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Greyhound Racing in the US

The National Greyhound Association's Non-Stance of Greyhound Blood Donors
David Wolf, Director of National Greyhound Adoption Program, has been in communication with the National Greyhound Association in an effort to get them to take a position regarding greyhounds being used as blood donors.
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20 Years of Observation: Greyhound Hauls
20 years ago, when we first started to receive greyhounds, most of them came by air. But as airlines prices rose and more efforts were put towards saving these wonderful animals, trucks began bringing the dogs to us. In the beginning, these trucks were often racing-industry associated. You would always know when one was in our compound because the smell was just horrible.
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Life on the race track
A racing greyhound puppy stays with their mother for eight weeks and then usually remains with its littermates on a greyhound farm chasing and running to develop muscle. They play with plastic bottles, towels and toys and dig. At about 5 months they are grouped into pairs; their life becomes very unique. They spend the next 7 months becoming leash trained, introduced to a muzzle, learning verbal commands and introduced to a squawker tied on a pole: serious training begins...
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Greyhound Racing History
The greyhound has been in existence for over 4,000 years as a pet and a hunter. They are gentle by nature and have always had a strong relationship with humans. To run is a greyhound’s basic instinct. Their sleek body, long legs, flexible spine and thin skin make them very aerodynamic.
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State of the Racing Greyhound Industry
The contents below were taken in part from the report published by Gary Guccione of the National Greyhound Council and American Greyhound Council at the 25th Annual International Canine Sports Medicine Symposium held in January 2009.
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An Advocate's Perspective of Greyhound Racing
My first experience with greyhound racing was in late 1989 when I took my first greyhound away from a racing compound to find it a new home. I knew very little about the industry at that time, but now, almost 20 years and 7000 adoptions later, I have learned a great deal. In America, greyhounds are born to run and to make money for a dog owner, a kennel operator and a track owner.
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