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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

In June 2009 my husband and I moved from Palm Beach, Florida to Frisco, Texas. Our four greyhounds and one Tabby cat made the move with us. We had recently retired and we were ready for a new adventure.
We were made aware of GALT four years earlier when we adopted our first Florida grey. My
sister in Texas was so excited for us that she asked her veterinarian, Dr. Ellis about greyhounds. As it turned out Dr. Ellis just happened to be GALT’s medical advisor. A GALT brochure was forwarded to me in Florida. I frequently visited GALT’s web site finding it a valuable resource for greyhound needs.
We knew we would become GALT volunteers when we moved to Texas. We had no idea of the wonderful family we were about to become members of. My husband enjoys helping with greyhound transports and TLC work. I enjoy training and socializing GALT’s greys to have good manners. We both LOVE fostering.
Early in our volunteer work we saw many grey’s coming to GALT that were so severely sick, emaciated, tick infested, injured and/or old that I thought the only humane option was euthanasia. Luckily for these greys GALT never gives up on a dog. So many of these dogs have regained their health and now bring joy to their forever families.

The best thing about GALT is that they always step up to care for a grey in need. In doing so, they have created a loving and caring family that I am so proud to be a member of.

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My first GALT foster was Shaq. He was a very strong and impulsive dog when he arrived at GALT. GALT paid for Shaq to be assessed by a proffessional trainer to attend obedience classes. The transformation in Shaq was dramatic and his placement in a loving forever home was successful. Another GALT grey I fostered was BIG GUY. He is the sweetest little guy who arrived at GALT with a severely infected foot. GALT spent over $4,500 on Big Guy's medical expenses. His forever mom adores him!!

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GALT needs more help from our community and its leaders to enforce animal cruelty and neglect laws. It is appallling that we have so many sick, injured, and neglected greys that would have no place to turn if GALT was not there for them.

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

Having been intimately involved in a Labrador retriever rescue group before joining the GALT family, I already knew what rescuing was all about. However, GALT provided so much more than excellent care for greyhounds--true camaraderie and friendships galore. Unlike so many other groups out there, GALT has a nice blend of men and women, which makes for a fun way to meet new people and do good in this world at the same time.
One big highlight during my time with GALT came in July 2010. I was asked to help with the transfer of some severely emaciated, tick- and parasite-infested, extremely neglected greyhounds and sighthound mixes from the Fort Worth shelter after they'd been seized from a horrible, horrible situation. As awful as the experience was, from videoing the sad eyes up and down the shelter runs to picking off thousands and thousands of ticks, we all came away better people--simply because GALT was willing to go that extra mile to help these forgotten dogs.
GALT will always help a greyhound in need. Period. Having personally fostered 56 greys, including 18 with broken legs, I can easily attest to that.

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I've met so many people through GALT and can count some GALT members as my closest friends. GALT is almost a way of life. It's not just that the group is a savior to hundreds and hundreds of needy greyhounds--it can fulfill many of our personal needs as well.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hmmm... Honestly, nothing. In my opinion, the only changes that need to be made are that we need more fosters and more money to help the endless supply of needy greyhounds.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I do not think words can express the joy that GALT has brought to our home. When we decided to extend our family we knew a greyhound was the breed for us. We found GALT and loved the passion, devotion and expertise that all the volunteers showed for the breed. Cheers, tears, joy and sadness were shared with us when our grey, Spyvie (f/k/a Donny) progressed in our home, and when he crossed the rainbow bridge too soon. After working with GALT for his adoption I wanted to continue working with them and now I am a volunteer. The greys come first, as they should, with this group. No grey is EVER turned away. Even when all the foster homes are full somehow a spot is always found for a grey in need. Amazing group!!!

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the devotion all the volunteers have to adopters and supporters.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

take it globally! ha!

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I came to GALT after moving halfway across the country, where I volunteered and sat on the board of another Greyhound nonprofit organization. I was pleasantly surprised to find how open and welcoming GALT members are, and how much they have to offer. There is always an event, activity or fundraiser in the making. Some are big, some are small, but in the end, when you think about it, that's a LOT of work put into this organization to make it what it is, and the amazing dogs get to reap the benefits. Most organizations either do not have the time or do not have the manpower to always have something in the works. The fact that they can keep it going successfully is a testament to their dedication to saving greyhounds.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how they've helped dogs in emergency situations, as with the Fort Worth 28. They gave those dogs hope and a chance at a normal, happy life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

February 19, 2011

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February 19, 2011

The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas is an organisation with a heart of gold. No greyhound of greyhound mix is turned away, no matter what their story or health situation may be. What ever the dog needs in the way of veterinary care, food, therapy or simply a decent bed to rest upon and some love is provided without a second thought. They are imaginative in their fund raising and open to new ideas for the betterment of the hounds. The rescue last year of 28 horribly ill-treated dogs, literally covered in ticks did not prevent GALT from assisting in their rescue and eventual path to full health and forever homes. Three cheers to GALT for their excellent work.

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I have two greyhounds that i have adopted from them and have done some volunteering with the group.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Susie McQuade, the head of the board. She is tireless when it comes to the dogs.

February 19, 2011

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February 19, 2011

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, (GALT) is an amazing non profit organization that assists retired Greyhound racers in finding their forever home . This is where our story begins...
In the Summer of 2004 we went to our first GALT Meet and Greet. I knew one day I would adopt a Greyhound.
My husband and I began our search that Summer with GALT and it didn't take long until our soon to be adopted son, Mackie, was placed in his forever home with us.
During the Adoption process (which is extremely thorough - they contacted every reference to make sure we were going to make good parents) Mackie was brought to our home and felt comfortable enough to lie down in our home! We all knew at that time it was meant to be!
We unfortunately did not have a lot of time with our beautiful boy, as he became ill suddenly in the Summer of 2008 and we had to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge. We were obviously devistated and GALT's family and friends were there with us during this difficult time in our life.
Needless to say, we knew we couldn't "replace" Mackie, but three months later, we went looking again (our home was too empty) and our newest son, Sammy found us! Sammy has been with us now 2.5 years and we enjoy our every moment with him! He is truly a spoiled rotten retired racer and loving every minute of it!
Can't say enough wonderful things about GALT - they help to educate the public regarding the oportunity of adopting Greyhounds as a wonderful family addition. They maintain their visability in the community through many Meet and Greets, local events and fundraisers. (The costs that GALT incur are amazingly high with veterinary procedures and costs associated with transitioning retired racing greyhounds into permanent forever homes.) They go anywhere they are needed to deliver greyhounds to others to to pick up greyhounds that are looking for their forever homes.
Again, this is an amazing organization who doesn't know the words, "no" or "can't do" or "has no time"...The volunteers and board members need to know it's because of them our family is whole and happy once again.
Thank Roo from the bottom of my retired heart, Sammy

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By having the opportunity of having two amazing greyhounds as part of our family.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

say none.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

I researched different types of dogs when I decided to adopt. I decided on a Greyhound. I searched various local adoption agencies. I visited several events with different groups. I decided that GALT had the best care, screening, and placing of their adoptable dogs. They do great rescue work in the local area and they have a wonderful group of volunteers. My entire experience has been wonderful, and my new family member is a perfect fit thanks to the great coordinators and the care that he received upon being placed into the GALT organization.

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their screening of potential adopting families, their care in the adoption process and the foster families that help the animals transition.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change the organization, but set up this organization as a template for other rescue/adoption organizations to follow.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

I first learned of GALT immediately following the news of the FWACC-28 case last July. I became more familiar with the organization through their website, enews, and Facebook posts. I cannot believe the wonderful work they do. Most greyhound rescues limit the hounds they take in to track racers, and most want only healthy dogs that can be turned over quickly. GALT takes in the most needy without bias - those whose lives are in danger from abuse or neglect, and those whose pedigree may be in question because they are either untattooed or not readable. The transformation of these animals once they come into GALT's hands and the way they thrive in their new environment is amazing. This group is certainly worthy of any non-profit award.

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I gathered all the news I could find during the course of the FWACC-28 case and created a video to honor the rescued hounds and memorialize those that lost their lives. The video also commended those in GALT who worked so hard to care for the hounds.

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I would not change a thing. The volunteers are dedicated to their volunteer work and to the hounds.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

I was one of the first volunteers with GALT and I chose to volunteer with them because of their beliefs, compassion and mission. I am still just as impressed with GALT now as I was day one. They go above and beyond on the care they give the greyhounds regardless of the medical costs one may incur.

GALT is GREYT and I will be a supporter of theirs as long as we are all around!

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The difference this organization makes in the life of just one dog is incredible. They take in dogs with the costliest of injuries and don't bat an eye on the expenses they will incur to save them and give them a second chance at a life they so deserve.

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Can't think of anything except I know that GALT is continually trying make improvements when needed.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

I don't know if I'm really permitted to write a review, but here goes. I'm the "house dog." I've trained countless foster dogs for GALT. i've helped teach them to walk nicely on a lead, to jump into the car, to enjoy yogurt and fruit and vegies, to run in after the dinner bathroom break so that we could be brushed and get the special treat of the day, to enjoy "treasure hunts" of kibble scattered around the house when my people leave.
Since I am always the bottom of the pack, it is most definitely my job to teach the foster houndies to play and romp. I've been through a lot of them. Some I miss more than others. What I know, though, is that we all get treated the same, so those fosters with GALT really get to learn about the good life of retirement.

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Every day with one or two or sometimes 3 foster dogs in the house with me.

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can't think of any

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