Greyhound racing is finally over in Arizona. But now these pups have a new set of challenges ahead of them: they need to find forever homes. The plan is to get these dogs off the track and into loving homes soon.
Dog racing has been around for decades in the United States, but more and more states have been doing away with the tradition. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed two bills that were approved by the Legislature, making Arizona the latest state to end greyhound racing and any other kind of dog racing in the state. Now 40 states have made Greyhound racing illegal. The last dog track that’s still open in the state – Tucson Greyhound Park – is supposed to close in June.
“Greyhound racing has run its course in Arizona,” Ducey said in a statement. “It’s heartening that these beautiful Greyhounds will soon be off the track and in loving homes. For any families looking to adopt a new canine companion this summer, I encourage you to consider one of these gentle, intelligent dogs.”
This new legislation, though, means that dozens to hundreds of dogs are going to have to find new forever homes. But there are plans for them. Southern Greyhound Adoption explained that up to 150 dogs will retire as pets. And Greyhounds, of course, make wonderful pets. They’re intelligent, sweet, and love to cuddle.
“So we’re looking for donations, for one thing because we have to vet these animals, and then we’re looking for foster homes so they can learn how to be a pet, and then adoptions,” Jean Williams, President of Arizona Greyhound Rescue said.
Not all of the racing dogs will go on to be pets, though. Some of the dogs who raced in Arizona will be sent to other tracks around the country. Other racing dogs will, of course, be sent back to their current owners. Meanwhile, some of the racing dogs will be sent to work a different type of job: they are going are being sent to train to be service dogs with the organization Heartfelt Hounds.
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