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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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"
2013 Greyt Gathering
The four paid photo runs are at the top of the page. Below that is a slideshow of selected other non-paid runners. If you would like an image suitable for printing please contact Nick Hunseder. Paid runners get them at no charge, others can arrange a donation and receive the image of their choice.
Keith also filmed most of the lure runs and has posted all of the videos here for viewing.
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
October 15, 2012 Contact: Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption
TUCSON, ARIZONA - October 15, 2012 - Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, based in Tucson, announced today that it has teamed with AZGreyhounds in Sierra Vista, and with Greyhound Pets of Arizona and Arizona Adopt A Greyhound, both based in Phoenix, to work with racing greyhound owners and kennel operators at Tucson Greyhound Park to respond to possible future changes in track operations
This alliance will ensure coordinated efforts by four experienced Arizona greyhound adoption groups to transition racing dogs reaching the end of their racing careers to forever homes throughout Arizona, the Southwest and West.
These four organizations, with hundreds of dedicated volunteers and more than fifteen years' experience, collectively find homes for over 200 greyhounds each year, and are uniquely equipped to deal with future changes to the industry.
These organizations, with kennel operators, dog owners and Tucson Greyhound Park management, have come together in response to recent events and media attention regarding Tucson Greyhound Park. The coverage has led to speculation that additional racing dogs will be ending their careers over the next twelve to eighteen months. If true, a structure is already in place to respond. Today, it is business as usual for these groups, transitioning dogs from track to home.
From Track To Home
Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is incorporated in the State of Arizona, and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is an all-volunteer organization based in the Tucson metropolitan area, with volunteers covering Pima, Pinal, and southern Maricopa Counties.
Additional information is available at www.sagreyhoundadoption.org
or contact John Clark at (520) 955-7421.
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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.