Ten Reasons Why You Need Adopt a Former Racing Greyhound!

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Thousands of greyhounds are killed every year just for the simple fact that they can no longer race and provide entertainment for "man kind." Although these animals' racing days are over, they still have a lot to give.

These sweet and beautiful animals can be loyal, loving, and devoted companions to that special person that is willing to give them the same love, loyalty, and devotion. 

Greyhounds

You like dogs!

You don't like barking.  (Greyhounds do not bark much).
You don't like the "doggy smell".  (Greyhounds have little or no doggy odor).
You don't like shedding.  (Greyhounds do not shed much).
You appreciate beautiful animals!  (Check out some pictures).
You do not like housebreaking a dog.  (Most greyhounds are kennel trained. This makes it easy to housebreak them).
You want a really "unique" pet.
When you walk your dog...you want people to look at the dog!
You want an intelligent dog.
You want a dog that will get along well with children and other pets.
 

Ten Reasons Why a Former Racing Greyhound Needs You!
 

Most of these dogs are euthanized when they can no longer race.
Some are not humanely euthanized; they are brutally killed or "taken off", or left somewhere to starve.
Some of them are bred to race, but for some reason are not able to qualify, and never race.
Some of these dogs are used for "vivisection"; medical research.
They did not receive much TLC while racing; they cannot get enough when adopted!
They are very loving and affectionate dogs; they have just never had anyone to love.
Most of them have 8 - 10  years left to live when their racing career is over.
People have been adopting greyhounds for years, but there are still not enough homes for all of them.
They have "earned their keep", but have never had what you could call a "home".
Greyhounds, like all living creatures, need love.

 

Did You Know?

Greyhounds are wonderful pets. They bond immediately and are very dedicated. Most greyhounds are kennel trained. This makes it easy to housebreak them.

Greyhounds do not bark much. They do not take up a lot of space and are very graceful animals. They are very cautious and careful walking in the house.

Greyhounds are NOT high strung or ill-tempered. They are very friendly and get along well with other animals and children. I test my future adoptees with cats and other small animals. They learn very quickly. They do not shed much. If you brush them once a day, you won't need to bath them more than once a month (or more if desired).

Greyhounds do not eat a lot. Females should be fed two (2) cups per day, and the males should receive four (4) cups.

Greyhounds are very humble animals. They do require a lot of attention. They do not do well if left alone for long periods of time. Most will do fine during the day when the family is not home but should be boarded or left with responsible relatives or friends for long periods.

The greyhounds available for adoption, ranging in age from two (2) years old to ten (10) years old. Their average life span is between twelve (12) to fifteen (15) years.

Adopting a greyhound is a very important step. You need to be sure of what you are getting into. You can not put these dogs in the backyard and leave them. A greyhound must be kept on a lead or in a fenced yard. They are very fast, and cannot be allowed to run loose. They must have nurturing and lots of attention. top

Important Issues!

Greyhound Racing: Unfortunately, most retired racing greyhounds are euthanized because they can not run fast enough. Some because of aging, others because of breeding. Why are they euthanized? Because there are not enough adoptive homes for them to go to upon retirement.

Greyhound Racing is a Dying Industry: Across the country, the spread of Indian, riverboat and cruise boat casinos is taking gamblers from the greyhound racing industry. In the past five years, the number of greyhound tracks has fallen to 48 from 60, and every few months another shuts its gates or seeks bankruptcy-court protection. Many operators are trying to acquire licensing for slot machines in order to stay in business.

Greyhound racing's peak year was 1991, when it had 26.6 million patrons, making it the sixth most popular spectator sport, the association says. Betting revenue totaled $3.4 billion. By 1995, the last year for which the association has figures, attendance had fallen 25% from the peak to 20 million, and the total bet, or handle, had dropped 26% to $2.5 billion. In states like Massachusetts, Arizona, and Wisconsin, where nearby Indian gambling facilities have attracted habitual gamblers and younger high-rollers, the declines are steeper-50% or more.

Greyhound racing got its start in the U.S. during the Depression as a cheaper, faster-action alternative to horse racing. Dog tracks typically run 14 races a day, with one race starting every 15 minutes -- twice as often as at horse tracks. Some tracks have races in both the afternoon and evening.

But these days, casinos are open day and night, and the greyhound fan base is aging. Most gamblers prefer faster casino games. Casinos also offer gamblers better odds than greyhound tracks, which are far more costly to operate. The track and the state keep about 20% of most bets -- and more on exotic wagers. The casinos' average take is only 5%.

And then there's the cruelty-to-animals issue. Greyhound adoption programs are often sponsored by tracks and sometimes mandated by state regulators. But racing opponents like the Greyhound Protection League in Woodside, Calif., estimated that more than 20,000 greyhounds that are too slow to race are killed yearly; nearly twice the number that is adopted.

But if all of the tracks closed tomorrow; what would happen to the thousands of greyhounds that are now racing and thousands more being bred to race?

Greyhound adoption agencies need help. These dogs make unique and wonderful pets. If more people could actually "meet" a greyhound, more of these animals would find loving homes. top

How to Adopt!

Our adoption process is fairly simple. You must fill out an adoption application and then someone from the agency will go over it with you. When everything is approved, you will pay the adoption fee and if you are lucky, you can take home your new family member that day. If the dog you want is not available at the time of the interview, you will receive him/her within a three week period after that.

The adoption fee is $150.00. This fee covers spay/neutering of the animal, teeth cleaning, shots, i.d. tag, owner's manual and collar. We have had to raise the adoption fee recently because the teeth cleaning cost has been increased by $25.00.

If for some reason, it does not work out and you can not keep the greyhound, Greyhounds Galore requires that you relinquish your