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!
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.