Caged in a metal beast wagon, Born Free wants to rehome Jora and Black to South African sanctuary

Washington D.C., July 6, 2015 -- Today, an appeal for the rescue of Bulgaria's last two circus lions was launched by the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, in a bid to secure their relocation to the international wildlife charity's sanctuary at Shamwari, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Jora and Black (due to the latter’s distinguishing black mane) are two, seven-year-old lions known to be brothers. They are caged in a metal beast wagon in the back yard of an ex-circus trainer's remote mountain lodge near the capital, Sofia.  With no readily available water supply or shade, and pending summer temperatures that will turn their barred container into oven temperatures, these animal’s terrible plight has made international headlines and pulled at the heartstrings of animal lovers around the world.

According to legendary actress and animal activist Virginia McKenna OBE, co-founder of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “It is hard to exaggerate how the heat of the summer will affect these magnificent animals in their cramped quarters but, on the positive side, we are very pleased that their owners have agreed to Born Free rehoming them in one of our sanctuaries. We do hope that, with public support, this will become a reality. They certainly deserve, at last, to walk on grass and rest in the shade of trees.”

The lions were taken in as small cubs and were part of a traditional circus act travelling Eastern Europe and Turkey. They performed until the end of summer 2014, but due to a government ban that came into force at the beginning of the year, Bulgaria now prohibits the use of wild animals in circuses - a move that has been widely welcomed by animal welfare experts.

Jora and Black's elegant feline features are in stark contrast to the shabby tin can cage that has been their home for many years. With little to no environmental enrichment, and with each cage measuring some 2.5 meters, it barely allows them to move around as they stare out and intermittently nuzzle and paw each other.

Dr. John Knight, Born Free's Senior Veterinary Consultant added, “Although they appear to be in good health, the conditions in which they live are totally inappropriate. Jora is lame and once he is in our care we will be able to give him the required examinations and treatments.”

Born Free is now actively working with the owners, who are co-operating, to secure Jora and Black's future, and a move to Born Free’s renowned rescue centre at Shamwari, which is already home to a number of lions and leopards rescued from a dire life in captivity.

Black and Jora video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=polL5v5x7Os

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. The Foundation rescues animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and gives them lifetime care. Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles, and many more species in their natural habitats, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. The Foundation’s high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers, and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. More at www.bornfree.org.uk.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

Up to nine million animals were affected by earthquake and aftershocks, HSI estimates

KATHMANDU (15 May 2015)—Following Tuesday’s destructive aftershock in Nepal, Humane Society International will send livestock veterinarians to care for animals in heavily affected rural areas. HSI continues to conduct an assessment of the needs of local animal welfare organizations for expansion of their facilities and will meet these needs on a case-by-case basis. HSI estimates that as many as 6 million to 9 million cows, goats and other livestock were injured or killed following the April 25 earthquake. Thousands of street dogs and cats also are in need of care.

Humane Society International’s Sarah Vallentine, who lives in Kathmandu, said: “Tuesday’s strong aftershock caused further destruction and has worsened the conditions of many people and animals already traumatized by the devastating April 25 earthquake. The initial earthquake caused animals to suffer a range of conditions from broken and crushed bones and lacerations and respiratory disease like pneumonia from days and nights exposed to the elements without shelter. We’ll continue to assist with vital supplies – humanitarian and veterinary - to provide a lifeline to both animals and people struggling to cope here in Nepal.”  

Humane Society International will continue to help animals, large and small, affected by Nepal’s earthquake and strong aftershocks:

  • HSI is working with its affiliates, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society International/Australia, to deploy three veterinarians with livestock expertise to Nepal in the coming days. 
  • This week, our vets travelled to Sindhupalchok to carry out crucial vaccinations and veterinary treatments, in partnership with World Vets, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Animal Nepal, SPCA Nepal, Himalayan Animal Rescue Team and Nepal’s Department of Livestock Services.
  • HSI is providing tarpaulins to shelter goats, cows, poultry and other animals from the harsh sun and driving monsoon rain. Many of these animals have been exposed to the elements since the earthquakes destroyed their permanent shelters, and as a result they are suffering from respiratory illnesses. Animal Welfare Network of Nepal (AWNN) will coordinate the supply of these tarps and will also assist in setting them up with the villagers in remote locations.

HSI will work  with animal groups in Nepal, including: AWNN, Society for Animal Welfare and Management, the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center, Animal Nepal, Nepal SPCA, Himalayan Animal Rescue Team and others.

Donations are urgently needed to support our lifesaving efforts in Nepal and wherever animals and people are affected by disasters.

Nature Chronicles a Diversity of Life in

The Sagebrush Sea

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 on PBS

An ecosystem tapped by energy development faces an uncertain future

It's been called The Big Empty - an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America, exasperating thousands of westward-bound travelers as an endless place through which they had to pass to reach their destinations. Yet it's far from empty, as those who look closely will discover. In this ecosystem anchored by the sage, eagles and antelope, badgers and lizards, rabbits, wrens, owls, prairie dogs, songbirds, hawks and migrating birds of all description make their homes. For one bird, however, it is a year-round home, as it has been for thousands of years. The Greater Sage-Grouse relies on the sage for everything and is found no place else. But their numbers are in decline. Two hundred years ago, there were as many as 16 million sage grouse; today, there may be fewer than 200,000.

The Sagebrush Sea tracks the Greater Sage-Grouse and other wildlife through the seasons as they struggle to survive in this rugged and changing landscape. The program airs Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). After broadcast, the episode will be available for online streaming at pbs.org/nature.

In early spring, male sage grouse move to open spaces, gathering in clearings known as leks to establish mating rights. They strut about, puffing up yellow air sacs in their breasts and making a series of popping sounds to intimidate other males. For weeks, they practice their elaborate display and square off with other arriving males, battling to establish dominance and territory. Successful males then display for discriminating females and are allowed to mate only if chosen as the most suitable. The criteria are a mystery to all but the females, nearly all of which select only one or two males on the lek each year. Once they've bred, the hens will head off into the protective sage to build their nests near food and water and raise their offspring alone. Within a month, the chicks hatch and follow the hens as they forage for food and keep a watchful eye out for predators. In the summer, the grouse head to wetlands, often populated by farms and ranches, in search of water, only to return to the sage in the fall. Shrinking wetlands that once supported thousands of grouse still manage to provide for hundreds.

Other species discussed in the program include the golden eagle and great-horned owl. Both bird species take advantage of perfect perches on the rocks and ridges sculpted by the area's constant wind to nest, hunt, and raise their families. Cavity-nesting bluebirds and the American kestrel return each year to raise their young in rock crevices. The sagebrush serves as a nursery for the sagebrush sparrow, the sage thrasher and the Brewer's sparrow, all of which breed nowhere else.

Sage survives in this arid environment through deep roots that reach to the water below. Like water, however, many key resources are locked below ground in the high desert, bringing an increasing presence of wells, pipelines and housing. As they proliferate, the sage sea is becoming more and more fragmented, impacting habitats and migratory corridors. And of the 500,000 square miles of sagebrush steppe that stretched across North America, only half now remains. For the sage and the grouse, the future is uncertain.

Nature is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. For Nature, Fred Kaufman is executive producer. The Sagebrush Sea is a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Production.

Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry. Throughout its history, Nature has brought the natural world to millions of viewers. The series has been consistently among the most-watched primetime series on public television.

Nature has won over 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 12 Emmys and three Peabodys. The series received two of wildlife film industry's highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The International Wildlife Film Festival honored Nature executive producer Fred Kaufman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.

PBS.org/nature is the award-winning web companion to Nature, featuring streaming episodes, filmmaker interviews, teacher's guides and more.

Support for this Nature program was made possible in part by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Estate of Elizabeth A. Vernon, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, George B. Storer Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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ASPCA #HelpAHorse contest will award $50,000 in grant prizes to equine organizations across the country

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the participants in its 2015 ASPCA Help a Horse Day grants contest. The nationwide competition of equine rescues and sanctuaries is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to care for local at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless. Participating rescue groups will be competing for the chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist their efforts to protect horses. The groups will be judged on the creativity of their events, as well as their ability to engage their local communities. This year the contest has expanded to recognize seven winners.

“The equine rescues and sanctuaries that step in to care for abused or neglected horses give them a much-deserved new lease on life, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to expand the contest this year to recognize even more groups for their hard work,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of last year’s participants, and look forward to seeing what new ideas our repeat participants incorporate into their ASPCA Help a Horse Day events.  We are also excited to welcome many new groups who will be participating for the first time.”

This year, 110 groups will be hosting events across 33 states during the weekend of April 24-26. Activities include open houses, education programs, spring festivals, hoe-downs, barn raisings, 5K walks and other fun-filled events.  ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission ever since, which includes supporting equine welfare legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

The ASPCA has also launched a petition on TakePart.com, urging the U.S. Congress to pass a federal ban on horse slaughter. Each year, approximately 150,000 American horses are purchased and trucked to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption. The vast majority of these horses (92 percent per USDA) are in good physical condition and could go on to lead productive lives in loving homes. Horse slaughter is especially inhumane because horses, skittish by nature, are extremely difficult to render unconscious before slaughter. Horse slaughter is a cruel, predatory industry, and as long as sending American horses to slaughter for human consumption abroad remains a legal option, thousands of equines will be vulnerable at local horse auctions where kill buyers are present.

Last year, the ASPCA awarded over $1.1 million in grants to support 169 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grants were primarily awarded as part of the ASPCA Equine Fund, which provides life-saving resources – including financial assistance, in-person and online training, and sharing of best practices -- to support non-profit equine welfare organizations.

For more information about ASPCA Help a Horse Day or to see if there is an event near you, please visit www.aspca.org/helpahorse.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (April 6, 2015) – Most people are aware that we have soldiers overseas in Afghanistan. But what most are not usually aware of is that many times they become attached to dogs that they find roaming in the area. For some, it’s the bond they create with those new pets that keep them feeling happy and hopeful. Yet when their tour of duty is over and it’s time to go back home to the U.S., they find themselves having to break that bond and leave the dog behind. Guardians of Rescue, an international animal rescue organization, works to change that by reuniting soldiers with the dogs they had to leave behind.

"Through our No Buddy Left Behind Program, we have helped numerous soldiers to be reunited with the dogs they were caring for in Afghanistan,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “It’s the least we can do for these soldiers, who miss the dogs and worry about their fate. But we can’t do it alone; we need the public’s help in order to make it a successful mission.”

There are costs involved in bringing the dogs back to the U.S. from the Middle East. This expense is one reason that Guardians of Rescue reaches out to the public for donations in order to help make it possible. The group is working with the only Afghanistan-based animal shelter, Nowzad, to make the mission possible and successful. The dogs will be flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport at the end of April, and then will be transported on to Portland, Ore., where they will be reunited with the soldiers they were with in Afghanistan.

The dogs being reunited were found and rescued by a couple of U.S. Army soldiers. When they spotted the mom she had four puppies and a wounded paw, and they saw the way other stray dogs had been mistreated in the area. They decided to help nurse the wounded leg back to health, and went on to care for and bond with the mother and her puppies. The platoon medic will be adopting her, while another soldier takes two of the puppies, and a third soldier has expressed interest in another one of the puppies.

“These soldiers have given us so much, the least we can do it is reunite them with these dogs they bonded with,” said Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “Every little bit helps, and it all adds up to meaning so much for them and the dogs. Together we can save them!”

The cost to bring the dogs back to America and deliver them to the soldiers is estimated at $6,000. Guardians of Rescue is seeking donations from the public to help with this mission. Those who would like to learn more and make a donation can do so by logging onto: http://guardiansofrescue.org/banners-view/no-buddy-left-behind/.

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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ASPCA aims to keep Midwest pets safe during disasters through grants to local groups

New York, N.Y.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the first grant recipients as part of its Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program—a program that provides much-needed funding, training, and expertise to local communities to better serve and assist animals and pet owners during and after disasters.

The Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program enables the ASPCA to work with communities in disaster-prone areas to enhance their ability to respond to animals and pet owners affected by disasters. The program assists animal welfare organizations and government agencies in Midwestern states, which experience a high frequency of disasters yet garner little attention or support.  

“Animals are often overlooked when it comes to disaster planning,” said Elizabeth Dominguez, ASPCA disaster response manager. “Communities must be prepared to rescue, shelter and provide emergency care for pets, as we’ve seen pet owners put their own lives in jeopardy if the local community doesn’t have a system in place to assist or accommodate their pets. This is especially important in vulnerable areas like the Midwest, which experience higher rates of natural disasters.”

Through the Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program, the ASPCA is providing more than $50,000 to the below groups:

  • Animal Rescue League Of Iowa (Des Moines, Iowa) for water rescue equipment and water rescue training.
  • Beadle County Humane Society (Huron, S.D.) for rescue supplies and kennels to increase sheltering capacity.
  • Benton Animal Control and Adoption Center (Benton, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • Butler County Kansas Animal Response Team (Augusta, Kan.) for emergency response equipment.
  • City of Sherwood Department of Humane Animal Services (Sherwood, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • City of St. Cloud, Minn. for disaster preparedness equipment.
  • Enid SPCA (Enid, Okla.) for funds to create a Garfield County Animal Response Team (CART).
  • Faulkner County Animal Response Team (Conway, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • Johnson County Animal Response Team (Lenexa, Kan.) for emergency trailer and rescue equipment.
  • Kingman Pratt Area Animal Response Team (Cheney, Kan.) for emergency storage trailer.
  • Kansas SART, Inc. (Wichita, Kan.) for animal rescue courses instructed by ASPCA experts and registration costs for emergency response exercises.
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (St. Paul, Minn.) for the creation of a Minnesota State Animal Response Team (SART).
  • Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha, Neb.) for large animal handling training for emergency responders in Omaha, Neb., Lincoln, Neb. and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Springfield-Greene County Community Emergency Response Team (Springfield, Mo.) for sheltering equipment, trailers and computers.

In addition to launching the ASPCA Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program, the ASPCA has been working with PetSmart Charities, Inc. to support animal welfare organizations across the country by providing the equipment and supplies necessary to respond to large-scale disasters. PetSmart Charities has provided its first cache grant of $6,550 to Nebraska Humane Society for disaster response equipment including crates and other sheltering supplies that will allow them to board and care for an increased number of animals in the event of a disaster.

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to natural disasters around the country, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Joplin tornado in 2011, in addition to being called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations.

Organizations interested in applying for funding or assistance through the program should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organizations outside of the Midwest seeking disaster response funding should visit: http://www.aspcapro.org/resource/grants/aspca-grant-application-process

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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New ‘Help a Horse Day’ contest and other initiatives fueled awareness and advocacy of equine protection

NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that in 2014 its Equine Fund awarded over $1.1 million in grants to support 169 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grant money supported several areas of equine welfare including emergency food grants, training scholarships, a new nationwide contest held on ASPCA Help a Horse Day, and the Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses to save them from slaughter.

“Racehorses are just as susceptible as other horses to being sent to livestock auctions and then on to the slaughterhouse, when their racing days are over,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “The ASPCA is grateful to our special supporters who enable us to keep these horses safe by providing assistance to equine rescues who transition ex-racers out of the racing stable and into new homes in someone’s show barn or farm paddock.”

In 2014, more than 80 equine rescue groups held events across 32 states to raise awareness about equine protection for ASPCA Help a Horse Day, celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has remained a core part of the ASPCA’s mission ever since, including legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the equine rescue groups that participated in the first ASPCA Help a Horse Day celebration contest,” said Schultz. “We continue to be inspired by their year-round commitment to equine welfare and we can’t wait to see what new ideas they come up with in 2015 to further protect horses.”

California, the state with the largest number of equine rescues and sanctuaries, as well as some of the nation’s highest hay costs, led the ASPCA Equine Fund grant recipients with 35 grants. New York followed in second place with 11 grants, while Oregon, Florida and Kentucky were all tied with 10 grants each.

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit, U.S. equine welfare organizations who work to rescue and protect horses. The grants benefit equine organizations striving to achieve best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care.
To learn more about the ASPCA Equine Fund and 2014 grantees, visit www.aspcapro.org.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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“Everyone knows that season four of Scandal is set to premiere tonight on ABC – and that everyone is desperate to know where Olivia Pope jetted off to. But there’s an even bigger scandal out there that the ASPCA wants to uncover: pet homelessness. In fact, the biggest scandal of all is that there are millions of pets in shelters across this country who just want a loving home. Well, the ASPCA wants to fix that.

By creating these six e-cards featuring famous lines from the show with animals available for adoption right now at the ASPCA Adoption Center, the organization would like to remind everyone to make pet adoption their first option and help get a handle on the number of homeless animals waiting in shelters for loving homes.”

www.aspca.org

 

 

 

 

April is National Adopt- a-Greyhound Month

Thousands of Greyhounds In Need of Permanent Homes

Framingham, MA-A 40 mile per hour couch potato is just waiting to be adopted into a loving and permanent home. What better time than National Adopt-a-Greyhound month to welcome a beautiful, graceful and gentle greyhound into your family.

April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound month and the need to place surplus racing greyhounds has never been greater. The Greyhound Project is spreading the message of greyhound adoption awareness to ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds find caring homes.

Although many greyhound tracks have closed in recent years, the need to find homes for retired racing greyhounds has not diminished.  Greyhounds retiring from the 22 remaining tracks located in seven states around the country still number in the thousands. These wonderful, elegant dogs are being cared for by adoption groups across the country as they wait to be adopted into their permanent homes.

“Greyhounds make great pets and companions,” said President of The Greyhound Project Melissa Cook. “They are graceful, gentle and can be a great addition to any dog-loving family. Many believe that regional race track closings have lessened the need to adopt these greyhounds into homes. That misperception results in a flood of retired racing greyhounds waiting to go to their permanent homes, particularly in regions with active tracks.”

“The need to move these dogs to non-racing states is critical and costs associated with accomplishing this present a real challenge. National Adopt-a-Greyhound month is a great time to welcome these wonderful Greyhounds into loving and permanent homes.”

The Greyhound Project works to support over 300 greyhound adoption groups nationwide. The charity also publishes Celebrating Greyhounds, an award-winning quarterly magazine written for greyhound adopters, owners, and supporters.

About The Greyhound Project

Founded in 1992, The Greyhound Project is a volunteer, non-profit organization. The mission of The Greyhound Project is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters, and the public. Please visit www.adopt-a-greyhound.org for more information.

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