Greyhound Pets of America is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), all volunteer organization started in 1987, dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for Retired Racing Greyhounds. It is our mission to educate the public regarding the wonderful temperament of the Greyhound breed.
Greyhounds make excellent pets and will amaze you with their kind, loving, and playful nature. These “Gentle Giants” will leave paw prints on your heart.
Racing Greyhounds placed through our program are usually between eighteen months and five years old. These ex-racers are sensitive, intelligent, quiet, clean, good-natured, adaptable dogs who adjust readily to their new home environment. They are eager to please and respond positively to any attention. They provide their new owner with never ending loyalty and never ending affection. They do not require a great deal of space to run, as many people think, but they do need exercise.
With the closing of the Florida race tracks in 2020, there are virtually no Greyhounds needing placement in loving homes anywhere close to us. However, the National Greyhound Pets of America has partnered with the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust to bring retired racing Greyhounds from Ireland to America. We have begun the process of bringing dogs to Gainesville from Ireland! We will also rescue any Greyhound that is left in a local shelter and of course any hound adopted out by us is always welcome back if the adopters are no longer able to care for the Greyhound.
Racing Greyhounds spend most of their lives in the company of other dogs, their trainers and handlers. Racing Greyhounds have all the advantage of breeding and training when it comes to being a good pet. Their social ability generally makes them great with other pets. Their temperament makes them wonderful around children and friends. Their intelligence and breed make them perfect house pets. A clean, quiet loving companion, a well-mannered Greyhound could be just the pet for you.