Florida recently passed amendment 13, banning Greyhound racing. But what happens to the pups removed from these racing grounds? Below, we discuss the importance of amendment 13, and what comes next for all the Greyhounds involved.
What exactly is Amendment 13, and what does this amendment impact?
For many years Florida was home to the remaining, legal, Greyhound racing grounds. This amendment bans any Greyhound racing tacks from operating in Florida. Successfully eliminating 11 out of 17 dog tracks in America by 2020’s end. The treatment and conditions these dogs dealt with for many years, is what recently went under the microscope in Florida. While not all kennels that house these animals have been found to be cruel, a large fraction does not meet the standard of care considered healthy for their dogs. (The Negative Effects Of Greyhound Racing.)
Greyhound like dogs has been depicted since Roman, Greek, and Egyptian times. They originate from Great Britain and are known for their long legs, arched back, and ability to sprint with high intensity. Something that often sets Greyhounds apart from other dog breeds, is their temperament. In general, this breed of hound dog is laid back, intelligent, quiet, and well mannered. In other words, Greyhounds are absolute sweethearts; the perfect addition to so many families’ homes!
Within these improperly run dog racing facilities, dogs who are unfit to race any longer are at times “phased” out. This often means they are put to sleep after their racing value has diminished, or they become too injured to continue racing. The companies who race and mistreat these dogs, then bring in more pups who live their lives in cramped, small cages with shredded paper or pieces of carpet as bedding. Caring organizations are in the process of figuring out the best method to rehome these dogs, and keep them from simply being moved to other states where dog racing is still legal or ending up in the hands of a poorly run racing company. In addition to the poor conditions some kennels house these dogs in, dog racing is no longer a sport that has the level of interest it once did. Now proving costly for those who operate them. “We lost $3 million a year to keep open greyhound racing,” Said Manager Danny Adkins in his interview with First Coast News.
Who is working to help these dogs?
The answer to this question lies with caring organizations who are working tirelessly to better the lives of these Greyhounds. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Gay Latimer, the adoption representative for Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. She has worked there for 25 years! They are a non-profit organization in Southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and Northeastern North Carolina, which works to find loving homes for Greyhounds in need. I was able to ask Gay a series of questions at this time.
Upon asking her favorite part of working with an organization such as Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, her response was “Rewarding to know I can place these beautiful creatures in a great home and giving them a new lease on life!”
Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption gives these pups a second chance at the happy lives they deserve. In case you are considering adopting a greyhound from Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, here is how Gay Latimer says you’ll know if a Greyhound is a fit for your home.
“If you want a loving companion. A quiet laid back dog that just wants love…. then a greyhound is for you.”
What can I do to help?
No action is too big, nor too small. There are many organizations accepting donations, volunteer applications, etc. Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption has even partnered with Bonilla Pet Studio!
Because of the ban on dog racing, nearly 8,000 Greyhounds will need new homes. Bonilla Pet Studio is offering a $99 Portrait Session to raise money to help these amazing doggos find new homes. For every portrait session booked, $50 will be donated to the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. $200 has been raised for them already!
To look into booking your own portrait session to support Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption,
To visit the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption website,
To read more about this amendment and the lives of Greyhound race dogs– take a look at the resources below,
Visit wbr.org/onlyagame for a glimpse into the word of properly managed Greyhound racing, and the reasoning behind why some individuals highly encourage it.
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