NCGL was and still is firmly against Amendment 13. We feel that regardless of your position on racing, this bill is irresponsible as it has no provisions nor funding in place for the thousands of Greyhounds it displaces. There are approximately 8000 dogs on Florida tracks, there is an estimated 2000 more puppies and dogs-in-training to race on farms and an estimated 5000 on farms in other states that were destined to race in Florida – this is a staggering amount number of dogs. While racing could continue for as long as 2 years, we could also see track closures as early as January 1st, 2019.
We have always had a good relationship with our contacts in the racing community, and we have enjoyed re-homing the dogs they have worked with and cared for. We will be reaching out to these contacts, offering our assistance and will be there for these incredible pups.
Currently, we are also working on bringing dogs to Canada from a track in Asia that has closed. We hope to get 30 of the over 500 dogs looking for homes. NCGL is here to help racing dogs regardless of their origin, and this project will not affect our ongoing support of dogs from Florida.
NCGL is and has always been pro-Greyhound. We are ready to help all these amazing dogs find amazing families and will work with our contacts in the United States to welcome as many new Canadian skinnies as we can. If you are looking to help, please donate to your local adoption groups; please offer to foster and if you’ve been looking for a new family member, there has never been a better time to adopt. Please stay tuned to find out ways you can help these beautiful souls make the transition from racer to retired.
It is worth noting that funds raised by lobbying organizations that spearheaded this bill will not be dispersed to local Greyhound adoption groups, who along with kennel owners will shoulder the costs of moving these dogs to adoption. Please reach out to your LOCAL Greyhound adoption group if you’re looking to donate.