People often ask us how our group got started in Greyhound Rescue and Adoption. Founders Cindy and Bryan's lurcher Buddy is the reason they got involved in the beginning. The Greyhounds at Calida Greyhound Race Trace in Canada are the reason we continue.
We discovered there was greyhound racing at a track in Alberta, Canada. The greyhounds at this track were racing until their retirement and then the owners would find a home for them. That takes alot of work and some of the greyhounds waited at the track for a long time before a home was found. There were hundreds of adoption groups in the United States and Canada helping find homes for retired racing greyhounds that race in the USA but no one was helping Calida find homes for their Greyhounds. We decided to help and the Northwest Canadian Greyhound League was conceived.
That was the winter of 1999 and we started out with only three volunteers working out of their homes in the Grande Prairie region. We had 10 months to prepare for our first group of retired racing greyhounds that were scheduled to come off the track in September, 2000. We had to raise funds for upcoming veterinary care, find a place to kennel the Greyhounds until homes could be found, start promoting Greyhounds and our adoption program, arrange for food sponsors, veterinary care and many other things. Our mission was simply to
provide rescue and adoption services for retired racing greyhounds in northwest Canada, but since then we have grown to larger numbers and now have volunteers throughout Alberta and British Columbia.
Our mission grew to encompass, not only retired racing greyhounds
from the track in Alberta, Canada but to include any retired racing greyhounds that need our help and any sighthound or sighthound cross that needs our help. We rescue strays and take in pet greyhounds no longer wanted by their owners. We have also been designated as a Charitable Organization by the Government of Canada.
While our headquarters are in Calgary, Alberta, Canada we aim to 'race' our way into all of the northwest. All our staff are volunteers and all contributions 'go to the dogs.'
More information on Greyhound racing in this country.