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Greyhounds in the US need help

May 3rd, 2005, 04:15 PM
please cross-post widely

This is a cross posted message. I do not have any further information.
Please contact the Dakin shelter if you can help.


! 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.

If you can foster or adopt a greyhound, contact the Dakin Shelter (Leverett,
MA). The site is listed below. They do have one greyhound from the Track on
the dog page if you want a description of what their personalities are like.
The last link is a greyhound rescue site.

The Dakin Animal Shelter

163 Montague Road

Leverett, MA 01054

Please pass this on to all of your friends!

Lucky Rescue
May 3rd, 2005, 05:08 PM
I'll pass this on to Shirley Smith!

May 3rd, 2005, 05:23 PM
thanks Lucky! i found an email addy online for the quebec greyhound rescue and forwarded this to them. i don't know if that goes to shirley or not..

May 3rd, 2005, 05:55 PM
It does. She told me there aren't many to foster right now, (I offered to foster) but that may change... I hope I can help.

May 3rd, 2005, 06:27 PM
I would love to foster one but unfortunately there is a by-law that your only allowed 2 dogs per household. :mad:

May 3rd, 2005, 07:01 PM
I know, but I don't really mind. If no one complains, it shouldn't be a problem. People around here have 3 pitties and don't have any trouble... They don't have enough enforcement to nail the abusers, I doubt they will come after well treated, healthy fosters.

Lucky Rescue
May 3rd, 2005, 07:50 PM
That would be great Prin! These poor dogs certainly need saving.

May 3rd, 2005, 08:27 PM
I just read this on another board: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 recieve so that I can report the correct information to those that are misinformed.

Thank you,
Liz Ardell
Executive Secretary
Greyhound Pets of America

May 3rd, 2005, 09:33 PM
well, that's good news!

May 4th, 2005, 02:46 AM

You can still foster the bylaw dose not apply to fosters, atleast in Ontario.

May 4th, 2005, 07:34 AM

You can still foster the bylaw dose not apply to fosters, atleast in Ontario.
I have a three dog limit in my area. I approached the zoning commissioner with a letter explaining who I am and what I do. He has put a note in my file that I am not to be disturbed about a dog over the limit. As long as the dogs I foster are well behaved, meaning not disturbing the peace and quiet while outside, then he doesn't mind. If I'm fostering for someone else, then I just drop by city hall and let them know who I have and for how long with a copy of a letter stating it's a short term foster. Has worked in two different cities so far. :thumbs up

May 4th, 2005, 07:43 AM
Agree Toonces but here in Quebec or at least in my district they are actually city inspectors who not only knock on doors to request proof of license they ask neighbors etc how many pets you own!

Yes, of course their time can be much better spent either educating or helping abandoned pets and yes I have been even ticketed for being in a large open field (not one person in sight) playing fetch without a leash. I did not naturally see it as fair but I paid the fines X2 (B4 I get jumped ladies - I did read ALL your views re leashed dogs)

back to subject: an ex: 2 weeks ago I rescued a beautiful golden from a horrific life and fostered him for a week. I cannot tell you how many ignorant people made comments "oh my - 3? isnt there a law" etc Or: well, we can see who you favor" (golden was soooooo starved, thin and scared) and my two - well ok their fat ... I found myself spending so much time explaining - it's :crazy:

May 4th, 2005, 12:27 PM
I sat for a friend of mine's greyhound mix and I never got any bad coments. I got "Is this the mother and the other two are the babies?" (Boo being the mother... Yes of course. That's his ONE giant nipple...) I guess it depends on where you are.

May 4th, 2005, 02:35 PM
We also have people coming door to door to see how many dogs you have and if they are licensed but when we explained that we fostered they were ok with that but told us if the dog was in our care longer than 5 months we would have to get a license (just a way to make money) ;)

May 4th, 2005, 02:51 PM
Thanks BMDLuver I have a friend who's works for "Access Montreal"

never thought to go that way - good to know!