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Why We’re a Community
Here at Golden State Greyhound Adoptions


"A community is more than a group of people, it is a shared commitment to a common goal that knits both hearts and lives together"Anonymous.

We asked some of our volunteers, "Why are you involved in Greyhound Rescue, and why did you choose G.S.G.A.?"



Co-Founders, President and Treasurer - Stuart & Barbara Homer
"When we adopted our first greyhound Maxie in 1996, having her was a great experience". We not only gained a new companion, we also had the satisfaction of knowing that we had saved the life of an ex-racing dog. We had moments though at first, where we wished we had someone to help us guide our Maxie in making the transition from life as a racer to our home, easier. We did our homework and learned on our own, and Maxie enriched our lives for 9½ wonderful years.

In 2002, we started Golden State Greyhound Adoption with the idea of creating a close-knit community where support for new greyhound adopters would be only a phone call away. We wanted to make sure that help would always be available in making their new retired racers transition to life as "couch potatoes", a smooth and easy one. We are proud to say that, "When you adopt from GSGA you are never alone - you become part of a community that will always be there to extend support to you whenever you need it." You can participate in on-line forums and meet other adopters, we offer you opportunities to become a volunteer, take part in our organized play dates and have fun at our annual picnic. We also recommend veterinarians, boarding facilities, and more.

Our passion remains - to find the best homes for these wonderful retired racers. That mission has not waned over the years – it has only grown stronger. We continue to offer; more information, group activities, and on-line resources to strengthen your bond with your hound. It is our greatest joy to see our group and volunteer organization grow and to participate in the adoption of these fine companions. Ultimately our joy is seeing these deserving dogs go to great homes.


Vice President - Gary Pisciotto
"We adopted our first Greyhound in 1998, after learning of the sad state of these wonderful former-racing dogs. Lucky, our first, was everything we expected of him and more."

"Laurie and I have been with Golden State Greyhound Adoption from the start. We feel that what separates it from many other adoption groups is the support given to all its members. When anyone adopts a dog from us they become members of the GSGA family and help or advice is just a phone call or email away. It has helped keep our wonderful dog happy and healthy."


Member of the Board of Directors, Adoption Placement San Francisco and Peninsula, REDWOOD CITY Meet and Greet hosts - Shelley and Jon Eriksen
"Jon and I contacted a lot of greyhound rescue groups. We asked a lot of questions. It was important that we find a group to volunteer with that would work with us. After we began fostering newly rescued hounds, we soon found ourselves becoming more and more invested personally and emotionally in the welfare of these amazing dogs. These rescued greyhounds are so deserving of our love and a real home."

"Perhaps the most important thing of all about Golden State Greyhound Adoption is that we try to make each decision for the benefit of the dog."


Member of the Board, Director of fundraising programs – Kris Balloun
"Golden State Greyhound Adoption doesn’t just give you a dog and send you on your way. You become part of a supportive group with other adopters. We’ve made some wonderful friends and always have somewhere to turn when we need information about our greyhounds."

STONESTOWN SAN FRANCISCO - Meet and Greet Hosts –Debbie Willson
"I am delighted to be able to volunteer for this dedicated organization. The effort, support and expertise provided to help ensure that these magnificent dogs are successfully adopted is inspiring. My husband and I are proud to be the guardians of two beautiful greyhounds - our big boy Mac and a darling little brood we call Lys (formerly Alice). !"

SAN JOSE Meet and Greet Host - Mary Collins
"Beyond liking greyhounds, greyhound rescue is a worthy cause. I only volunteer in things that really interest me, and that are important to me. One of the most important elements in choosing an organization is finding one that is well run and Golden State Greyhound Adoption is!"

ROSEVILLE Meet & Greet Hosts - Bob and Kathleen Lindner
"We adopted our first greyhound while living in Tucson, AZ in 2003. We fell in love with Mister and with the Breed. We were touched by the mistreatment of the dogs at the Racetracks. We moved back to California in 2008. Unfortunately we lost our noble friend after a brief illness in 2009. We knew that we needed to fill the empty place in our hearts and contacted Stu and Barbara at GSGA . In November of 2009 we adopted our beautiful fawn, Racer. I had asked Stu how I could help GSGA in their mission and he suggested starting a Meet and Greet in our area as they did not have one this far north. After adopting our second greyhound, Molly, we started our first Meet And Greet at the PETCO Store in Roseville in the spring of 2010. We have been hosting ever since on the second Saturday of the month. We have a wonderful group of volunteers and their Hounds who assist us each month. You are all invited to come by and visit with us. "

"Golden State Greyhound Adoption not only offers adopters excellent support before you adopt your Greyhound, but stays in contact, offers outstanding information, and the experience and knowledge of the group. It is truly a community that helps one another."


ROSEVILLE Meet & Greet Hosts - Janice and John Friesen
"Pepper a greyhound with black with white feet was our first adoption from Golden State Greyhound Adoption. Extremely affectionate and loves to cuddle. In less than six months we were to return to Walnut Creek with our daughter and son-in-law. While our kids were adopting our grand pup Onyx, we signed papers for Stella our second girl. She was white with brindle spots and so soft you could not stop petting her. When working the "haul" for July of 2015, I fell in love with our Brindle girl Chili. She like a glove has fit in our home and brought us with unmeasurable happiness. GSGA's Barbra and Stu wish to perfectly match your family with a Golden State greyhound. Begin by visiting one of our greyhound meet and greets. You will find us co-hosting with GSGA's Bob and Kathy Linder in Roseville."

ALAMEDA and LAFAYETTE - Meet & Greet Host – Leslie DeLange
"I have always been a sighthound fan. I think they are the most beautiful, graceful dogs on the planet. I always wanted to adopt a greyhound, since I first learned of their fate after their racing career ended. Tom and I did apply to adopt many years ago with another adoption group, but the timing wasn't right and we weren't able to make the move. When our circumstances changed, we applied with GSGA and our lives were blessed with the addition of our black beauty, Sadie. Sadie and I began attending the Alameda Meet & Greet, then hosted by Sharon Caplan, a month after her adoption. Sadie has always been a perfect meet and greet dog. She is just gregarious.  About seven months later, we saw Victor's photo on the GSGA website as a returned dog and I fell in love again. We had been talking about a second dog for several months, and Tom finally relented, if I could get my boss to let me bring two greyhounds to work every day. Needless to say, my boss rocks! Soon there were five regular dogs at the Alameda M&G, Sharon's three and my two. Then Sharon retired, moved to Guerneville, and I began hosting at Alameda.  I try to volunteer for as many events as I can, because I believe in this cause and I think GSGA is the best greyhound adoption group out there. The support from the Yahoo group site and the Facebook page is extraordinary. Our adopters are always there for each other. And that is awesome. I also foster as often as possible, which is pretty much every dog haul. Fostering is the best! I love to see the new dogs learn the ropes and discover that life after racing is the best thing they've known. It is sometimes difficult to see them move on, but I know they will be in good homes, because I trust Stu and Barbara, and I know Tom and I will soon have another newbie to love for a few weeks. "

BLOSSOM HILL SOUTH SAN JOSE - Meet & Greet Host - Stacey Olson
"After being without a dog in our family for 20 years, it was time! My husband, Doug, had never had a dog before and while open to the idea, he was very concerned that we got the right dog for our family situation and environment. I was very interested in greyhounds (a true rescue!). Golden State Greyhound was by far the best resource on so many levels for my research to see if a hound was the right fit for us. Not only did I get all the background I needed to make a decision, I realized they are very committed to finding forever homes and not taking placement lightly. Well, fast forward to today, we have two hounds in our family, Pixie and Chaos, and cannot imagine our life before them. I volunteer with the group now so that I can give back for all the joy that Pixie and Chaos have added to our family."

BLOSSOM HILL SOUTH SAN JOSE - Meet & Greet Host - Cathy Cunningham
"I have always had dogs my entire life. As a child we had a greyhound that we had gotten from a San Jose breeder, he was the runt of the litter and was a wonderful dog. As an adult my husband and I had many dogs. A few years ago I told my husband the next dog I wanted was a retired greyhound. I have never once regretted bringing the joy and love of my two greys into my life."

Walnut CREEK - Meet and Greet Host – Pam Buck
My first interest in Greyhounds was a result of a display of pictures and information on the Greyhound races in the Phoenix airport several years ago. My husband and I were walking through the airport and we looked at the pictures and I said, "I think I will look into a Greyhound the next time we are ready to adopt a dog". When Tequila passed away (my other perfect dog), I remembered that display and did an online search to learn more about the Greyhound. Low and behold I found a rescue organization in my backyard. Called the number, Stu answered and the rest is history. I have two wonderful girls, Jada and Luna. They are just the best dogs I've ever had.

BENICIA - Meet and Greet Host – Char Barros
One evening while traveling I turned on the TV and there was a documentary about Greyhound racing. I was glued to the TV as they described what their lives are like from the time they are old enough to train to race to what happens to them when their careers end. I was so shocked by what I saw and listened to. At that time I was traveling a great deal for my job and I was a single mother. That documentary has stayed with me to this day. I wanted to help and adopt these amazing hounds. As it was supposed to be, I met a group of GSGA volunteers and their beautiful loving Greyhounds at a pet fair. I was at the right place at the right time. After petting the greyhounds and talking with their humans I went home and filled out my application. We have had three hounds and are blessed to have them in our lives.

NOVATO - Meet and Greet Host – Teresa King
Teresa and her greyhounds host our Novato meet and greet

OAKLAND / ROCKRIDGE - Meet and Greet Host – Kristen Parker
Kristen and Blew host our Oakland / Rockridge meet and greet.