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GREYHOUND LIFESAVERS was established in 2002 with its main purpose being to find permanant, loving homes for retired racing greyhounds.
In addition, members of the group (all volunteers) strive to educate the public and raise awareness about the availablity and suitablility of retired racing greyhounds as pets.
We are racing neutral and work in cooperation with ALL segments of the greyhound community.
We provide ongoing support to all adopters, regardless of whether they adopt from Greyhound Lifesavers, from another group or directly from the racetrack.
GREYHOUND LIFESAVERS does not place our foster dogs in kennels. Instead, we choose to bring them into our homes, teach them, expose them to the "everyday things" we take for granted (stairs, sliding glass doors, swimming pools, etc) and prepare them for living with their new families.
All foster homes must be inspected and approved before receiving their first dog. A meeting with all household members (human and otherwise) is necessary to assess everyone's attitude and to discuss any specific issues.
All dogs are bathed prior to arriving at a foster home. Some will have already undergone their full range of treatments, including spaying/neutering, well-dog checkup, teeth cleaning, microchiping, vaccination and heartworm testing. An appropriate collar and lead is provided, as well as the dog's muzzle and a temporary ID tag. During the cooler months, a warm coat is also made available. If required, a crate may be loaned to assist a new dog's transition.
Extensive follow up and monitoring of the dog in foster care is made, generally by phone and e-mail. We realize that foster carers are generously opening up their homes and hearts to these dogs, and all support/advice necessary will be given promptly. We also appreciate that foster homes may not wish to care for dogs continually. Some may only try it once and decide it's not for them. Others may want a break between dogs, or may have holidays or other commitments planned for the near future.
We could not function without our volunteers.
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