Greyhound Connection Receives $27,000 Petco Foundation Grant to Support Animal Welfare Efforts in San Diego's North County.
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 8, 2013) — Greyhound Connection of North County today announced it was awarded a $27,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund a vehicle that will be used to safely transport ex-racing greyhounds to their "forever"
homes. Greyhound Connection, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3), operates in San Diego County to promote and facilitate the adoption of retired racing greyhounds into caring and responsible forever homes.
As public awareness increases of the treatment and living conditions of greyhounds in racetrack environments, as well as the decline of the industry itself, more dogs are finding their way to healthy and caring home settings. Greyhound Connection facilitates this process by obtaining ex-racers and acclimating them to life off the track, ensuring a smooth transition into their permanent home. Time spent in foster homes with experienced greyhound families introduces these very willing-to-please animals to many new things. During a racing greyhound's average of 3 to 5 years of track life, most will not experience a glass door, a swimming pool, a couch, or animals other than their own kind (and a
mechanical rabbit.) As part of the adoption process, Greyhound Connection also sees ensures all animals under it's purview are spayed or neutered, and have current vaccinations and dental care prior to adoption.
The Petco Foundation grant has been used to purchase a Ford Transit in which the retired racing greyhounds will be transported from racetracks and other holding kennels to their foster homes, and eventually, to their new "forever" homes.
Wally Lacey, President of Greyhound Connection, describes the organization as an eclectic group of dedicated volunteers with numerous years of experience with greyhounds. The organization, she says, though relatively small, prides itself on providing personalized support ~ always there to help their adopters before, during, and after placement.
"It is our commitment to make solid, life-long matches between greyhounds and their new families and we invest the time to make this happen," said Lacey. "Petco Foundation's grant has given us a vital plus-up. In addition to providing a rolling advertisement for the plight of the greyhound, we can now perform our tasks more efficiently and effectively."
Greyhound Connection is also committed to educating the community about these ex-racers and participates in many public events such as street fairs, adoption events, educational presentations at schools, retirement homes, senior centers, and "Meet and Greets" at local pet stores; and the new vehicle will also support these events to benefit both the community and the greyhounds.
About Petco Foundation
The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more
than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during
fundraisers conducted in Petco's more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts. In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit www.petcofoundation.org.
About Greyhound Connection
Greyhound Connection (GC), an all-volunteer organization was founded in 2000. Greyhound Connection is headquartered in North San Diego County. Its mission is to facilitate the transition of retired racing greyhounds from exploitive situations to loving homes. For more information see our website at www.greyhoundconnection.org.
GC's new van transporting more than 200 blankets and towels to the Hemopet facility in Garden Grove, CA where approximately 60 greyhounds are awaiting adoption. These items were donated by Project Kennel Komfort. Pictured alove, Kaden Rutherford, the 12 year old founder of the project, collects these items and distributes them to kennels !!