Greyhound tracks and industry organizations spend over $2 million each year to support and promote adoption efforts by groups across the U.S.
Everything you always wanted to know about greyhound racing but were afraid to ask…
Q. Are greyhounds fed healthy diets? A. Greyhounds must be well nourished to perform at their best. The 4D meat in greyhound food is not suitable for human consumption, but it’s healthy and nutritious for animals. That’s why it is used in most commercial pet foods.
Q. Do greyhounds get enough outdoor exercise? A. Greyhounds are “turned out” for outdoor exercise at least four times daily for 15-60 minutes at a time. They prefer short periods outdoors followed by rest in temperature-controlled quarters.
Q. Are greyhound crates large enough? A. Industry rules require that greyhound crates be large enough for even the largest greyhounds to stand, sit, turn around and lie down comfortably. Most greyhound crates are much larger than the crates pet owners use at home.
Q. Are greyhounds trained by chasing live animals? A. No, the use of live lures in training or at the track is prohibited by industry rules and state laws. Greyhounds are trained using mechanical lures, and they chase artificial lures at the track.
Q. Are greyhounds often injured while racing? A. The vast majority of greyhound injuries are minor, allowing the greyhound to return to racing within a week or two. Most injuries still allow successful transition to adoption. Life-threatening or fatal injuries are extremely rare.
Q. What happens to greyhounds when their racing careers are over? A. The vast majority of greyhounds, more than 90 percent, are adopted or returned to the farm as pets or breeders when they retire.