I adopted my first Greyhound from SCG this year and it's hard to imagine a life before I had this dog. Second Chance Greyhounds is a true testament to helping animals and people. The dogs that come out of this program are fantastic, well-mannered dogs that have already gone through the process of adaptation off the track. Not only do the dogs benefit from the training program, but the inmates do as well.
Patti and her team are wonderful and work hard to place the right dog with the right person. The transition of my dog into my home was completely seamless and her personality suits my lifestyle to a T. It was definitely worth the multiple phone calls and the home visit to ensure that these awesome dogs are getting the best life that they deserve.
We adopted our first greyhound, Daisy (Jiminy Michaela), through Second Chance Greyhounds in January 2012. We had researched many different breeds, and retired racing greyhounds seemed ideal for us, with their gentle, calm disposition, lack of shedding and doggy smell, acceptable exercise needs (less than we ever had thought!), and the most important: we'd be saving a life by adopting one of these lovely hounds. The benefit of getting a trained greyhound, instead of one straight off the tracks, greatly appealed to us as novice hound owners.
Daisy is shy and sweet, yet has a determined and playful character. She's now the boss of two larger male greyhounds that we have since adopted through SCG: Spirit, the loving one and Rolli, the goofy one. In adopting Daisy, we were more interested in saving a hound, and the involvement of prison inmates was a side benefit. But the more we have become involved, the more we understand the depth of value to this remarkable program. In a very short time, we became fully drawn into the mission of Second Chance Greyhounds and have been so rewarded by our involvement.
In addition to volunteering at meet and greets and helping with other projects as needed, I work on the new greyhounds' social "blogs" for the website. These are drawn from the inmates' weekly greyhound training and socialization reports. Reading inmate comments such as "she is my ray of light in this dark place" and "I'm so grateful to be a part of the program. To be able to provide love, trust, and training to these dogs on a daily basis has been my greatest achievement" has made me realize even more just how rich and beneficial this program is. For the hounds it's a place to help with transition, with a caring person/people who will provide the skills and love to help them through a significant adjustment from kennel and track life. For the inmate trainers, it's a gift of a wonderful, loving connection with these gentle hounds and a sense of purpose and responsibility in training and caring for them, which even has the potential for some to lead to a post-prison career opportunity as a vet tech - the prison runs vet tech classes. For the eventual forever family, there is not only the benefit of getting a greyhound already familiar with basic commands and with other people, but also the knowledge that others who need help in life have benefited as well.
Second Chance Greyhounds follows up post-adoption with "human training," with visits to the kennels, to the track and to a puppy farm, as well as organizing gatherings with the greyhounds. Information on greyhound health and other issues or news is shared constantly within the group and there is a forum for any questions or need for help. Sharing knowledge and providing ongoing personal support is central to the organization's success, and the wellbeing of the hounds is at the heart of what SCG does. We are a group of people with the good fortune to be part of a very inspirational program. I could not have been luckier than to find Second Chance Greyhounds and adopt these three loving hounds in the knowledge of how much good is being done in the whole process - it's changed my life.
There are other choices for greyhound adoption in the Atlanta area, and they all work hard to save retired racing greyhounds, but they can't match the reach of benefit achieved through this very special inmates and greyhounds prison partnership.
I volunteer for this organization as part of the adoption committee. The program, which places greyhounds fresh from the track into a prison training program, is a win-win-win for the greyhound, the trainer and the adoptive family. The greyhounds spend some time in a home like setting learning some helpful, basic commands which allows them to settle into their forever home more readily. It is a win for the inmate as they learn a skill that can be used once they move on from the prison and also have the wonderful experience of spending time with these gentle creatures who trust and love unconditionally. It is a win for the adoptive family as they bring home a greyhound that transitions more easily, knowing some commands to help them understand that they can trust their new companions to take care of them. I am also adopting one of our hounds this December and can't wait to have her come to live in our home. Great organization, wonderful team of volunteers, very active in terms of events and working hard to help these wonderful dogs.
I couldn't believe it when I got the email from Patti saying "Guess who's going to prison?!"
I met my Greyhound, Reggie, at the track and fell head over heels. When Patti learned he was being retired from racing, she called me immediately. The prison program that the Greys go through to learn basic commands and about "life after racing" is top notch. Support from SCG includes an adoption "buddy", group emails, and much more. This is truly a collaborative effort to place retired Greyhounds into loving, breed appropriate homes. Reggie is my big, goofy boy and he has brought such joy to my life.
I recently adopted from this organization. My hubby and I were always interested in adopting a retired greyhound, the time was never right. We have been without a dog for 6 years and were not even looking for a pet at the time. We happened to meet this group at a local community event.
We met some adopters and dogs and left.... But the organization just kept staying with us. We were so impressed with their prison partnership and allowing inmates to train the dogs.
We checked out their website and found our new little family member.
Their assesment of the dog was spot-on, they insure you have a counselor to help you through the process before and after you bring the dog home. This organization is tremondously invested in the dogs they adopt out and the owners that bring them home. I am beyond pleased.
My family adopted a greyhound through Second Chance in 2011, after the death of our whippet. Our Italian Greyhound just could not function as an only dog and we had always been interested in greyhounds. We live in south Georgia and a Second Chance greyhound was being fostered in a home near us. We met and fell in love with our beautiful Oakley and she has been a pleasure. She went through the prison program and is very well mannered and gets along great with our IG, even though there is a big size difference. She is very playful with her little brother but is gentle in their interactions. Even though we are 200 miles away from most of the other Second Chance family, I know we can call on them for any help needed with our Oakley. We have had a few meet and greets in our area and Oakley always loves spending time with the other greys. We hope to be involved with more grey activities in the future and always promote the Second Chance organization any chance we get. They are a great group of people who truly love and want the best for these wonderful dogs
Excellent organization!! This program is committed to making lifelong matches beteween greyhounds and people as well as providing information that educates adopters with thier new family members. The director, Patti, and other members are supportive, enthusiastic, and avaliable.
My wife and I considered adopting a Greyhound off and on for a couple of years. I checked online for rescue groups and read about Second Chance Greyhounds. Their partnership with the prison, their many activities, and the information they have available on their website convinced us this was the right group to deal with. Right from the very beginning of the process we have enjoyed the contact with the groups representatives. They understand and care about Greyhounds. The very best part of the whole process has been adding Josey to our family. We could not be happier or any more satisfied with her, or the group that helped prepare her for her new life. The ongoing support and Greyhound activities just add to the long list of reasons this group deserves recognition.
Second Chance Greyhounds is one of the most wonderful organizations that I have been involved in. Last May, at the Atlanta Steeplechase, a big, beautiful brindle greyhound stole my heart! I couldn't get my application in fast enough! This would be our second greyhound and would be added to our home currently with three Italian Greyhounds. The adoption process was a good experience with this group. I began to see that this was not your "typical" rescue group. Right from the start, I was impressed with the work that went into these dogs before they ever become available for adoption. They are placed in a women's prison in FL for an 8 week training program with prisoners that have been approved to train with SCG. They are trained to have the manners and commands that they will need in their new homes. It quickly became apparent to me that you not only were adopting a wonderful animal but it came with this amazing family! SCG doesn't just take the time to place the correct dog in the correct home but the relationship continues long after even the lifetime of your precious pet. There are so many opportunities to get together with fellow SCG adoptees through meet and greets and they organize "adoption booths" at many events around town that you can take your dog to and hang out to promote this wonderful organization! Patti organized a wonderful greyhound festival that we attended last weekend that was just a fun day for all of us to play with our dogs, meet other greyhound owners, shop, have fun contests and a silent auction. I can not say enough good things about the organization. It is top notch from beginning to end, Patti is really making a mark on this world with this wonderful organization and helping so many greyhounds find their forever family.
What a fantastic group of people! I love the partnership with the prison - I know both the dog and the inmate were positively affected. I adopted a wonderful trained dog who is a joy! I recommend greyhounds as a breed and SCG as an organization at every opportunity. They care so much about finding the right homes for each of these wonderful dogs. They are thorough and helpful every step of the way. Thank you Second Chance Greyhounds!!