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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If you submitted an adoption form between 5/11/15 and 5/16/15 and have note yet been contacted, please resubmit. We had a problem with our forms process and forms in that time period were not received.
On Friday, August 7, 2015, in Tucson, AZ, life changed in an instant for four-year old racing greyhound, PG Hallo Back. A seasoned athlete and the offspring of champions, this was her 210th race. It was also her last. Following is the story of this little miracle greyhound that we have affectionately named “Becky”.
The race started well for her, but quickly changed on the back turn when she and another hound collided. He got up and finished the race…she did not. Back in the kennel, she was up and walking but it was clear she had sustained some sort of injury; her head was positioned at an odd angle. After assessment with the track vets, the track general manager insisted that she be taken to the local emergency vet, where x-rays revealed her injury was critical; the C1 and C2 vertebrae were fractured in 4-7 places. Essentially, she had broken her neck. The vets wrapped and stabilized her neck and head, but Becky was going to need a specialist to repair the damage. When Becky’s trainer learned of the seriousness of her injury he called Greyhound Pets of Arizona (GPA); he was hopeful that there would be a chance to give this girl a shot at retirement. GPA contacted Phoenix veterinary surgeon, Dr. Stephen Gilson of Phoenix Veterinary Referral and Emergency, to inquire if he and his team felt comfortable with handling this injury and they agreed to assess her.
On Saturday, August 8, two GPA volunteers set out to pick her up and transport her to the specialist. When we first set eyes on Becky, she was up and walking with her neck braced in a gauze snood that covered from her eyebrows to her shoulders (shown in the first two pictures). Her trainer loaded her into the vehicle, gently snuggled and comforted her, and said goodbye. We headed home. Becky was restless on the drive and was hard to settle in. While one volunteer drove, the other sat in the back with her to keep her as still as possible. We still couldn’t believe that she had a broken neck since she certainly wasn’t acting like it! The long drive was a bit nerve-wracking between traffic and weather, but we arrived safely with our special little patient at the Phoenix clinic around 6:00PM that evening. Becky was immediately whisked into the back by clinic staff and made comfortable.
Becky on arrival at the vet's office
Dr. Gilson evaluated her x-rays and CT scan results and was not optimistic; the damage was serious and repair would be difficult. While she currently had no neurological deficit, there was no guarantee she would come through a surgery. On a scale of 1 -10 difficulty, this surgery was deemed a 10. Dr. Gilson enlisted the help of a neurosurgeon and her surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, August 11. After several anxious hours of waiting, we all breathed a sigh of relief when the clinic called to report that Becky was in recovery and came through the surgery beautifully! On Wednesday, August 12, follow up CT scans showed that the repair was holding well. As seen in the last two photos, she was up walking around and, the best part, ready to go home to recuperate!
Today, Becky is recovering at her foster home. Her neurological function remains good and the head “cage” holding everything in place is keeping her stable. She is eating well. She is a lovely, friendly, and social little girl. She is on medications to help her recover. Becky will be wearing the stabilizing head cage for 6-8 weeks. Following will be more x-rays and the cage will be gradually removed. She has a long road ahead, but we are optimistic that she will be able to enjoy a bright future as a couch potato in the home of a lucky forever family.
As Becky’s story becomes known, people have begun to come forward with contributions, but we can still use help. If Becky has inspired you, won’t you please consider sponsoring her? Any amount is greatly appreciated! Donations can be made online through the “Make a Donation” button on the below which will go through PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this. Please indicate in the notes that the donation is for Becky. If you prefer to write a check, please make it payable to Greyhound Pets of Arizona and mail it to Greyhound Pets of Arizona, PO Box 2365, Glendale, AZ 85311. We are also planning an online auction in the near future. Thank you for your kind and generous support of this brave and strong little girl!
GPA would like to acknowledge the following people who came together to give Becky her second chance: the track GM; her trainer; the vets that evaluated and stabilized her; the GPA volunteers; and the entire surgical team that so skillfully put her back together. THANK YOU ALL!
Becky ready to go home post-op
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
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"
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.
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!
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?
- Greyhound Pets of Arizona is an Arizona non-profit, volunteer-supported organization dedicated to the placement of ex-racing Greyhounds in ideal home situations.
- Greyhound Pets of Arizona's main office adoption operation primarily services the Maricopa county area.
- Greyhound Pets of Arizona's northern office adoption operation primarily services the Prescott area.
- We are a Greyhound-placement organization that accepts Greyhounds primarily from the Greyhound racetrack and local shelters. With the help of local veterinarians, our organization provides full examinations, spaying, neutering, dental care and other needed medical procedures prior to adoption.
- Greyhound Pets of Arizona adoption operations rely heavily upon Greyhound-savvy families to act as temporary foster homes for ex-racers to make the transition to home life while awaiting adoption. It is through this program we are able to allow each adopted Greyhound to join its new family in the best possible condition.
- Greyhound Pets of Arizona's volunteers work closely with each prospective Greyhound owner, matching them with a dog whose personality is most ideally suited to its new home situation to ensure a lasting, rewarding relationship.
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!
- Provide foster care
- Send financial contributions
- Donate dog food
- Donate pet supplies
- Work at our events and meet and greets
- Volunteer your professional skills such as writing, advertising, etc.