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; Endeavor to also assist greyhound mixes, other large sighthounds and large sighthound mixes; 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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Rating: 5 stars  

This group is greyt everyone is so caring and really cares about the Greyhounds. So many go above and beyond to help each Greyhound and to give the a loving foster home to flourish in. The people in the group are a family to each other as well to the Greyhounds

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had such a positive experience with adopting from GALT that I now volunteer and foster greyhounds. This team of dedicated and caring people really put the hounds first and with a slogan like 'No Grey Turned Away' I know that they will continue to be the best. They frequently run great promotions to get people excited about donating and volunteering and have a wonderful newsletter to show everyone all the happenings and the success stories. We are currently fostering a grey and have had nothing but wonderful support and encouragement from the foster team as well as the medical and meet and greet team. I LOVE GALT.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

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 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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

We have 3 fabulous greyhounds that we adopted from GALT. Granted, you can't really go wrong adopting greyhounds, but what I didn't expect was the support & community that came with our dogs. We were accepted in to the GALT community & made to feel quite welcome. We've fostered a few times for GALT as well. Having the support of GALT's foster families online & available by phone really made me feel like I had plenty of resources. Fostering with GALT means never going it alone. GALT is made up of caring volunteers with giant hearts & that really shows.

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

GALT never turns down a hound & believes in every single one of them.

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

Put up more stories & pictures of the available dogs on the website, or link to their Facebook albums on the website.

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?

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  

The GALT organization is truly amazing! The love and compassion shown toward any and all greythounds that are rescued by GALT is endless. The dogs are given the best possible care and everything possible is done to insure that they find the "just right" forever home. There is something about a greyhound that just touches your heart....perhaps because they have already given so much of themselves and their hearts are truly made of gold. I now am the proud owner of 3 greyhounds....2 of these were my fosters...so I recognize I perhaps failed at fostering...but I will never fail to love these wonderful dogs and the people who give of themselves everyday to make the lives of these doggies a true "life of a dog"...sleep...eat...sleep..run a little...sleep...sleep...sleep...roach...sleep...change roach posiion...sleep...smile!

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

adopting my own greyhounds and being allowed to foster and spend time with the incoming dogs.

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

not change a thing...but only wish for more monetary contributions to take care of all of these greyhounds.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

I have met so many great people and now have a new appreciation for what these dogs need......forever homes....and lots of TLC!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy that I can help...but sad that I cannot do more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When we were looking for a greyhound 10 years ago we picked GALT because their adoption process was so thorough . . . right down to asking for references and lots of candid questions. They absolutely want to match the right dog with the right family. They were available for follow-up questions after adoption and throughout the years as we cycled through being newlyweds, working long hours, having kids, and then as our hound became a senior.

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

As some of the "early" adopters, we have watched GALT grow and grown in our love and experience with the hounds right along with them.

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

None whatsoever.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas is by far the best animal rescue organization I have ever come in contact with. I have adopted and fostered greyhounds through their organization and am continually impressed by the amazing work that they do to rehabilitate and find homes for these wonderful dogs. Unlike many other breed-specific rescues, GALT does not turn away mixed breeds or greyhounds in dire need of medical attention. In fact, they go out of their way to make sure every single dog that turns up without a home or in need of medical help get the care that they need, no matter the cost. GALT consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to help deserving dogs, and does a wonderful job of staying in contact and planning events for GALT families. I highly recommend becoming involved with this organization and/or donating what you can!

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

Seeing the success stories of rehabilitated and adopted greyhounds, experiencing the joy of adopting and fostering greyhounds firsthand thanks to GALT.

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

keep doing what you're doing!

 
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