Going Home Greyhounds was founded in the summer of 1995 by Jane Drellow and Ruth Patrick. The organization was later incorporated in 1997 and received their 501(C)(3) non-profit status in December of 2001. Jane and Ruth designed the heart and greyhound head profile that became GHG's logo. Our logo is now proudly displayed on the new special edition Pennsylvania license plate.
The organization currently consists of 5 board members and over 75 volunteers. Our volunteers perform various activities such as hauling retired racers from racing kennels, bathing newly retired dogs, fostering greyhounds in their home, doing meet and greets, participating in local parades and various fund raising activities.
Since 1995, approximately 1500 retired racing greyhounds have been placed into loving homes throughout the greater Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. GHG is a local, all volunteer organization that adopts within a 100-mile radius of the Pittsburgh area. This helps to ensure that we are better able to communicate with our adopters and able to follow the care of our adoptees, because it is important to GHG that both the adopter and adoptee are happy and matched properly.
Jim Hopper and Tender Touch Veterinary Hospital are the holders of GHG's kennel license. The majority of our adoptions are held at Tender Touch on scheduled adoption days, but the Allegheny County dog warden does allow a limited number of adoptions from foster homes per year. All dogs adopted out through GHG are fostered in a loving home environment. Our foster homes are very involved in the adoption process as they know their foster dog's needs. This is an invaluable service that enables us to help families adopt the dog that will fit with their lifestyle and family needs. After adoption, we have a excellent support group to help you through the transitional period as well as the entire lifespan of your greyhound. You will be given the foster home contact information at the time of adoption as well as GHG's behaviorist phone number. You will be contacted 4-5 weeks after adoption to see how things are going, 6 months later and then yearly.
The Greyhound Gazette is distributed to over 800 adopters quarterly. Here you will find articles, upcoming events and general GHG happenings. What a wonderful way to communicate and stay in touch with our adopters.
GHG's current fundraising activities include our annual reunion, a Christmas bazaar, spring and fall bathathons, and rummage sale. The annual reunion began in 1998 and is our most attended event. It is held at the North Park Lodge and is where previous adopters and volunteers get together for a great afternoon of food, music, games and events. It's a wonderful time that we all look forward to every year.
The Pineapple/Marie Memorial fund was established for the veterinary and health care needs of sick and injured dogs in memory of two fosters (Pineapple and Marie). Both of these dogs were extremely sick coming into our foster program and their foster families were only able to care for and love them for a few short months before they both crossed the rainbow bridge. Because of donator generosity to this fund year round, we are able to accept dogs from the track that would otherwise be euthanized.
GHG's first decade was a great success! Please help us to make the next 10 years even better!
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