The Greyhound Advancement Center works hand-in-hand with greyhound tracks, farms, transport, adoption groups, etc. to ensure more effective placement into forever homes, while promoting a positive image of greyhounds as companion, therapy and service dogs.
Through our work we educate the public regarding the gentle nature, wonderful temperament, and intelligence of the Greyhound breed.
The GAC has a growing list of alliances with greyhound tracks, farms, transport and adoption groups to help place greyhounds into loving forever homes. Adoption groups and other partners sponsor greyhounds in our prison training and other programs. We also work with individuals and families who would like their greyhound trained in basic through advanced commands. As another service, we provide boarding when you must travel and leave your greyhound behind.
We have graduated dogs trained in basic obedience at the Hardee County Correctional Institution through an established program. Inmate trainers there have been through extensive training with a certified service dog trainer, and continue to receive training on a regular basis. Our therapy dogs are suitable for nursing homes or a private environment. Our established ‘Boot Camp’ program is an excellent option for greyhounds with homes to learn the basics or as a refresher course.
For those with more special needs, we will also offer greyhounds trained as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Service Dogs. We are also planning a greyhound truancy program during 2013, aimed at keeping youngsters out of trouble and out of prison.
We currently directly serve Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Transport is available to selected areas of the USA and Canada, and is expanding. We are happy to welcome new adoption groups to participate in our prison training program, or provide assistance for starting their own. Individuals interested in adopting a prison-trained greyhound are referred to our adoption group partners but we will gladly answer any questions you may have. Visit our adoption page for greyhounds currently available for adoption.
Our primary focus is with greyhounds but may, in the future, expand our programs to work with mixed and other breeds. We are also happy to help organizations establish their own prison training program.
We have established continually operating basic obedience and ‘boot camp’ programs at HCI, with strong support from management. These programs will continue to expand, and we anticipate moving into advanced training here in the future. See the blog below for more developments and ‘Events‘ for upcoming activities.
The the feature article of the Sunday, September 16 issue of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is titled “Greyhounds Bred to Race, Retrained to Mend Lives” and is about the capabilities and uses of retired greyhound dogs.
Specifically, it addresses prison training, the effects on inmate trainers, the impact of greyhound service dogs, and especially the capabilities of the breed. It should give readers a glimpse into the types of success stories we see firsthand. And most of all, it clearly demonstrates the capabilities that most people just don’t know greys possess.
The online article, linked above, also contains a photo gallery and video. Each of these is well done and augments the story. These are the kind of stories that the Greyhound Advancement Center wants to continue to communicate to the public. Give it a look, and we encourage you to comment.