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2014 Conference in Pittsburgh Information
Info for the 2014 North American Greyhound Adoption Conference in Pittsburgh, PA can be found HERE.
The Greyhounds still need your help. You may still join GPA National and your entire membership donation will help the hounds in numerous ways-from assisting the many Greyhounds who are either still awaiting transport from tracks to adoption groups, or who are in need of major medical assistance from our Emily Griffin Injury Fund (this Fund assists individual Chapters by defraying costs of Greyhounds who are sick, or needing surgical procedures for racing injuries before they can be available for adoption); or your donaton may even come to the aid of Greyhounds when disasters such as Hurricane Katrina have left them completely without food and shelter. There are three levels, or "tiers" to join and take an active part in helping Greyhounds on their journeys to forever homes. Donation levels are broken down as follows:
Bronze - $25 to $49
Silver - $50 to $100
Gold - $100 and up
GPA National Grant Programs also provide funding for many special projects such as purchasing trailers or vans, or for capital improvements such as repairs to kennels, purchasing crates, fencing, upgrading electrical needs, HVAC needs or helping a chapter with expenses to send a delegate to the annual national meeting, etc.
If you would like to join and take a proactive role in helping GPA meet its many financial needs, your Membership payment can be made through paypal here on the website OR you may download and print this GPA Donation Form and mail it along with your check or money order to the address listed on the form.
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P.O. Box 3693
Springfield, MO 65808
Ph. 417-883-8156 (recorder)
Greyhound Pets of America, Springfield, MO has been chosen as our current featured Chapter, and president Alane Shultz has offered the following information on their group:
Greyhound Pets of America - Springfield MO was founded in 1992 by Alane Shultz. Alane adopted her first Greyhound in 1983 and after nine years decided there needed to be an adoption source in southwest Missouri. Throughout the years we have adopted from 34 to 85 Greyhounds per year. We adopt to families in mid Missouri, southwest Missouri and mid to northwest Arkansas. We have adoption representatives in Joplin, MO, Branson, MO and Fayetteville, AR. All our Greyhounds available to adopt are in foster homes and most of the time we have at least one senior available to adopt.
After 22 years we have many repeat adopters and are always striving to promote Greyhound adoption to newcomers as well. We hold monthly Meet N Greets at Petcos and Petsmarts, attend community events such as the Home Builders Assn. Home Show, Dogfest, Barnyard Days, Dogwood Walk and hold fundraisers for our organization such as an annual garage sale, Bark & Brew Fest and our Annual Greyhound Gathering in the fall.
We have a Greyt Pinterest board and an active Facebook page to help us promote adoption as well. Our website provides links to Facebook and Pinterest. Many of our adopters are active volunteers! We are greytful for our wonderful foster homes and our veterinary help from Dr. Ted Betzen in Springfield for over 20 years. We couldn't be successful without them!
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The purpose of Greyhound Pets of America(GPA) is to find responsible loving homes for Greyhounds, to acquaint the public with the desirability of Greyhounds as pets, and to inform them of the availability of Greyhounds for adoption.
Greyhound Pets of America Greyhounds are primarily ex-athletes from various racetracks around the country. The breed is noted for being very gentle and non-confrontational. They are very adaptable upon adoption, and fit very well into all walks of life....
Greyhound News and Views
Greyhound Pets of America is fortunate to have received news recently that we have been included in an article in Samaritan Magazine. The article offers a non-biased view on the breed, their careers, and subsequent lives on sofas. We are excited to have been included in their feature write up about this magnificant breed that we all have fallen in love with, so we'd like to offer you a preview of the article:
In The Thousands Need Homes
With the possible exception of pugs, perhaps no breed of dog inspires such ecstatic devotion in their owners as greyhounds, those sleek, narrow, elegant sighthounds able to trace their lineage back thousands of years across multiple cultures.
Used throughout history for hunting and more recently and contentiously, for competitive racing, greyhounds nevertheless remain beloved companion animals invariably characterized as gentle, obedient and loving. So it’s no surprise that a small-scale industry of sorts dedicated to finding homes for retired racing greyhounds flourishes in every corner of North America. An estimated 10,000 need homes each year.
Whatever one’s opinion on dog racing — and there are plenty to go around on both sides of the issue —retiring greyhounds need homes. And while adopting these dogs is a markedly different experience than adopting a puppy (they’re adults that have never seen kids or cats, climbed stairs, etc…), it’s a venture well worth the effort, multiple sources who spoke to Samaritanmag about the subject made clear...
(to read the rest of the article, you can visit the Samaritan Magazine website by clicking HERE.)
(Greyhound Pets of America was founded in 1987 to find homes for racing greyhounds when their racing careers were finished. Through the support of our volunteers and countless hours that they have given, GPA and its chapters have adopted over 80,000 greyhounds to homes throughout the country.)
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