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Prison Greyhounds Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Prison Greyhounds is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to placing retired racing greyhounds in permanent loving homes, while providing the inmate-handler with the opportunity of finding compassion, team building skills and rehabilitation through the human-animal connection. We have impacted many nonviolent inmate-handlers by fostering dogs inside a prison in Greencastle, Indiana. Once fostered, these greyhounds transition more readily into their forever homes. In addition, we retrieve and adopt greyhounds that retired prematurely because of racing injuries. These dogs often wait the longest in the kennels before an adoption group says “We want that dog!” We take the dogs that some consider “damaged goods” and find them loving, responsible homes by telling their story.

Target demographics: Select, nonviolent offenders and ex-racing greyhounds that need adoptive homes.

Geographic areas served: Indiana (Putnamville Correctional Facility)

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds are thorough in their process of finding homes for retired greyhounds. Our Pippa was chosen to be paired with an inmate handler to receive her retirement training/instruction. While she was learning the basics of life after racing, we underwent an intensive interview process and home inspection to ensure she would be getting a good family. We dutifully read all the required reading and purchased the necessities for her retirement. On Pippa's graduation day, we were able to finally meet and bring her home. Prison Greyhounds continued to keep contact with us and provide support. They have a fantastic, tireless network of volunteers, who strive to find the best homes for these athletes.

Randy H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had the pleasure of adopting our two greyhounds from this fantastic program. They are truly helping the greys and the inmate handlers. To read the write ups from each inmate-handler you know these dogs are so well cared for in prison. What a wonderful way for the greys to learn of retired life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds is a wonderful organization. I adopted my retired greyhound from them in 2017 and they worked diligently to understand my lifestyle and then pair me with the perfect dog! They also do a wonderful job educating the public about retired greyhounds. Last, but certainly not least, they provide a wonderfully enriching experience for the offender-handlers who get to work with the newly retired hounds before they go to their forever homes. A truly dedicated and caring group of people who always put the needs of the dogs before everything else.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Talking with several adoption groups Greyhound and other breeds during Meet & Greets, adoption events etc. The Prison Greyhound Volunteers were most informative, let you know what to expect, were a phone call, text or email away if you had questions. After adopting Molly they were still there to help and answer any questions. She transitioned beautifully with her new fur sisters. I truly appreciate the honesty and sincerity of the Prison Greyhound Team! Now I am proud to Volunteer with this amazing group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our dog is a graduate of Prison Greyhounds. Such a wonderful organization. They truly care about these precious animals. We couldn’t ask for a better pet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly a dedicated group of people make this organization one of best I have seen. Professional and careful, they make sure all adopters are fully informed along the way. I would not hesitate to recommend them. I look forward to working with again. Once you are part of the group, they are there to help.

johntaraa

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued 2 retired racing Greyhounds from Prison Greyhounds. Not only were they are first dogs as a family, but they were Greyhounds—very different from other dogs. We had and still have an enormous amount of support and years of knowledge at our fingertips. Prison Greyhounds does so much for these dogs. I hope to volunteer when I get finished with my Masters program. We’ve participated in the fund raisers and dog wash-we love Prison Greyhounds!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our girl, Gussy the Greyhound not only as our first grey, but our first dog. Prison Greyhounds have thought about everything. They have provided us with excellent support and resources. We continue to feel supported and know they are there if we ever have a question. Our post adoption coach Kayla (yes they have that too) was always in touch with me and gave us greyt advice and support. I know someday we will adopt from Prison Greyhounds again, but until then we are enjoying our new addition Gussy and she's simply the sweetest girl. Thank you Prison Greyhounds for everything you did for Gussy, our family,?the inmates, and all the Greyhounds you've ever helped. You are truly dedicated!
Tara, John, Hannah and Sophie Andre

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

We are still getting asking by handlers "How is Gussy doing?" And thank you for applauding our After Adoption Team, including your coach Kayla. Everyone gets assigned an After Adoption Coach to follow up just to make sure things are going well. Sometimes it is never needed, but when an adopter does have questions or challenges, it is invaluable! The After Adoption Team has headed off many problems, and some were just very simple solutions.

Donor

Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds is truly a win-win situation. The greyhounds from the program make superb pets! They are exquisitely matched to their adoptive homes by a network of dedicated volunteers! The prisoners who train these wonderful animals do a super job transitioning the dogs from track to house! In doing so, they gain a valuable skill, which they can use once released back into society!
The hard work and love this non-profit generates is probably unmatched by any other! We are so very grateful to Prison Greyhounds for our 2 lovely perfect dogs! Our lives are enriched daily because of the wonderful people who run this charity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement with Prison Greyhounds goes back to 2012 when the first group of greyhounds arrived and were whisked off to the prison. My husband and I had previously adopted from a prison program in Ohio so when we heard that Indianapolis was going to start a prison based greyhound program we wanted to be a part of it. We started as Adoption Team volunteers and have since gotten involved in every aspect of the program. My husband is Co-VP on the Board of Directors and I am the Adoption Director. We also volunteer for the Prison team, the Meet & Greet team, and the Social Media team. At that very first drop in March 2012 I fell in love with a little dark brindle female greyhound that handlers later named Rosy. She came home to live with us three months later after her release from Putnamville Correctional Facility. Since then we have adopted two other greyhounds from Prison Greyhounds. Yes Man came to live with us in February 2013 after he completed the program at Putnamville. In July 2014, Corleone, a repaired fracture greyhound came to our home as a foster and never left. My husband and I are proud to be part of this program and we believe in its mission. It is a well-oiled machine fueled by great volunteers and dedicated leaders. ~ Paula Conarroe

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prisongreyhounds 04/29/2016

Paula, you forgot to mention "foster home" on your resume! We are so glad that you found Prison Greyhounds! YOU and Tim are some of those great volunteers and dedicated leaders. See you soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sharing my Volunteer Experience:

After completing the required Indiana Department of Corrections Volunteer Training, I had my first experience entering Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, IN as a Prison Team Volunteer with Prison Greyhounds.
March 26, 2016 was a memorable day. I entered the prison to witness an extraordinary event connecting the lives of some of its inmates with some former racing Greyhounds who just arrived earlier that morning from Daytona, FL.
Although the program is limited in the number of participating inmates, it is clear there is a ripple effect throughout the prison grounds that can be seen upon just walking the dogs from the prison entrance to their inmate handlers’ dorm. The dogs bring what seems like an instant calming effect as well as ear-to-ear smiles on the faces of both staff and inmates.

Absolutely everybody involved in the Prison Greyhound Program — the volunteers, the Assistant Superintendent and staff, the inmates, the dogs, and everyone in their vicinity — is transformed by it.

Less than 10 retired racing Greyhounds in each class. Approximately 8 weeks each. Increased compassion. Responsibility. More patience. Improved relationships. Smiles. Opened hearts and a dog’s unconditional love. In a prison.

I am thrilled programs like this exist to allow people such as myself, to be a part of something bigger; to give back to my community; all while working together as an organization to help former racing greyhounds find their loving, forever homes.

Melissa C.
Prison Team Volunteer | Meet & Greet Volunteer
Proudly ‘adopted’ by former racer/prison graduate Carolina Glare | August 2015

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prisongreyhounds 04/29/2016

We are so glad that you adopted Glare, but also that you joined the Prison Volunteer Team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds is such an incredible organization. My husband and I always discussed adopting a retired racer, and we finally took the jump four years ago. We adopted our first greyhound from Prison Greyhounds and he changed our lives! A little less than two years later we adopted our second from Prison Greyhounds. Our boys are forever grateful for those that helped with their transition to retirement! The volunteers were always so helpful and always there to answer our questions before, during, and after the adoption process. I tell everyone about this incredible organization and highly recommend to all!

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prisongreyhounds 04/29/2016

Thank you for helping us spread the word! Thank you for taking the time to post!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I had never considered a Greyhound until a family friend from Illinois adopted several retired racing greys over the course of a decade. After the loss of our dachshunds, we began to seriously consider the possibility of a retired racing greyhound who would be willing to 'adopt us'. After initial research, we reached out to Prison Greyhounds in Spring 2015, receiving a quick and detailed reply within 24 hours about the adoption process, about the breed, expectations of adoptive families...and also found ourselves invited to an upcoming 'Drop Day'. Drop Day is when retired racers make the 18-hour journey from an adoption holding kennel to the Prison Greyhounds program in a customized, climate controlled trailer (provided by a partnership with the Tony Stewart Foundation). Drop Day provided us a no-pressure, inviting atmosphere to interact with other potential adopters, recent adoptive families and involved members of the Prison Greyhounds organization. We asked every possible question and met adopted and 'adoption pending' and 'available' greyhounds. We left our first Drop Day completely convinced that this was the only organization we wanted to work with. We have been so impressed by the structure, knowledge base and attention to detail shown by every person involved with Prison Greyhounds. They have created a transparent, comprehensive and balanced adoption program which equally addresses the needs of recently retired racing greyhounds and the persons who wish to adopt them. We brought our greyhound, Hula, home in August following her completion of the 8-week training program inside the prison. Were provided support, attention and feedback before, during and well after our adoption took place. We felt so strongly about Prison Greyhounds that we applied to become part of outreach and, on a limited basis, participate in New Dog Day at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. Once we were approved for these roles, we were provided comprehensive orientation and training. This next level of involvement confirmed to us the organization's commitment to providing the best experiences and outcomes for everyone involved with Prison Greyhounds - dogs, adoptive families and prisoners. We highly recommend Prison Greyhounds as a sound, trustworthy and ethical organization for those who are newly considering greyhound adoption as well as those who have previously adopted retired racers. *Disclosure - not only are we satisfied clients, we serve in volunteer (non-Board) roles with Prison Greyhounds*

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prisongreyhounds 04/29/2016

Thank you Mr Adopter of Hula & Prison Team Volunteer! What great insight you gave to anyone wondering if they should connect with us. ...Not to be a stickler but in the interest of full disclosure, the Tony Stewart Foundation helped us with many things in our budget (vetting and transportation of retired racing greyhounds) but their funding did not go towards the climate controlled trainer, actually owned by GPA Daytona with maintenance assistance of GPA Central Florida. ...It means a lot to hear you say that we are ethical!

TRock

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough positive words in the vocabulary to express my fondness and appreciation for Prison Greyhounds, Inc. They are a first class organization who puts the needs and care of each dog that is given 'a ticket home', as their first priority.
When I first discovered them (via Facebook) I was hooked. That fact that the dogs are taught how to go from athlete to family pet via training from non-violent inmates - well, what's not to love about that? I seriously don't know who benefits more - the inmates or the dogs. When you read the graduation letters that each inmate writes to the potential adopters as the dog nears graduation you can feel the love and pride in each sentence. What a wonderful gift they give each other. There have been more than a few times I've shed a tear as I read those letters.
We adopted Cosworth (Atascotia Worth) last August. I'd never had a large dog but had always had a love for Greyhounds. The entire process was very detailed and thorough - all for the benefit of both the dog and the potential adoptive family. From the application process to the phone interview, to the home visit - their priority is to make sure you are well prepared to adopt a greyhound and that the dog you are interested in is a good fit for your family. We have a very small Italian Greyhound and IG/Terrier mix so it was imperative that the Greyhound we were interested in did not have any 'prey' instincts for small animals. Cosworth is a repair fracture so he didn't go into the prison program but a foster home upon his arrival from Daytona. Paula brought him with her to visit us on our home visit. She had us put our little guys on leashes and bring them to the front yard sidewalk so everyone could meet on neutral ground. As soon as we could tell the initial intro was going well, we took everyone to the fenced backyard and I took the little guys off their leashes and Paula kept Cosworth on his leash as they all sniffed each other and wondered around. We could tell after several minutes that Cosworth really had no aggressive interests in them, so Paula slowly took him off his leash and it just couldn't have gone any better. We adopted him ON THE SPOT! He found his forever home that beautiful Saturday afternoon. I can't even tell you how much we love him and his gentle ways. He loves his little brothers and they love to run around the yard together (or relax together as you can see in the photos).
Thank you Prison Greyhounds for the fabulous work that you do with the inmates, the dogs, and the families who love them. I seriously cannot wait to adopt another. Every chance I get, I tell the Prison Greyhounds story and I've yet to find a person who doesn't think it's an incredible organization.

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prisongreyhounds 04/29/2016

Thank you TRock for sharing your experience. Our Adoption Team is wonderful at helping introduce the new adoptee to any resident pets. We are every bit as interested in finding the right match as you are! Thank you for acknowledging Paula's time and expertise.

Anjanette S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We found out about Prison Greyhounds through some acquaintances. We decided to follow their fun and informative posts on Facebook over the next few years and joined their e-mail list. When the call went out for emergency fosters and we decided to answer the call. We were easily approved as a foster family after a quick home visit since we were veteran grey owners. The nice thing about being an approved foster is that you are an approved adopter. We were assigned Rock and had the pleasure of keeping him a few weeks while his new family was away. It was fun to watch him exploring and learning about his new environment. He did have some trouble adjusting to life off the track, but the volunteers were very helpful with our questions and concerns and assured us that what he was experiencing was normal. Also, because we were approved adopters, we found and were able to bring home a new member of our family. Ryn (Kiowa Heart) has been a great addition to our home. She is a silly, crazy girl that thinks she is a lap dog and helped Rock adjust to home life.

Due to the wonderful experience we have had, we made the decision to be fosters when one is needed for Prison Greyhounds and are making the commitment to attend meet and greets to help spread the word about this organization and their mission. We look forward to these volunteer opportunities and hope to become more involved.

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prisongreyhounds 04/29/2016

Thank you for posting your experience as one of our home foster volunteers! Foster parents are worth their weight in gold! Not every greyhound is suited to go inside the prison for fostering, and these special ones require a foster home. Special people handle special dogs!

Max O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds is a class act, pure and simple. They genuinely care about the lives and quality of life of the magnificent breed. Everything is done with a purpose; well executed and efficient. They were friendly and helpful as possible with our adaption of Kay City Benji (mentioned in another review) and Delta Tamer, both retired racers. The well-conceived program, the staff, the offender-handlers, volunteers, fosters and others constitute a well oiled machine with a wonderful purpose........Indeed a class act. May they exist as long as there are greyhounds in need of a home.

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prisongreyhounds 04/29/2016

Thank you for posting! Yes "May we exist as long as there are greyhounds in need of a home!" That should be our banner statement.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I researched Greyhounds for a long time before settling on the breed as a future pet. When it came time to find a rescue organization to go through, I was excited to find Prison Greyhounds. As someone that works in the social services field, I was happy to see an organization working with non-violent offenders in order to build the inmates skills and have access to the benefits of pets in prison.
Prison Greyhounds goes beyond placing a dog with you, aside from the phone interview and home visit, they are not afraid to say "this dog isn't the right fit for you." They also have volunteers check on you and the greyhound after adoption to make sure everything is going well.
In the end, I found a great fit with my greyhound Roy. He has fit in so well and we have a great bond. I love telling people about Prison Greyhounds and I love being part of the Greyhound community.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you! We are so happy that you adopted Roy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It took two tries, but Prison Greyhound volunteers were there every step of the way with me! My first grey, Benji (Kay City Benji), was a wonderful dog but had severe separation anxiety. Prison Greyhound volunteers and my family did all that we could to make it work, but he just needed another grey in his home. He is happily retired with a retired couple that can dedicate more time to him and a lovely female grey companion. (Last time I saw them, they were hugging, neck in neck and looking inseparable.) Now on to the good news! Good things come to all who wait (and persevere!!). My husband and I are now the proud owners of the perfect fit to our family, Kaia (Kiowa Kay Hazey)! She made adopting a greyhound easy peasy! She is full of love for all kinds, dogs, cats, children, people, and if you don't stop to pet her, you've simply broken her heart! Oh, but if you do, you will get a lot of chattering, nipping, air snapping, and a wonderful wagging tail! (And sometimes a jump, sorry we're still working on that!) Prison Greyhounds is the reason I have this wonderful girl and the reason I am so successful with her! They are there every step of the way to help make the adoption a rewarding and successful experience!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

We are so glad that you mentioned your experience - that it took 2 tries to find the right match. Every greyhound deserves the right home, and every adopter should have the right greyhound match! Thanks for mentioning that your first greyhound (the returned greyhound) is also doing well now.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent a lot of time getting to know Prison Greyhounds. Not only did they help me through difficulties with adopting my first greyhound, but now I get to return the favor through volunteering! I have enjoyed all of the time I have spent and will continue to enjoy time spent volunteering for this organization. For a group of volunteers, they go above and beyond to make happy adopters and happy greys! They are not afraid to step up to answer questions and solve problems, even if that means a being put in a difficult situation. They honestly want to see each adopting family have the best fit and experience, while keeping the all greys happiness and healthiness in mind! For a wonderful look into the dedication and devotion of this group, I encourage you to request Fireball's story at prinsongreyhounds.org.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Yes, Fireball was worth all the effort that everyone put into him! We do have some great volunteers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Macy through the Prison Greyhound 's this May, three years ago. The hardest part was waiting for her to graduate from the program, watching for pictures and postings on Facebook kept us informed on how well she was doing. We have fostered Greyhounds right from the track and seen the adjustment of the dogs from both programs and how much faster Macy adjusted to her home life. The only problem we had to watch Macy with was electronics, remotes and cell phones etc, as they inmates don't have them in the Prison, lol. This is a win, win situation for the inmates and the graduating Greyhounds. First time Greyhound owners really benefit from the Prison program and the dogs also.

Barbara Beltinck

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thanks Barb! I hope every one of our Facebook Administrators read your post, so they know how valued their various posts are. People like you check every day to see / read how their new fast friend is doing in prison while they wait for Dog Adoption Day!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I walked into the pet store and there they were, the beautiful greyhounds. I've loved them since I was little so I had to stop. I loved on the dogs and talked with the volunteers, grabbed an info sheet and went home. I was trying to decide if the time was right to adopt, when they put out a call for emergency fosters. Now was the time, sadly I didn't get my application in on time for the fostering but started the preapproval for my grey. I will admit I was a bit excited and tried to pay my deposit way early, causing a bit of confusion. The director refunded my money and we had a good laugh. The phone interview was great, you can tell they really care where these greys are placed. Our home Vista went great, Paula beat me to my apartment by just a few minutes so my family was enjoying her and her grey when I walked in. She knew what was on my application and what happened on the phone interview with out looking at notes, she did her homework. We got our approval and went to new dog day. What an amazing event. Everyone was polite and friendly answered all questions. We got our grey, and his foster mom Stephanie is amazing. Sent up pics and updates. She's been great, I've asked her several questions since our George came home. It's great knowing I have this amazing group to turn to with questions and help. I tell everyone about them when I'm showing off George.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

We are so glad that you stopped by our meet & greet at that pet store to discover us! Thank you for acknowledging Paula (our Adoption Director) and her hard working team. They really care about the process, and want the best for the adopters AND the greyhounds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Brew 9 years ago. It's been the best 9 years! I can't say enough good things about the Prison Greyhound program. The inmates gain skills and so do the dogs. I don't think Brew would have been the social, well trained boy he is if it weren't for this group. When the time comes to adopt another greyhound, I won't think twice about going through this group.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you for adopting!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, I adopted my first greyhound from Prison Greyhounds, and adopted a second almost a year later. My experience with their program has been top notch-from their communications to adopters and potential adopters; their events; education initiatives; the greyhound community they have created, and the adoption experience.

I was drawn to the program for two reasons-their reputation as committed and dedicated to their cause, but more importantly, the underlying mission of hope and restoration-not only for the dogs, but for the inmate handlers who are paired with the dogs. Anyone who asks me about my dogs and their story, is immediately drawn into the cause behind the organization and, falls in love with the dogs and their sweet spirits.

I would highly recommend the breed, and the program, to anyone looking for a great dog. Our greys are beloved (and okay, a little spoiled) members of our family. The fact they were part of a mission makes them even more special.

These are our babies: Trust-a brindle female; and Power, a blue brindle male

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you for including the part of our mission that involved the impact we have on the offenders. Never underestimate the "Power" of a greyhound when you earn their "Trust"....pun intended! Thank you for adopting and for volunteering.

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Rating: 5

After my son and I lost both of our 14 year old dogs within one year, we decided on Prison Greyhounds for our next family member. I work for DOC and had heard about the prison program helping the dogs and the inmates. This group is amazing in its education of new greyhound families on this very special breed. We have been supported all the way by people calling and emailing to check on how everyone is adjusting. Below is the moment that Rock found Sonny at the New Dog Day-and that is exactly how it happened! This is still how he spends a lot of time, burying his snout while he gets his scratches. The real love story is between Sonny and Rock, and we are just so happy and enjoying our time together.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you SonnyLovesRock! Not only for adopting, but for sharing the perspective of someone who works for Department of Corrections. After all, this is a partnership with DOC.

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Rating: 5

We have adopted two greyhounds in 2015 from Prison greyhounds. What an amazing experience! We picked up both pups from the facility in Putnamville, Indiana and we were very impressed with the prison and the way our pups were treated. A "win/win" as they say, for the inmates and the dogs.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you for taking the time to post! This is also a win/win for the greyhounds volunteers in Florida who send us these beautiful animals!

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Rating: 5

Last July we adopted a beautiful little girl named Baby Cakes, she has been such a joy to our household and our other grey. The prison greyhound organization helps not only greys find forever homes but their time spent with the inmates is valuable not only to the grey but to the inmates as well.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Baby Cakes! We miss her! Thank you for sharing.

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I am an overseas follower of this programme. I have 18 years experience of working with Greyhounds who have been abandoned or abused. Prison Greyhoubds programme is great allowing humans and canines to interact sharing positive experiences as well as mutual education. This is a photo of my huge Blue lad - Alfie who I lost last year he was 12 and shared my life for 8 years having previously broken his leg. This is him on our local beach. Keep up the greyt work guys

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you for following us from overseas! I hope our Facebook Administrators all read this so they know how far out their writings can reach! I love the photo of your Alfie!

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Rating: 5

The best possible program for all involved! Everyone is a big winner here- especially the dogs! The prisoners also get to learn somthing positive and helpful.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you for sharing. Very concise, very helpful!

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Rating: 5

We have had a number of greyhounds over the years. We were ready to adopt again and were looking for organizations in Indiana. A facebook friend recommended Prison Greyhounds. After reading about them and speaking to representatives we knew they were the group for us. We love their mission and partnership with the prison. We recently adopted our 4th greyhound with help from this wonderful organization. She has been a great addition to our family. Whirly Girl (formerly Run Run) fits right in!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

I love RunRun's new name of Whirly Girl! It fits her. It means a lot to us when an adopter has researched or adopted from various groups before and chooses us. It is a big "shout out" to our various volunteer teams!

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Rating: 5

When considering adopting a retired racing greyhound, my wife and I did a lot research on the internet. We found several groups which interested us, but the one which really caught our attention is Prison Greyhounds. It appears to be a winning venture in every way: it’s good for the inmate handlers, it’s good for the dogs, and it’s good for the adoptive home.

We attended our first dog drop and feel in love with a beautiful greyhound named Snuka, who will be graduating from his prison program soon and coming to live with us. The staff and volunteers of Prison Greyhounds have been very pleasant and informative as we have been preparing to adopt our first greyhound. The only trouble is there are at least three other Prison Greyhound retired racers which we would love to have!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Snuka sends his regards! thank you for rearranging your schedules to attend our last New Dog Day. It is quite the event to experience! We love hearing from our new adopters!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Discovered Prison Greyhounds a few years ago through their dog wash fundraiser and make sure to take my three mutts for a cleaning and nail trim. The volunteers are wonderful, the cause is a win-win. Former racing Greyhounds are rescued and trained and inmates receive skills and purpose. Great organization!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you so much for coming to our Pet Supplies Plus Benefit Dog Wash (The next one will be October 15 & 16, 2016.) We love to hear how this program impacts people who have never adopted from us, and have mutts at home! Hopefully we will see you again in the fall if not sooner!

2 Carrie85

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Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds is the best of the best. Prison Greyhounds has a large, active, highly structured volunteer base. The hierarchical network of volunteer directors keeps each aspect of the organization running smoothly. The group is dynamic--always seeking to add new, talented volunteers. Each adopter is invited to join in efforts to bring more dogs to more homes. It's all about the hounds, though, and Prison Greyhounds has mastered two routes for homing the hounds: training in the prison and fostering in homes. I owe the group a debt. My sweet boy, Parks, is the best companion ever. But he doesn't stop there: he himself works every month to help more greyhounds find their forever couches.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Greetings to Parks & his best friend! Thank you for including the 2 routes to our mission that we have for fostering greyhounds; prison, and homes. The debt that you mentioned was paid the day you chose Parks....not the adoption fee...but the forever home you promised him when he went home with you after Dog Graduation Day.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After adopting Dillinger from the first class of Prison Greyhound graduates, I was so blown away by the organization, that I wanted to be a part of it. There was an opening on the Board of Directors so I applied and was selected to serve as a co-Vice President. Being involved with the PG board since May of 2013 has been such a blessing to me. I get to see first hand how the lives of both the inmate handlers and the beautiful greyhounds are changed. Mary does an outstanding job leading this organization and is the most organized, thorough person I know. She is very fiscally responsible with our donations, is a marketing genius and is a tireless volunteer. I am blessed to be a part of Prison Greyhounds!!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you Susan! It is wonderful to hear from the board! We really have a very engaged, very energetic, very dedicated board of five. It takes good teamwork to accomplish what we have. Thank you for the reassurance that the donations and monies entrusted to us are handled with great care and forethought. ...Dillinger will always be the first!

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Rating: 5

I adopted a greyhound just this past month from this AMAZING rescue!!
I did lots of research looked at least 50 different groups all over the US and decided to stay with one from good 'ol Indiana, where I'm from!!
Prison Greyhounds was one of the best...giving back to the community and helping others and the hounds!!
From the application process, to home visits and even after I got my hound this rescue has got it all together!! The staff and volunteers are soooo knowledgeable and very kind!! I got WONDERFUL dog that fits me and my family perfect!!
I would recommend them to anyone that want to adopt a retired racing greyhound ANYTIME!!!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you so much for the vote of confidence! There are MANY great greyhound adoption groups all throughout this big country, so it really encourages us that you chose Prison greyhounds!

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Rating: 5

We adopted Dillinger out of the very first graduating class of Prison Greyhounds. After a failed adoption that resulted in returning a greyhound to another group, we were very leery about bringing a new dog into our home. (We already had one greyhound.) Mary and her team worked hand-in-hand with us to assure a smooth transition and our boys hit it off from the start! They were there to help us with little issues that arose those first few weeks. The letters from Dillinger's handlers at the prison were so moving. Our sweet boy made such an impact on their lives. We are so thankful for Prison Greyhounds!!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you "Mr & Mrs Dilliger's Adopters", as he would refer to you. We always felt celebrity Dillinger needed an agent - due to his recognition as one of the O.G.'s (original greyhounds) - a status that will permanently remain with him. We have all learned so much about adoption group practices since those days, and even your experience with a previously failed adoption was something that shaped us. And thank you for mentioning how special those Letters To the Adopters are, the ones written by the inmate-handlers. (They are supposed to be a surprise but we're still glad they meant so much to you. He had wonderful handlers, now released from prison and home with their families.) Dillinger loves his stuffies! So glad your family found us!

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Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds is an amazing organization. I love every aspect about this group. Prison Greyhounds helps nonviolent inmates, as well as retired racing greyhounds- WIN, WIN! My husband and I have adopted 2 greyhounds from this group. I greatly respect Prison Greyhound's adoption process, and found the adoption process to be fun and exciting. They are very responsible about placing the greyhounds in a forever home with a loving family (or person). They check up on vet care for previous and current pets in the potential home, as well as perform phone and home interviews. They care about the success of the adoption. THIS IS A WONDERFUL GROUP!

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

What great photos you shared! Thank you for taking the time and thought to write a review on Prison Greyhounds. Adoption is always supposed to be fun and exciting; thank you for reminding us! Every greyhound and every adoptive family is worth the effort! See you soon!

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Rating: 5

Prison Greyhounds is a wonderful organization. We adopted our retired racer Pat C. Ferb after he graduated the prison program. Responses to our inquiries were addressed very promptly and everyone we had correspondence with was great to work with. The information and support that is given to the adopters before, during, and after the adoption is incredible. This organization truly cares about their cause and it shows in everything they do. From the retired racers to the inmate handlers, volunteers, and adopters. I have not experienced such organization within a non-profit as there is with Prison Greyhounds. This is a top notch group of individuals.
The Prison program is such a wonderful way to provide growth and experience to the inmates. Watching the stories unfold from the day a new class of dogs enters the prison until grraduation is a very moving experience for everyone involved.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was with this organization and it continues to be. It takes more than volunteers and a cause to create a successful organization, it takes having a true passion for your cause, and that is what sets Prison Greyhounds apart. A true passion for what they are doing and for everyone they come into contact with.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Wow! What a great "thank you" you have just sent to us! This post is truly a gift. Thank you for adopting Ferb. He is special.

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Rating: 5

We are approved adopters and fosters with Prison Greyhounds. We first found them on facebook and quickly fell in love with their mission as well as how they actually serve their calling. We are 'greyhound' people and have been for years, but just found this organization within the last couple of years and have enjoyed our experience volunteering and working with everyone involved.

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prisongreyhounds 04/24/2016

Thank you for posting! And thank you for mentioning that you found us on Facebook. When we first started, we TOTALLY underestimated how much of an impact our Facebook would have. (I hope every one of our Facebook Admins see this!) Thank you for being a foster home. For every greyhound that you foster, it enables another retired racer to move into his empty kennel spot back in Daytona, so that he can be on the "waiting list" just a little shorter time. For every dog you foster, there is another one who is that much closer to getting A Ticket Home also! And if there is a repaired fracture greyhound ready to come home, we cannot foster them inside the prison, so we need foster homes for these special greyhounds. THANK YOU!