Ezkovich named Greyhound Adoption Person of the year | Events
The 2012 Greyhound Adoption Person of the Year is Lesley Tierney Ezkovich, co-founder of It’s a Grey Area Greyhound Adoption in Pearl River, Louisiana. Ezkovich was selected from sixteen nominees for the prestigious award, which will be presented at the February meeting of the American Greyhound Council (AGC) and the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA) in Las Vegas.
Ezkovich founded It’s a Grey Area in 2010, but her involvement with greyhounds and racing goes back more than twenty years. An owner of active racers herself, Lesley is known as a dedicated advocate who has built strong relationships with other greyhound owners, trainers, adoption groups and prospective adopters.
“This award isn’t about me,” said Ezkovich when notified of her selection. “It’s really for my entire organization. We have an amazing group of volunteers, and they are the ones who make it possible for us to do what we do for greyhounds.”
Those who nominated Ezkovich for the honor described her as a “hero,’ a “wonderful motivator and organizer,” and a tireless advocate for greyhounds at every stage of their lives. One nominator who has adopted three greyhounds from It’s a Grey Area wrote, “Lesley has an uncanny ability to match the right hound with the right family. She is totally deserving of the honor of 2012 Greyhound Adoption Person of the Year.”
It’s a Grey Area is known for its commitment to ensuring that every greyhound transitions successfully to retired life in its adoptive home. In addition to placing greyhounds, the organization provides help and support to adoptive owners whose greyhounds are having difficulty adjusting to home life, or dealing with health or behavioral issues. The group also assists in finding lost greyhounds and reuniting them with their owners.
AGC spokesman Gary Guccione said, “We had sixteen outstanding nominees this year, and it was a challenge to single out one individual. But Lesley’s record of dedication, commitment and service made her an obvious choice.”
Ezkovich and her husband will be the guests of AGC at the February award presentation, where she also will receive a $500 check for her organization.
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