Greyhound Welfare Inc.

Greyhound Welfare, Inc.

 Mid Atlantic                                                              
P.O. Box 27
Spencerville, MD  20868                                          
 Tel/Fax: (301)949-0615                                                                          
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Greyhound Welfare, Inc.
Mid Atlantic
PO Box 27
Spencerville, MD 20868
(301) 949-0615 (tel&fax)

Greyhound Welfare is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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In Memoriam

Foster Emeritus
Ray crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully at home with his foster mom Theresa and family. A month ago Ray was diagnosed with metastasized lymphoma. Ray crossed over in good spirits and in surroundings that were comforting to him. Originally, he came in to Greyhound Welfare's foster program at age 3 in 2010 after being rescued from an animal pound in New York shortly before he was to be euthanized. Thanks to the efforts of Greyhound Welfare volunteers Rebekah Cain, Nichole Zurgable, and Connie Terry, Ray made it from New York to his temporary Maryland foster mom, Emily Merton. Not long after arriving, Ray was transferred to his second foster home with Sheryl Engel and Howard Parker. Initially very reactive to virtually everything in his environment, through Sheryl & Howard's patience, consistency, and love, Ray learned the world could be a nice place. It took almost a year in foster care before Ray was adopted in 2011 at age 4, and two years passed before life changes for his adopter meant he was back, through no fault of his own, looking once again for his happily ever after. Ray was fostered for the third time with Theresa O'Leary where Theresa's calm manner, patience, and consistency provided Ray with the environment he needed to blossom in to a lovebug who enjoyed tummy rubs. Although Ray remained on GW's website as adoptable, Ray had no suitors interested in taking him to a 4-ever home. His foster mom Theresa cared for Ray as if he was already there, giving Ray a loving home, daily outings and periodic visits to Greyhound Welfare Open Houses for socializing.

Many Greyhound Welfare volunteers know Ray and his story. He holds a very special place in the hearts of a lot of GW volunteers. Although Ray's retirement journey started out rough, it developed in to several years of love, comfort and security.

Goodbye to a cuddlier, a chatterer, and a stealer of hearts. Run Free Ray.

Latest News...
Clocked at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, the greyhound is the fastest four-legged animal in the world, second only to the cheetah (according to The Doglopedia. Of course, speeds on the track will pale in comparison to how quickly these gorgeous dogs can endear themselves to the people they meet. Apply today to find out for yourself! OR meet one in person! We'll be out on Saturday, August 15th at the Gaithersburg Bark. Hope to see you there! See our Greyhound Welfare calendar for our complete listings for the months ahead.

Gaithersburg Bark - Aruba, Gizmo

New Arrivals...
We're taking in dogs from Daytona, Florida (and sometimes, Wheeling, West Virginia). These dogs are forgetting track life! They're also quite quick at picking up home life basics in our foster homes. Please read individual dog descriptions for details!

If you think you'd like to adopt a greyhound but are waiting for the right dog to come along, apply today so you will be ready to bring your dog home when he shows up.

If you would like to help by fostering or volunteering, please fill out an application form or email us. Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities you can be involved in. Veterinary and dog food expenses are covered by GW.

Adopting a Friend...
We have a few wonderful dogs available for adoption. All our dogs are completely vetted. This means that they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, treated for fleas and ticks, and dewormed. Additionally, if our dogs need any medical attention, we make sure they get the best care possible.

We foster all our dogs prior to placement. Our experienced foster homes (and their dogs) teach our dogs quite a bit about home life and the outside world before they are adopted. As a result, most of our dogs are already house broken and know basic manners at the time of placement. Additionally, they may be familiar with children, other breeds of dogs, cats, and the big world out there.

Greyhounds like Beck make winter a wonderland!

To apply to adopt one of our lovely dogs, please fill out an application. One of our volunteers will be in touch with you by email and by telephone to discuss adopting a greyhound. Additionally, you may find the information on our website quite useful.

Our application process usually takes about a week.

If you have additional questions, email us at Email is the quickest way to reach a Greyhound Welfare volunteer.

Greyt Resources...
While our greyhounds may not come with instruction manuals, we've unearthed (and created) a number of 'greyt' resources for owners and potential owners alike. Check them out!
  • The answers to a lot of common questions regarding greyhounds and their care in general, as well as what to expect when considering adopting from us.

  • Where you can find dog parks nationally.

  • Considering the benefits of a raw diet for your dog.

Volunteering and Donations...
Please consider joining us in our efforts to place retired racing greyhounds - fostering dogs in your home is an undertaking of tremendous value and equal reward. Of course our volunteer opportunities extend beyond fostering. Click here for detailed information on volunteer opportunities. No experience is required, bring your enthusiasm and we'll help you get involved!
Our Wish List...
*All donations to Greyhound Welfare are tax-deductible!

Bedding for foster dogs - Old comforters, blankets, etc.
Gift Certificates - Pet Stores, Vet Services, etc
High Quality dog food - Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Exceed
Large wire crates - 32-36" high
Martingale collars and leashes
Monetary donations - Please send checks made out to Greyhound Welfare, Inc. P.O. Box 27 Spencerville, MD 20868

To make a donation, please bring needed items to us at our next open house.

Alternately, please email us to make arrangements for pickup or delivery.

Thank you for your generosity!

Who We Are...
Greyhound Welfare is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the placement of retired racing greyhounds. We operate and place dogs in the "Mid-Atlantic" region, which includes DC, MD, and VA.

Our dogs are housed in foster homes, not in kennels. Foster parents help them adjust to life in the world outside race tracks. There they learn all kinds of new skills necessary to becoming confident family members - socializing with animals they've never encountered before (like different breeds of dogs and cats), leash manners, stairs, even house-breaking at times. All of this helps these retired athletes to transition smoothly into their 'forever' homes.

For Luka and Jasper, a little snow is a fun thing!

GW greyhounds can be visited in their foster homes, and our adopters can speak with the dog's fosters to learn more about the dog. We encourage visiting potential dogs before an adopter makes a decision -- and your dogs are welcome to visit too! We do limit visitation to approved adopters.

If you are interested in any of our dogs, or in working with us, apply today!

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