The Greyhound breed has become increasingly popular over the years and was one of the first breeds at the American dog shows.
According to an article in Wide Open Pets, “Historically, Greyhounds have been used as hunters due to their great speed – they are the fastest breed of dog, reaching top speeds of over 40 miles per hour – and keen eyesight. Spanish explorers brought Greyhounds to America in the 1500s for this very purpose.”
So Greyhounds are hunters but also loyal companions! If you love this breed and want to learn more than tune into this Q&A with Rebecca Nance – President, Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest.
We asked Rebecca some questions about the latest news on Greyhound racing that takes effect in 2021 and how that will impact this organization.
The Committee to Protect Dogs called Amendment 13, which was approved by 69 percent of voters this week, “a knockout blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for nearly a century.” Florida hosts 11 of the 17 active dog tracks in the United States, but the industry will be shuttered in the state by January 2021, meaning some 6,000 dogs will need new homes.
Greyhound Rehoming Q & A
Q1. Over the next two years, how many Greyhounds do you anticipate coming to Oregon under your care?
Every year we have 80-100 dogs that come through our organization for adoption. The next two years will be dependent on the racing cycles as some folks are already pulling the plug on sending dogs to the race tracks. So we’re not sure the influx over the next 12-24 months and what that may look like but we can expect probably 120 or more this year. Dogs typically come here in the March/April timeframe and we’ll absolutely be getting dogs in February but the number is still to be determined. It could be as many as 30.
We’ll be preparing for them in about 5-6 weeks from now. Many of the dogs come from Alabama as that’s typically where they are bred before they get sent down to Florida for racing.
Q2. What does your foster network look like?
A2. We have an amazing foster group of more than 30 homes currently but we always need fosters and monetary donations.
Our fosters teach the dogs how to do “every day” activities like walk in a house and how to use stairs. Some of the elderly dogs or dogs with medical issues will have permanent fosters rather than adopting them out.
Q3. What can someone expect if they’re adopting from you?
A3. All our dogs come vaccinated, spayed/neutered, have had a recent dental cleaning, identification tags so they’re in our database, new leashes, baths, flea, and heartworm medication already on board!
And we always need volunteers! You don’t have to own a greyhound to become involved in our organization! Check out our site http://gpa-nw.org/ if this sounds interesting!
We have such a wonderful network within the community as well. We have late spring playdates for anyone that wants to get to know other Greyhound owners, picnics and a Portland walking club too! If you just moved to the area, we’ll give you a tag so you’re part of the network!
Remember that different dogs have different personalities and needs. The Greyhounds that are right off the racing track are anywhere from 2-7 years old. And the moms are awesome! They’re super happy and used to taking care of puppies and putting up with a lot of crap from their litter.
They are confident dogs.
It’s a commitment though, they need to be walked every day and they must have visual stimulation. They need a coat and they’re not outdoor dogs! These dogs require a fenced yard and if the see something they want to chase, they will so they must be kept on a leash!
http://gpa-nw.org/adoption-application/ -You can start by filling out the adoption application we have on our site. We’d love to have more of the community involved and more foster families in 2019.