Eileen Mitchell's Elvis, celebrated in many columns and blog posts in the years since she brought him home in 2003, may be the most renowned greyhound ever adopted from Golden State Greyhound Adoption, and certainly had hundreds of people who'd never met him shedding tears when he passed on earlier this year. But along the way, he did a great job of focusing attention on the plight of his fellow greyhounds, and the awesome job this group does in getting them to safety and loving homes when their racing careers end.
Contrary to what you might expect from dogs who race for a living, once they leave the track, greyhounds are generally quite content to take up the life of couch potatoes and snugglebunnies, and adapt very well to apartment and condo life, enjoying peace and quiet bigtime.
These days the greyhound racing industry is in decline, with many tracks closing due to waning interest. Generally speaking, this is good news for the dogs, but there are still many who need homes. In fact, about 26 of them will be arriving in the Bay Area later this month. Check GSGA's event page for upcoming meet-and-greets in your area.
If you'd like to support GSGA's noble efforts and have some fun as well, there's a Doggy Happy Hour on Saturday, May 5, at Doc's Clock Bar, 2575 Mission St. in SF, with a portion of the bar proceeds and all the proceeds of a silent auction benefiting the rescue. Dogs are welcome, of course!