Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption is a Tucson-based all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding loving forever homes for retired racing greyhounds from Phoenix to New Mexico. In 2014, we took in 105 greyhounds and completed 81 adoptions. So far in 2015, (thru the end of May), 48 greyhounds have been taken in and 40 greyhounds have been adopted.
Our greatest accomplishment is being able to rehabilitate injured greyhounds. Since 2012, 49 dogs, many who suffered career ending illnesses or injuries, now enjoy life just like the hounds on your couch and in your heart. These special needs dogs were helped by a special fund – Jackie’s Fund, which began when Jackie the original poster dog required costly veterinary expenses and recovery.
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Very simply, our mission is to take racing greyhounds at the end of their careers and place each one of them in a forever home to be loved and cared for in their retirement years. We have been doing this since the beginning of 2012 - initially it was easy. Greyhounds came to us, we socialized them and provided spay or neuter surgery, and they went to a loving home (not always that simple, but it seemed so).
Today, the task is a much more challenging. Since the beginning of 2014, we have taken in a significant number of special needs dogs. These dogs have suffered career-ending injuries requiring complex surgery, or they have suffered illnesses or other serious conditions that required extended (and costly) care and treatment.
We created Jackie’s Fund for Special Needs in July of 2013, in response to the significantly higher costs of veterinary care that we experienced for the first of these special greyhounds. Jackie, the namesake of the Fund, came to us that month with a badly broken leg. The cost of the surgery to repair her leg exceeded $5,000.
In 2014, we took in 105 dogs, 17 of which required extraordinary care. The total cost of veterinary care for all dogs last year, including these injured and ill dogs, exceeded $125,000.
Since the beginning of 2015, we have taken in and provided veterinary care for 48 dogs. Seventeen of these dogs are special needs, with 10 of them coming to SA Greys in April and 2 in May. Year-to-date veterinary expenses for 2015 total $40,000 as of the end of April, with at least $15,000 in veterinary expenses not yet recorded.
Tony and Lindsey
Tony, Lindsey and Maddie are our most recent Jackie’s Fund beneficiaries:
Tony (on the left in the picture) and Lindsey, littermates who came to us on consecutive days in early May, after track injuries that ended their careers - breaking their legs in races one day apart.
Maddie came to SA Greys on May 23 and had her surgery on May 26.
All three greys are in foster and on the road to recovery.
Our veterinary bills for one month have totaled $15,000, and the billing for these most recent surgeries has not yet been included in the total
Please consider a donation to these wonderful greyhounds. You can see all the beneficiaries of Jackie’s Fund in the Gallery. Please help us place these dogs in loving homes, healthy, happy and ready for a full life of fun. Donate now.
We hope you and your family and friends have a joyous holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
With appreciation, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption