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Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Unemployed" greyhounds get a new lease on life

Here's a short, happy video to start your week about greyhound advocates finding new homes for hundreds of dogs that will no longer be racing.

I guarantee the interview with the adoptive mother will make you giggle.

Tracks in Wisconsin, Arizona and Massachusetts ended dog racing in December, leaving all these graceful runners "unemployed." Massachusetts voters closed two tracks when they outlawed dog racing; elsewhere tracks closed after recently losing millions of dollars.

To respond to this need, the nonprofit recently hopes to serve as a clearinghouse for greyhound adoption, said founder Kevin Neuman of Kansas. Neuman has adopted 11 of these dogs over the past 16 years.

Greyhound fans say the sleek dogs are calm and easy to care for. Here's the Petfinder listing of greyhounds available in our area. (Pictured above is Nina, available through a greyhound rescue in Twinsburg.)

-- Sandra M. Klepach,

P.S. Find time during your lunch break to scan MSNBC's weekly Animal Tracks Slideshow.


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