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Just before Christmas a beautiful,
untattooed female 'greyhound' came to the front porch of some kind, young people in a town in rural Ohio. This dog seemed friendly, outgoing, and definitely a stray. She was taken into the house and became even more friendly. During the course of the coming week another 'greyhound' appeared in the yard.
A Message from Louise Coleman, Founder and Executive Director,
Greyhound Friends began on Mothers' Day, 1983. When my son, Nolan, and I brought Boston Boy (our first greyhound) home from Wonderland I had no idea about what was to become the long and winding road of greyhound adoption and welfare. Greyhound Friends has adopted out thousands of greyhounds over the years. Greyhound racing has ended in New England, and now we bring greyhounds up from Florida and other racing states for adoption in this area.
Unfortunately, many greyhounds don't make it to adoption groups. A growing number are given or sold to people who breed them with hunting or sled dogs. The result are many greyhound crosses, who often land in high kill shelters.
Greyhound Friends is working with humane groups in the Mid-West to bring a representative
attention to the hound crosses, and beagles who have no hope where they are.
The intent is to help some very deserving dogs, and to reach adopters who are looking for a good dog, but not exclusively a greyhound.
We ask the shelter volunteers in the Mid-West to keep an eye out for the greyhound crosses; and our shelter scouts know we will try to bring some of these dogs here for adoption. Another benefit of having some hounds and beagles in our adoption kennel is that we are networking much more extensively with regional shelters and adoption groups in New England. This helps us get the Greyhound Friends message out and to bring more greyhound adopters to our door.
For those interested in learning about hound mixes and greyhound crosses, Greyhound Friends has launched this companion website. We hope you’ll join us in helping these very deserving dogs.
number of these greyhound crosses here, so that the public will become aware of this increasingly prevalent peril for greyhounds.
In the midst of this rescue effort we have become aware of other mixes and hounds who have little chance of adoption in the Mid-West. I am reminded of how Irish greyhounds and lurchers, and Spanish galgos, have historically been regarded in their respective countries – as of absolutely no intrinsic value. These Mid-West mixes and hounds are also victims of people's vicious unkindness.
Greyhound Friends will always be predominantly a greyhound adoption/welfare organization. At the same time, we are beginning to bring
We have wonderful
dogs in real need of your help.
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This male brindle was strikingly handsome but much more scared of people. It took several days to reel him in. The dogs were named Penny and Ivan. A local search was made to try to find out where they came from. No luck. A more far flung Internet search was made. Eventually Greyhound Friends learned about these stranded - lucky - dogs. Unfortunately, the more track greyhounds end up being bred for hunting, the more greyhound mixes surface. Penny and Ivan were far more fortunate than most of these dogs. Two of their saviors, Jonnell and Anna, made the effort to drive Penny and Ivan to Greyhound Friends . These dogs look just like track greyhounds, but with no identifying marks.As tracks close and adoption groups are inundated, orphans, like Penny and Ivan will be more preva lent. If only they could tell us their stories. Louise Coleman, www.greyhound.org