The greyhound track in Plainfield, CT voted on April 26th that they would discontinue greyhound racing. Unfortunately - and heartbreakingly - they've also decided that rescuers have only two weeks to get the dogs out, and any dogs remaining at the track on May 14th will be euthanized. This is a monumental task because there are at least 500 dogs currently at the track. These are all young, healthy dogs, 2-4 years of age, who would make great family pets.
Why is the track doing this? Greyhound racing is a business and because the track is no longer profitable, they're getting out. To us, dogs are cherished companions. To the greyhound racing industry, dogs are expendable commodities to be disposed of in whatever way is least expensive and most convenient when they aren't making money.
We've committed to saving as many dogs as we possibly can in the next two weeks. We'll be working with an experienced greyhound rescuer who has been placing retired greyhounds for many years. She will be going to the track and bringing us dogs. As soon as we have more room, we'll do it again. We will repeat as many times as we can before May 14th. After May 14th, there will be no dogs left alive at the track.
In order to save as many dogs as we can, we are going to try something we've never done before; sending as many as possible out into foster care by May 14th. Every time we send a dog into an adoptive home or a foster home, we can take another dog off the track. We will take the fostered dogs back into the Dakin Animal Shelter for adoption over the next few months as spaces open up for them - as long as they're off the track by May 14th, they'll be safe.
How can you help?
a.. Adopt a greyhound They're wonderful dogs - gentle, quiet, sweet, and graceful. The ones we'll be getting will be good companions with other dogs and with cats. Surprisingly, they're couch potatoes. They do need to be in a fenced area or leash walked; they aren't dogs to let run loose. For information on what it's like to take a greyhound home, visit www.greyhoundgang.com. To find out what greys we have available for adoption, call us at **********visit our dog adoption page. b.. Foster a greyhound If we can send greys into foster care and out of our Shelter, we can pull more from the track before May 14. We'll get them back into the Shelter over the next few months. We will provide all their medical care and a crate to make their transition easier. You provide your time & love and together we will give them a new life! For information on what it's like to take a greyhound home, visit www.greyhoundgang.com. If you can help, or are interested in more information, contact us at ********* c.. Donate money. We are going to need extra funds to help these dogs. We'll be buying crates and other supplies as well as paying all their medical bills. You can send a check to: Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Road, Leverett MA 01054, or donate online. Please mark your donation "Save the Greys". d.. Donate a large dog crate. We need these to send with the dogs going into foster care. e.. Spread the word! The more people who know about this tragedy, the more help the dogs will get. Many of you have seen greyhounds in the community - they're lovely, gentle dogs. When we started working with greyhounds, we discovered that there are a lot of misconceptions about them.
a.. Greys are not hyper - they're actually couch potatoes! b.. They love to run - for about 5 minutes - in a safe, fenced area. c.. Greys spend most of their day snoozing and adore soft sleeping places and all the comforts in life. d.. They are actually very good dogs for apartments or small homes because of their low activity level. e.. They are very clean dogs, and in some ways are very catlike in their cleanliness and love of comfort. f.. Most greyhounds - including all the ones we'll be getting - can live with other dogs and cats, once they've been introduced, and actually love living with other animals. g.. They rarely bark and shed little. h.. In their life on the track, they live in crates for 22 hours per day, so most things in the 'real world' are a surprise to them. i.. They've never seen simple things such as: slippery floors (wood, tile); stairs; television; windows; cats; dogs who are not greyhounds! j.. They generally housebreak very easily because they're completely crate trained (they aren't housebroken because they've never been in a house, so they have to learn what a house is! k.. They walk very, very politely on leash - they learn that at the track. l.. Greyhounds are very good companions for homes with gentle children because of their own gentle nature. This is a tragedy of enormous proportions, and we've decided to throw everything we've got into doing as much as we can. It's easy to get overwhelmed thinking about the scope of the problem - and do nothing. If we instead work together as a community, we CAN make a difference. The Dakin Animal Shelter has always relied upon our community for our support, and we're counting on you now. With your help, we WILL make a difference
"There's a wonderful story. There was a little sparrow, lying out on the ground with his feet up in the air. Somebody asked him what he was doing, and he said, "The sky is going to fall." And this person said, "What do you think you can do about it?" And the little sparrow said, "One must do what one can." - Elizabeth Layton
> Please read the reply below: > > > If anyone of you are on additional email lists regarding pets and dogs, specifically, please be aware of incorrect information that is being posted. > > Last week, the Plainfield Greyhound Racetrack announced that they were closing their doors. Approximately 800 greyhounds will be > retiring and ALL greyhounds will be adopted! Rumors are flying that 500, 1000 or even 2,000 greyhounds will be euthanized. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Greyhound Pets of America, the American Greyhound Track Owners Association, the American Greyhound Council, and the National > Greyhound Association have a plan in place to contact reputable > adoption groups and get retired greyhounds transported to those > adoption groups around the U.S. In fact, Connecticut has a state law that no racing greyhound can be euthanized. > > If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Additionally, I would appreciate receiving those emails that you may receive so that I can report the correct information to those that are misinformed. > > Thank you, > Liz Ardell > Executive Secretary > Greyhound Pets of America
Thank you for the update & clarification! :) I received this in my e-mail this morning. I do understand though that the ones that do not get adopted will be going to other race tracks which is common usually out of the country. However I want to see them all fostered / adopted so they do not have to continue to live in the horrid track / kennel conditions. I am all to familiar what really goes on & I do not want any of these precious dogs to step foot on a track ever again! Thanks again!
I also know that if bad rap gets out then the tracks are less likley to adopt out. They don't want the public to know what really goes on because then they can not get any dogs out. It is a horrible darned if you do & darned if you don't situation for them to be in. To educate yourself more click on below.
Yes I have talked to the owner of the above site several years ago & she really enlightened me to a lot about the hidden things that go on in Greyhound racing that anyone who loves animals would find appauling! It's again all about greed just as the puppymills, BYB's, brokers & petshops!
***Edited By: rhondakbt on 5/4/2005 3:20:18 PM*** Reason: Added
I live in CT and this email/story has been all over the news and the radio. No one has made any mention that the information is false. I'm not doubting anyone--I am just curious as to what the real story is. I have been trying the shelter for hours and keep getting voicemail. I am very interested in fostering one of these guys--whether its to save them from racing OR euthanasia.
I have been trying to get ahold of not only the race track but the shelter as well for the correct information and adopting information. I have left a voicemail message and sent an e-mail. I will update when I have more information, I'm trying to determine if they are willing to ship the dogs and the price of adopting them. If anyone knows please post the information, thank you.
If you have any small pets whether it be cats, dogs or rodents please do NOT attempt to foster. These Greyhounds are fresh off the track & have NOT been tested with small animals. Most Greyhounds do NOT get along with small pets as they see them as prey. Some are an exception to the rule & do fine. You have to remember that these dogs do not know what a window is, stairs, TV, tile floors, carpet etc. nor are they housebroken. It is a whole new world to them. I just want to make sure anyone who wants to help has thought through all of these issues.
Last week, the Plainfield Greyhound Racetrack announced that they were closing their doors. Approximately 800 greyhounds will be retiring and ALL greyhounds will be adopted! Rumors are flying that 500, 1000 or even 2,000 greyhounds will be euthanized. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Greyhound Pets of America, the American Greyhound Track Owners Association, the American Greyhound Council, and the National Greyhound Association have a plan in place to contact reputable adoption groups and get retired greyhounds transported to those adoption groups around the U.S. In fact, Connecticut has a state law that no racing greyhound can be euthanized.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Additionally, I would appreciate receiving those emails that you may receive so that I can report the correct information to those that are misinformed.
Thank you, Liz Ardell Executive Secretary Greyhound Pets of America
Heff, thanks but that's a double post. See Mommamia's post above on this thread. I am simply stating the rescues run a risk of loosing the chance to adopt / foster if anything negative is said about the track. Please read my posts again & see www.greyhound.org for more details. If not adopted these dogs WILL fall through the cracks & "disappear" ......