April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month and the need to place thousands of surplus greyhounds from southern racing states to adoptive homes in northern, non-racing states has never been greater. There’s a concentration of beautiful, ex-racing greyhounds in seven southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia) and a lack of adoptions in those states. Most adoptions occur in the north and northeast portions of the country.
“Although many greyhound tracks have closed in recent years, the need to find homes for retired racing greyhounds has not diminished,” said President of The Greyhound Project Melissa Cook. “Greyhounds retiring from the 21 remaining tracks across the country, including 12 in Florida, are being cared for by adoption groups as they wait to be adopted into their permanent homes.”
“The need to move these dogs to non-racing states is critical, and costs associated with accomplishing this present a real challenge. National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month is a great time to welcome these wonderful Greyhounds into loving and permanent homes.”
National nonprofit The Greyhound Project is spreading the message of greyhound adoption awareness to ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds find caring homes. The Greyhound Project works to support over 300 greyhound adoption groups nationwide. The charity also publishes Celebrating Greyhounds, an award-winning quarterly magazine written for greyhound adopters, owners, and supporters.
About The Greyhound Project
Founded in 1992, The Greyhound Project is a volunteer, non-profit organization. The mission of The Greyhound Project is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters, and the public. Please visit The Greyhound Project for more information.