Going Home Greyhounds, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization that provides refuge, aid and care for retired racing greyhounds until they are placed in permanent homes. Going Home Greyhounds (GHG) was founded in the summer of 1995 by Jane Drellow and Ruth Patrick. GHG is a local organization that adopts, in Pennsylvania, within a 100-mile radius of the Pittsburgh area. This helps to ensure that they are better able to communicate with their adopters and able to follow the care of their adoptees, because it is important to GHG that both the adopter and adoptee are happy and matched properly for life.
As of January 28th, 2012, GHG has found homes for 2,000 retired racing greyhounds!
WPAFW’s charity raffle features a great number of interesting and eclectic items – and each has a chance of going home with you via raffle tickets! Tickets will be sold at the charity table and a winner will be drawn for each item at the charity raffle event.
Here are some facts about Greyhounds!
- Greyhounds are indoor dogs. They have less fat than other dogs and do not tolerate extreme temperatures well (hot or cold).
- Greyhounds MUST be kept on a leash or in a totally fenced in area. They CANNOT be chained or put out on “runners”. If they hit the end of the chain at 45 mph, the results would be disastrous.
- Greyhounds are kennel-broken, which means they try to keep their kennels clean. Walk them frequently at first, and they quickly learn that their new home is the place they keep clean, and outside is the place where they go. After that, they will need to relieve themselves 3 or 4 times a day.
- Greyhounds have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years and up. They range between 2 to 5 years old when they are available for adoption.
- Greyhounds adopted from Going Home Greyhounds, Inc. arrive in their new homes with complete physical examination by a veterinarian, spaying or neutering, updating of all normally required vaccinations as necessary, full dental, heartworm testing, flea and tick bath, topical flea treatment, complete worming and toe nail trim. We ask for a donation to cover these medical costs and to help defray our operating expenses.
- Because greyhounds are gentle by nature, most are fine with children if the children have been taught respect for animals. Children should be taught to stay away from a dog’s space while resting or eating!!! Extreme caution should be taken with the choice of a dog if young children are involved.
- Greyhounds are social by nature and can live well together with other animals. Most can learn to accept cats and small dogs but the introductory period must be closely monitored and the greyhound must be taught to differentiate between the cat/small dog and the mechanical lure he has been chasing around the track!
- Greyhounds are short haired dogs and they only shed a little, more so in the spring and fall.
- Given attention and affection, greyhounds will make a wonderful, loving, devoted pet. Greyhounds quickly become attached to their new owners. They never tire of being petted.
- Greyhounds are NOT hyper-active. The term “45 mph couch potato” aptly describes them. Greyhounds love comfort as much as they love to run and will spend hours curled up on a soft blanket or at their master’s feet (or in bed with their masters if they are allowed)!
Many people with whom we have placed greyhounds say they are the best pets they have ever had and would never own another breed of dog. Their gentleness and sense of humor win them friends everywhere. Noble, sensitive, intelligent – no wonder they were once the pet of royalty!