Did you know that April is Greyhound Adoption Month?
Put on by The Greyhound Project, this endeavor aims to raise awareness about greyhounds — often retired racers — who desperately need homes. If you and your family have been considering adoption, greyhounds are a calm and good-natured breed to consider, and April could be the perfect month to invite one of them into your home.
Why Adopt Greyhounds?
Greyhounds are known as “the world’s fastest couch potatoes.”
Why? They’re bred as professional racers and have been for over 100 years. Still, they certainly enjoy a good long nap on the daily and are relatively calm and tranquil compared to many other breeds.
In the late 1800s in England and the early 1900s in America, an industry emerged that pinned greyhounds against each other in races of speed. By 1921, Brits were having greyhounds race on an oval track after a mechanical hare. Official dog racing was born and so was a high-stakes industry of breeding greyhounds and legal gambling.
Unfortunately, in some circles, it is believed that greyhounds bred for racing aren’t treated well. They often have tooth and toe problems — sometimes, other injuries that cause them pain. Furthermore, their racing years are short-lived (ending between the ages of four and six), and once they’re no longer the cream of the crop, they’re sent away and unwanted by the industry that created them.
Prior to the existence of adoption groups, the United States was killing 20,000 greyhounds per year. To keep this from happening again, these groups need to place thousands of greyhounds each year.
If you’ve been looking to add a dog to your family, adoption is a wonderful option. Adopted pets are beloved by their families, and of course you’ll be taking in an animal who otherwise might have never found a home.
If you’d like to learn more about greyhound adoption and whether it might be a good idea for you and your family, contact Sunset Veterinary Clinic to speak with a vet. And no matter what breed you decide to welcome into your home, remember to always bring your newly adopted pet into the clinic for an initial checkup as well.
We look forward to meeting the new member of your family at Sunset Veterinary Clinic, and Happy Spring!