Hurricane affects Kansas Greyhound owners

In an e-Mail today, 2017-09-12, Tim Horan reported that he was in contact with the Executive Director of the National Greyhound Association who said “the Greyhounds are all okay. Kennels are still without power.” 

Awesome news!

By Tim Horan – Salina Journal  News Story Posted Sep 7, 2017 at 9:22 PM


About 1,100 racing Greyhounds, and possibly their trainers, will be riding out Hurricane Irma in the kennel compound if and when the storm hits Miami.

The compound that houses Greyhounds that race at two different racetracks near Miami is in Hialeah, Fla., about 15 miles west of Miami Beach, northwest of Miami International Airport. Many of those racing dogs have owners that live in Kansas.

“Most of us are willing to stay in the kennel that night,” said kennel owner Joe Trudden, of Florida, on Thursday. “We all have families and have taken care of our families the best we can. We will be deserting our families to stay with the dogs. It could be a night or two or three in the actual kennel, physically with the dogs.”

Tom Taplin, of Abilene, said he has 18 Greyhounds at the compound that are valued at more than $70,000. Racing Greyhounds are not insured for either their value or their potential income.

There are also Greyhounds racing at Pensacola, Daytona, Orlando, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Well prepared;  Trudden said, “we have sandbagged the turnout pens at the Greyhound compound and brought in enough food and water for a week.”

The problem with evacuating is a shortage of fuel, he said. “We couldn’t leave if we wanted to,” he said. “Florida is so jammed, where would you go? The dogs would be in more peril leaving than staying.”

Supplies short; Trudden said “there is a shortage of everything around Miami: fuel, bread and water. “Everyone has been mobbing the stores,” he said.

Trudden said he has been through several hurricanes. “I spent two weeks living in the kennel,” he said. There wasn’t much damage in the last hurricane, he said, but power was off for two weeks.”

“My concern is no power in Florida and 100-degree heat,” he said. “Dogs can take minus 10 degrees better than they can take 70 degrees.”

He said hurricanes can be unpredictable.

Safety a concern; “A lot of times they come by and they are nothing and everyone laughs,” he said. “But a lot of times they are not nothing. Florida could be an annihilation.”

Taplin said his first concern is for the safety of the Greyhounds. “They are concrete buildings,” Taplin said. “I hope they will be all right.”

There is concern about damage to the racetrack and the casino at the track. Flagler Greyhound Park and the Magic City Casino are located southeast of the airport in Miami.

The Greyhounds are paid by purses at the racetrack.

“I am concerned about how long we will be before we get back to racing,” Taplin said. “If it is as bad as what they say — the fourth-worst in the history of the United States — it could be a long time.”

Evacuation considered; Travis Bartley, of Abilene and the Rick Bartley Kennel, has some Greyhounds in Hialeah and has a racing kennel at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, Fla., off the Gulf of Mexico. Live racing stopped there after Wednesday’s card and evacuation was considered.

“At Derby Lane the trainers are going to hunker down in the kennels with the dogs. They are stocked up on supplies to get them through the week,” Bartley said.

“They really don’t know where that path is going to go,” he said. “They would like to see the dogs be evacuated but there is really nowhere for them to go. The safest place is in the compound.”

He said getting stranded on the road with no fuel and water is dangerous. “You are worse off than being in the compound. Dogs overheat pretty fast in a trailer,” he said. “If the gas runs out of the generator you are out of air. Where do you go with the dogs?”

Greyhounds Arrived in Calgary on Sunday, September 17th, 2017!

Calgary will be receiving a shipment of 7 Greyhounds on Sunday, September 17th!

We already have 6 approved homes so only 1 will be available for adoption – get your applications in soon;  available at

NCGL Fall Newsletter Deadline!

The deadline for the Fall Issue of the NCGL newsletter is fast approaching…..please submit any News, Upcoming Events, Articles of Interest and/or Photos that you would like featured in the upcoming issue to on or before September 24th, 2017.

Please include your contact information for our Editor-in-Chief in case further details are needed.

Greyhounds Have Arrived in BC!

Don’t miss out – Get your Adoption Applications in early…….

The Greyhounds arrived in BC on Saturday August 26th, 2017

Adoption Application forms are available at:

2018 NCGL Calendar Casting Call

Greetings Fellow Greyhound Lovers!

NCGL is putting out a casting call to all Northwest Canadian Greyhound League hounds, past and present, to include their beautiful faces in our 2018 Calendar!

We are looking for beautiful photos of adopted or fostered NCGL dogs from over the years to be featured in our new 2018 Calendar.  The calendars will be sold in an effort to help raise money for all the future hounds that go through our organization.

We are requesting photos that are in a landscape (horizontal) format of NCGL hounds – not portrait (vertical), in a .jpg format.  Other pets are welcome in the photo but the NCGL hound should be featured predominantly.

Photos have to be large, high quality and should be sent to


2018 Calendar Casting Call


Deadline is SEPTEMBER 15, 2017. The Calendar this year will be standard format with a large photo on the top and dates on the bottom half. Please include your pup’s name and age!

We’re looking forward to your submissions!!!

BC Tri-Cities Greyhound Walk

Come join the Greyhounds and their owners, on the dykes in Pitt Meadows, located north of Pitt Meadows Golf Course, on Fraser Dyke Road (off Lougheed Highway & Harris Road). These walks will be held every other Sunday, rain or shine.

Walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 17, 2017. See you there if you can make it!





Foster Homes Needed!

 Foster Homes Needed!


We are DESPERATE for foster homes! We can only bring in Greyhounds based on the number of foster homes available. Please help us help the dogs!

Greyhounds that come straight off the track need to learn how to behave in a house. They need to learn all about things like; linoleum, carpet, stairs, cats, little dogs, windows, mirrors and much more. Foster families take a Greyhound into their home and spend time teaching it how to be a wonderful house dog. They then have to be strong of heart and give the Greyhound up when it’s ready for adoption. Failing at fostering simply means falling in love with your foster and wanting to keep it. If you fail too often you won’t have room to foster anymore Greyhounds and that is what we consider a loss, but a happy loss! Usually, the fostering period only lasts 1-2 weeks


Click here for Fostering Application 2016-05  or  e-Mail

NCGL Meet & Greet – Surrey, BC

NCGL is happy to announce that we will be holding a Greyhound Meet & Greet once a month at PetSmart store #483, located at 12101 – 72nd Avenue, Unit #110, Surrey, BC (in the Strawberry Hill shopping centre), from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

PetSmart Store #483

We would love you to drop by and bring your Greyhound(s). Watch the event calendar for future dates!

The Next M&G will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017


NCGL Calgary Meet & Greet – Chinook Centre

Calgary NCGL Meet & Greet – We meet every other Sunday at 1:00 PM – 3:00 pm – Check the event calendar for upcoming dates – and special attractions of the day!

Chinook Centre – Unit UTC-07, 321 61 Ave SW, Calgary, AB



NCGL PetSmart Meet & Greet – Port Coquitlam, BC

Mark your calendars now and come join us for our monthly Meet & Greet to be held on Sunday, October 1st, 2017, between 1:00 – 3:00 pm. at PetSmart Store #2319 located at:

2180 Hawkins Street, Unit 110, Port Coquitlam, BC  V3B 0G6

NCGL has partnered with PetSmart Charities Canada and will be featured at this store every month. We would love to see you and your Greyhounds – beds will be available for those hounds that need to have their afternoon nap-time!

Store #2319

Watch our website events calendar for upcoming dates!







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