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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GPA has received word that the Tucson Greyhound Park will be closing
this year. The best word we have at this time is that the closing is
likely to be the end of June.
GPA, along with other adoption groups in the area, is mobilizing to
start bringing retiring greyhounds into foster programs.
WE ARE IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL FOSTER HOMES OVER THE NEXT 60 – 120 DAYS
GPA has also reached out to groups out of state to see if we can place
available hounds with them. In addition, the National Greyhound
Association is offering assistance with coordinating, hauling and
finding groups to take the hounds that will need homes.
Please be assured that with all the resources working together all the
greyhounds will be taken care of. Some will move to other race
tracks. Those that are ready to become pets will be moved to adoption
groups. While this is not a crisis, we still must move quickly.
This is an opportunity to help move these retiring hounds to places,
in addition to our group, where they can quickly find homes.
Please let us know if you have the ability to foster for a short time.
The hounds will be coming directly from the track.
- They may or may
not be spayed/neutered when you get them
- They will not have been tested with small animals and cats
- They may have parasites such as ticks although the kennels are
working hard to make sure the hounds are clean.
- They will not necessarily be house broken
If you are up for this short term challenge please let us know your
availability. GPA will support you in this effort.
If fostering is not for you we may need help with
- Doing home visits
- Other organizational tasks
And of course, if you are considering adding another hound to your
household this may be a great time to do that.
All of you might be interested in an update on our dear, sweet Becky. As you can see from her recent picture, she's doing GREYT!!! Not only does she make appearances at meet-n-greets and greyhound picnics, but she's also become a canine blood donor. Isn't that amazing! She's doing her part to give back and help other pups who need emergency care like she did. Way to go, Becky!
Here she is in proudly wearing her Canine Blood Hero uniform. What an amazing pup!
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.