National Greyhound Association
It is headquartered in Abilene, Kansas.
Non-racing greyhounds are registered in the U.S. by the American Kennel Club.
The National Greyhound Association (NGA), a voluntary non-profit association operated in accordance with the laws of Kansas, is officially recognized by the entire greyhound racing industry—namely, all Greyhound racetracks and individual racing jurisdictions, as well as foreign greyhound registries and governing bodies—as the sole registry for racing greyhounds on the North American continent.
Organized in 1906, it has functioned in this capacity ever since the inception of greyhound track racing in this country of more than 1,500 greyhound owners and breeders whose greyhounds compete at tracks throughout the continent.Records on all breedings, litters whelped, individual registrations, transfers, leases, etc., are maintained at the NGA’s headquarters in Abilene, Kansas.
The NGA’s rigid identification system plays a key role in maintaining the integrity of the greyhound racing sport. It is also a primary goal of the NGA to promote the improvement and development of the greyhound breed itself, through maintenance of pedigree and Stud-book records dating back to the latter part of the 19th century. The NGA is an associate member of the World Greyhound Racing Federation and a charter and founding member of the World Alliance of Greyhound Registries and the American Greyhound Council, an organization established in 1987 with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA) to fund and oversee greyhound health, welfare and adoption programs.
More than 95 percent of all registered racing greyhounds are adopted or returned to the farm as pets or breeders, thanks to exceptional cooperation and communication between greyhound racing and hundreds of dedicated adoption organizations coast to coast The goal is to achieve 100 percent placement of all eligible greyhounds in the near future. Toward that end, the NGA, greyhound tracks and industry organizations spend more than $1 million annually on track-based and independent adoption efforts. They include adoption grants, a national adoption hotline (1-800-366-1472), adoption events and conferences, training and support for adoption volunteers, and transport for greyhounds entering adoption programs.
The NGA has imposed strict regulations on greyhound owners and kennel operators. Persons who own a racing or breeding greyhound must register with the NGA. They must agree to accept full responsibility for their greyhound's welfare at all times, or face severe consequences, including possible expulsion from the association. Such expulsion effectively means permanent banishment from participation in greyhound racing throughout the U.S.
To ensure proper greyhound care on greyhound farms and in racing kennels at the track, the NGA has established comprehensive animal welfare guidelines based on veterinary recommendations. The guidelines cover virtually every aspect of greyhound care, including:
Nutrition and diet Kennel facilities Housing Exercise Health management Sanitation and disease control Operational supervision
Each year, the nation's 250 greyhound breeding farms and kennels are subject to unannounced inspections by the NGA through the American Greyhound Council (AGC) to verify compliance with the industry's animal welfare guidelines. One full-time inspector travels the country continually. He is assisted by 56 part-time inspectors who are frequently called upon to make unannounced visits to farms in their area.
The inspectors file written reports summarizing their findings. Minor violations are noted and corrected. Those who fail to correct the problems may be temporarily suspended from racing. More serious violations are addressed in hearings before the NGA's governing body. Those guilty of such violations can be banned from the sport for life.
More than 99% of all greyhound owners comply with the guidelines. Fewer than half of one percent of the 2,000 greyhound owners in the country are found guilty of serious violations each year.
Board of Directors
The Association is governed by a board consisting of nine members. The nine directors are elected by nine geographical districts. The President of the Association is Steve Gilster. The Vice President is Julia Ward. Other members of the Board of Directors are: James Blanchard, Leslie Csokasy, Steven Gilster, H. Hal Gill, S. Lester Raines, Byron Jay Childs, Melvin Johnson.
- American Greyhound Council website, www.agcouncil.com