The Greyhounds Last Chance
A continuing program for
Retired Racing Greyhounds.
How Our Rescues Are Done.
When I run my Adopt A Greyhound, Everyone's a Winner, television show, everyone asks me how do I go about doing a Rescue. It's simple ... the phone rings ... there's an emergency somewhere with a bunch of greyhounds ... and we're on our way! The first thing that has to be arranged is a place for the animals to stay. No small feat when you've got 40-100 starving greyhounds that need to be medically treated, fed, sheltered and adopted.
Once you've found a location, and at this point, you don't care what it is or what it looks like as long as you've got a place to keep the dogs as comfortable as possible while you get them examined and start the process of rehabilitation. If you live in Florida like I do, most of the time we need an air-conditioned facility for the dogs. They have very little fat to keep them cool or warm and heatstroke is not unknown to me in greyhound rescues. Let me tell you, rescuing hundreds of greyhounds in a two week period is a monumental task and without the Lord's help, it just couldn't be done.
The next thing you need are some volunteers that will help you care for the dogs, plus you need some seasoned greyhound kennel helpers that know what to do with and how to handle that many dogs at a time. The volunteers can help with walking the dogs, cleaning up after them, making out applications, checking out prospective adopters, etc., but you've got to have those special kennel helpers to make your rescue work.
One of the most important people you need to help with the dogs are the seasoned Kennel Helpers, those "caretakers" that care for the dogs day in and day out. They know greyhounds and know how to care for them.
Next you need a local veterinarian that will come out and give basic treatment, shots, exam, worming medication and anything else short of surgery, that can be done for the dogs.
You need an immediate source of food for these animals, and good food. Many of them are in bad shape physically and need immediate food and care.
The most important thing you can get is FREE media coverage to alert the people to action, and get the dogs adopted. If you don't get this coverage, then you'd better be prepared to get television spots on the airways to get the word out to tv, newspapers and radio stations that you need help. And you need it now!
Sounds crazy, but that's what it takes. People taking calls, setting up appointments, getting volunteers, checking out prospective adopters, setting up appointments with the vet for follow up spray-neuter work and just plain answering calls.
Thank the Lord for all the help He has given you doing His work.
For those of you that would like to see a Rescue in Action, you can order the Join Us in Rescue Video available now. Enjoy it, don't be discouraged, if the situation arises in your community, you can do it. I also have a booklet available that shows step by step, people to call and how to put on a rescue on a simple, one, two, three basis. Give me a call if you need help in your area at:
or Email Beverly at
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