Thankfully, betting on their lives is OVER- now it's time for love and freedom, with your help!
The greyhound belongs to a family of hunting dogs called sighthounds. The slender, long legged sighthound hunts by spotting movement of a prey animal across a vast distance, then running the animal down with lightning speed. They greyhound, though, is a unique sighthound developed more for track racing than for hunting. Greyhound racing is a high-stakes, brutal industry that is fortunately being banned in more and more communities.
Greyhound racing dogs who are past their prime, or who simply lose too many races, would face quick deaths if it weren’t for rescue groups who take them in and foster them. Greyhound rescue groups teach these ex-racing dogs (who usually live their entire lives in kennels) how to be family companions.
The vast majority of greyhounds found in family homes today are ex racing dogs. Now more than ever, these rescue dogs need our help. In 2018, legislature was passed that will lead to the closure of all of the greyhound racing tracks in the state of Florida by the end of this year, 2020. In addition, these kennels have been temporarily closed due to the novel covid-19 virus. Some plan to reopen after, but some have closed permanently at this juncture in time. There’s going to be a huge influx of dogs needing forever homes, or even temporary foster care. By donating supplies, money, or even time spent helping walking these animals you can help contribute to a better quality of life for these majestic dogs.