greyhounds have been prized throughout history for their
intelligence, speed, and beauty. Today, this ancient breed,
which was once the companion of kings, has been claimed
by a new master—the multi-billion dollar greyhound
racing industry. In 21st-century America, the once noble
greyhound runs for his life.
of thousands of greyhound puppies are born into the racing
industry every year; thousands of these puppies will be
cast aside just months into life. At 18 months of age,
survivors who have demonstrated the potential to make
money for their owners will be sent to various racetracks
across the country. Most will race for a year or less,
and only a small percentage will generate enough money
to continue racing to the mandatory "retirement"
age of 5 years.
On average, each racetrack supplies cage space for about
1000 greyhounds. The dogs are housed in a dozen or so
kennels buildings, each with 60 to 80 dogs. Country wide,
hundreds of occupants of those cages grade off (become
unprofitable) every day, leaving kennel owners with expenses
but no income from the uncompetitive racers. The goal
of every kennel is to keep a constant supply of money
making animals available for racing. Some kennels will
hold on to failed racers for as long as possible, but
for many… it’s strictly business. This is
the flash point that puts the lives of hundreds of greyhounds
in peril day in and day out. Despite the best efforts
of adoption groups throughout the country, thousands of
gentle, beautiful greyhounds are killed or sold for medical
experimentation every year.
Greyhound Friends for Life is a nonprofit, volunteer
greyhound rescue, adoption, and advocacy organization,
dedicated to finding loving and qualified homes in the
San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California for former
racing greyhounds. The reward for adopters is the joy
of sharing their homes with an affectionate, loyal, and
grateful companion who will be a friend for life.
majority of greyhounds in our program are 2 to 4 years
old. While finding forever homes for these ex racers is
our primary mission, we are also committed to finding
homes for any greyhounds found in shelters and providing
long-term foster care for older greyhounds coming from
breeding farms or other situations. Although some of our dogs are placed in foster homes, the majority are in our foster kennel in Auburn.
Because the welfare of the racing greyhound is compromised
at every turn for financial gain, Greyhound Friends for
Life does not accept greyhound industry funding; we believe
that to support a system of animal exploitation to which
we are unalterably opposed would undermine our effectiveness