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Friday, May 3, 2019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                                                    

Sarasota Kennel Club will be ending its racing operations for good this weekend as part of Florida’s new law banning greyhound racing.  The National Greyhound Association, in conjunction with the track and the kennels racing there, will identify which greyhounds need adoptive homes, and work with local and national adoption organizations to place them.  Some greyhounds will transfer to other tracks to continue their racing careers.  Adoption groups and volunteers from all over the country have pitched in to help. The American Greyhound Council, an industry animal welfare organization, is also standing ready to assist in any way possible.

Amendment 13, passed this last November by Florida voters, has forced this shutdown and, subsequently, the need to find homes for many of the greyhounds racing at the track. Fortunately, greyhounds continue to gain popularity as pets because of their unique attributes and adoption organizations have been gearing up for the task ahead.  It is unfortunate, however, that many good people in the greyhound industry will be losing their jobs and, in many cases, their way of life due to the forced shutdowns. 

For a list of NGA endorsed greyhound adoption groups can be found at www.ngagreyhounds.com/adopt