The reason Animal Alliance is making the film, ”Saving Dinah”, is to bring awareness to the general public about the plight of dogs in North America and the organizations that are working to either rescue and adopt dogs, or shut down abusive animal industries and entertainment. I had the opportunity to interview Lynda Seed, who runs Adopt-A- Greyhound of Central Canada, Inc. just outside Ottawa.
To the rescue! Greyhound rescue that is!
Greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world and can reach speeds of 45 mph, ideal for racing. Yet, once these canine sprinters can no longer win, their racing careers are finished. Although greyhounds have a life span of twelve to fifteen years, most greyhounds are “retired” by the age of three.
Retired greyhounds cannot remain at the racing compound. If they aren’t taken in by an adoption or rescue organization, or returned to a greyhound breeding farm for breeding purposes, they are euthanized or sent to a medical research lab. Thousands of greyhounds retire every year with no place to go.
Thankfully, Adopt-A-Greyhound of Central Canada, Inc. is dedicated to finding the best quality homes available for retired racing greyhounds. An entirely volunteer-run, non-profit adoption organization, it is committed to creating public awareness about greyhounds as pets. The organizations’ motto is, “Giving ex-racing greyhounds a new leash on life.”
According to Lynda Seed, the group’s co-founder , greyhounds can make wonderful companions. Before she places a dog, however, Seed strongly urges potential adopters to have researched the breed.
“Greyhounds are not like other dogs,” says Seed. “They’ve been reared in isolation, in individual pens at racing compounds, and having never been in the outside world. They haven’t had an opportunity to develop socialization skills with non-greyhound dogs. When adopted, they go through a definite learning curve, as every experience is new to them.”
Yet, greyhounds make wonderful companions for the right home. They are gentle, loving and sensitive dogs, with even temperaments. They don’t need a house with a lot of space or to be taken for a jog. What they do need is a human companion with patience, caring and who can exert authority without being aggressive or punitive.
“Greyhounds must never be let off-leash outside, except in a secure and adequately fenced area,” cautions Seed. “They have extremely good eyesight and a strong prey drive. With nothing to obstruct their line of vision, they can see a piece of paper blowing in the wind half a mile away, and will chase after it. They have no street smarts and can easily get hit and killed by a car.”
Once an application is submitted, Seed will visit the applicant’s home to make sure they can provide the right conditions for a greyhound companion.
“We don’t believe children under six and greyhounds are a good match,” says Seed, who doesn’t adopt to families with young children, since greyhounds have no experience with them.
What makes this greyhound rescue special? Seed does home visits and provides post-adoptive support throughout the life of each greyhound. Because of this, she only adopts to homes in areas close by, such as Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and upper-state New York.
For those who want to adopt a greyhound, there is an electronic application on the organization’s website.
Adopt- A- Greyhound of Central Canada, Inc.
RR # 3, North Gower
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 2T0
Phone: 613 489 0654
Fax: 613 489 0654