Our Volunteer Spotlight!

Celeste Policastro


Celeste is a resident of Indiana and first became interested in greyhounds when her children suggested she needed a dog in her life. She had first considered a German Shepherd or a Belgian Malinois, but then her son sent her a picture of a beautiful Greyhound named Mesa Concho which was posted in the Hammond times, and the rest is history.

Photo of Ginger and Celeste

Ginger and Celeste

Celeste has been a member of American Greyhound since March of 2013 when she first adopted Mesa Concho who was an owner surrender. Since then she has had several Greyhounds in her life, which include Ginger (11.5), an injured dog that was rescued from a pound in Southern Illinois after her owner dumped her following an altercation with a Coyote, Krispy Kreme and JoJo (both 10.5), Adele and also Mary (10.5), who was an owner surrender that she took last month, as well as Mesa Concho angel (13) and Kay (12), both who went to the Bridge in 2017. In addition to these dogs, Celeste has fostered several other hounds for American Greyhound as well.

Picture of JoJo and Adele

JoJo and Adele

Celeste enjoys spending her time providing warm and comfortable homes for senior greyhound girls, and figures that if she can ease their pain and give them two good years, it will be a good thing.  She likes talking to people about how wonderful greyhounds are, and how they make great pets. She also likes travelling across the country with her greyhounds and volunteering at her local food bank, as well as teaching Sunday school classes.

Celeste does a lot of volunteering for American Greyhound, so when she is not doing her above activities, she can be found helping out with short term/emergency fostering, transporting dogs, picking up owner surrenders, handling adoptions; helping with monthly meet and greets; as well as attending our “Greyt Readers” program at the Crown Point library.

Photo of Miss-Kay-and-Mesa-Concho


When asked what it is about American Greyhound that keeps her associated with our group, she replied “Everybody has such a good heart and is always ready to help. And, we get to play with really cool dogs that are the rock stars of the canine world!”

Thanks so much to Celeste for all the hard work she does to make a difference within American Greyhound!

The Volunteer Spotlight recognizes individuals who play a valuable role within the American Greyhound family, and also showcases their contributions and hard work which prove invaluable in helping the hounds and the organization as a whole. If you know someone who should be in the Spotlight, please let us know by sending an email to Loree McKinney (mlsm@comcast.net) or Tony Neetz (website@americangreyhound.org). 
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