September 29, 2005

Saluki Dogs will collect for hurricane animals

by Sue Davis

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki Dogs and their owners who often visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale to support the University will be on hand this Homecoming weekend on campus with a special mission: They will be raising money for animals that survived hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

Don Magee, former SIU Alumni Association president and long-time Saluki dog owner, said money collected before the football game will go to the Galveston Bay Saluki Club. That organization has been acting as the liaison to assure that the funds collected are given to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the organization that is taking care of more than 2,000 animals displaced by both hurricanes.

Houston's Jim Green, an officer in the club and also a national board member of Saluki Club of America, helped connect the SIUC Saluki Dog Family to the relief effort.

"The Galveston Bay Saluki Club is still funding the Katrina (now Katrina/Rita) relief effort," Green said. "There have been well over 2,000 animals helped here in the Houston shelter and more are being processed everyday. This whole thing has been just incredible! Your efforts are absolutely wonderful and I assure you the Saluki as well as the national dog community will hear about it. "

Serving others is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

The four Salukis are: Ruby, owned by Sara Long, professor in the SIUC College of Agricultural Sciences and J. Kevin Roth; Grace, owned by SIUC graduate student Scott Lambert and John A Logan College student Jamey Lambert; and Fabian and Khalila, owned by Magee and his wife, Karen.

Fifteen Saluki Dogs will participate in Saturday's Homecoming parade. They come from all across Illinois and the St. Louis area.