Almost Home for Hounds is the culmination of a chance meeting I had with Dr. Heather Weir in 1997, at Colorado State University.
I had recently moved to Kanab, Utah, and started Greyhound Gang. That cross country journey is detailed here. My personal greyhound, Slim, needed spinal surgery at Colorado State University. I was walking my other greyhound, Beauty, on campus, when Heather pulled up in a Subaru station wagon with greyhounds peering out the windows. Introducing ourselves, we walked our hounds and talked about greyhounds.
I had just learned about the greyhounds in the CSU terminal surgery ward, slated for death the next day. Racing breeders were using CSU as a dumping ground for almost 1000 greyhounds a year. Third year vet students were practicing surgery on these healthy, unwanted greyhounds, and killing them when done. Dr. Weir had refused to kill these greyhounds to learn surgeries. She was awarded the Gentle Doctor Award for her compassion. Her passion began, then, to save greyhounds.
We spoke of how to help these hounds. Born to race, but when no longer earning their keep, killed by the thousands by the people that bred them. Those images of the silver, sterile runs, the “to be used” cards on the cages, and one older brindle girl, the first golden oldie I'd ever seen, coming up to the chained link gate, wagging her tail and sticking her paw through the links towards me, are etched on my heart.
She was dead the next day.
Almost Home for Hounds, a direct result of that chance meeting at CSU, is a place of love, a place of hope, a place of safety.
Lives at AHH have a chance, a chance to be well loved in forever homes because of generous people with big hearts.
“We must become the change we want to see”, says Gandhi. That brindle girl’s ghost will always haunt me, but I hope the legacy of AHH has her wagging her tail in Doggie Heaven.
Greyhound Gang has evolved from a direct front-line rescue organization, to a support organization. We now raise funds, and provide education, to help other greyhound rescue organizations save greyhounds. Almost Home for Hounds has received the majority of our support since 2001.
To see the details of money donated to Almost Home for Hounds, go to our Financial page. We are proud to have donated, between Greyhound Gang and Get Up & Go, over half a million dollars to Dr. Weir and Almost Home for Hounds.
The hounds and I thank you for caring.