In the greyhound racing industry, dogs can spend much of the day in crates stacked on top of each other with little to no access to medical care. They’re almost always muzzled and contagious diseases can spread easily among them. The conditions at racetracks can also be dangerous. The worst part, though, is that when they are no longer “useful,” some racetracks have sent dogs off to slaughter. One good thing to come out of the pandemic is the end of racing at Birmingham Greyhound Racing and the rehome of the dogs into forever homes!
The Alabama racetrack has been hosting live greyhound racing events for almost three decades and had to make the decision to stop during the pandemic. They had to make the financial decision to stop racing.
The good news is that their 450 former racing dogs are up for adoption!
They hope to reopen the track in May, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to do so. Hopefully, greyhounds will be able to enjoy being in a loving home rather than being exploited and forced to race.
Alabama was actually one of the only states in the United States to host live greyhound racing events. Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby says he’s “elated to see this archaic and abusive enterprise cross the finish line in my home state for good.”
The Birmingham Race Course has an adoption program with connections around the nation and there are plenty of people in Canada and New England interested in adopting. They will also place some dogs in convalescent homes and service organizations, and it’s great to know the dogs will be places where they can help others!
Sign this petition calling for an end to greyhound racing in the United States!
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