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Welcome to Greyhound Pets of Arizona!

Our primary objective is to adopt Greyhound dogs into loving homes to give them a long and happy life. Secondly, we want to educate the public about Greyhounds, making them aware that Greyhounds make some of the best pets available. Finally, we are seeking like-minded individuals who can foster these dogs or volunteer their time or funds to help educate the public and aid our rescue mission. Check us out on Facebook!

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Greyhound Pets of Arizona
presents

Mardi Greys
the 2015 Greyt Gathering

Saturday, January 24, 2015
10AM - 2PM

NEW LOCATION!!
PERA Club
1 E Continental Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

Please watch this spot for Greyt Gathering news as the time gets closer

GPA-AZ will be marching in the Parada del Sol in Scottsdale on Saturday Feb 14. This is open to all our volunteers and adopters.

For those people and dogs who can not walk the distance we will have a decorated flatbed being pulled by an antique tractor.

We would like to highlight the many types of careers our greyhounds have starting with racing but including therapy dogs, blood donors, couch potatoes. If you have a hound that has vests or blanket identifying their affiliation with a service organization please let us know if you are able to walk or ride with with us so we can spotlight you and your hound.

When we get closer to the event we will try to get an approximate count of those wanting to join in the parade

WoofTrax

GPA is happy to announce that we are now a participating member of the “Walk for a Dog” smartphone application by WoofTrax. Use the app each time you grab for the leash. It’s healthy for you, your dog, and GPA! 

How does it work? The more people who walk and the more frequently they walk, the more money that WoofTrax will donate to GPA. It’s so simple! After you download the app onto your smartphone, take the phone with you when you walk your dog(s). Simply press the “Start Walking for …” button and the app will keep track of your walk. When your walk is stopped, it will be credited to GPA. The more people walking for GPA, the more Wooftrax can donate, so please spread the word. To maximize the donation to GPA, please share the app with your friends and get the word out! It’s the number of Walk for a Dog users and the number of times they use the app that counts the most. Anyone who walks or hikes regularly can participate. 

What if I don’t have a dog? Can I still use the app? Absolutely! You can walk for any of the foster dogs at GPA. 

What if I don’t have an iPhone or Android smartphone? While you can’t use Walk for a Dog yourself, you can always walk with a friend who has the app to help support GPA. 

Visit the WoofTrax website for more information

Thank you all for your tremendous support of GPA-AZ in the
Bowl-A-Rama! Thanks to you we raised over $6500!!!

 

We had a great time this year and team Tail Chasers rocked! Not only did they raise over $6500 they won $100 for being the team with the "Best Cheer" and another $100 for "Best Costumes". These folks know how to play the game! A few photos are below.

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One of our foster family members has this to say: "I'm very happy for [my recent foster]. After all he has been through; no dog deserves a good home more than he does. To live his life out, and be with a family that values his company and love and accept him as a member of their group. It's why we all do what we do.

That's the greatest joy and satisfaction available doing this kind of volunteer work. You love them all, but like we all know, "you can't keep them all". So you care for them, and you teach them and most important of all, you constantly remind yourself that they are going to leave, and your reward is getting them to that destination. It's not about your feelings or selfish wants. It's about the dog, and what is in its best interest.

And for the most part, that works. I've really gotten pretty good at the good-bye thing. I have, for the most part, learned to feel personally satisfied when a foster goes to their permanent home. I'm not losing a dog, I got a good dog into a good home, and I did a good thing. And that's the biggest reason I do this; the personal satisfaction of working to that successful end. Because it is about the dogs.

But every so often, [when] a foster leaves to go to [their home] they take a little piece of you with them. I truly enjoyed working with this foster, and he will be missed."

From Greg Hogue:

 

"In honor of Adopt a Greyhound Month, I was "promoted" to the spokesperson for Greyhound Pets of Arizona today and appeared on Sonoran Living on the ABC affiliate here in Phoenix. I had my goof Ballistic, along with the floozy Rumor in here showgirl outfit and Rocky the Red. And I'll be damned if TV doesn't add 20lbs to ya..lol"

Watch the video here

In America, Greyhounds can be traced back to the 1500s, brought in by
Spanish explorers to "guard, hunt, intimidate and punish their
enemies—in this case, the Indians".

During the American Revolution, a huge Greyhound named Azor always accompanied George Washington.

Greyhounds were among the first dogs recorded at American dog shows,
with an entry of 18 exhibited at the Westminster Kennel Club show in
1877. They were in the second edition of the AKC Stud Book in 1885 with
listings of three males and five bitches.

Today the breed's most valued trait is companionship—a lovely dog with a lively personality.

Rachel Hogue's photo essay of life at a Greyhound track. A "behind the scenes" view.

Here's what she says about it:

"This is a collection of images I've taken from 2006 on. I've designed this set as an educational tool for greyhound people (much like myself) who have an interest in what their dog's life was like before retirement. I've done my best to represent things as accurately as possible, and I plan to continue updating the set in the future. Please enjoy, and feel free to comment and ask questions!

An excerpt from a 1998 seminar given by Kathleen Gilley

A must read for new Greyhound owners and pretty good for anyone else too...

"What is your new adoptive greyhound thinking?"

This is a group in Alabama, but we share the same mission.


We Are Non-Profit

Greyhound Pets of Arizona is an all volunteer, tax-exempt, 501(c)3, non-profit organization. All donations go directly to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of ex-racing Greyhounds.

Why Choose Greyhound Pets of Arizona for Your Greyhound Adoption?

How You Can Help

If you can't adopt a Greyhound right now, but you'd still like to help, here's what you can do!