Our Mission

GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan was founded in October 2000 by individuals who shared frustrations with existing greyhound adoption practices as well as a common vision about greyhound adoption — a vision that would provide more flexibility to potential adopters, one free from racing politics, and one where anyone who owned a greyhound was welcome. Central to the vision of the original founders were 3 principles:

  1. the organization would be run by a Board of Directors who would be elected periodically
  2. the organization should be run free from racing politics and
  3. the membership should have access to the organization’s financial statements.

The By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Michigan, and the Board was seated, in October 2000. GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan worked toward permanent non-profit status beginning in October 2000 and was granted permanent non-profit status in 2001. The founders also wanted clear-cut, written governing policies in addition to the by-laws required for incorporation.

To this date GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan still remains true to its roots. GEM is overseen by a Board of Directors. GEM remains neutral on the topic of greyhound racing. GEM welcomes any and all greyhound owners to join in the pursuit of its mission. GEM regularly reports its financial statements to the membership.

Our mission statement declares our purpose to …

Educate the public and raise awareness about the availability and suitability of retired racing Greyhounds as pets. Find loving and qualified homes for the Greyhounds entrusted to our care. Provide ongoing support to those who adopt Greyhounds from GEM or any other group, and Promote harmony and cooperation between ALL segments of the worldwide Greyhound community.

Finally, GEM offers more flexibility to potential adopters than many other adoption groups. GEM tries to consider each individual application on its own merits.

GEM Contacts

Main GEM Contact Information

Mailing Address:
GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan
P.O. Box 194
Wayne, MI 48184

Phone Numbers:
Phone Number: (877) 436-3647 / (877) GEMDOGS
Lost / Found Dog Answering Service: (877) 567-8436 / (877)-LOSTGEM
PLEASE NOTE THE LOST DOG ANSWERING SERVICE IS ONLY FOR DOGS LOST IN MI

 


GEM’s Board of Directors

Email GEM’s board of directors at GEM Board

Brooke Stumpf – President
Scott Earl – Vice President
Jim Simmons – Secretary
Dan Pielach – Treasurer
Jennifer Earl – Trustee
Bob West – Trustee
Luanne Newman – Trustee

 


Standing Committee Contacts

HOME VISIT
Jim Simmons – Home Visit Coordinator
Helen Davanzo – Home Visit Mentor
Merrie West – Home Visit Mentor

ADOPTIONS
Cheryel Simmons – Application Coordinator
Carol Bakker – Foster Coordinator
Helen Davanzo – Adoptions Committee Member

GREYHOUND PROCUREMENT
Cheryel Simmons – Greyhound Procurement Coordinator

VOLUNTEER
Brooke Stumpf – Volunteer Coordinator

HOME VISIT PACKETS
Merrie West
– Home Visit Packet Coordinator

NEWSLETTER
Jim Simmons – Newsletter Coordinator

GEM WEBMASTER
Andrew Jones

VETTING
Helen Davanzo – Vetting Coordinator
Katie Jones – Committee Member

CALENDAR
Dave Campbell
– Calendar Coordinator

GUR TEAM
Jim Simmons
– GUR Team Coordinator
Cheryel Simmons
– Committee Member

GEM STORE
Merrie West
– GEM Store Coordinator

ADOPTION PACKETS
Helen Davanzo – Adoption Packet Coordinator

PETFINDER WEBSITE
Jenny Heater
– Petfinder Website Coordinator

 


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Last Updated:
July 18, 2016