Greyhound racing is taking place all across the country as we speak. The tracks may not be noticeable to the general public in some areas, but every day Greyhounds are running to make people money. When they are no longer capable of doing so, their fate can be precarious.
Greyhound Pets of America was established in 1987 to help many of these dogs when their racing career has ended. At this time it is estimated that GPA and its Chapters have rescued and placed over 80,000 dogs. And, that is just some of the many who need loving homes across the country.
A vital part of this process is the Chapters made up of local members and dedicated Greyhound lovers. In 2001 the Northern Virginia group was officially granted Chapter status after beginning the journey in the late 1980’s, thanks to Lou Batdorf. Approximately 90 dogs a year are placed through the GPA-NoVA Chapter alone.
These ex-racers are known to be intelligent, gentle, and good natured dogs. Most often they enjoy other dogs, children, and cats. Although, some do need to a little patience while learning to adjust to their new life, like any dog. And, after a life of less than perfect living conditions, these dogs are also known to enjoy curling up on a soft bed and enjoying their retirement once comfortable in their new surroundings. According to Angela Kummel, President of the GPA-NoVA, ” It is a joyous thing to watch them blossom as they become used to having a dog bed, toys, and the love of a family. They enjoy interacting with their new family and being taught the new lifestyle.”
The GPA-NoVa Chapter proudly has the lowest return rate for dogs of all GPA Chapters. This is a testament to the hard work put into making sure each dog is placed with the most suitable owner, and vice versa. The adoption also comes with a 1 year free membership with GPA-NoVA and all if its benefits.
Although there is much work that needs to be done to help these dogs, and other animals used for racing, there is occasionally good news that comes along. New legislation and state regulations are created, and hopefully the future will hold better news. In the meantime GPA and other Greyhound supporters do their best to save and assist those they can.
Next time you see a Greyhound walking down the street, take a moment to say hello and find out how wonderful they can be. You may find that they would make a great addition to your home.