Formerly the Candy Cane Rescue USA Fundraising Group, this organization was founded March 7, 2019 by and for members dedicated to helping raise awareness and funds for greyhounds and other dogs from the meat trade in China and galgos and podencos in Spain. Once rescued, the dogs are rehabilitated and homed in the USA, Canada, the UK and other European countries. The founders of the Flying Dog Foundation, an all volunteer 501(c)(3) charity, are American animal and dog lovers, greyhound adopters, former board members of greyhound rescue groups, and experienced greyhound adoption supporters. We believe with great passion in helping dogs escape nightmare circumstances.
The Flying Dog Foundation EIN is 84-3722623.
Making A Difference
Help The Flying Dog Foundation offset expenses for China meat trade and Spanish hunting dog survivors. Every penny counts, so please, give what you can. The Flying Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity in the United States. Our EIN Number is 84-3722623.
Puppy House Project
Each quarter, we take on a challenge in Spain. 1Q20, you can help us support our partner, Galgo Podenco Support, in building a much needed kennel for galgo and podenco puppies at ARGOS in Spain. The below link will take you to our Facebook fundraising page for puppies in need, including an auction, raffle, and t-shirt sale.
Something for Everyone!
Let's face it––rescuing greyhounds, galgos, podencos, and other dogs is expensive. And, as is the case with rescuing dogs from the China meat trade, flight and other transportation costs add up. The Flying Dog Foundation runs multiple fundraisers to help offset the expenses incurred by our partners.
Make a Difference with Us
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." – William James
Become a member of our Facebook group (it's free!) to stay connected to our events and news. Whether you're donating, participating in fundraisers, and/or sharing our posts, you'll be playing a critical role in helping to save more greyhounds, galgos, podencos, and other dogs from nightmare circumstances. Some of our events are USA-only, but many are open internationally. All are welcome.
The Flying Dog Foundation Team
With her husband, Albert, Jacqueline adopted her first greyhound in 2000. Since then, she has volunteered in greyhound rescue and served on a Board of Trustees for a greyhound rescue group. Jacqueline is also the host and producer of the "About Greyhounds" podcast and has fostered over 100 greyhounds and countless cats and kittens with her family. Jacqueline is a writer and by day works for a Fortune 50 company; her company recognized her as the Volunteer of the Year in 2017 and 2018––this led to an electronic billboard featuring her and her greyhound Baron, on the Times Square billboard in her original home town, New York City, both years. She's also authored two humorous fiction books, "Son of a Dog" and "Cruise to Nowhere," both featuring rescued greyhounds. In 2019, Jacqueline and Albert adopted Felix, a Candy Cane Rescue greyhound from China.
Ellen has tirelessly worked in greyhound rescue since1995. That's when she and her husband, Bill, adopted their first greyhound. Ellen served as a long-time trustee of a greyhound rescue group and fostered countless greyhounds––nursing several to health after they suffered catastrophic racing injuries. Over the last ten years, Ellen has worked as a crisis counselor and has been a greyhound therapy dog handler specializing in NJ state disaster/terrorism mental health response. Since 2012, Ellen also took on rescue efforts of galgos and podencos in Spain and has competed over 25 New York and Madrid round trips to bring dogs to the States for placement in loving homes.
In a word, Kacie is a warrior. She and her young family have adopted rescued greyhounds and also run a rescue for smaller animals, including (but not limited to) rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds. By day, Kacie is an early childhood educator and also founded and leads Live, Love , Laugh Again, an organization dedicated to monetarily supporting nonprofits that help both people and animals.
Director of Athletic Events
Rebecca was introduced to greyhounds when she met her husband back in 2012. She had never seen one in person, and as a self-proclaimed “cat person," Rebecca didn’t foresee spending much time with one. Meeting her husband, Clay, and his greyhound, Vash, changed all that. She was smitten, both with the dog and the man. Fast forward 7 years, 1 cat, 2 greyhounds and a bagelhound later, Rebecca and Clay have dedicated their time, fundraising skills, and love to these incredible hounds. Rebecca splits her time and love between her husband and pups, and her work as a special educator in Baltimore City, Maryland.
Director of Corporate Relations
Janis has been involved in dog rescue, specifically bulldog rescue, since 2010. She lives in Florida with her bulldog, Isis. An office manager by day, Janis is actively involved in paddle boarding and yoga. Her favorite pastime is driving across the Dunedin, FL causeway while catching the beautiful sunset you can only find in the Gulf area. Janis coordinates corporate in-kind donations that The Foundation uses in various fundraising endeavors.
Al is very much behind the scenes, but his contributions are quite visible. By day, Al is an ad agency Art Director. He designs for The Foundation, along with miscellaneous art work utilized for many of our fundraisers. Al is married to Jacqueline and has worked beside her in countless greyhound rescue endeavors.
Felix Hantz von Hound
The Flying Dog Foundation Ambassadog
An alumnus of Candy Cane Rescue, Felix was saved from a meat market in China the latter part of 2018. In February, 2019, Felix was flown to New York and immediately adopted by Jacqueline and Albert. He is, perhaps, the most silly, affectionate, and loving greyhound in the world and shines at events where he helps spread the word for his brother and sister dogs suffering in China.
The About Greyhounds Podcast
We've chosen three episodes of the About Greyhounds podcast that directly relate to the types of rescue work The Flying Dog Foundation supports. Discover what goes on behind the scenes (we do keep the conversations away from the more heinous details) and some of the ways your donations are saving dogs around the world.
The podcast is produced and hosted by The Flying Dog Foundation founder Jacqueline Howard.
You can find the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, anywhere else podcasts are available or listen directly form the podcast's website here:
One Rescuer’s Experience Saving Greyhounds in China
Flying greyhounds to safety in the UK and USA
There’s no easy way to say it: a small population in China eats dogs, including greyhounds. With underground racing popular among some Chinese, the meat trade in the country is bursting with greyhounds. It’s a horrific situation. But there are brave, compassionate people in China, the UK, and the USA working together to save greyhounds and other dogs trapped in horrific circumstances.
In this episode, we sit down with the founder of Elite Greyhounds South Florida, Sonia Healy Stratemann, to talk about her recent trip to China where she worked with Kerry Lawrence, founder of Candy Cane Rescue in the United Kingdom, and other rescuers to save as many greyhounds and other dogs as possible.
The Flying Dog Foundation is firm in our belief that transparency is king. We are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity registered in the United States of America.
Our Stance on Greyhound Racing
Our founders and team members are adamantly opposed to greyhound racing. Greyhound racing is cruel and some USA racing dog owners sell their greyhounds to parties in the underground racing industry in China. There, the greyhounds are used for breeding, kept in deplorable conditions and, when they and their puppies are no longer of value to their captors, are typically sold to the meat trade. We support organizations that have not been identified by the National Greyhound Association (the governing body of USA greyhound racing) as friendly to its industry.