Please send an email to volunteer@grrin.org if you’d like to offer ideas, volunteer or make a donation.

Keep an eye on our website calendar so you don’t miss a single gathering in 2018. We don’t always have foster dogs at meet and greets, but we welcome the opportunity to chat with you and meet your favorite canine.

Thank you again for supporting GRRIN year-round – we couldn’t do it without you!

 

 

Woo-hoo (that’s “woof woof” if you’re a canine) – our annual meeting is rolling around! Join GRRIN as we celebrate a great year in rescue!

  • Lunch provided by GRRIN – yum, it’s Mangia Italiana!
  • Family and friendly dogs welcome!
  • Treats for attending dogs donated by Woof & Whiskers!

Yes, we have a lot of exclamation points because we think this is one of our best events of the year. Great company, great food, great dogs, great conversation about dogs, what else can you ask for? (Let’s face it, we’re crazy about our dogs.)

If you’re a volunteer, you deserve a free lunch and a big thank you from our hosting board members. If you just want to hang out as a friend of GRRIN, we’d love to have you (we won’t pressure you to sign up for anything). Please RSVP if you would like to attend by sending a quick email to volunteer@grrin.org.

We’ll also have a very short business meeting:

  • Vote on open board positions
  • Review finance and rescue reports
  • Pre-planning for Gold Rush will be discussed and GRRIN would love to hear your ideas
To recap:
Fun for dogs and people! Bring your Goldens (or any friendly dog on a leash). Lunch will be served.
RSVP 402-330-6680 or volunteer@grrin.org so we can make sure we have enough goodies to eat!
Please provide your name and the number that will be attending.
Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort Street, Omaha

Thank you, Woof & Whiskers!

GRRIN dog Rocky wins award!

Congratulations to Rocky and his fur-parents, Jim and Mary Jane Fitch, who just received the 2018 Nebraska Veterinary Medicine Association’s Animal Hall of Fame award in January! Even more exciting, they visited the State Capitol where Lt. Governor Mike Foley presented a proclamation from Governor Pete Ricketts highlighting March 5, 2018 as Animal Hall of Fame Recognition Day in Nebraska.

Rocky, born with a deformed front paw, was adopted by Jim and Mary Jane in 2014. After an incredible journey to get a prosthetic device for Rocky, they had him certified as an Angel Dog at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, where he provides comfort and joy to many patients.

State Capitol Story

Rocky’s Special Journey

Rocky at Madonna Rehabilitation

 

Newsletter Editor Needed!

Are you proficient using Adobe’s InDesign program? GRRIN is looking for a volunteer that can produce four newsletters per year. Our communications chair supplies most of the content and another volunteer is responsible for putting them in the mail. The previous editor estimates it takes about 12 hours to complete each newsletter. If you’d like to learn more about working with GRRIN, please send an email to newsletter@grrin.org!