Greyhound adoption

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A "retired racer" Greyhound

Greyhound adoption or Greyhound rescue programs focus on finding homes for Greyhounds who are no longer needed for racing. In some countries, they live in kennels at the track.[1][2]

Currently, most Greyhound adoption programs are based in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In Europe, groups deal with dogs from a variety of sources; for example, in Spain, ex-hunting dogs are often in need of rescuing along with Greyhounds.[citation needed]


Greyhound adoption was started by the Greyhound industry in the late 1970s. Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) was established in 1987 for the purpose of finding homes for ex-racing Greyhounds and educating the public on the suitability and availability of Greyhounds as pets. GPA is the largest non-profit Greyhound adoption group.[3] Since its creation, GPA has adopted out over 80,000 Greyhounds.[4] The Greyhound Project maintains a directory of hundreds of Greyhound adoption agencies throughout the world.[5]

Historically, Greyhounds have had a reputation for being gentle, people-centered dogs, and "par-excellence for persons wishing for a companion for themselves or their children".[6][verification needed]

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  1. ^ Cima, Greg (May 29, 2019). "As racing ends, thousands of Greyhounds to need homes". American Veterinary Medical Association.
  2. ^ Boorstin, Sharon (January 24, 2020). "A greyhound group's challenge: 'How do you turn a racing machine into a pet?'". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "FAQS & Contacts". Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "FAQS & Contacts". Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  5. ^ "The Greyhound Project - Adopt a greyhound, make a fast friend!". Archived from the original on October 28, 2004. Retrieved October 28, 2004.
  6. ^ George A. Palmer, Secrets and Mysteries of Educating Animals (Portland, IN: Sun Job Printing Department, 1890), 61-62.

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