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April 11, 2011

April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month

Thousands of Greyhounds In Need of Permanent Homes Due to the Economy, Recent Track Closings

Framingham, MA-What better month than National Adopt-a-Greyhound month to welcome a beautiful, graceful and gentle companion into your home.

A total of 10 Greyhound racing tracks have closed across the country since the end of 2008 and 25 have closed since 2000. An estimated 500 to 1,000 greyhounds have been displaced as a result of each closing. Add greyhounds that have been retired from still-existing tracks across the country and you have thousands of wonderful, vibrant dogs being cared for by adoption groups as they wait to be adopted into permanent homes.

Two tracks recently closed in Massachusetts as a result of state legislation banning racing and the sluggish economy contributed to other closings across the country. April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month and The Greyhound Project is spreading their message of greyhound adoption awareness to ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds waiting at adoption groups find caring homes.

“Greyhounds are graceful, gentle and make great pets and companions,” said President of The Greyhound Project Michael McCann. “The state of the economy has resulted in fewer adoptions and more surrenders. This factor, along with the track closings, really underscores the importance of finding permanent homes for these wonderful Greyhounds.”

The Greyhound Project works to support over 300 greyhound adoption groups nationwide. The charity also publishes Celebrating Greyhounds, an award-winning quarterly magazine written for greyhound adopters, owners, and supporters.

About The Greyhound Project

Founded in 1992, The Greyhound Project is a volunteer, non-profit organization. The mission of The Greyhound Project is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters, and the public. Please visit www.adopt-a-greyhound.org for more information.

 In South Florida, check out Hollydogs: www.hollydogs.org.

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We share our home with four greyhounds right now, and they are wonderful pets. Please, if you're considering adopting a former racer, read up first. There is a lot of information at www.gcnm.org and we invite you to read and share everything. Read up first, then go and meet some greyhounds, and work with your adoption agency to get the perfect hound for your family.

I have been hearing these stories about greyhounds for a long time. Hopefully homes can be found.

I love greyhounds

Hope that greyhounds can found their homes.

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