Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when a CTW dog can not run anymore?
We watch closely the status of all of our dogs running at the race track via the track web sites on the Internet. We also stay in contact on a regular basis with the trainers/owners of the kennels at the track who run our dogs. When one is ready to retire we either bring them home here to adopt out with one of the greyhound adoption agencies we work closely with or the trainer arranges for a local group to take the dog. If a dog has had some kind of injury we have him sent back to us where we make sure he is fit as a fiddle before adopting out.
What actions do you take when one of your racers is injured?
Should one of our CTW greyhounds become injured, such as a muscle strain, the trainer will take the dog off the active list and attend to the injury. If warranted, the trainer takes the dog into the track veterinarian for evaluation. Whatever is recommended is done. The kennel owner pays for this, and we, as the owners are notified. If the injury sustained is one that prohibits the dog from running for an extended period of time, CTW pays for the greyhound to be returned to the farm for therapy and rehab. Once the injury is healed, we start to work the dog back into racing condition.
If the trainer, the vet. and we determine the injury will end the dog's racing career, the trainer either puts the dog up for adoption there or sends him home to us.
What happens to any of your dogs who aren't fast enough to be sent to the race track?
Every puppy born on this farm gets individual care and is worked with on that basis. I would liken our job to being schoolteachers. Some pups have to be worked with a little more or longer than others. No CTW greyhound leaves this place until it is ready to be competitive somewhere or adopted out to one of the agencies we work with. There are different tracks around the country. Some run the more competitive dogs and some are puppy tracks for pups who need more confidence at the beginning of their careers or who don't seem to be able to race with the faster pups. We send them when ready to the appropriate track.
Comments from a wonderful adoption agency about her role with greyhounds:
"You know I love doing this. I think of how happy my greys have made me and I really promote them to anyone who will listen. The history of racing and the breeders and owners have put so much time, thought, planning and money into the breeding, raising and general care of these dogs that I think they are probably the dog best suited for pets. I know for a fact that most dogs do not get the care that the greys do. Once people get their first retired grey - they never look back. Other dogs are bred with intelligence as an afterthought in so many cases. I used to have AKC dogs and was appalled by the fiddling around with the breeding just to get a certain look at the expense of intelligence and health. I had a gorgeous German Shepherd that had to be euthanzined due to her hips. This was way back before surgeries, etc. You will never have that problem or eye problems of the smaller breeds or many of the other problems with the racing greyhound."
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