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I Care About Greyhound Rescue

Frodo is a young brindle male rescued from Kansas (Photo courtesy of Greyhound Adoption Center)

Frodo is a young brindle male rescued from Kansas
(Photo courtesy of Greyhound Adoption Center)

I am Diane C., your humble scribe and author of this blog. I love dogs, but; for a while, because of my living situation, I wasn’t able to adopt a dog.  So, I volunteered at the Greyhound Adoption Center in El Cajon, CA.

Greyhound rescue began in the 1970s and grew out of concern for the plight of retired racing greyhounds.  Typically, greyhounds were euthanized once their racing/breeding careers were over.   The “accepted wisdom” at that time was that greyhounds were not suitable as pets because they were “racers” – a racing career is approximately three (3) years.

Ironically, greyhounds, even retired racers, make wonderful pets. They are quiet, docile dogs that require no more exercise that the average large breed dog. In fact, they sleep about 20 hours a day. They are clean with minimal shedding, easy to train, and love their humans – think “Velcro” dog.

The Greyhound Adoption Center  (GAC) in San Diego, Ca rescues greyhounds from all over the western United States, Mexico, and Guam. At GAC, they receive health care, socialization, training and lots of love. The dedicated volunteers care for the hounds, provide pre-and post-adoption assistance, and educate the public about these wonderful dogs. Please visit the GAC website and help a hound.