Hello and welcome to the Wonderful World of Greyhounds! Not the greyhound bred for show, but the greyhound bred for the racing industry.
Golden State Greyhound Adoption began in September of 2002. We have grown since then by expanding our outreach and placement services into many more communities. We currently serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area, South to Carmel, Sacramento, the Valley areas and beyond.
Golden State Greyhound Adoption (G.S.G.A.) is an independent, California registered charity 501(c)3 and is not governed by any other entity. Your generous cash and in-kind donations are tax deductible.
We exist to educate the public on the plight of the retired racing greyhound in order to find great homes for former-racing greyhounds.
Where Do our Dogs Come From?
The majority of our greyhounds come from the race tracks in Florida. This would not be possible without the dedication of Dr. Heather Weir who cares for the ex racing greyhound until she transports them to California. We also respond to urgent situations when tracks close. Through our network of connections we make it possible for some of our adopters to successfully reunite the sister or brother of their current hound.
How do we do it?
G.S.G.A. exists to place as many of the greyhounds that would otherwise perish as possible. We do not have kennels or a complex. Everything we do is with and through our volunteers and our wonderful foster home program. We could not accomplish this rewarding work without our volunteers who foster and spend their weekends at local venues with their greyhounds educating the public about these wonderful companions.
Our primary way of educating is through this informative web site and by speaking with people "face-to-face" at our "Meet and Greet," Events. We focus on the basics of consistently offering potential adopters "no-pressure" Meet and Greets where they can touch and get to know our own greyhounds. By offering visitors events each month to choose from, throughout our Bay, Sacramento, and Valley Areas, we make it more convenient for potential adopters to learn what life with a greyhound is like. You might see us at your local farmers markets, pet stores, street fairs or at other public venues. By educating the public we find greyt homes for these former-racers and loving companions. Find the next Meet and Greet nearest you on our Greyhound Events page.
While our origins and growth has been organic, our activities and message is deliberate and well-organized, with processes in place built upon practical experience, of what works, and what is best for our dogs.
Mike Murray, Community Outreach Director at Pet Food Express, says, "I don't know how you do it, you are the most organized group I have seen."
Our particular strength is in building a community within our organization of mutual support and friendship out of our mutual love and respect for greyhounds. It's good to know that if our adopters have an emergency, or just a puzzling question, we are here for them when they need us.
Golden State Greyhound Adoption accepts applications all year. We conduct an extensive orientation and adopt our greyhounds on most weekends. The need for adopters never stops, so neither do we. Along with our Greyt Volunteers we do whatever is needed to bring in and place available greyhounds.
Let Their Last Race Be Into Your Life !