The Greyhound Advancement Center has many types of partners.
GAC’s core functions center around developing, managing, and packaging programs that increase the capabilities and public exposure of Greyhound dogs. Virtually all other functions are fulfilled by other organizations in the Greyhound world, though GAC actively coordinates some of these activities.
Some brief definitions follow.
Adoption Agencies: These are the volunteer organizations that work to place greyhounds in good “forever” homes. They are the face of the Greyhound community to the public, and ultimately responsible for placements of dogs in appropriate households. These agencies also usually arrange fostering, a very beneficial service to both dog and prospective adopter. We work very closely with Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions and Gulf Coast Greyhound Adoptions
Breeders/Farms: These organizations often breed dogs for prospective (usually racing-related) owners, provide their early care and training, and in some cases provide for them after their racing career but before adoption agencies can take them in. These are the sources of dogs for both racing and retirement.
Prisons: Cooperative prisons are proven as outstanding training facilities. Prison training programs benefit many parties including prison inmates, prison staff, adoption agencies, and ultimately the individual owners that adopt a companion, therapy, or service dog. Training prisons can also provide “boot camp” training for dog owners, and even boarding of Greyhounds.
Trainers: Training is the central component of most GAC programs, and their quality and success depend on superior training not just of dogs, but of dog trainers. Most programs depend on training trainers who will be able to spend many more hours with their dog than professional trainers usually can.
Greyhound/Dog Transport: Dogs commonly need to be moved from their current location (tracks, farms, etc.) to Adoption Agencies or other destinations. Such transport requires special facilities and staff to deliver dogs safely and without trauma.
Tracks: Racing facilities often provide coordination with other partners, primarily Adoption Agencies and Transport services, so that dogs can be transferred from their (typically absentee) owners when their racing careers are over. Trainers and handlers at the track are also important sources of information about the dogs.
Corporations: Corporate training and fostering programs perform those functions are either encouraged or sponsored by management. Corporations can also act as program sponsors.
Volunteers, Sponsors, and Donors: These critical parties are described under ‘How You Can Help‘.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH HARDEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
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.