Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta Inc

1,667 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

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

1

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.

Previous Stories
2

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.

1

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.

Previous Stories
2

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.

Read more
1

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.

Previous Stories
2

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.

Read more
1

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.

1

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.

2

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".

1

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!

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great facility with many dogs to choose from. They spend a lot of time and money to make sure all dogs have the proper medical care.

1 Leah33

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted a greyhound for many years and was just waiting for the right time to be able to make a commitment to one of these amazing hounds. I contacted Carl at AAGA and one of the most wonderful journeys of my life has begun. Carl "knows it all" when it comes to greyhounds and he loves each and every one of them! He was so patient with me. I had so many questions and was worse than a first time mom when it came to calling him for every little thing! I adopted a sweet black greyhound named Boo and life will never be the same. I cannot say enough incredible things about Carl, AAGA, his volunteers and staff. Thank you so much for enriching my life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 greyhounds from this wonderful organization. Carl is most knowledgeable about the breed and cares about each and every dog and it's new owner. I am proud to know that I can call this adoption agency and have any and all questions answered by a true professional. This organization survived a fire in early spring and never once did they stop finding homes for greyhounds, boarding greys for people needing it or taking care of injured or returned dogs. I now volunteer for the agency and am proud to be able to give back to this wonderful organization.

Caryn3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been lucky enough to adopt dogs from Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta for more than 20 years now. The amount of care and love they receive once in AAGA's remarkable hands is extraordinary. AAGA's devotion to rescuing these amazing, loving dogs is tireless. I feel so lucky to have encountered Carl and AAGA when I adopted my very first retired racing greyhound, and its a relationship I treasure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta for the past 8 years. I am so impressed by this organization's commitment to the health and welfare of this wonderful breed. The founder (Carl) has dedicated his life to finding loving homes for these retired racers. The adoption process is handled in a very professional way and adopters are provided with an abundance of information and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past 8 years I have volunteered for Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta, Inc. and personally adopted 5 AAGA Greyhounds. I have found Carl to be very dedicated to his lifelong mission of finding "forever" homes for retired racers. I have never seen him take so much as one sick day or one vacation day. Following the devastating fire the organization experienced earlier this year that destroyed 90% of the facility including Carl's home, he refused to be separated from his beloved Greys. Instead, he moved with the dogs into a 750-square-foot building that survived the fire and, despite the cramped, crowded quarters, has continued throughout reconstruction to find homes for this amazing breed.

Leonard3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been adopting Greyhounds from this organization for over 30 years and will continue to do so in the future.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most important aspects of this group are the exceptional condition of the Greyhounds offered for adoptions and the wonderful post adoption support one receives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These folks do a great service to a truly wonderful breed! We had never considered a Greyhound, because we just really never saw them around and didn't know much about them. We met Carl and a lot of other volunteers, who brought a group of Greyhounds to a meet and greet in front of PetSmart. We asked some questions, went home and did research, and decided that a Greyhound was right for our family. I love the care in the selection process that this organization takes. They don't adopt dogs out to just anyone, but rather interview and follow up after adoption to make sure these wonderful dogs get the love and retired life they deserve. I've also seen them help finding list Greyhounds and rescue them from kill shelters, in addition to helping them retire gracefully. What a terrific cause!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love spending time with the new greyhounds. Everyone is so nice. I have adopted 2 greyhounds from Carl. He has always been helpful if I have any issues or questions. My boys love visiting Grey's Land. Any chance that they get and Carl is always welcoming and happy to see them. I always enjoy Carl's sense of humor - Carl calls me L. Ron. You can always tell that Carl knows the personalities of every dog even though they've only been off the truck a day. I would recommend Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 Greyhounds from Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta and I board my greyhound there on a regular basis. These dogs will change your life and I will continue to acquire any future couch potatoes form Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta has been the first stop for over 5200 greyhounds before finding their forever homes. I have been volunteering with AAGA for almost two years, and have adopted three dogs from the group. Being a volunteer with this group is very rewarding and is a great opportunity to make great friends. Volunteering, for me, has entailed meet 'n greets, helping with adoptions, and receiving the dogs off of the truck from the track. To see a dog transform from how it came off of the track to a loyal and loving housepet is by far the most enjoyable part of being associated with the group. I would highly recommend AAGA due to the great work that they do to help adopt out this fabulous breed of dog!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had 4 greyhounds so far, all from Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta. I will have greyhounds for the rest of my life and will not go anywhere but Carl. Carl has saved thousands of dogs over the years, he is an subject matter expert and you can tell how much he loves and cares for these dogs. Carl gets to know the dogs he is putting up for adoption and then lets you and the dog choose each other. He doesn't force any particular dog just to have it adopted. It is a process and often takes time. In addition, if the dog you choose isn't your dog, he'll work with you until you find him or her. It is also good to know that you can send your dogs to Carl for boarding, where they are safe and with someone who understands them.

Toni19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been adopting retired racing Greyhounds from Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta since 1994. We now have our 7th and 8th Greyhounds in our home. We have been the proud parents of Freddie, Gene, Wally, Dancer, Pop, May, and are currently the parents of Bully and Daphne. Carl Viener, Founder of Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta has given most of his adult life, 24/7, 365 days per year, no vacations, no breaks to these beautiful dogs. He is the most dedicated and selfless rescue person I have ever met since he has adopted over 5,000 Greyhounds, utilizing the help of only a handful of volunteers over the years.
Our adoption experiences have always been good; we totally appreciated his personal knowledge of each Greyhound and their personality in helping us choose the right one for us. All of our Greyhounds have been healthy and well cared for in the time between arriving from their racing environment and being adopted. Carl truly loves this breed and it shows.
I would like to close by saying that Carl runs this 501c3 on a shoestring budget and lives extremely bare-bones for himself in order to accommodate the Greyhounds -- they always come first.

Jeff70

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAGA and Carl Viner have found homes for over 5200 retired greyhounds. Without his great work, most of these wonderful dogs would have been killed. We've adopted two of his dogs and have found them to be relaxed, affectionate, sometimes funny, and always loving pets. But most of all, Carl does it all out of his own pocket and the meager donations of friends.

Lynda8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My third Greyhound came from Carl. I spent quite a bit of time with him selecting my Scarlett. His house is 'the dogs house" Clean, Comfortable and Safe for the babies. The grounds outside are fantastic for all the pups...the entire grounds are double fenced for the protection of the dogs, with two security gates at the entrance. I took Scarlett back to visit when ever I was out of town and she always wanted to go back for more visits...when we got close to the gate #1 she would get so excited I had to keep the windows closed so she didn't jump out of the car. When I got my second Greyhound, Tripp, I was a little unsure, as was Carl, as to how he would adjust to my house. As it turned out, after two months, I knew it would not work, and Carl was concerned also..I took Tripp back and Carl found just the right home for him. Carl is all about the dogs...very selective as to who gets his rescued babies. Greyhounds are #1 in Carls life and thanks be to God that he has rescued so many and found great homes for 'His Babies'.

Ryan40

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carl does amazing work for a great cause. My wife was very skeptical about getting a Greyhound as a small home pet but Carl spoke with her and changed her mind. Carl connected us with our Retired Racer Holly. She has changed our lives in so many ways.

Sara88

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Batty from Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta. Carl knew whic dog liked what. One didn't like stairs, one didn't like cats, etc. Carl's knowledge of the dogs that they had was detailed, and every situation was addressed. I will forever be greatful to Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Questions are promptly answered after adoption. For me this is very important