Greyhounds Reach The Beach and Give Back
"Ruffly" 500 greyhounds have reached the Delaware Beaches this weekend. They've been parading around Rehoboth and checking out vendors in the Hyatt Hotel in Dewey. It's all part of one non-profit organization's trademarked event.
Sarah Dougherty who's in charge of public relations explains this event's history. "Greyhounds Reach the Beach, it started informally in 1995, just a group of ladies that got together for their love of the beach and the love of their retired racing Greyhounds they had adopted. The event evolved from there, eventually being taken over by an organization, a non-profit called "The Greyhound Project". They had management of it up until about 2007 and then our organization which our parent umbrella is the Grapehound Wine Tour and the Grapehound Wine Tour was given management of it, handed over by The Greyhound Project in February of 2014."
Greyhounds are racing dogs and once they retire or reach mandatory retirement at age 5, they become adoptable.
Owners and adopters from across the country flock to the Rehoboth-Dewey area for this weekend of festivities.
Stacey Marshall brings her 3 Italian Greyhounds all the way from the Poconos, PA. "It's just getting together with all of the Greyhounds and seeing all of the sighthounds and the people. They're just wonderful, she says."
Greyhounds Reach the Beach and in turn give back. A volunteer for the event and Greyhound owner herself, Gail Rys explains, "All of the proceeds from this event benefit directly Greyhound adoption groups that are all nonprofits. So there's a group in Michigan, there's a group in New York, there's a group in Florida, and there's a group in Delaware."
Ron and Linda Evans are present this weekend with their Greyhound Sid. He's the subject of a keynote speaker's presentation about adopting dogs from China and Indonesia to rescue them from the meat trade. The Evans couldn't be happier with their decision to rescue him. "Sid just came to us by way of Taipai China and Beijing China. He was rescued from a worse fate and we saw his picture online and fell in love with him and that was only 5 weeks ago so he's new to us but he's doing really well and he loves his new life."
The grand finale of the weekend is parade along the boardwalk. Greyhounds are dressed in costumes that coincide with the theme "Life is a Beach". Last year this event raised $10,000 for Greyhound adoption groups across the country and based on this year's attendance, Greyhounds Reach the Beach tell WRDE that they're likely to achieve that again.
?Greyhounds Reach the Beach is hoping to find an official venue to host the weekend of events every year.