Greyhounds – What Happens After the Track?
By Susan Rosenberg, Director of International Animal Programs
Life at the racetrack can be cruel. Greyhounds spend most of their time in metal crates inside buildings. They are only let out for training and races. They are fed substandard food and never receive dental care. When the dogs are made available for rescue organizations they usually have a list of medical issues and rotten teeth. Most often they have an injury with no medical care while awaiting a rescue to come. It is common for a dog to sit with a broken leg waiting for rescue without even receiving pain meds.
Greyhound rescues are often given a short time frame to get the dog or else. Because greyhounds always come with expensive medical needs, rescues struggle with funding. As you can imagine, they also cannot say no to a dog in need. Many greyhounds leave tracks every month in the United States. Every dog needs expensive medical even if they do not have an injury. They never received dental cleanings or parasite control and most have never even received a vaccination.
It would be great if greyhound rescue groups could take these deserving dogs without worrying so much about costs. Also, it breaks my heart and theirs to say no to a dog due to no funds.
We are working to raise funds to help GREY2K USA help greyhound adoption groups accept these dogs and help with the high cost of their medical care through their Second Chance for Greyhounds fund. This program allows hardworking adoption groups to accept dogs that might otherwise be left behind and killed. The fund enables shelters to provide a higher level of care and absorb the costs for treating extreme medical cases so that greyhound groups can focus on the dogs — and not worry about the high costs of rehabilitation ever again.
You can help these magnificent creatures and the rescue folks that care for them. Click here to see how.
by susanrosenberg, February 27, 2018