Each year hundreds of young and healthy purebred Greyhounds are in need of adoption after their time on the track is through. Calm, gentle and eager to please, these graceful pets are quite comfortable giving up life in the fast lane. AZgreyhounds is dedicated to the rescue and adoption of these beautiful animals. We also provides educational programs to local schools and groups about retired Greyhounds, their history, Greyhound racing and our adoption program.
The road to retirement for the retiring racing Greyhound begins in many ways. Typically, dogs not placing in the top four positions are removed from the track. Twenty years ago, this would have meant death or use for medical experiments. Today, adoption programs like AZgreyhounds work closely with the kennels and Greyhound rescue groups in a multi-state area to provide "forever" homes for retired racing Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds in the program are neutered or spayed, their teeth cleaned, vaccinations updated, blood tested and general physical given. The dogs are generally between the ages of 18 months and five years. Life expectancy is twelve to fourteen years. Foster homes are volunteer families, who take the recently retired Greyhound and begin the process of adjustment into a home, living and interacting with people and other animals, and learning about a whole new way of life. The dogs have led a very regimented life to this point, being let out of their 4' x 4' x 4' crate four times a day, fed once a day, and racing twice a week. All of these things are new and require adjustment. After several weeks of fostering, the dogs begin attending adoption days, where they will meet and very shortly go home with a new family, to spend the rest of their lives.
THE TOP TEN REASONS TO ADOPT A GREYHOUND
10. They truly know the meaning of retirement.
9. People will stare at your dog instead of at you.
8. They can curl up to the size of a ball if they need to.
7. They can expand to the size of the whole bed if they want to.
6. They don't bark, keeping your neighborhood safe for burglars.
5. You can play their ribs like an air guitar.
4. They are the only dogs that know how to really smile.
3. You can dress them up as a reindeer for Christmas.
2. They are never confused with poodles.
1. A Greyhound in flight is the most amazing sight you'll ever hope to see in your own backyard.
as suggested by Michelle Hendrix.
We would like to thank the following people, organizations and groups for their support and sponsorship of the Arizona Greyhound Adoption, Inc.:
- CAL Ranch Store, Sierra Vista, AZ*
- NEW FRONTIER ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER, SIERRA VISTA, AZ
- Clear The Way Kennel, Texas
- Greyhound Adoption League - Texas
- Cliff Hale, Jr. Kennel, Tucson, AZ
* Adoption Center
1. If I want it, it's mine.
2. If I can chew it, it's mine.
3. If I find in it the litter box, it's mine.
4. If I can carry it to my bed, it's mine.
5. If I race you to the couch and win, it's mine.
6. If it's on the kitchen counter, it's mine.
7. If I'm running in the yard, it's mine.
8. If I see a squirrel, it's mine.
9. If you want to borrow the van, remember, it's mine.
10. If the racetrack wants me back, tell them I'm yours!
Register Your Greyhound Pet!
You can officially register your Greyhound pet with the official North American Greyhound registry, the National Greyhound Association.
For only $20, you'll receive a beautiful, suitable-for-framing registration certificate that carries all pertinent information on your Greyhound pet: official NGA name, pet name (optional), color, sex, whelping date, two-generation pedigree, and complete bertillion (markings).
To further assist in the effort to find good homes for Greyhounds, a portion of your fee will be sent by the NGA to the Greyhound pet agency of your choice when you register your Greyhound as a pet. In this way, you can assist in finding a home for other retired Greyhounds. Requirements for an NGA pet registration are as follows:
City, State, Zipcode:
Greyhound's Racing Name: if available
Right ear tattoo (example 94A) :
Left ear tattoo (example 39821):
Send your applications for Greyhound pet registration to:
National Greyhound Association
P.O. Box 543, Abilene, As. 67410
or you can go to the NGA's webpage to register:
Greyhound racing is enjoyed in many other countries, including Great Britain, Ireland and Australia.
Greyhound racing contributes, from the mutuel handle only, over $100 million to state and county governments.
Greyhound tracks contribute to charities in excess of $2 million annually.
On the average 80 percent of the money wagered (the handle) on a given night is returned to the holders of the winning tickets (percentage varies from state to state).
The largest purse of $152,800, Bomb Threat, May 27, 1996, The Woodlands, Bernie Collette owner, Clinton Blair Kennel;May 27, 1996 in the Great Greyhound Futurity at The Woodlands in Kansas City, KS.
Most Greyhound programs consist of 13 races, each with eight Greyhounds. However it is not uncommon to see a 14- or 15-race card.
5/16, 3/8, 7/16 and 9/16-mile, are the most frequently run distances in Greyhound racing.
Greyhounds will cover the 5/16-mile course in approximately 31 seconds reaching speeds up to 45 m.p.h.
The American Greyhound Council works earnestly to promote Greyhound adoptions and to ensure the welfare of racing Greyhounds.
Florida is the leading state for Greyhound racing. Its tracks generate millions in revenue.
More than 15 million people visit the 48 racetracks resulting in more than $100 million in revenue for state and county governments. More than $2 billion will be wagered each year.
A track capable of sustaining a pari-mutuel handle of more than $500,000 will employ a minimum of 600 people. This figure does not include "area" economic impact for restaurants, motels, gasoline sales, etc.
Greyhounds are bred to run and love to do it. They are muzzled to prevent any chance of over-zealous play in the turnout pens and to assist in determining photo-finishes (a camera technique developed for dog racing).
Some of this information was provided by the National Greyhound Association
WHICH TREATS OF THE CHARACTER AND PURSUITS OF THE FAMOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA
In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack,
and a greyhound for coursing.