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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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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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Two of our volunteers (Shari McManigal and Harriet Haroutunian) and their hounds dressed in costume for the parade at the Greyhound Gathering in Kanab, UT this past weekend. Here they are in all their glory!

Kanab 2014

Great publicity for both groups!

Canine Blood Heroes will soon be opening a blood bank in the Kansas City area. Soon, the dogs in the Kansas City area will have easier access to safe blood products like we now have in the Phoenix area. Greyhounds will be saving even more lives in Kansas and Missouri!

As always, we can use your help and support. If you know a greyhound lover in the Kansas City area please have them email so we can help their puppy save lives. Also, if know someone that would like to hear about how his or her dog can save lives in the area please email their contact information to

A big, sincere, heartfelt, life saving thank you from Canine Blood Heroes!

2014 Greyt Gathering
Greyhound Pets of Arizona says "Thank You" to The Greyhound Guild for their generous donation of $500! Several members were present at the Gathering in Renaissance costumes despite the unseasonably warm temperatures.


My name is Dr. Adam Petersen, I am a veterinarian, and I want to tell you
about something vets (and many dog owners!) are very excited about: we are starting a dog blood bank in Phoenix!!

We all know that dogs can get in trouble. Sometimes in their trouble
making they end up needing a blood or plasma transfusion, and until now the blood that has been used to save lives in Phoenix has come from elsewhere.

Why did I send this to you, other than because I love greyhounds?
Simple – greyhounds are the best blood donors on earth. They usually have
the right blood type, they are incredible to work with, and they have
wonderful veins! In short, the more greyhound donors we have the more
lives we will save. (Cher, thank you so much for your interest - I will
here back from Dr. Wardrop today. Thank you for your patience!)

A dog blood bank in Phoenix will be a great blessing for more than one
reason. Phoenix veterinarians have always had a few problems related to
blood products. First, limited access. A bank in Phoenix means that when
a dog needs a transfusion veterinarians will have a local bank they can get
blood or plasma from immediately. As you can imagine, blood transfusions
in dogs usually need to happen quickly and a local bank will allow that.
Second, limited supply. Because Phoenix has not had its own dog blood bank
there have been times when the Phoenix area has gone days without having
blood products available. A dog blood bank in Phoenix will also solve that

We need greyhounds!! Greyhounds make wonderful blood donors because of their personalities and temperament (and blood typeJ). I wish Canine Blood Heroes had more greyhounds! A few other breeds fit the bill as well;
other sight hounds, boxers, dobermans, and pit bulls.

Donors need to be greater than 50 pounds, 1-7 years old, and happy and

If you have questions, comments or concerns please call *208-346-2542* or
email * *If you have any interest in taking
part in the typing clinic (setting up a booth, etc.) please call and we can
discuss that*. *For those interested, appointments for blood typing can be
scheduled in the same way. It will only take about 10 minutes and testing
will be at no cost to the owner.

We are so excited for a dog blood bank in Phoenix! We are so excited that
soon local greyhounds will be saving local lives, one best friend at a time.

Attached is a lot of information about Canine Blood Heroes including the
last article that was published in the Post Register in Idaho Falls, where
Canine Blood Heroes originated, and a list of articles published in Salt
Lake City as we opened CBH SLC.

Please email, text, or call me with questions, concerns, or more
information. My personal cell phone number is 208-346-3533.

Thank you so much for your time! Have a great day!!
Adam Petersen, DVM

Canine Blood Heroes
Saving Lives One Best Friend at a Time

"Your imagination is a preview of life's coming attractions." Albert


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"

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!