GREYHOUND ADOPTION LEAGUE OF TEXAS INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   184 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 3400 Carlisle St Ste 310 Dallas TX 75204 USA

Mission: Assist all greyhounds, primarily those that are retired from or affiliated with the racing industry; Facilitate placing greyhounds in loving, responsible, forever homes; Educate the public about the desirability of adopting greyhounds as companions and family pets in the home; Stress the importance of spay and neuter as a means of controlling the number of unwanted animals; Support, welcome and encourage an active, organized volunteer base of greyhound lovers who share the passion and vision of finding loving, responsible, forever homes for greyhounds to live out their natural lives; Provide continuing educational support to the greyhound's family after placement to ensure a successful adoption; Connect with other groups and people that assist and adopt greyhounds to promote adoption worldwide; and most of all, Enjoy the spiritual connection we all share with greyhounds and each other in loving and helping one of the most loving and loyal creatures put on this earth.
Results: Since its inception in 2001, GALT has placed over 2,500 greyhounds into loving forever homes.
Target demographics: Adults & Families
Direct beneficiaries per year: 124 greyhounds find their homes and families
Geographic areas served: United States of America and adjacent countries
Programs: Miss Mesa Fund - Contributions to this fund are used to pay the cost of medical care for those GALT greyhounds with special medical needs. http://galtx.org/help/mesafund.shtml House a Hound - Help GALT's hounds waiting for their forever homes by sponsoring their boarding at a kennel. The average stay for an adoptable hound is approx. 4 weeks which allows time to complete vetting and general health/personality assessment before placement in a foster home. http://galtx.org/help/houseahound.shtml Angel's Strays Fund - Please help GALT save the lives of STRAY or injured greyhounds. http://www.greyhoundadoptiontx.org/help/sos.shtml
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The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT): I was first introduced to GALT in 2002 while exploring resources for a rare breed of Sighthound I had helped rescue on behalf of a national breed club. GALT volunteers kindly offered their input and valuable information whenever I asked. As it turned out, I adopted my own rescue, but began attending events and volunteering for GALT as a result of my interactions with them to that point.
While I still consider myself a long distance volunteer for GALT (having moved out of Texas), in the years I lived there, I fostered, did incoming dog procedures, transported, you name it. Throughout that time I was impressed by the teamwork within, as well as the teamwork displayed “outside” in their interactions with other groups. GALT would assist other groups in the area by helping them with their fundraisers. (Almost unheard of in animal rescue, I'm afraid.) To this day I often read that GALT has taken dogs (both purebred Greyhounds and Greyhound mixes, often referred to as Lurchers) overflowing from other groups, or those dogs whose needs were above and beyond the financial abilities and knowledge level of other organizations.
GALT has meticulously built up a comprehensive network of professionals and specialists who now regularly assist them with the dogs in a variety of ways. One such person is renowned Behavior Specialist and trainer, Mary Waugh Swindell, who is always available to help prepare dogs for adoption, as well as working with dogs after they are adopted. She has been featured on Animal Planet’s “Breed All About It” and is known for her success with dogs of numerous breeds that exhibit serious behavior issues.
I continue to be absolutely convinced that GALT provides the most thorough, comprehensive and specialized medical care of ANY Greyhound rescue group I have known! They do more [very important and often overlooked] initial health testing than any groups with which I've become familiar, and they follow only the latest and best medical protocols, refusing to be stuck with, “This is the way it’s always been done.” GALT works with top veterinarians and researchers involved in cutting edge treatments and diagnoses and will ALWAYS go that extra mile to save a dog! Some of these experts include Dr. Jeff Ellis and the staff at VCA Preston Park Animal Hospital; specialists such as Dr. Bob Radasch and his staff at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Dr. Robert Munger and the staff at the Animal Ophthalmology Clinic; and doctors, researchers and staff at the nationally recognized laboratory, ProtaTek. Located in Chandler, Arizona, they do the testing for tick-borne diseases on all in-coming GALT dogs. This lab is responsible for creating new diagnosis and treatment protocols used throughout the country.
My own very personal experience with this… the treatment/medical end, involved fostering a very sick, emaciated Greyhound that was rescued by GALT after being found as a stray near Fort Worth, Texas. Barbie was very anemic from parasite infestation, had Sarcoptic mange, was severely underweight (admitted weighing less than 40 pounds) – with skin and coat issues that made it difficult to even see how thin she was. She was also positive to Ehrlichia and Babesia, two of the tick-borne diseases for which GALT is practically the only adoption group to ROUTINELY test. Barbie’s treatment was expensive (GALT spent over $4,000 on my tiny girl in medical procedures alone, not to mention time, food and all the love and support), and lengthy (she was treated for almost a year before being declared free of the tick diseases). I ended up adopting this little bundle of spunk, courage and love, and had her for a wonderfully happy 3 years before she passed due to damage that had been done to her organs and systems PRIOR to landing in GALT’s loving care. She passed, surrounded by those who loved her, including several of the loving volunteers from GALT who were there with us personally at the end. They were ALWAYS there for us. The celebrated our victories, small or large, and they grieved with me when her all-too-short life ended.
While many GALT rescues have not come out of emergency or critical situations, this organization has been recognized and commended in both local and national media (local television, radio and newspapers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, to the nationally renowned blog, “Life With Dogs”) for it’s efforts to help Greyhounds and Greyhound mixes in dire need of true rescuing. In June, 2010, they played a pivotal role in rescuing 28 dogs from a horribly neglectful and abusive situation in Fort Worth, Texas. Their positive interactions with numerous rescue groups nationwide resulted in their ability to place several dogs with different groups in order to lessen the load on GALT as they took the most severely damaged animals. In July, 2011, a starving mother dog and her 8 puppies were taken from that same Fort Worth property in deplorable condition. Due to GALT’s meticulous documentation of events, and continuous pressure for change in the legal system, prosecution was finally able to be brought against the owner of the property, in a place where such prosecutions are very rare. This has, in fact, spurred the legal and animal control system in that city to be more responsive and to take a more active role in prosecuting abusers. THAT is no small miracle in Texas! Just prior to my writing this review, (November, 2011) GALT again stepped up and took 11 Greyhounds and Greyhound mixes that were abandoned in a trailer in Wichita Falls, Texas and left for over 40 hours before anyone reported them. This speaks highly of GALT’s outreach efforts as they continuously work to foster good working relationships with law enforcement, animal control, city governments, media, and other rescuers throughout the state of Texas… a huge area… a huge responsibility.
All of this allows (or perhaps compels) GALT to take the most difficult or neediest dogs; be they elderly, seriously injured, sick, or behaviorally challenged. They are NOT kidding when they say, "No Grey Turned Away!" GALT takes the dogs no one else CAN take… the dogs no one else WILL take. They ABSOLUTELY do whatever is needed, go wherever they need to go, and they will do this at any time of the day or night. The volunteers, from Directors on down, are VERY personally involved with the dogs. They are all willing to muck out their Greyhound Hauler after a long rescue trip, bathe dirty dogs and clip nails, as well as helping to clean out kennels at the boarding facilities that take GALT’s healthy dogs until their foster homes can be arranged. They all celebrate the victories: adoptions, overcoming injuries and illnesses. They are there for us, for the dogs, to the end… lovingly caressing a Greyhound as it passes, surrounded by love, at the end of it’s life.
From it’s inception in May, 2001, through June, 2011, GALT has helped approximately 2000 dogs find their Forever Homes… their Forever Families. Please check out this wonderful group, pass the good word along, and consider donating while you are there: http://galtx.org
Thank you.

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

...adopting one of their wonderful Greyhounds, seeing my own foster dogs go to loving homes, and the wealth of knowledge I have gained. I have made contacts and friendships that have allowed me to help other dogs in need, and my own dogs at times.

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

Make sure several people know how Susie McQuade does what she does! She is such a dynamic person and is personally involved in every aspect of the organization, much to it's benefit, but some day she will need to slow down, Also be sure to provide respite/breaks for foster homes and other coordinators as needed. Remember to value the input from foster homes!!! They deserve (and need) to be primary sources of input on placing the dogs!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Since so many of us seem to stay involved from afar after leaving Texas, perhaps look at a Long Distance Volunteer Coordinator? Not sure what they would do as the newsletter keeps us informed... Perhaps find and oversee tasks that can be performed outside of Texas to help GALT.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

YES! I learned so much about sighthounds, and about how to DO IT RIGHT! I was able to pass my knowledge along to others in the field to help more dogs. Perhaps most valuable of all have been the friendships I have made through this experience.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I experienced the highs and lows of rescue. From the thrill of successful rescues and adoptions, to the horror of finding dogs in deplorable conditions. The latter countered by the satisfaction of being able to remove them from their situation and place them with GALT where they knew love and care, no matter how long or short their remaining time was. From tears to smiles... most of all, as I take it all into account, it makes me heart smile every day.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When we decided to adopt a greyhound, little did we know we were truly blessed when we met GALT. They're the premier greyhound adoption group in the country and have the most committed and loving volunteers. I have witnessed first-hand that they do whatever it takes (however much it costs) to improve each greyhound's health to 100% normal before they're available for adoption. And they do all this while keeping costs as low as possible. We can't imagine life without our sweet Diva (former racing name, Killer Diva). She is the light of our lives.

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

their superior volunteer services and strong commitment to greyhound rescue.

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

refer as many people as possible!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

They had a display with available greyhounds at an event we attended. That's where we met, and fell in love with, our sweet greyhound!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

GALT is a collection of volunteers who work tirelessly to educate the public about greyhounds and offer fostering and adoption services for these wonderful pets. They have been very helpful in answering questions and providing advice about caring for my dog. Highly recommended!

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

asking questions from volunteers staffing weekend adoption events

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

give them even more visibility. Possibly consider merging with other greyhound orgs to increase size & reduce duplication of effort

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2001, my husband & I adopted our first retired racing Greyhound. At that time, we entered a world of new friends who promoted these dogs with unparalleled enthusiasm. Looking back, I can't imagine what life was like before our involvement in the Greyhound community. Most Greyhound adoption groups are involved in the placement of retired racers, however, in addition to retired racers, GALT also takes in strays, abused and neglected Greyhounds from cruelty seizures. Regardless of condition or age, GALT makes every attempt to evaluate, rehabilitate and find each one a safe, loving home. While we have never adopted a dog through GALT (we live in Florida), we donate to groups across the country who we feel reflect the attitude, professionalism, and efficiency that continue to make a real difference in the lives of not only the dogs, rather, in peoples' lives, as well through public education and outreach. GALT is one such group.

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

Over the last few years, watching dogs in the most dire condition be brought back to health via GALT's vigilant attention to medical care and socialization programs utilizing a network of experienced veternarians and caring, loving foster homes is nothing short of astounding. Later, follow up photos posted by GALT or the new, adoptive families on social networks, and/or GALT's own website, are proof that what they do works very well!

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

The only change I would make, if I could, would be to move to TEXAS and be a more "hands on" volunteer!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I don't remember the first time I donated (a couple years ago) but it was to help with the cost of vetting/rehabilitating a Greyhound that was in dire straits.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

To help GALT in their ongoing efforts to improve the health & lives of Greyhounds in their care.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This group helps and promotes actual Greyhound dogs and does not just behave as an activist group! If you are interested in helping a "hands on" group, you couldn't find a more worthy Greyhound placement group. Please consider helping GALT when you can, with whatever amount is feasible. GALT has always been very appreciative to us, regardless of the amount!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began looking to adopt and decided on a greyhound. The volunteers at GALT were helpful and I could tell they were truly interested in the ongoing welfare of the dogs they adopt out. This organization is interested in promoting the breed and making sure that the dogs in their care receive the best medical AND TLC. I began to volunteer because the group demonstrates a professionalism and level of care that I have not seen at other organizations.

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

my experience as an adopter. The group was supportive and provided information to me as a new greyhound adopter. They do their research to make sure that the dogs in their care are adopted out to the best homes.

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

I would have all adoption groups take a lesson on how to be successful in promoting their organization and care for their animals from GALT.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GALT's members are tireless. They are out in force every weekend trying to educate the public on what greyt dogs they have in need of homes. They put on fabulous, creative fundraisers that really appeal to all dog lovers. They continue to educate their adoptive families afterwards with classes like Greyhound only obedience classes. I look forward to being part of their community at some point in the future!

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

I have seen the after effects of several of their adoptions with people getting their Greyhounds out in public and competitions.

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

I'm not on the inside, so it's hard to say. I love what I see.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GALT is a greyt organization that will always help a greyhound in need. They make sure the new greyhound owners are educated on the breed and that the dog makes a smooth transition into the new family. They truly care about the greyhounds.

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

adopted greyhound from them

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

make it so they don't have to worry about money to help all the injured and sick greyhounds

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Rating: 5 stars  

GALT never turns a greyhound in need away! I've fostered healthy dogs, sick dogs, dogs mending from broken legs, and GALT has been a wonderful organization to work with for all of them. Very supportive of volunteers, and they'll go to great lengths to help the hounds.

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

I've adopted two greyhounds from GALT, and I also foster and volunteer for the organization. They are supportive and very active in ensuring the welfare of all greyhounds.

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

Find a way to get them more donations!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Adopting a greyhound from GALT, can not only get you a wonderful companion but also a whole new purpose. These dogs have a chance because of the love, passion and energy that the folks at GALT put into every dog. Through their excellent network of medical care, grooming, fostering, training, rescue and TLC, each dog is personally attended to. When you adopt a grey, there is help, advice and support. Before you know it, your fostering and adopting more! So far we have adopted 3 our of the six we fostered:) When you see the amount of heart these folks have you just want to jump in and help too. We work with many charities and GALT is the most well run, effective and genuine that we have had the pleasure of serving.

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

We participate in the funraising efforts with silent and live auction work. In addition we are foster home for the greys.

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

This organization is extremely well run. I hope they continue to get the financial support they need to continue to support the medical needs of the injured hounds they recieve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted a greyhound from GALT in July 2010. Since that time I have been amazed at what a well-run dedicated organization that GALT is. I have become more involved with GALT over the last year and am about to start volunteering as foster home for GALT. GALT appears to be extremely dedicated, organized, and great about putting the greyhounds in the public eye with frequent Meet and Greet events where people can interact with the dogs. GALT also takes all steps possible to make sure that the dogs available for adoption are healthy and can stay in thier adoptive homes forever.

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

I adopted a greyhound from GALT in July 2010. As a first time greyhound owner, I felt very prepared due to GALT's guidance and information about what to expect, as well as knowing that GALT takes all steps possible to ensure that all adopted dogs are healthy.

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

like to see it grow and see more homes in America with companion greyhounds!

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