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The Greyhound - From Racing to Home.
Charlotte Observer Article August 16, 2014
Greyhound group seeks home for dogs
By Allison Futterman, Charlotte Observer
Posted: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
- COURTESY OF RICK MONTGOMERY
Rick Montgomery, the satellite coordinator for the Charlotte affiliate of Greyhound Friends of North Carolina, adopts senior greyhounds, all ages 10 and older.
Greyhound Friends of North Carolina is in need of volunteers, foster homes and donations. For information, go to www.greyhoundfriends.com
Owners of greyhounds say the dogs are loving, affectionate and gentle – all qualities of a desirable pet. And there are many greyhounds in need a home.
Members of the Greyhound Friends of North Carolina are working to find homes for greyhounds. The organization, with its headquarters in Oak Ridge, has about 20 members in the Charlotte area who work to find homes for retired racing dogs.
Ballantyne resident and President of GFNC Amy Reynard has volunteered with the group since 1998.“We partner with the racing industry to place former racers,” she said.
For more than 20 years, Greyhound Friends of North Carolina has improved the chances for former racers to finds homes, Reynard said.
She said greyhounds are retired from racing for several reasons – they are no longer successful on the track, they’re injured, or they age out.
According to GFNC, the mission is to provide adoption services for retired racing greyhounds, provide for their health and welfare, educate the public about the availability and desirability of greyhounds as pets and place them through adoption into loving homes.
The organization also strives to counter the misconceptions about greyhounds.
“People think greyhounds are hyper and that they need to run a mile every day,” Reynard said. She said that’s not true.“They do enjoy daily walks,” she said, but that doesn’t mean they need long walks. She also said people would be surprised to learn that greyhounds adapt quickly to being in a home.
According to GFNC, greyhounds are sighthounds and can see clearly for half a mile. When they spot a small moving object, such as a squirrel or a bird, their instinct is to chase it. With the ability to reach 30 mph, they can cover long distances quickly. Once they’re gone, it’s difficult to find them. For that reason, they must always be kept on a leash, or kept in a fenced-in yard.
Rick Montgomery is the satellite coordinator for the Charlotte affiliate of GFNC. He and his wife have a special place in their heart for older greyhounds and have taken in 10 seniors, ages 10 and older.
Another local volunteer, Desta Hudgens, is board member of GFNC. She’s involved with a lot of the fundraising efforts, but also helps when needed. She said she participates in what the organization calls, “meet and greets.” Volunteers go to local PetSmart stores or community events where they provide information to the public about greyhounds. Local greyhound owners bring their dogs so people have a chance to see them.
Missing Dog Protocol: Always remember to call the kennel to let us know that your greyhound has escaped. We can help post on our Facebook, Message Boards, Yahoo Groups and organize search groups. If your dog has it's collar on with all ID tags, you will be the first person they will call. But if you do not have your contact information on the collar, they will call the kennel. We have a database of all owners, hounds tattoo numbers and contact numbers that was listed on the adoption contract. To keep our database up-to-date email the kennel with your new contact information.
Cell Phones: If your upgrading your cell phone, we'll take your OLD phone and recycle it. GFNC has a source to turn in the phones for money. We do not need any of the accessories or manuals only the cell phones. You can drop them off at the kennel or mail them to the attention of Blanche Fedor. Thanks!
GFNC Kennel Wish List
Kennel Wish List: New & Moderately Used blankets Warning on blanket purchases -no velour, fleece too easily shredded by the hounds or handknitted throws the loops are too open and the hands can get their legs or collars caught in the open weave. For their safety, only Acrylic Blankets, please), The hounds have been shredding the blankets and can cause intestinal blockage.
Garbage bags Kitchen & large, washing detergents powder/low suds & liquid, Clorox, Pine-Sol or Lysol, toilet Tissue, Paper Towels.
Used Crates for Resale and Foster Home Use, Bottled Water, Soda and Snacks for volunteers Dish Detergent and monetary donations.