Everyone - the Florida Greyhound rescue world has been dealt a devastating blow this week - the Melbourne race track is closing early this season, and over 300 dogs are in danger of immediate death, just because their use has come and gone on the track..... This terrible situation created by the Melbourne track closing is going to be bad over the next 2 or 3 weeks, but particularly in the next week.
These beautiful dogs waiting in line to get out of Sanford Orlando will be put down to make room for the active racers being moved from Melbourne if we don't get them out of there. And, when I say "put down", I am not saying that they will be humanely put down. There is no guarantee of that. Trainers, dog handlers, rescue groups are all working together to save these dogs. But the task is daunting and we need all the help we can get. Greyhound rescue groups are moving dogs out of FL at a phenomenal rate! If you are able to take an extra foster or a first foster, it will not be for a very long time. A week or two, most likely, until we can get the dogs vetted and arrange a ride out of here. The groups up north are very busy placing dogs and need quite a few NOW. Foster homes are needed to keep the dogs safe until they can be sent north for adoption.
This is the time to act! If you've never fostered before, you will be amazed at how well these dogs fit in right off the track.
We supply everything you need..a crate, leash, dog food, and we'll even throw in a comfy comforter for a bed. Medications are provided for the dog. The only thing you provide is safe haven, lots of love, and assurance to a dog whose world has been ripped apart by folks who only see dollars where others see a loving, gentle creature. Greyhounds are 45 mile hour couch potatoes who love toys, napping, lounging, going for walks (no unleashed dog parks please), and did I mention the napping marathon? A fenced yard is preferred, but not necessary, as greyhounds are leashed trained and love to walk. If you have a cat or small dog, the groups will make sure you have a greyhound that is cat- and small-dog safe. We will not jeopardize any greyhound, nor will we jeopardize any foster home and their animal family members. Please talk this over at the dinner table tonight. If you've ever thought about fostering, this would be the time to give it a try.
If you are sincerely interested in helping, or if you know anyone who could consider helping out as a foster home, please have them contact Carol Becker of Gold Coast Greyhound Adoptions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or have them contact me at email@example.com (407-760-1484, cell), and I can put them in touch with the local groups as well as the various Florida groups helping out the pups. Please spread the word at church, your neighborhood, work, etc.