Greyhounds Galore

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Did You Know? || Important Issues || How To Adopt

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Greyhounds Galore is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), animal rescue and adoption organization. We are located in the Middle Georgia (Macon) area. The organization, founded by Jackie Brantley, was established to help in the fight for the lives of retired racing greyhounds. Thousands of greyhounds are killed every year just for the simple fact that they can no longer race and provide entertainment for "man kind."
 
Although these animals' racing days are over, they still have a lot to give.  These sweet and beautiful animals can be loyal, loving, and devoted companions to that special person that is willing to give them the same love, loyalty, and devotion.
 
Greyhounds Galore is operated and funded solely by Jackie Brantley.  The organization needs help and donations desperately.  If you would like to adopt a greyhound, offer your help, or make a donation, you can contact Greyhounds Galore at 478-742-0474; or other ways to contact us are:  Contact   top
 
Did You Know?
Greyhounds are wonderful pets.  They bond immediately and are very dedicated.   Most greyhounds are kennel trained. This makes it easy to housebreak them.
 
Greyhounds do not bark much.  They do not take up a lot of space and are very graceful animals. They are very cautious and careful walking in the house.
 
Greyhounds are NOT high strung or ill tempered.  They are very friendly and get along well with other animals and children.   I test my future adoptees with cats and other small animals. They learn very quickly. They do not shed much. If you brush them once a day, you won't need to bath them more than once a month (or more if desired).
 
Greyhounds do not eat a lot.  Females should be fed two (2) cups per day, and the males should receive four (4) cups.
 
Greyhounds are very humble animals.  They do require a lot of attention.  They do not do well if left alone for long periods of time.  Most will do fine during the day when the family is not home, but should be boarded or left with responsible relatives or friends for longer periods.
 
The greyhounds available for adoption, range in age from two (2) years old to ten (10) years old. Their average life span is between twelve (12) to fifteen (15) years.
 
Adopting a greyhound is a very important step.  You need to be sure of what you are getting into. You can not put these dogs in the backyard and leave them.   A greyhound must be kept on a lead or in a fenced yard.  They are very fast, and cannot be allowed to run loose.  They must have nurturing and lots of attention.  top
 
Important Issues!
Greyhound Racing:  Unfortunately, most retired racing greyhounds are euthanized because they can not run fast enough. Some because of aging, others because of  breeding.  Why are they euthanized?  Because there are not enough adoptive homes for them  to go to upon retirement.
 
Greyhound Racing is a Dying Industry:   Across the country, the spread of Indian, riverboat and cruise boat casinos is taking gamblers from the greyhound racing  industry. In the past five years, the number of greyhound tracks has fallen to 48 from 60, and every few months another shuts its gates or seeks bankruptcy-court protection. Many operators are trying to acquire licensing for slot machines in order to stay in business.
 
Greyhound racing's peak year was 1991, when it had 26.6 million patrons, making it the sixth most popular spectator sport, the association says. Betting revenue totaled $3.4 billion. By 1995, the last year for which the association has figures, attendance had fallen 25% from the peak to 20 million, and the total bet, or handle, had dropped 26% to $2.5 billion. In states like Massachusetts, Arizona and Wisconsin, where nearby Indian gambling facilities have attracted habitual gamblers and younger high-rollers, the declines are steeper-50% or more.
 
Greyhound racing got its start in the U.S. during the Depression as a cheaper, faster-action alternative to horse racing. Dog tracks typically run 14 races a day, with one race starting every 15 minutes -- twice as often as at horse tracks. Some tracks have races in both the afternoon and evening.
 
But these days, casinos are open day and night, and the greyhound fan base is aging. Most gamblers prefer faster casino games.  Casinos also offer gamblers better odds than greyhound tracks, which are far more costly to operate. The track and the state keep about 20% of most bets -- and more on exotic wagers. The casinos' average take is only 5%.
 
And then there's the cruelty-to-animals issue. Greyhound adoption programs are often sponsored by tracks and sometimes mandated by state regulators. But racing opponents like the Greyhound Protection League in Woodside, Calif., estimate that more than 20,000 greyhounds that are too slow to race are killed yearly; nearly twice the number that are adopted.
 
But if all of the tracks closed tomorrow; what would happen to the thousands of greyhounds that are now racing and thousands more being bred to race?
 
Greyhound adoption agencies need help. These dogs make unique and wonderful pets. If more people could actually "meet" a greyhound, more  of these animals would find loving homes.  top
 
How to Adopt!
Our adoption process is fairly simple.  You must fill out an adoption application and then someone from the agency will go over it with you.  When everything is approved, you will pay the adoption fee and if you are lucky, you can take home your new family member that day.  If the dog you want is not available at the time of the interview, you will receive him/her within a three week period after that.
 
The adoption fee is $150.00.  This fee covers spay/neutering of the animal, teeth cleaning, shots, i.d. tag, owner's manual and collar. We have had to raise the adoption fee recently because the teeth cleaning cost has been increased by $25.00.
 
If for some reason, it does not work out and you can not keep the greyhound, Greyhounds Galore requires that you relinquish your greyhound back to a representative of the agency.  If desired, another dog will be accepted in the place of the first greyhound if permissible.
 
If you have questions about the adoption process, please call Jackie or Paul at (478) 742-0474...or try this link:  Contact 

We will be glad to mail or Email an adoption form for you to look over.   top