LETTER TO THE EDITORS
In response to an article in the Fall PETroglyphs entitled “Greyhound Adoption: What Went Wrong”, I am writing with the hope of clarifying any misconceptions that your readers might have gotten about greyhound adoption and Greyhound Pets of America in particular.
Greyhound adoption is alive and well across the U.S., with more than 213 active greyhound adoption groups. These groups may be pro-racing, anti-racing or neutral, but they are all working every day to place greyhounds in loving and responsible homes. To suggest that greyhound adoption does not work is to demean the hard work these groups do every day.
My main concern is the misrepresentation of Greyhound Pets of America. Let me share some facts about GPA. There are more than 47 independently run GPA chapters across the U. S. GPA does not answer to or take direction from the National Greyhound Association nor does the greyhound racing industry fund it. GPA works with the racing industry in a positive way to encourage its involvement with adoption efforts. It is made up of over 10,000 volunteers; there are no paid employees of GPA. GPA is a 501 (c) 3, incorporated in the state of California. It has a 4 star rating from Guidestar Charity Navigator. GPA placed 5,480 retired racing greyhounds in permanent homes in 2003. In September of 2004 GPA celebrated the adoption of its 60,000th greyhound since we opened our doors in 1987. GPA’s goal is to find homes for 7,000 greyhounds in the year 2007. GPA provides medical services for each greyhound placed, including spay/neuter, dentals, vaccinations, worming, diagnostics and treatment for injuries and illnesses. GPA hosts a national convention each year to bring GPA officers and members and other adoption organizations together to benefit from educational and networking opportunities.
In closing, great strides have been made and continue to be made in greyhound adoption. The breeding of racing greyhounds continues to decline and the support of greyhound adoption within the industry continues to increase. GPA-New Mexico Greyhound Connection pledges to continue working for the welfare of greyhounds.
Candace Beck, Pres.
GPA-New Mexico Greyhound Connection