Welcome to adopt-a-greyhound.org

Welcome to adopt-a-greyhound.org, the official website of The Greyhound Project.

The mission of The Greyhound Project is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters, and the public.

We have assembled tons of information to help you learn more about them, so please take a moment to explore our site. Hopefully, you'll join the thousands of people who have discovered that their adopted friend is one of the nicest and most affectionate pets they've ever had.

We can also help you find out where you can adopt one.


April 1, 2020 -- Due to COVID-19, tracks have closed. There is an urgent need to support groups receiving those dogs all over the country.

  • Currently there are almost 5000 greyhounds at tracks throughout Florida.

  • Currently Naples-Fort Meyers continues to race with no fans in the park while the rest of the tracks in Florida and the whole country have discontinued live racing due to the virus.

  • Sanford-Orlando was slated to end racing the end of June, and Daytona is slated to end racing at the the end of this month. These tracks are considered to have no chance of continuing to race post virus shutdown.

  • Adoption groups are already working with kennels to start moving some “pets” this week. Just those two tracks have over 1000 greyhounds combined.

  • Most of the greyhounds from Naples-Fort Meyers will be shipped to Iowa starting in May to race at the Dubuque track.

  • The remaining tracks, Jacksonville’s Best Bet, Palm Beach Kennel Club, and Derby Lane at St Petersburg intend to continue post virus shutdown until the end of the year. The question remains: will they have the ability to maintain 1000 greyhounds at each of those tracks during a shutdown that may last months. Financially, those three tracks have also closed their lucrative poker rooms due to the virus and have lost all income.

  • To compound things, there are greyhound racers in Florida that were thought to be able to race at other tracks. With all the tracks shut down, they are now considered to be “pets” up for adoption.  Dogs slated to go to Mexico to race are now not allowed into the country due to the virus shutdown.

Basically, there is a “perfect storm” of greyhounds needing homes at one of the worst times in US history.  

What can you do?  PLEASE support your local adoption group (check our agency listings  to find a group near you). Getting the dogs from Florida to groups that can rehome them is an expensive process, and your local adoption group is the place to begin.  Donate funds, foster, and/or adopt.  Ask them what they need. It will take all of us pitching in together to get these dogs safely to their couches.


New 2021 electronic photo submission guidelines are here! The Greyhound Project produces calendars as a fundraiser for adoption groups, and about 10,000 are purchased annually. Each photo caption identifies the dog, adopter, and agency, and we send a free calendar if your photo(s) are selected. You may still purchase 2020 wall calendars and weekly desk diaries here, now with free US shipping while supplies last.

2020 Wall Calendar Cover


We have some ideas for spreading the word.

About greyhounds

Greyhounds make fantastic pets, but they are not for everyone. Learn the facts about these slender athletes as you explore our site.

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Published from 1996 through 2017, each issue of Celebrating Greyhounds contained more than 50 beautifully designed pages of feature stories, humor, poetry, and photographs that explore the many ways these dogs are integrated into our lives. We are in the process of making all back issues, including print issues, available online.

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