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Greyhounds make amazing companions. Even if they’ve come from a life of misery at the racing track, they’re more than willing to greet you with love and be your fellow couch potato.
Below, find a list of seven awesome greyhound rescue groups deserving your attention and support — whether you’re interested in fostering or adopting a greyhound or simply donating some funds to help these animals.
REGAP of eastern Michigan has been advocating for the adoption of retired racing greyhounds and an elimination of the racing industry in the U.S for the last 20 years. Since 1994, REGAP has rescued over 1,800 greyhounds. The group will take in dogs from any source and places them into foster care until they are ready to be adopted into their forever homes.
Contact: Call 1-800-Go-Hound or fill out an online form here.
GREAT of Tampa Bay, Fla., has placed over a thousand greyhounds in forever homes since 1990. The group also works to educate people about the overbreeding of racing hounds and the high euthanasia rates associated with the racing industry. The nonprofit rescue and adoption organization takes in retired hounds from owners and trainers as well as strays and places them into a foster care program. These dogs are available for adoption in the Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk and southern Hernando counties of Florida.
Contact: Call (813) 971-4732 or email: greatinfo [at] great-greyhound [dot] org
Kansas City REGAP was founded in 1990 and has been working for 23 years to find loving homes for retired racing greyhounds. The group has placed nearly 5,000 dogs into forever homes in the Kansas City area since its inception and provides medical attention through spaying and neutering and injury and infection treatment to all dogs who come into their care.
Contact: Fill out an online form here or email: information [at] kcregap [dot] org
Even though Finger Lakes Adopt a Grey (FLAAG) of Newfield, New York was established just five years ago in 2008 as an affiliate of the National Greyhound Adoption Program, which is based in Philadelphia, Pa, the group has already made a big impact on the lives of a number of greyhounds. The organization is fully run by volunteers and services the Finger Lakes area in connecting greyhounds with their forever families.
Contact: Email: FLAAG [at] twcny [dot] rr [dot] com
Homestretch Greyhound Rescue & Adoption of Fillmore, Cali., is an all-volunteer private nonprofit organization whose main goal is to find permanent homes for retired racing hounds. In 2009, the rescue became the receiving organization for a significant airlift of 170 greyhounds from the island of Guam.
Contact: Call (805) 797-7706 or email: homestretchgreys [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
Greyhound Rescue of Nampa, Idaho was started in the early 1990s by Virginia and Ken McKean with the goal of ending dog racing and saving greyhounds. Virginia McKean played a key role in shutting down Idaho’s infamous Post Falls dog track and eventually all dog racing was banned from the state in 1996. Today, the organization still engages in legislative efforts to end greyhound racing in other states while finding its victims forever homes.
Contact: Call (208) 703-0333 or email: info [at] greyhoundrescueofidaho [dot] org
American Greyhound is an Indiana-based nonprofit that aims to find loving homes for unwanted greyhounds and to educate the public about how wonderful they are as companions. The nonprofit focuses on rescuing racing hounds from Alabama and Florida tracks and provides them with vet care and love until they are able to find forever homes.
Contact: Fill out an online form here or email: adopt [at] americangreyhound [dot] org
Click here to discover other greyhound rescue groups in the U.S. and abroad and find out more information about greyhounds by visiting GREY2K USA and the National Greyhound Adoption Program. (Be sure to check out the global effort now underway to end greyhound racing too!)
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