For many years, Florida has been known as the “Mecca” of greyhound racing. There are currently 13 greyhound tracks operating in Florida, which is almost as many as all other states combined. Each track houses up to 2,000 greyhounds at any one time, and dogs are constantly grading off or retiring due to injury. There are also many greyhound breeding farms in Florida. Approximately one in four greyhounds never qualifies to race and these dogs are available at a very young age (16 months to two years). This means that there are hundreds of greyhounds in Florida in need of finding good homes. Even with the dedicated work of all of the greyhound adoption groups in Florida, there are still not enough pet homes to take in all the greyhounds that must be moved from the tracks and farms each year.
Because we realize that the best option for these dogs is to move them where they have a better chance of being adopted, Greyhound Support Transport (GST) was organized. We assist with moving as many retired racers as possible to non-racing states and Canada. Since there are no operating greyhound tracks in these areas, greyhounds available for adoption are in short supply, and often potential adopters must wait several months or longer to receive their greyhounds. Meanwhile, Florida greyhounds must wait up to two years in their kennels before being placed for adoption. At GST, we are dedicated to doing everything possible to reduce this wait time and allow these dogs to have a good life as a pet as soon as possible after their racing career ends.
We are incorporated in the State of Florida as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and are based in Miami, Florida.
We are staffed totally by volunteers, and 100% of all funds raised go directly to help the greyhounds.
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