Terms of Reference
INTERNATIONAL GREYHOUND PLANET DAY
the sister site
All about the Retired Racing Greyhound
- Medical Issues
- and Things you always needed to Know.
A Story Worth Telling
Greyhound Supporters of the
National Capital Region (GSNCR) was established in the summer of 2005.
We are a “not-for-profit” group comprised of individuals interested
in the health and welfare of the Retired Racing Greyhound.
Facilitate the adoption of
retired racing greyhounds into loving homes and provide on-going support to
the local greyhound community.
Raise public awareness about
retired racing greyhounds; and
Raise funds for and/or
participate in greyhound-related causes established to improve the health
and physical well being of retired racing greyhounds globally.
The group also sponsors
events, the proceeds of which will assist activities dedicated to the
betterment of the Racing Greyhound. For more information on GSNCR, please
Terms of Reference. All activities, including fund-raising activities,
will be mentioned and coordinated through this web site. Do visit us
periodically to see what is being planned.
Would you like to get involved? If yes,
please contact Laura Simmermon at 613-216-8097 or via
e-mail, or at
Greyhound racing with an artificial lure began on September 11, 1879 at
Hendon, England. Six dogs raced over a 400-yard straight course, chasing an
artificial hare riding on "an apparatus like a skate on wheels" along a
single track, according to a newspaper account of the day. During the early
1920s, modern Greyhound racing was introduced into the United States and
introduced into United Kingdom and Ireland in 1926.
Currently in the United States there are
approximately 1,500 breeding farms in 43 states that produce racing
Greyhounds. Most breeding farms can be found in Florida, Texas, Kansas and
Oklahoma and over 26,464 pups were registered in 2000. There are 40 racing
tracks in 12 states with the state of Florida having the highest number of
tracks at 14. Greyhound racing also occurs in Canada, Australia, Ireland,
the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, China (only in Macau),
Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Pakistan and Vietnam.
It is from this environment that the adoption
and welfare of the retired racing Greyhound became a priority.
Greyhound adoption groups began to establish
themselves during the 1980’s in the United States and there are currently
more than 288 such groups in the United States alone, about a dozen in
Canada and over twenty in various other countries around the world. The work
of each of these adoption groups is important, and most of them depend upon
donations and volunteers to accomplish their goals.
All of the services that each of these
adoption groups provide are important, and without exception, all of them
depend upon donations and volunteers to accomplish their goals.