With time comes knowledge and experience, and over the last 30 years, we have learned that the quality of our work is just as important as our mission to save as many greyhounds as possible. While thousands of dogs have been saved, it is not about the numbers. For the people at GAC, it is about each individual dog; its health; its well-being; its future happiness. This quality-of-life goal desired for each dog is fulfilled by helping people find a greyhound that’s right for them.
The inefficiency of our formative years created some steep learning curves. We learned that housing and caring for newly rescued track dogs in foster homes near and far was logistically difficult; boarding kennels were costly and providing essential medical care for the dogs was problematic. We had to centralize, so we took a leap of faith. We rented space behind a kennel in Lakeside, California where volunteers created our first “shelter” housing 28 greyhounds in a modular building. To pay the rent and other expenses we created our Sponsor Program. It worked.
Now we are based in a volunteer-built shelter which is licensed, clean, comfortable, and climate-controlled. Our center has 3.5 acres of land, two expansive, fully fenced grassy fields, 13 spacious “Dog Condos” and a primary greyhound lodging kennel. We often have around 50 dogs on premises.
GAC is not a wealthy organization, but thanks to the generosity of members, sponsors, donors and volunteers we keep our books operating in the black and carry no debt. The Greyhound Adoption Center is a 501(c)(3) charity.