I didn’t really want you, I wasn’t really sure and
I’ll admit I had my doubts, when you came through that door
Not small or cute or fluffy with big soft puppy eyes,
But tall and thin and bony with bald pink bulging thighs.
You weren’t the kind I had in mind, not in any way,
Perhaps it would be better if I took you back today,
Before we know each other, it really won’t be kind
To keep you here for 1 more day & then to change my mind.
But against my better judgment I decided you could stay,
and quickly I discovered you were kind in every way.
Your gentleness and patience really stole the show.
Why these dogs are wonderful, I must let others know!"
You’re my gentle giant, who just needed the chance,
To show us all what you could be, to wipe away that history,
dispel our preconceptions, that put us all to shame,
And so we come to know & love what lies beneath that frame.
And now I’ve come to understand,
What I missed at the start,
That Greyhounds need that great deep chest,
To house their great big hearts.
(Originally printed in newsletter of "Greyhounds in Need", UK)
NEW A TICKET HOME
Every retired racing greyhound wants A TICKET HOME. But each ticket
costs $75. The current cost of a long distance haul (from Daytona Beach
to any of the nonracing states with adoption groups waiting) has risen
to $2400. A full “haul” ships 32 dogs. $75 per greyhound. By long
standing tradition, GPA Daytona pays 100% of the cost. As a greyhound
adoption group, they own the equipment, pay fuel charges, upkeep and
maintenance, registration, insurance, etc. They hire drivers as
This is on top of their regular expenses like dog food, vet bills, etc.
to house the dogs until they each get their ticket home. The racetrack
generously provides GPA Daytona a kennel to house 110 dogs waiting for
adoption. (There is always a waiting list of 150 more retired greyhounds
wanting into this adoption kennel.) The Daytona racetrack is also
setting an industry standard by paying for the majority of the broken
legs, and pays the kennel staff that work in the adoption kennel. So it
is a good working relationship. GPA Daytona however pays the specialized
vet expenses, as well as the total cost of
each greyhound’s ticket home.
The adoption groups that receive the dogs are only charged enough to
reimburse for the dogs’ basic pre-adoption vetting, but never for any
additional surgery from injuries. Adoption groups are never charged
additional fees to ship the dogs. This full $75 Ticket Home has
traditionally always been paid by GPA Daytona. This financial burden now
puts the long distance hauls at risk. Yet if the dogs can be shipped to
states that do not have race tracks, there are many potential adopters
waiting for a new greyhound. Prison Greyhounds, one of the adoption
groups that they ship to, is kicking off a promotion (on behalf of GPA
Daytona) that we call “A TICKET HOME”. Here is how your tax deductible
donation would work:
- A TICKET HOME - $75 donation guarantees 1 ticket home for another
- SEND A LITTER - $375 donation send home 5 greyhounds
- FILL THE WHOLE TRAILER!!! - $2400 donation sends a trailer of 32
greyhounds to an adoption group!
The ticket’s destination will be at the sole discretion of GPA Daytona,
according to the need. (They decide, not the donor.) Just this week, one
haul had to be turned back and postponed because 2 of the 3 air
conditioners on the specialized dog trailer died, which would have put
the dogs at severe risk. The units have been totally replaced, just
another expense in the long list of maintenance requirements.
Every retired racer deserves a home. More importantly, there IS a home
out there for every retired racer, if someone can finance their ticket
home. We challenge you to purchase as many tickets as you are able.
Make checks payable to:
Greyhound Pets Daytona Beach
960 S. Williamson Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL. 32114
Let them know it is “A TICKET HOME” or donate through their website
www.greyhoundpetsdaytona.org and designate A TICKET HOME.
Every $75 sends another former racing greyhound home, somewhere, to the
home he truly deserves. Share this with your friends who care.
Senior greyhounds are friendly, intelligent, affectionate
dogs that thrive on attention. When their racing careers are over, they make
Adopt a greyhound and change your life, and theirs.
Foster Homes are URGENTLY Needed!
Please help a hound. For more information and
application, click here.
Racing name: Sgt Jim Chee
Ear Tag #:Right, 32D Left, 11300
He is good with other dogs…not sure about cats (he does chase
rabbits and gets very excited when he's sees a cat out the
He uses a doggy door to potty. Had a plate in right left leg but
that was removed several years ago. He likes to run a few laps
in the yard every day then is quite content to do absolutely
nothing:). He loves to have his ears rubbed
Sept 24 2002
Eddie, black male Good with small dogs and
cats, has spatial issues with humans but is very friendly
Name: Tai Chi Magic
Call Name: Maggie
Born in Ireland (like Belle)
R.E.: BH L.E. EJX
Birthday: Sep 11, 2004
She is a brood mom
cat safe although she is a real LOVE BUG with people and other
greyhounds. Extremely happy
little girl. Fostered in
Born May 13
Ear mark 42523
retired brood mama, playful and good with other greyhounds but
not cat safe.
She loves playing with her toys and roaching on her bed.
We are cross-posting Mulberry
Humvee for God's Greyts Greyhound Group in Orlando.
Honey is a
gorgeous blue brindle girl, 8 years old and approximately 56
pounds. She is a recent return due to her family's living
situation changing. They are heartbroken! Honey has been their
cherished pet for 3 years. She LOVES to be cuddled and play with
toys. She's super in the house and does not need to be crated.
She is small animal safe and gets along perfectly with large
dogs, as well. Honey walks BEAUTIFULLY on a leash and will do
her business on lead, too. She loves to play with other dogs,
graciously sharing her toys and being a good sport. She is
confident and could be an only dog. Lady has an eye condition
called Pannus and will need to have daily eye drops for the rest
of her life. Her condition is quite advanced and has gone
untreated for a long time, so her vision is already somewhat
impaired. Now that she is on daily eye drops, we are hoping that
she might regain some of the sight she has lost. In addition,
exposure to sunlight should be avoided as much as possible.
Wearing "Doggles" for any long walks in the middle of the day is
highly recommended. This is a serious condition and if left
untreated it would eventually lead to complete blindness. So,
whomever adopts Honey needs to understand the full implications
of this. See more about Pannus here:
You can meet Honey in her Monte Verde foster home by appointment
or at the Irish Trails Feed Store in Clermont on Hwy 27 north of
S.R. 50 across from the Citrus Tower on Saturday, December 7th
from Noon until 3 pm.
Honey would be a wonderful choice for anyone who has the time,
love and a few extra dollars a month to take on her special
need. Are you that special person?
See Honey's pedigree here:
name: Voodoo Lady
Call Name: Lady GPASS#: 0503
Color: White with some Brindle
R.E: 402D L.E.: 11979
Birthday: April 22, 2002
Very sweet girl, very beautiful coloring
Issue: Don't pull her by the collar
(harness is fine) - very sensitive -
prefers cats -
preferably no dogs and a very quiet household
Fostered in Leesburg
(WR Givens) joined us yesterday from Champions Farm. She is
10yo, ran 128 races, and had 27 puppies.
She is a happy little girl and the tail is wagging whenever she has
a human in sight. Gabby has a slight limp due to a broken
right rear hock (which is the injury that likely ended her racing
career) but is able to use the leg. More info will be posted
as we learn more about her.
They Sailed the Ocean
Greyhounds came to the New World in 1493 on Columbus' second
A Quiet Place
Baby or dog gates are an inexpensive and very useful way
to keep your newly adopted Greyhound confined to a "dog
proofed" safe area or room of your home during the house breaking
period or while you are temporarily away from the home.
We can use your donation to help offset our costs of taking
care of the dogs.