Introducing…Harry Houndini!

Come visit the award-winning Harry Houndini and cast your vote for him as the most popular scarecrow on display at the Festival of Scarecrows at Lichterman Nature Center in Memphis! Harry was selected by the judges as the top “critter” scarecrow in the competition, winning a $100 cash prize. Voting in the popularity contest continues through the end of September.

Harry Houndini
A special Stomp in the Swamp event is set for Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring live entertainment, delicious BBQ and the festival of Scarecrows! Tickets are $15 (two for $25 in advance) for adults. Children ages 6–12 can attend for $7 while admission is free for kids under 5. Tickets may be purchased at the Pink Palace Museum and Lichterman Nature Center.

MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen accepts a $100 prize for Harry Houndini.

MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen accepts a $100 prize for Harry Houndini!


Live entertainment will be provided by Aron Shires. Children’s activities are also on tap, along with a silent auction, crafts and gift certificates to local restaurants.

The scarecrows will be on display through 4 p.m. Sept. 28.

Harry was creatively crafted by MSGAO’s Adam Loeffel and MSGAO Director Vicki Cohen. Pictured with Vicki is Andy Williams, manager of Lichterman Nature Center.

The League of Extraordinary Greyhounds

Consider yourself a member of an exclusive group: The League of Extraordinary Greyhounds! Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option will be celebrating its extraordinary greyhounds and their adopters at the 2014 annual reunion at Southland Park Gaming and Racing.
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The theme evokes a Steampunk vibe, and attendees are encouraged to dress themselves and their dogs in keeping with this fun concept. We can’t wait to see what people will come up with!

For those unfamiliar with the term, Steampunk is a science-fiction niche that centers on steam-powered machinery, generally with a Victorian or post-apocalyptic twist. If you’ve seen “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” or the “Wild Wild West” flick from a few years back, you’ll get the idea.

The celebration is set for Oct. 11, 2014, at Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, Arkansas. Here are the things you need to know:
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.)
Dress: Business casual (or theme-related costume).
Tickets: $25 per adult in advance ($30 at the door), $10 for children
RSVP: By using the form below or calling (870) 735-7317
Activities: Cocktail hour, parade of adopted dogs on the race track, contests and shopping galore with auctions and vendors!
Entry/Parking: Due to ongoing construction, parking will be different than in previous years. Maps will be posted when they become available.
Registration: A form is provided in an announcement below. If you are on the MSGAO mailing list, you’ll get a form in the mail.

Anyone who has attended a previous reunion will tell you how much fun the Live and Silent Auctions are. The auctions are two of MSGAO’s biggest fund raisers for the year. Donations of auction items, greyhound-related and otherwise, are now being accepted. If you have something to donate, or if you know of a business that would be willing to donate a product or service, please let Director Vicki Cohen know as soon as possible. Auction donations should be received by Oct. 1. Cash donations to help with Reunion expenses are always appreciated!

Water-Bowl Challenge Issued

MSGAO is taking a new twist on the ice-bucket challenge making its way around social media. We want to raise awareness of greyhound adoption, raise some money and have some fun. We are challenging adopters to either dump water on themselves or their dogs or pay $10 to MSGAO. We like it best, of course, when people take the challenge and still donate money or kennel supplies.

Go to the Friends of MSGAO Facebook page to see the videos posted so far. We hope to see many more!

Speaking of the reunion…

You may have seen the alert below on greyhound-friendly accommodations for those planning to attend MSGAO’s annual reunion of greyhound adopters and their adoptees. That posting means the time for the big celebration is drawing near!

Greyhounds enjoy the 2013 reunion!

Greyhounds enjoy the 2013 reunion!


The celebration is set for Oct. 11, 2014, at Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, Arkansas. Here are the things you need to know:
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 7:30 p.m.)
Dress: Business casual (or theme-related costume). We’ll share more with you on that soon. It’s a cool one!
Tickets: $25 per adult in advance ($30 at the door), $10 for children
RSVP: By using the form below or calling (870) 735-7317
Activities: Cocktail hour, parade of adopted dogs on the race track, contests and shopping galore with auctions and vendors!
Entry/Parking: Due to ongoing construction, parking will be different than in previous years. Maps will be posted when they become available.

Anyone who has attended a previous reunion will tell you how much fun the Live and Silent Auctions are. The auctions are two of MSGAO’s biggest fund raisers for the year. Donations of auction items, greyhound-related and otherwise, are now being accepted. If you have something to donate, or if you know of a business that would be willing to donate a product or service, please let Director Vicki Cohen know as soon as possible. Auction donations should be received by Oct. 1. Cash donations to help with Reunion expenses are always appreciated!

We’ll be telling you more in the coming weeks about the big event, such as revealing the theme. In the meantime, you can reserve your spot early using the form below.
MSGAO Reunion Registration Form-2014

Make your reunion reservations early

If you are making plans to travel to the reunion Oct. 11 and need to arrange accommodations, here is a greyhound-friendly hotel to consider.
Days Inn West Memphis
1100 Ingram Blvd
West Memphis, AR 72301
Telephone: (870) 735-8600
email: daysinn09011@gmail.com

`Mini’ Dog Wash a Success

A huge thanks to everyone who brought their dogs to the MSGAO kennel for the impromptu “mini” dog wash Aug. 23. With your help the adoption kennel received some much-needed supplies and raised $673!
min wash

A Refreshing Event for Your Greyhound!

The Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option kennel in West Memphis, Arkansas, will be offering a summer refresher for adopted dogs. On Saturday (Aug. 23) a “mini dog wash” and supply drive will be conducted from 11-4.

Baths, nail trims, and shaving all will be available. The event is being billed as a “mini” dog wash because it won’t offer food, an auction, or raffle items of the big May event.

Items needed at the kennel include:
–Paper towels
–Dawn dish soap
–Bleach
–Bath towels
–New or unused toys
–Blankets
–Leashes
–Scrap carpeting
–Large or small Milk Bones

Come out and treat your hound to a refreshing spa day before the summer’s end!

Spa day set for Aug. 23!

Spa day set for Aug. 23!

PayPal Functioning Again!

The PayPal button that has been deactivated for a while has been resurrected now that technical issues have been corrected. You can now donate money to MSGAO or pay the adoption application deposit using this handy online tool.

MSGAO on Facebook!

While Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option has had an active Friends community on Facebook, a page of its own only recently became a reality at MSGAO on Facebook.

Give us a like on Facebook!

Give us a like on Facebook!

This new page is intended to broaden our reach, especially to the younger generation via social media and other outlets. MSGAO will be updating the page with news, pictures, and important information from the kennel! Check back frequently!

MSGAO Greyhounds in the News

Three handsome greyhounds — Midas, Cal and Batman — were featured on the cover of the July 18 issue of Memphis Business Journal. Greyhound adopter Troy Keeping was pictured with the dogs from the Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option kennel.

Troy

Troy, who feeds his adopted greyhounds Tink and Conrad with his earnings as general manager of Southland Park Gaming and Racing, is overseeing an era of growth and expansion at the West Memphis, Ark., home of greyhound racing.

Southland Park Gaming and Racing provides the adoption kennel facilities and other support to MSGAO. The 58-year-old operation proudly proclaims it is the home of the world’s fastest greyhounds.

Southland currently is in the midst of a $37 million expansion. When the new Sammy Hagar-themed sports bar and gaming space are completed in December, parent Delaware North Cos. will have invested $147 million in the historic gambling venue.