Sad News from the AAGI Family (Arizona Adopt A Greyhound Inc.)
It is with great sadness we announce that our director and friend, Kari Young,
passed on from this life Christmas morning while surrounded by her husband, Bill
and her daughters, Shauna and Chris.
Kari served as the director of Arizona Adopt a Greyhound, Inc. for sixteen years.
She steered AAGI through the closing of the Phoenix Greyhound Park and
through the Tucson track closing. Through her long involvement in the greyhound
community at large and her reputation as an individual with “sterling integrity,” she
set up an arrangement with a California adoption group enabling us to continue
our work helping greyhounds in need of homes.
As many of you are aware, in March of 2013, Kari had a double lung transplant,
and came back stronger than ever. The second week of November of this year
Kari went back on oxygen. At the beginning of December, she was admitted to
the hospital to determine the cause of her increasing breathing difficulty. It was
diagnosed as full blown lung rejection, and she was admitted into Hospice care at
home. The past three weeks saw a rapid progression of the disease. She
originally wanted to be the one to tell volunteers and the AAGI community at large
what was happening but was unable to do so.
About a year ago, Kari set up a team responsible for a variety of functions
including events, fostering, adoptions, nails, administration, etc. None of that will
change, we can assure you. With the help and support of wonderful people like
you, AAGI will continue to do good work finding forever homes for retired
greyhounds for many years to come. AAGI will continue in service to the
hounds as Kari intended it should.
There will be a memorial service at Tempe’s Desert Palms United Church of
Christ in a couple of weeks. The date is not yet set, but another email of the time
and address will be sent, and we will post it on the website as well. Kari wanted
the greyhounds to be present but they are not allowed in the sanctuary, so we
may hold a secondary ‘ROO’ at another time or place. Keep checking the website
Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated and needed at this difficult time.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Cards may be addressed to:
5060 W Chicago Circle S.
Chandler, AZ 85226
P O Box 63033
Phoenix, AZ 85082