Crazy for greyhounds adoption

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Crazy for Greyhounds Adoption is a National Greyhound Association endorsed adoption and rehoming agency for retired racing greyhounds in the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe areas of Ontario, from London to Ottawa, from St. Catherine’s to Barrie and everywhere in between.

CFGA is a pro-racing pro-greyhound group that works with the greyhound racing industry on an international level, and coordinates efforts with other adoption groups to move retired racing greyhounds into appropriate, responsible and loving homes.

CFGA is fully staffed by volunteers and is funded by donations. CFGA is dedicated to helping all retired racing greyhounds that come into our care, and help support their families before, during and after the adoption process, and to serve as lifelong advocates for this magnificent breed.

CFGA FAQs

Where does CFGA get their greyhounds?
CFGA has amazing connections with kennels at Wheeling Downs, located in Wheeling Island, West Virginia. While we mainly receive our retired racing greyhounds from there, we are open to receiving greyhounds from farms and other race tracks.

We like to keep the greyhound’s racing family involved as much as they can in their greyhound’s adoptive family, and the close proximity to Wheeling Downs makes this possible.

Where do CFGA greyhounds stay?
Starting in 2018, CFGA moved to a foster based model, where we rely on volunteer foster homes to provide temporary residency for our retired racing greyhounds while awaiting their perfect matches. If you are interested in fostering, please see here.
How does CFGA feel about greyhound racing?
CFGA is racing PROud to be one of the first pro-racing greyhound adoption groups in Ontario. CFGA is endorsed by the National Greyhound Association as partners in responsible adoption.

Without the greyhound racing industry, we would not have these amazing athletes. If you have questions about greyhound racing, feel free to contact us.

Does CFGA accept donations?
Yes! Please check out our “how to help” page for items that would benefit the hounds.
How Else can I help out?
CFGA is a volunteer-based group, so we are always looking for volunteers. Check out our “how to help” for what opportunities best suit your abilities and availability.
What is your geographical adoption area?
CFGA covers the GTA and Golden Horseshoe in Ontario, from London to Ottawa, from St. Catharines to Barrie and everywhere in between. Please contact us if you live outside this area and are interested in adoption.

meet the crazy for greyhounds team

Paul & Kathryn

Paul & Kathryn

Kathryn and I adopted our first greyhound, Raj (UCME Warp Speed) in February 2013 and immediately fell in love with the breed. Wanting to learn and understand more about his history, we reached out through the Facebook group The Pro Greyhound Movement regarding a possible kennel visit while we were on vacation in southern Florida during Christmas of 2014. A complete stranger and greyhound trainer invited us to tour her racing kennel and took the time to explain everything about racing. We can’t thank Sarah Elizabeth Blanchard , James Blanchard and Blanchard Racing Kennels enough for the time spent with our family educating us about the industry and our dog’s life as a professional athlete. This experience changed our perception of the industry and created new advocates for the sport and the professionals who care, train and love our dogs before we adopt them. During this fateful trip, not only did we gain two wonderful friends, but a new family member made his way into our hearts and our truck. O’Riley (BMF O’Riley) who shares a sire with Raj, made the exciting voyage to Southwestern, Ontario.

This trip made such an impact that we wanted to become more involved with these special dogs and thus began our time volunteering with GRA Canada and Heather Main. This, too was a very impactful time for us as we met so many wonderful people (adopters and industry professionals alike). Since we are now into the habit of making track visits a part of our vacation itinerary, we took the opportunity to meet Kathy Ford from ACT Greyhounds and Stephanie Brooke Elrod from Larson Kennels on our visit to the Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club where many of GRA’s retired racers called their home as professional athletes. We can’t say enough about their generosity and willingness to share information about their dogs.

Speaking of dogs… one very special little dog in particular arrived at GRA from the Steubenville Kennel in Wheeling, WV. One night while Kathryn was doing turnout at GRA, little Miss Kulprit (Kulprit) not only stole Kathryn’s heart, but a cookie right out of her pocket! After much convincing that a third dog would be no more work than two, Kulprit joined the De Jong pack. Happy birthday, Kathryn! We soon found out that we didn’t just adopt a new dog, but a whole new family from the Steubenville Kennel and the Wheeling track: Wayne & Cheryl Piquette, Rhea Lacuesta, Tara Sands and Pamela Webb to name a few. With this new found friendship began our frequent visits to Wheeling, WV. It is only a six hour drive after all!

We are very excited to continue our greyhound journey with Crazy For Greyhounds Adoption and look forward to bringing retired racers and families together.

jane & Bill

jane & Bill

We adopted our first two girls in 2009 from GRA Canada and this got us hooked on the breed. Since then our girls have crossed the rainbow bridge and we are now blesssed to share our home with two big goofy Florida boys Copper (TB’s Streetheat) and Taco (NB’S El Chapo).

We had been very active volunteers when GRA Canada was still in operation and have met many wonderful people throughout the greyhound community.

We are avid supporters of the greyhound industry and love our many adventures to Wheeling West Virginia to visit the dog track – seeing these dogs in action is fantastic.

We look forward to working with our wonderful friends Paul & Kathryn & Gillian & all our wonderful friends in Wheeling West Virginia to make your dreams of sharing your hearts and homes with these amazing retired athletes.

Gillian

Gillian

Gillian has been involved with greyhounds and adoptions since 2008, and has three retirees, commonly referred to as the coordinated Jewel Tone Brindle Boys – blue brindle Teddy (RJ’s Theadore), red brindle Lee Lee (MK Mulberry), and brindle Gofer (TMC’s Go For It).

Gillian is licensed kennel hand at Wheeling Downs where she vacations numerous times a year and gets to know many of the future CFGA adoptees. Gillian is an experienced foster home and is the head of our behavioural team with a wealth of knowledge and experience on a variety of canine behaviour.

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