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Welcome to Greyhound Pets of Arizona!

NGA Adoption Partner
After March 21, our weekly public meet and greets will be suspended for the foreseeable future.  Anyone interested in adopting a greyhound should submit an application and volunteers will work with you to move forward with the adoption process.

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 mission to place these dogs in responsible, loving homes. Check us out on Facebook!

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Statement on Florida Vote

On November 6th, Florida voted in favor of Amendment 13 to the Florida Constitution that will end commercial dog racing involving wagering in Florida by December 31, 2020.

Adoption groups are already mobilizing and working with the National Greyhound Association (NGA). No dogs are in immediate danger. The Amendment provides for a 2-year phase out, so all dogs will not "retire" at once. A plan is being formed in a coordinated manner and we need to allow time for everyone involved to make decisions and formulate these action plans. Please be calm and patient.

As always it’s ultimately it’s up to the owners and trainers to decide where their dogs will be going and when they will retire. These are highly qualified and respected people who know and care about their hounds and will always keep the safety and the wellbeing of their athletes as a top priority as they always have.

For us it’s business as usual to plan, coordinate and support these efforts. Since 1986 Greyhound Pets of Arizona has been ready to assist displaced Greyhounds in any way we can. This will take funds to transport, vet and foster these amazing dogs. If you are interested in donating, fostering or anything else please let someone from our group know and we can direct you. Thank you for caring!

If you would like to help the hounds, here are some things you can do right now:

1. Adopt a Greyhound: Greyhounds make great pets and opening your home to a Greyhound can be life changing. Greyhounds are one of the best-natured breeds. They are smart, sweet, calm, gentle and loving with children and adults. They've lived with other dogs all of their lives, so they love to socialize with other four-legged friends. And naturally, they enjoy being with you—anywhere and everywhere! Processing adoption applications takes us a little time, so please don’t delay in completing yours. Just visit our adoption page to get started.

2. Volunteering is fun! With more hounds and increased adoptions, we will need more volunteers of all varieties to help us process applications, check references, handle the hounds, handle fundraising and auctions, manage the behind the scenes work and many other hound helping tasks. More info

3. FOSTER CARE HOMES ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! We are looking for good foster homes for retired racing Greyhounds. The more foster homes we have the more Greyhounds we can prepare for their forever homes.

Fostering is a very rewarding activity, where the foster family helps a Greyhound explore a home (most have never seen stairs, patio doors, and other interesting things), recuperate from spay or neuter surgery, learn good manners, and best of all, learn that the transition to becoming a pet is journey filled with love.
Processing foster applications takes us a little time, so please don’t delay in completing yours. Just visit our foster page to get started.

4. Donate: Our group is operated by volunteers and is funded solely by donations. We need your help to continue the work we are doing to place these retired racing Greyhounds into loving homes. Some of the expenses we need help with are transportation, veterinary care, food, publicity, medications & grooming supplies.

It is because of our Greyhound community and amazing volunteers that we can continue our mission to adopt Greyhound dogs into loving homes to give them a long and happy life. Thank you for caring - Greyhound people are the BEST!

For the latest news and more information about the Florida vote please visit the NGA (National Greyhound Association) site. The National Greyhound Association as a partner in responsible adoption endorses Greyhound Pets of Arizona.

As many of you know, most of our hounds are coming from the midwest now, due to lack of availability closer. They're coming from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Alabama. They're lovely dogs, but most of them are carrying hookworms which seems to be a fact of life back there. They don't seem to affect the dog much, but we must try to control them.

They are difficult to treat, there is no quick fix. The medications are rather expensive (about $100 for a 3-month supply), and the course of treatment must be conscientiously followed. The most highly-recommended product appears to be "Advantage Multi" given on day one, at two weeks, then at four weeks, and then monthly thereafter. This drug is also a heartworm preventive and it or a similar product should be given to all our dogs anyway. This will prevent your personal dogs from possibly picking up hooks from the new dogs. I just did fecal exams on our own dogs and they tested negative, so it's working!

Yard hygiene is also very important. Fecal material should be removed at least once daily! There is a public health aspect in that hookworm larvae can penetrate intact don’t go out barefoot in 110 degree weather and step in the feces!

Best wishes,

Leah Cole, B.S., D.V.M.

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!

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.

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!