The passage of Amendment 13 by Florida voters last year rocked the Greyhound racing and adoption communities. Like many other groups, GFNC has been directly impacted because the majority of Greyhounds adopted through GFNC come from Florida racetracks. Since the Amendment passed, the availability of Greyhounds has changed in ways no one could have anticipated.
Fewer racing Greyhounds are being bred and tracks are retaining Greyhounds longer than they traditionally have. As a result, far fewer retired racers are being made available for adoption. Media coverage after the passing of Amendment 13 further raised awareness of the breed and resulted in an influx of adoption applications across the country, further stretching an already reduced supply of adoptable Greyhounds.
Due to the reality of the situation we face, we made some difficult decisions – but we believe these are the most responsible actions we could take to serve the Greyhounds we so love. In short, it was not sustainable for GFNC to continue operating a seriously underutilized kennel facility. Instead, building a foster-based program has enabled us to continue the important work needed to place retired racers in loving homes. We believe this model better prepares us for the future of Greyhound adoption given the shifting landscape. We also hope to be in a position to assist in nationwide efforts to foster/transport large numbers of dogs should the need arise when racing ends in Florida.
Effective July 1, 2019, GFNC has: 1) ceased adoption operations at our kennel facility in Greensboro, 2) started to wind down the property, and 3) transitioned into a fostering-centered organization. We still monitor our phone number and email contact points, continue to rehome returned Greyhounds, and provide post-adoption support.
We truly appreciate your support as we work through this challenging time.