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Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: ADOPT A GREYHOUND ATLANTA, INC., Atlanta’s oldest Greyhound rescue group, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing food, shelter, and TLC to retired racing Greyhounds plus other sighthounds in need, and promoting their adoption as loving and loyal companions. Our ex-racers come from those area states that offer Greyhound racing, primarily Florida. Once entering our program, a Greyhound either finds a ”forever“ home or lives with us for the duration of his/her life.

Results: From 1980 until November 2013 we have homed 5229 Greyhounds

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 200 Greyhounds

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have known and benefited from Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta for 6+ years now. Awesome place, that takes great care of the dogs they rescue. I highly recommend them if you are looking to get a hound or interested in helping an organization monetarily. I'm sure you will be satisfied with your adoption or with how your funds are put to use.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AAGA is a greyhound's best friend. Carl and all volunteers at AAGA obviously have a passion for these dogs and a passion for helping connect people with a terrific pet. I can't say enough about the impact AAGA has on the dogs and owners. Carl's commitment to helping these terrific animals is significant and unfortunately rare.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 5 greyhounds in total now from Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta. Every experience has been great and it's been 8 years since our first adoption.

1 SallieG

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta is a great place to learn about the greyhound breed. I have been volunteering, learning about and educating others about greyhounds for almost seven years. AAGA is a stellar organization through-and-through. Carl Viener is the founder and he loves these great dogs to the moon and back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta Inc. has been on the scene since the beginning . . . i.e., the very first greyhound adoption facility in Atlanta. This has yielded great success over the years in finding loving homes for these loving dogs that so deserve being cared for. Obviously, its founder, Carl Viener, has been instrumental in this success pouring his heart, soul, and intellect into the mix thereby creating a very meaningful nonprofit. His insight into so many different aspects of animal welfare serves us all. We should all be more appreciative of such dedication.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING HERE AND LOVING IT HERE .THE DOGS ARE ALL SO LOVING AND SWEET THEY MAKE MY DAY.If your considering adding to your family,I most definitely recommend you come here to adopt.Carl is wonderful to everyone and makes you feel right at home.

1 Shirley39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Atlanta, I was very happy to find an adoption center I could volunteer with. Since knowing Carl, I have found that he has a vast knowledge and enduring interest in greyhounds. The dogs are treated more as pets and are very socialized, not just kept in kennels. The adoption process is streamlined compared with some others I have visited and this makes it very friendly for people to come to the adoption center. I have also adopted several greyhounds myself and been happy with the process.

1 tigress211

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 dogs thru Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta and the experience has been wonderful. My last greyhound was still racing when I met him and with the help of this amazing organization I was able to adopt him when he retired. This is a picture of him while he was racing. I actually got to met him at a breeder/trainer's farm.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely happy with Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta. In the past year I have added 2 new greyhounds to my family from Carl. My pack is now at 4. Carl is extremely knowledgeable about the breed and is there to answer any questions at any hour. He is so dedicated to the breed that he has not had a day off or vacation in the past 5 years that I have known him. I am always amazed at how much he devotes to the care and rehoming of these wonderful animals, and how much time he spends educating people about the breed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I relocated to the area four months ago was very excited to learn Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta was only 10 minutes away. I immediately called Carl and asked about volunteer opportunities and the adoption process. Once I am settled I will adopt another greyhound (mine passed away two years ago). As a volunteer I help with new greyhound delivery and attend monthly Meet ‘n Greets. The onboarding of new greyhounds is very organized. Immediately we separate the greyhounds by male/female in the outdoor areas and give them space to stretch their legs and get acclimated to their new surroundings. Carl and his team of volunteers observe each greyhound for personality and identifying traits. The dogs are brought into the kennel and then one by one are taken outside for pictures for the website. Carl is devoted to the dogs, as anyone can see, as he is often on the phone and speaking with greyhound adopters and adopters-to-be about the latest dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta is the best! I've known Carl for 15 years now. I adopted my first greyhound from him in 2001, and started volunteering for the organization. I adopted 6 more greyhounds from Carl before I moved away. Carl has a huge heart and would do anything for these dogs. He knows everything there is to know about greyhounds, and is extremely supportive and helpful of new adopters. He also offers boarding at Greys'land, and he is one of the very few people in the world I would trust with my dogs. Can't say enough good things about Carl and AAGA!!

1 Judith44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recently I was involved in the effort to save the life of a half-greyhound, commonly referred to as "lurchers." We became aware that the dog was going to be euthanized a mere five days in advance and two of those days were a weekend when the shelter was closed. We literally had 48 hours to save Milo. Because this dog was already in the kill shelter, he was not available for adoption - only a Georgia-based adoption group with a Georgia "rescue" license could save Milo. I am in Pennsylvania. I do not have a Georgia license. I called so many groups asking for help. With the clock ticking down, no one was willing to help - until I called Adopt A Greyhound, Atlanta. They didn't care that Milo was not a tattooed pure-blood greyhound. They understood that he needed help that I could not give him. Carl at Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta made the phone calls to the shelter and filed the paperwork so that Milo could be taken to a foster home and receive veterinary care for his skin condition. Carl did not have to help us. No one else would help us. I noted that my partner in this effort (Rose) posted a picture of Milo in the shelter. Let me post one more of Milo on the day that he arrived home, with his foster/forever Dad. As I write this, Milo is alive, three days after he was scheduled to die. Without Carl and Adopt A Greyhound, Atlanta - Milo would no longer exist. Thank you, Carl and Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta for being a friend when I (and Milo) needed one desperately.

1 Rose41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carl and his team are great. There was a greyhound mix at a nearby shelter that was on Death Row...We had a foster but needed a license to get this boy out of jail...I contacted at least a dozen other places who all had "reasons" why they would/could not help. Carl on the other hand stepped right up and said, "I'll do it". Thanks to Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta, the paperwork got signed, the fosters drove from Tenn to Atlanta, Ga to get him and now, as of today, Milo has his forever home. The fosters decided to keep him...He's one LUCKY boy Please see the before picture where he looks so frightened and the picture of him with his new forever home! WHAT A DIFFERENCE and it would never have happened without Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta! Thank you!!! You made all the difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is so unusual to have such prompt support. We had several questions after the adoption, and if our phone calls weren't answered on the second or third ring we would get a call back in less than an hour. The Greyhounds we had to choose from were very happy and healthy. As a matter of fact we dad a difficult time choosing a winner from the more than a dozen we "interviewed".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience with Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta. Carl was great in matching a greyhound that was cat & dog tested. Our dog has been a great addition to our family. Carl was very friendly, professional, clean and healthy environment for the dogs. Loved our experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a greyhound from AAGA in July and throughout the process everyone at AAGA has been very helpful and supportive. Carl really took his time to help us pick out a greyhound that would fit our family and our lifestyle. He's always been available to answer any questions we have about our greyhound acclimating to pet life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Carl is the greyhound whisperer. We have adopted 3 greyhounds from him and no one knows this breed like he does. He is the only person we trust with boarding our hounds. Great facility too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Carl in 2007, when I adopted my first greyhound from Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta. I had owned other dogs, but I was new to greyhounds, and he helped me pick out the most wonderful greyhound who recently had her 12th birthday. This year, we added another one to our family. Carl is experienced, friendly, and takes such great care of all the hounds who walk through his doors. He will answer any questions you have and is always available to talk if you have a concern about your dog. I have boarded my dogs with him exclusively over the years and I have never had to worry about their well-being while I am away. Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta is one of my favorite places to visit. So many dogs have found homes because of AAGA and I tell everyone I know about the operation Carl is running - it truly is hound heaven.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Carl is a caring, engaged professional running a top notch organization. Not only have we adopted two hounds from him, (the first 8 years ago, the other two months ago), we regularly board there with confidence and peace of mind. Whenever anyone we meet talks about wanting a dog, I always say the same two things: 1. Get a greyhound and 2. Get it from Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Today I adopted another great hound from Carl. I've known Carl at Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta for many years. He is incredible. Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta facilities were designed with greyhounds in mind; it has the cozy feel of a home.
Carl knows the personality of each dog in his care and does his best to match the right greyhound with the right family. His services do not end when you walk out the door with your new hound. Carl is there to give advice and support for the life of the hound and beyond.
In addition to finding homes for these wonderful dogs, Adopt A Greyhound is also a greyhound boarding facility. When I travel, I would not consider leaving my babies with anyone else.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new greyhound owner, I could not be happier with all of the help Carl has given me this year. He is always there to answer any questions or concerns that I have with my retired racer. Adopting from this organization has truly changed my life, and I will be going back in the future to continue to adopt more racers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

9 years, 4 greyts and 1 whippets worth of experience with Carl. No, he doesn't normally do whippets. But this was a case where he went beyond his norm and responded to a call for help to save a whippet living in the woods during the winter months. She has been with us for several years now and believes herself to be just one of the greyhounds.
We have appreciated Carl's knowledge and advice over the years. And his support during the passing of two wonderful males.
It has been our pleasure to do volunteer work with his organization at the "Meet and Greets" allowing prospective forever home parents to meet not only his fresh off the track adoptees, but also our "Greyt" children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been adopting greyhounds from Carl and AAGA for over nine years now, and cannot imagine going anywhere else for a dog. After adopting our first girl, we have volunteered with the group and have had the joy of meeting many dogs and their adopted humans. Carl has such a high regard for the greyhounds in his care; I've often remarked that he likes them better than people!

The adoption process was at all times pleasant and the fun of meeting the dogs and the ability to choose from among those available makes AAGA stand out from the crowd.