AUGUSTA, Maine — The Old Belgrade Road in Augusta will go to the dogs on father’s day weekend, June 15-16. That’s when Maine Greyhound Placement Service will host its annual open house, a fun event which benefits the care and adoption of retired racing greyhounds. The open house, held at 231 Old Belgrade Road in Augusta, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Admission is $5 per carload of people or dogs.
But this year’s event will mark a special milestone for the organization: Its platinum 20th anniversary.
MGPS, started in Bridgton in 1993 with $70 in the bank and two dogs housed in the executive director’s kitchen. Today, a dedicated team of volunteers and staff ensure that retired racing greyhounds find a loving, retirement home. Preferably one with a couch and lots of love. Over 4,000 greyhounds have been placed since MGPS opened.
According to Open House organizer Sue Sprague, there will be lots to do for people and pups alike. Vendors at this year’s Open House include: The Tally Ho Shop, Classic Hound (Saturday only), Truman’s Collars (Sunday only), Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, Greyhound Hats, Jamie Giles Embroidery, Scentsy, Linda Evans Art, Rose Marie, Best In Paws Nail Care, Patty Pepin Animal Communicator, Laurie’s Make-Your-Own-Memory-Stone, and Bormans Great Food.
In addition to the vendors sporting dog-related goods, visitors can take advantage of the doggie spa, release some energy in a supervised canine playground, and take part in raffles and silent auctions. Information about greyhound adoption will be available for first time adopters. Previous MGPS adopters can adopt a greyhound during open house. First-timers are invited to come back.
Scott Bruns, MGPS’s executive director, noted that greyhounds are quiet, gentle souls that are the perfect size for big houses or small apartments.
The general public is invited to attend. All breeds of dogs are welcome, but must be well-behaved and on leash. Retractable leashes are not permitted.
Learn more about MGPS at www.greyhoundplacement.com.