TGIE-Back in Black

back in black

American Greyhound had a new group of rescued dogs who entered the TGIE (The Greyhound Inmate Experience) in April, and all had something in common (other than the fact that they were all retired racing greyhounds). Every single one of them was BLACK!

The adoption kennel at the Mobile Alabama racetrack where TGIE gets the dogs for the program is almost always filled to the gills with dogs needing a ride to their forever home, and often, there is a disproportionate number of black dogs in that mix.

Why? Because even in 2016, black dogs are still avoided by some groups, still considered the least appealing dogs and still the hardest colored dog to move into an adoption group.(note: one of American Greyhound’s goals is to always strive to take in more black dogs than what would typically come to us-and we do!)

Last December we learned that the adoption kennel’s inventory of available pups was made upof well over 50% black dogs. While we had discussed the possibility of an all-black TGIE class in the past,it had never been something we could put together. With the situation in Mobile being what it was, it seemed like the time was right. So, in April that’s exactly what we did.

This past Thursday, those nine black beauties (American Greyhound has nine of the twenty dogs in the program) graduated from the program and are now in their foster homes eagerly awaiting their adoptive home. And, in addition to the nine dogs we bring to TGIE at the beginning of each ten-week session, we also bring additional dogs up on the hauls which go directly into foster care. We brought five additional dogs this past week, and as you probably can guess, they were all black as well. So, between TGIE graduates, fresh dogs right off the track, and the normal numbers of black dogs we take
into our adoption program, we have a large stable of black dogs at the moment.

If you have been thinking of adding a new dog to your family, there would be no better time than right now. And, with such a large array of new dogs to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right dog for you and your family.

To learn more about our available dogs, contact one of our adoption coordinators at
adopt@americangreyhound.org or by contacting them from our web site.

 

Finding Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds

American Greyhound, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to finding homes for unwanted greyhounds.  Our volunteers rescue hounds when they have no where else to turn, provide the necessary veterinary care, teach them what it means to live in a home as a companion animal, and find them good homes where they are able to live out their lives.