Greyhounds — they’re long, they’re lean, and they love a good snuggle. Thanks to COVID-19 isolation measures, the fastest dogs in Florida are retiring for good, and they need a soft landing.
Coronavirus has shut down all six dog racing tracks in Florida, leaving approximately 1,500 greyhounds out of a job and ready to retire to a couch like yours.
In 2018, Florida passed a bill to outlaw the sport of dog racing, with a plan to entirely phase out racing by the end of December 2020. Now the situation for the dogs has changed almost overnight due to COVID-19 and the shutdown of the racetracks. Whether temporarily or permanently, these dogs need new homes ASAP.
And while permanent homes are the big goal, the search is on for foster families to get these dogs out of the racing kennels and into a home environment as soon as possible.
Awesome Greyhound Adoptions, an all-volunteer nonprofit, is one of the organizations in Florida devoted to helping find foster homes for greyhounds. The group is feeling the pressure to field inquiries and place and care for dogs amidst the pressure of the outbreak on even everyday life.
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED IN SE FL for retired racing greyhounds. The virus has caused early shut down of two tracks and…
Foster families are provided with everything your new roommate could want, including a large dog crate, bedding, food, supplements, leash, collar, heartworm medication, and toys. You just have to supply your own love and TLC.
Greyhounds as a breed are extremely mild-mannered and gentle companions. They are calm, sweet, and are great for families. Although a larger breed dog, they are pretty low-key and, believe it or not, are known couch potatoes.
Florida too far? Visit the National Greyhound Association to find a list of adoption groups in your area.
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