The Humane Society of the United States remains committed to ensuring each and every former Florida racing greyhound finds a forever family.
Racing greyhounds are legally “owned” by industry trainers and breeders. Decisions about releasing them to shelters and rescue groups are made by their owners. The industry has a long history of working with select greyhound adoption groups and that is still the case after the passage of Amendment 13.
The Humane Society of the United States does not have authority over these dogs, but we have offered to assist the industry with placement and transport of dogs since the beginning of the effort to place Amendment 13 on the ballot in Florida. While the industry has traditionally favored adoption groups that will openly defend them or remain silent about animal welfare concerns associated with racing, we hope they will accept our help to place greyhounds.
Amendment 13 includes a 26-month phase-out period and dog racing will become illegal January 1, 2021. Decoupling goes into effect December 31, 2018 which means tracks are able to stop racing beginning in January of 2019. Some tracks may stop racing right away in January, while others will continue racing the dogs until the end of 2020.
How many dogs will need homes?
The number of dogs racing fluctuates from month to month. We estimate approximately 4,000 dogs currently racing in Florida will at some point need loving homes.
When will these dogs be available for adoption?
Virtually the entire racing greyhound population turns over about every two years, so there are dogs who need homes right now. Search for adoptable greyhounds at The Shelter Pet Project.
Established after Florida voters approved Amendment 13 to phase out greyhound racing at the end of 2020, the Greyhound Protection Fund will assist in caring for retired racing greyhounds and funding advocacy efforts to end greyhound racing in other states and around the world.
The Greyhound Protection Fund has been established by the Humane Society of the United States to help greyhound protection efforts. These funds will be used to assist in providing rescue, rehabilitation, shelter, transport and veterinary care for retired racing greyhounds, to promote adoption of rescued greyhounds and to fund advocacy efforts to end greyhound racing in other states and around the world.
Greyhounds are unique animals with specialized needs—many suffer serious injuries while racing, such as broken legs, and they may require extensive veterinary care once their racing careers are over. Shelters and rescues taking in greyhounds may not always have the funds available to pay for this care; the Greyhound Protection Fund also provides grants to them to help with the costs of treating racing-related injuries, illnesses or behavioral issues for these dogs who otherwise may not survive to enjoy retirement.
Greyhound racing remains legal in five other states (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia) as well as in six other countries (Australia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam). The Greyhound Protection Fund will also help the Humane Society of the United States and other groups continue to advocate for an end to greyhound racing worldwide.