As a member of Lions Clubs International, I have been involved with non-profit organizations for the past 25 years. I was first drawn to the Lions because of the dedication I witnessed from Lions Club members, and the fact that all donations went to charity. So when I encountered Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, that was something I looked at. What I found was so much more. My wife and I adopted our 1st greyhound from GALT over 5 years ago. Since that time I have become more and more involved, and for the last year I have been the treasurer for GALT. I could not be more proud to be a member of any organization. The dedication and focus of the all volunteer group is astonishing. It draws you into selfless contribution to the hounds, because everything GALT does is for the benefit of the dogs. For instance my third adoption from GALT, Piper, was going to be put down by his owners because he required expensive surgery after being attacked by another dog. After being alerted by the Veterinarian, GALT claimed Piper. Three surgeries and several thousand dollars later, My wife and I adopted Piper because he was the most wonderful "child" we had ever encountered. If not for GALT, he would have been lost. We cannot put any price on the benefit we have received from GALT simply because they will not turn away any Greyhound, regardless of circumstance.
Five years ago my wife and I, along with our two retired racers, moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area from Jacksonville, FL. In JAX we volunteered for the adoption group at the track, helping find homes for those dogs that retired from the industry. When we got here we sought a Greyhound group that would support our passion for the dogs. Long story short, we’ve been members of GALT since arrival in Texas. I’ve served in various capacities from front-line volunteer to positions of leadership within the organization. The strictly volunteer membership goes above and beyond to insure no Greyhound goes without and all have the opportunity for a loving forever home.
I became involved with GALT about 10 years ago by adopting their first greyhound, Apollo. Apollo was rescued from the McKinney animal control facility by GALT. Every dog from Apollo to over 2000 additional greyhounds that have been adopted through GALT have gone through an extensive medical exam. If ill they are treated for anything from a scratch to a broken leg to Cancer until healthy before they are up for adoption. GALT has the vision and policy focused upon the promise that "No grey will be turned away" and to my knowledge over the last 10 years this has been a reality. We are all volunteers and raise over $250K a year to make sure we can deliver on our promise. I hope you will consider us the next time you are looking for a marvelous companion as an addition to your family of providing a donation to a greyt nonprofit serving Texas.
My goodness what a Greyt organization. I was lucky enough to adopt one of the most loving large boys from them. At the time of adoption no one knew for sure what his name was or where he had come from originally. He was a stray. GALT called him Apollo and we called him Magellan through the rest of his life. We gave him that name because he came from far and no one knew where for sure and ended up in the pound in McKinney where GALT found him. He was GALT's dog number 2 and the first adoption for GALT. He was the first of a total of a series of 5 greyhound adoptions we have completed with GALT. I wish they could all live forever but we only have three that have not passed over the Rainbow Bridge to a better place.
Anytime that we have had questions about treatment by our Vet, help with understanding some of the idiosyncrasies associated with Greyhound racers, or just to muse about the Greyhound's uniqueness, GALT has always been there. I only wish we could find a way to allow for GALT to build a permanent facility that would allow for lure coursing, adoption center, and kennel for processing dogs before they go to either their forever home or foster parents.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.