I am both an adopter and volunteer with the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT). I am a very proud humom of a greyhound-saluki cross rescued from a cruelty situation in west Texas and am a temporary humom of a beautiful greyhound looking for his forever home. Having experienced both sides of the adoption process, I am pleased with the care and consideration GALT has for the hound and the hound's future family. I feel very supported as a foster carer. Any questions or concerns are addressed quickly. They take care of the vet appointments, and all I have to do is show up with a handsome hound. When it comes to connecting with a potential adopter, GALT connects us and makes the transition very smooth. The coordinators ensure that the goal is a positive and healthy match, not just adoption numbers. I am also very impressed by how the group transports hounds from various locations to other groups, our other chapters, and to families (forever or foster) around Texas and New Mexico.As an adopter from GALT, I am so grateful that their motto is "No grey turned away" or I wouldn't have my beautiful greyhound-saluki cross. He did not come in healthy. GALT ensured he got the care he needed to become a healthy (and sassy) hound. They spend a lot of time and money on their hounds, and it shows. I'd also like to give a shout out to just the feel of being a volunteer with the organization. Being a volunteer with GALT is very much like being a part of a community. Someone is there to help, make you laugh, go on dog dates, temporarily foster if you need to leave, give advice, let you know where the best collars are, etc. The people here are almost as cute as the hounds. Close. Very close.
I've been volunteering with the Greyhound Adoption League of TX for about a year now. Their mission statement of "No Grey Turned Away" defines their dedication. What a wonderful group of loving and dedicated volunteers who go the distance for the dogs they take in. I became an official "failed foster mom" just this month when I adopeted Vincent (aka NY Vinny). I
GALT is wonderful and has a team of very committed volunteers. We adopted both of our beloved Greyhounds from GALT, and they have been such a joy to have in our family. GALT takes "greyt" care of every Grey in their possession, from providing for their medical needs to giving love in their foster home. GALT also makes it easy to volunteer at events and stay connected with the Greyhound community.
I live in Tennessee and have followed and Donated over the last 5 years. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this group. They are first class and professional in every way. I only wish they were closer so that I could participate in person!!!! Thanks for all the Hard work you do for the Hounds.
I can not say enough wonderful things about GALT. We live in Tennessee and support GALT as well as our Local GPA group. They set a wonderful example for All nonprofit rescue groups. We will always continue to Donate to help them continue there wonderful works!!!
After agonizing about what to do with our beloved greyhound because we were being transferred out of the country,
Greyhound Adoption League of Texas stepped in and found the greyest home for her. The thoughtful volunteers kept us abreast of every part of the re home, and, now that we are permanently here in the US, will help us now find our next grey. They are efficient, kind, and extremely knowledgable . They are the perfect people to help all of us find our next perfect pet!
Our beloved greyhound, Jenny, had to be re-homed when we moved out of the country. She was not adopted from GALT, but the wonderful people from this organization not only took her in, but found the best new home for her possible. Their volunteers and staff were concerned about her well being, as well as ours. I HIGHLY recommend this organization to any would-be adopters, and will be glad when we return from our foreign assignment and retire so we can be parents to a set of greys. First time adopters would be wise to allow these folks to help you through the learning curve, as all of the staff know the dogs and understand that a happy home for ALL is the objective in any adoption.
There is a special place in Heaven for the people in this organization. We have adopted three beautiful houndies from GALT. Their volunteers are exceptional. The love they show to each and everyone of their rescues is extremely beautiful. I have the most respect for all that are involved with this organization. They are true friends of the adoption process to the people adopting and most of all to the hounds!
We adopted our Sweetie 4 yrs ago, from GALT. Since then we have adopted Johnny B and Barnaby. GALT is the most wonderful group of people in the Greyhound rescue organizations! They are always there for you, if you need assistance, they also are always finding ways to get everyone together for the hounds! I am a better person for being allowed to know these wonderful giving angels!
I have the great honor and pleasure to work with this group and they are top notch! Everything they do is in the best interest of the greyhounds and NO GREYHOUND IS LEFT BEHIND, whether it's shows up in a shelter, stray, an abusive situation or just retiring from their racing career. This group is all about the GREYHOUNDS!!!
My husband is a veterinarian and he has done some of the vet work for GALT since they started in 2001. We have both worked with many animal rescue organizations but Greyhound Adoption League of Texas is by far the best. They should write a book on how to run a rescue organization. To date they have found forever homes for over 2100 greyhounds. They work strictly on donations with an operating budget of over $250,000 per year. Their fundraising abilities are just phenomenal and this group works tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt greyhounds, all the while, educating the general public about the joys of owning a greyhound. We have never worked with a better group of volunteers and what they do for greyhounds should not go unnoticed.
The most caring and compassionate Greyhound Rescue Organization! We have adopted 3 beautiful Greyhound souls from these wonderful people! Their devotion and caring exceeds all other Greyhound Rescue Groups we have dealt with! No Grey turned away.....and they truly mean this!
I initially adopted from GALT. It was the spirit and the professionalism of the volunteers that inspired me to be a part of this organization. I have now been a volunteer for about 2 years. This organization and it's all volunteer 'staff' are superior to any other organization that I have been involved in. The work that is done by this team to support the cause, 'NO GREY TURNED AWAY', is amazing. The dogs benefit, the adopters are supported even AFTER they adopt, there is a sense of community within the organization and the overall goal, to provide outstanding care to sight hounds is accomplished through the tireless efforts of the volunteers.
As a GALT volunteer and donor, I can definitely attest to this important organization. My greyhound broke his leg during his last race back in 2010. GALT is the only greyhound adoption group in Texas that will accept greyhounds with broken leg injuries from the racetrack. Without GALT, I shudder to think of what would have happened to him. GALT paid for his broken leg surgery and his loving foster mom opened up her home to him during his recuperation. With GALT, you can rest assured your donation will go towards helping the greyhounds.
GALT is a remarkable greyhound rescue organization run 100% by volunteers and funded 100% by donations and fundraisers. My involvement with GALT started when my husband and I began our search for a new family member. During our adoption process we discovered GALT to be extremely organized, efficient, and dedicated. Due to the the generous donations and hard work of GALT's volunteers, thousands of greyhounds have been placed into forever homes.
I've been a volunteer with the Greyhound Adoption League of TX for 3 years. Since joining this wonderful organization, I've looked forward to the day when I was able to foster or adopt my own grey. At the end of 2012, I took in a dog as a foster to see if adoption was for me, and was very satisfied with how much support I received from GALT coordinators. They were always happy to answer questions as this was the first dog I'd ever been responsible for. I quickly realized that my life wouldn't be the same without my special foster, and decided that I had to make it official. I adopted him about 3 weeks after picking him up from the kennel, and I can't imagine life without my boy. GALT is such a great group of people, and they care so much for each grey that comes into their care. The kennel volunteers that cared for my dog prior have all checked in and asked how he's doing. This organization doesn't forget about dogs after they've been placed in homes, and I think that quality makes GALT truly special.
I just became a foster home for two Galt greyhounds. This organization is top notch, and most important, are all about the lives of these beautiful Greyhounds. Please take the time a read everything you can on the Galt's home web site, it will inform you, answer questions, entertain you, make you laugh and yes get the tissue out because you just might cry in happiness and sadness. So far everyone that I have talked to has been so kind, friendly and helpful. I have two fosters at this time, and I just love them. I look forward to getting to know all the wonderful people that make Galt who they are. (a quote I have read before) The Greyhound has such a large chest, but it has to be, because their heart is so big! To ALL the people that make Galt work, thank you. Starr from East Texas
GALT has been in existence since 2001 and helped over 2100 greyhounds find their forever homes in its first 11 years of operation. Now in its 12th year, this all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization is more committed than ever to its mottof of "No Grey Turned Away." In addition to placing former racing greys, GALT accepts owner returns, strays and victims of neglect situations. The adoption fees charged are quite modest, compared to the money GALT spends to ensure that all dogs are healthy and free of parasites before designating them as available for adoption.
Other than adoption fees, GALT depends entirely on donations to cover it primary operating expenses -- i.e. medical costs and boarding fees. A dedicated group of foster parents helps defray the boarding costs significantly. In addition to to providing a home and food for the foster greys, they also introduce the dogs to a home environment and teach them "house manners" -- including crate and potty training. Many of these foster parents join another large army of volunteers who help take care of dogs in boarding, provide transportation and assist with fundraising.
My husband and I have adopted three GALT greys, and we have fostered many others. We also assist with "TLC" for the dogs in boarding and are active in several GALT fundraisers. We do as much as we can because we truly believe in the work that GALT is doing!
My husband and I got involved with GALT after adopting our first greyhound in January 2008. Since then, we have become active volunteers, foster parents and donors for this incredible organization (and we also adopted a second greyhound along the way!) GALT received some greatly needed financial help (and recognition) from people all around the world this summer when word spread of its efforts to rescue several dogs in the horrible abuse case in Fort Worth (as documented in some of the other reviews on this site.) However, the need for funds is never-ending, since GALT relies heavily on donations in order to live up to its primary mission of never turning away a greyhound in need.
GALT has taken in several retired racers with broken legs in the past few months, along with several strays and other greys with severe illnesses. Medical expenses for each of these cases total several thousand dollars -- and they are still mounting. While some of the Fort Worth dogs have finally become healthy enough for adoption, there are still several who are continuing to receive special medical treatment.
GALT charges very reasonable adoption fees -- which only cover a portion of normal medical / processing costs. Another terrific thing about GALT? Before allowing a greyhound to be considered for adoption, this organization spends whatever is required for medical care to return the dog to full health. When you adopt a GALT dog, you know you are getting a completely HEALTHY animal with current vaccinations. As a result, the post-adoption "surprises" are held to an absolute minimum. Owner returns are relatively rare, but GALT's contract specifies that it will take back ANY adopted greyhound if problems do arise -- even if the problems have nothing to do with the dog (economic reasons, death, divorce, etc.) As a matter of fact, the contract REQUIRES the adopter to return the dog to GALT; that's how committed this organization is to each and every dog for the LONG term!
GALT's commitment to "No Grey Turned Away" is appreciated by individuals near and far who are watching our organization's every move and all that we do. However, most importantly, GALT is appreciate most by those who benefit most from GALT - the Greyhounds themselves who find their way into in loving and forever homes.
For example, our first Greyhound, Mackie, he was found wandering with his brother, Luke, on the streets of Fort Worth. We "met him" online nine years ago. We loved Mackie for oh so short of a time as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge much too early. Then we met Sammy in Rockwall, and he found his way into our hearts and home four and a half years ago. He also brought us to a new found friend/family member, his original owner. Our lives are complete.
I can't think of a better organization that lives and breathes each day to make sure every Greyhound that comes to GALT WILL be safe, loved and find its forever home .
We have been very lucky to have been "adopted" by two wonderful Greyhound boys in the past eight years through GALT. Our first, Mackie, passed away unexpectedly four years ago. Of course, we were devistated, but three months later we adopted our second furkid through GALT. Sammy and he is a total joy in our lives. GALT makes this happen for Greyhounds and their potential parents every day of every year of their existance. There is not ONE GREY ever turned away by this incredible group of volunteers who sole purpose is to find a greyt home for these greyt dogs. I know there are others like me who count their blessings every day that GALT is here and ready to help when we are called upon. Thank you GALT for past, present and future placements of Greyhounds into their forever homes.
Greyhound Adoption League of Texas has a goal of, No Grey Turned Away. I do my part to support that goal by fostering Greyhounds for GALT.
GALT makes it easy to foster - they provide all the vetting, the monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative, and the support of and knowledge from very experienced vets and volunteers. All I provide is food and love!
I believe that GALT helps me make a difference in the lives of Greyhounds, as well as a difference in my own life.
Thank you, GALT!
This is such an amazing organization. Everyone involved truly cares about the cause and will do whatever it takes to save and rescue these amazing dogs. The other volunteers are wonderful, it's just a greyt group!!
I am familiar with a lot of greyhound adoption groups throughout the United States, and GALT has earned my respect and appreciation for all they do for the breed. Many adoption groups have strict criteria for the dogs they accept, including the age of the dog, the general health and injuries suffered at the track, such as broken bones. GALT takes ALL greyhounds, no matter how dire the situation, or how much potential expense may be involved.
Their keen understanding of fundraising is also key to their continued success. Some event is always going on-- to raise money, as well as awareness. This requires a huge volunteer base, and kudos to GALT for keeping their volunteers happy and involved. Many volunteers also serve as fosters, which helps incoming dogs adjust to life outside a kennel, and with a loving family.
GALT is one of the rare nonprofit organizations that does everything well, and yet is not complacent about its success. Those are some of the reasons the people of GALT are my heroes.
GALT is an organization that really cares about the welfare of their dogs. When I was ready to adopt another greyhound I was walked step by step through the process from the intial application, attending meet & greets, an in-home visit to see the desired dog, and the final delivery of the dog (Jiffy) to my home.
I've been involved with (and adopted from) Greyhound adoption groups up and down the East Coast, and I follow a number of them through private chat groups , Facebook and community boards, all over the world. GALT is the cream of the crop of adoption groups - they are very active, organized and completely devoted to the dogs that they bring into their group. They are racing-neutral and are devoted to adoptions, rehoming, and always there to give a caring loving hand to the dogs that have been found and did not have the right owners and had medical issues and needed much care, Galt was there with a caring hand till all was OK and placing these dogs in loving forever homes as well as supporting and educating the families that adopt them from GALT. Their members are very devoted, giving time, dollars and caring advice. If I lived closer to GALT I would adopt my next greyhound from this very caring group. I have only been able to help GALT in Auctions but if I lived closer it would be a honor to be able to be a volunteer for GALT.
I have been working with the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas(GALT) for over two years now and am still impressed with how this group is ran. I have never been a part of such a wonderful rescue group that truly treats their rescues and volunteers like part of their family. GALT has a "No Grey Turned Away" policy that is just amazing. Many of these hounds come in with broken legs and other issues. The volunteers do whatever needed to help these hounds recover and find the best home. I have never seen such hard working folks!
This wonderful non-profit rescue group works with rescued and retired Greyhounds. Many of the dogs that are taken in by the group have broken legs or other injuries that require medical attention. The medical fund is typically emptied right after it is replenished due to the medical needs for incoming hounds. This group does an amazing job keeping in touch and following up with fosters and potential adopters. They stick to their policy about " No Grey Turned Away" and truly care for these dogs. I have worked with many groups but found myself drawn to this group because of their devotion and professionalism.
Greyhound Adoption League of Texas is an amazing rescue organization. After our must loved greyhound went to the rainbow bridge, we started to look at the different organizations to adopt a new one. The things that GALT does for their dogs before they are adopted out is incredible, from a extensive medical check, dental cleaning, and even an eye specialist for my dog who has one eye that had some scaring. The things they do when you adopt a dog are amazing too, the information they provide to you about the breed for your vet is really helpful, since greyhounds can be quite different from many other dogs. I was so impressed with the kindness, generosity, and caring of the people that I meet through GALT that I became a volunteer and now a foster parent myself. Helping GALT and the lives they save and the human lives they benefit are amazing.
I have had the wonderful experience of getting to know this group, and their volunteers on Facebook in the past 3 years. Their fundraisers are delightful and professionally run, and I am always happy to participate in them. But the best news is their rescue and adoption record. They have taken in ex-racers, emergency groups of dogs from hoarding and abuse situations, and bounce-backs from owners who could no longer keep their pets. They have rescued puppies under a year, and sweet old gents and ladies---and have adopted them out around the country. Every detail is in order, and the dogs end up in permanent loving homes. Because of the high professionalism and dedication, the hounds and adopters all win big!
I wasn't sure what to expect but oh how lovely GALT is. These are very lucky hounds indeed! Friendly people and great hounds. It is so brilliant how everything is all put together and how hard all these people work. It was such a pleasure to see the hounds and meet Susie McQuad. Lovely lovely lady :o) xxxx
I've been involved with (and adopted from) Greyhound rescues in Florida and Canada, and I follow a number of them through blogs, Facebook and Websites, all over the world. GALT is the cream of the crop of rescue groups - so active, organized and completely devoted to the dogs they serve. They are racing-neutral (meaning they leave personal opinions for or against greyhound racing out of their messages) and solely devoted to rescuing, healing and placing these dogs in loving forever homes as well as supporting and educating the families that adopt them. Their members seem so devoted, always contributing their ideas, time, dollars and caring advice. GALT seems to garner attention worldwide for their efforts, which helps spread important messages such as spay and neuter, and rescue not purchase. Wish I lived closer as I would surely adopt my next hound through GALT.
I have watched and learned so much from being "friends" and "following" this group on Facebook for the last few years. Not only do they do everything they can to place the greyhound in fantastic, loving homes, but the fundraisers are often and very beneficial. They obviously love the breed and want only what's best for our four-legged friends. Even though I live far away from GALT, I know that I will consult with them first when I decide that it's time to adopt a greyhound.
Every single day I see the positive difference that GALT makes in the lives of greyhounds and the people who love them. I see it in my own personal greys, the greys adopted from GALT that belong to my friends and in those greyhounds awaiting their forever homes in the GALT adoption program. GALT goes above and beyond in the care of the greys that come into their arms. When a grey needs medical help, whether it be a tick borne disease, a heartworm infection, broken bone or a sudden unexplained blindness like my "Spot", they do everything in their power to make sure that greyhound receives the treatment he/she needs to be healthy and whole again. I love GALT with all my heart
My relationship with GALT began when a couple of Greyhound puppies from Oklahoma City needed rescue. Our local greyhound rescue only takes retired racers, but they referred me to GALT. They told me GALT takes puppies. I had one puppy at my house already and one just hours away from being euthanized and the Oklahoma City animal shelter. I was scrambling to find a rescue to take them into their program. No one had room! I messaged the GALT facebook page and begged for help. Within minutes they agreed to help and immediately got in touch with the shelter and faxed them their 501c3. I was then given go ahead to pick the greyhound puppy up less 45 minutes before she was to be euthanized. They saved her life. Once I got her to my home I realized she had some fear aggression issues. I was really worried what her future was going to be. GALT reassured me they have some awesome trainer/fosters that will work with her for as long as she needs. Both greyhounds ended up in fabulous homes and I still get updates. I love it! Months later they took another greyhound puppy for me from the Enid shelter. They help a great deal with transport and make it very easy. I look forward to a long relationship this rescue and I can't say enough good things about them! Chelsi Young- Animal rescuer/volunteer
As a financial donor, it is important to know the Mission of an organization; to see the members of that charitable group act proactively to bring that Mission to fruition and to see the organization grow not only in members, but also in success stories. GALT (Greyhound Adoption League of TX) embodies this model. When describing "why" someone should donate their time or money to GALT; I simple explain the "Three R's: RESCUE, REHAB and REHOME". Without fail, GALT is there for ANY sighthound (retired racers, lurchers and unregistered greyhounds) in need: legally taking possession of the hound and obtaining the neccessary medical care to stabilize the dog before placing them into foster care and ultimately, a FUREVER HOME. It takes great skill to bring a group of volunteers together to achieve a common goal. GALT has not only completed this task...they have mastered it. Clearly, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE HOUNDS with GALT!
I adopted my greyhound this past February. GALT was wonderful to work with. The process was easy and pie and now I own a wonder, sweet grey. I enjoy the news letters, as well as the fundraisers to help with the vet bills for some of the incoming greys who need medical attention. I look forward to possibly adopting another grey and working and/or volunteering for this wonderful organization in the future.
We adopted our first greyhound 3 years ago from another organization. When we decided to adopt another greyhound this year, we reached out to GALT. We have been amazed at this incredible group of people who have dedicated their time, dollars and hearts to helping a breed considered by some to be disposable. They spent time getting to know us, meeting our family, including our other greyhound, and answering our questions to ensure that we found the right fit for our family and lifestyle. We ended up adopting a hound who was injured during a race on a track near the gulf coast. GALT volunteers transported him to the DFW area, sought medical evaluation for his badly broken leg, and after it was determined that the leg should be removed, they made sure he got the necessary surgery and then the post-surgery care and love he needed to heal. He had wonderful foster parents who cared for him until he hopped into our lives. We've been loving him ever since and he has become a special part of our family... we can't imagine our family without him now and we have the wonderful folks of GALT to thank!
I love GALT... I may be all the way up in Alberta, Canada but I love the way they will take in any dog regardless of it's lineage, background, medical status or history. The work they've done for Lurchers and Coyote dogs makes me smile everyday - we have a lot of the same problems up here with farm greyhounds and the care and love they give these dogs is boundless!
I've volunteered with GALT to help arrange and transport injured greyhounds from the track which is south of Houston to their location in Dallas. They truly care about all of the hounds that pass through their doors. WIth very few - if any- exceptions - GALT will not turn away a hound from their program. If they can't for any reason accept the hound - they will help find another program that will. GPA-Houston is proud to work in conjunction with the very professional and caring folks at GALT. They have an exception and well earned reputation in the greyhound community.
I became involved with GALT apron 2 years ago. I have volunteered with them , along with another group - to help transport several greyhounds with broken legs from the Gulf Greyhound race track - which is south of Houston - to their location which is up near Dallas. This takes coordination of SEVERAL parties. GALT is well know for it's ability to work with all aspects of the effort to help get retired racers into loving and responsible homes. From the volunteers - to the breeders to the folks at the track - you say the name GALT and a sigh of relief and thanks is audibly heard. We know that the dogs are in good hands. We know that what ever it takes to make that happen - will be done. It will be taken care of, arranged and organized and accomplished in a timely fashion. As a volunteer - being a part of a group that is this committed makes every effort, every rescue, every transportation pick up and drop off - run as smoothly as possible. I LOVED being able to work with by my home/local GPAH group and RIGHT along side with GALT. It's an honor to be part of their team.
GALT does an amazing job of taking in any greyhound and helping them to get proper medical care when needed, loving foster homes, and carefully selected forever homes. They are professional and do amazing work to get support for the cost of what they do with great marketing efforts that take a lot of volunteer coordination. The love for the hounds is clearly their biggest motivator, and they do a wonderful job helping bridge the gap for these special creatures between the track and life as a dog, or sometimes unknown origins and horrible neglect and/or abuse. The fact that no hound is turned away is one of the most amazing things about this great organization. I am have two beautiful greyhounds from them, and they are wonderful companions. Can't say enough good stuff about this group!
GALT is hands down the most amazing animal-welfare nonprofit I have been interacted with. We have rescued many dogs over the past twenty years, and GALT hands down was the best agency to work with. We adopted a greyhound with them in the Fall of 2011 and I continue to follow their work to this day. They are 100% dedicated to their greyhound rescue work. For a volunteer-run, non-profit, they operate with the professionalism of a big corporation. The efforts they go to for the sake of greyhounds are admirable. They are a role model for all animal welfare agencies.
I became involved with GALT March of 2012 as a foster parent. GALT was highly recommended to me by friends and associates. I am truly impressed with my experience’s working with this Non-Profit Organization. They are always available for support. We discuss openly the joys and challenges we face each day. Their hearts, loyalty and drive are in it for the right reasons, Greyhounds! They are business savvy, sharp and intelligent. They are very committed to saving, nurturing, and sharing the wonderful experience of owning a Greyhound(s) to anyone with an open heart.
GALT is a wonderful organization with dedicated people who work tirelessly to make the greyhounds lives better. GALT has saved many, many greyhounds, an extroidinary number the last few years in a bad economy ... somehow they find the money & resources to help these gentle dogs heal in order to enjoy a better life. My two furbabies are from GALT. WE LOVE GALT ♥
I recently adopted a rescue from GALT who was found abandoned in a trailer with 10 other greyhound and greyhound mixes. GALT does an amazing job of getting available dogs out at meet and greets, provide tons of information for new greyhound owners, and are generally warm and welcoming people. Their dedication to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abandoned greyhounds is astounding. No greyhound is turned away, no matter what their situation is, and trust me, they get a lot of injured greyhounds that need expensive medical treatments. It's a truly amazing organization.
THE GALT is a wonderful organization striving to make a better life for these incredibly noble and soulful dogs who are basically used up and thrown away once their racing days are over. As one privy to the joys of Greyhound rescue ownership, it is just great that an organization such as GALT with all the dedicated members truly care for the hounds and find them forever homes
I met friends from GALT via FB two years ago, and admire their amazingly consistent approach toward saving abandoned, abused and runaway greyhounds. This group's motto - No grey will be turned away - is a credo, an oath that all their members honor. Their ability to raise the funds for the care of so many examples of this beautiful breed is exemplary and includes the participation of interested people from many cities and states. I live in Ohio and took part in their recent auction of items donated. It was fun, and very well-organized. GALT has so many greys that they have to call on people in their area to foster the dogs until they are adopted to forever homes. So many foster homes answer the call, and some already are fostering other greys in their care. Their updates on how their rescued groups are coming along are heartwarming and informative. The updates have in many ways made me feel close to the greys and the members. GALT represents the best of what animal rescue is meant to be. I, for one, am in awe of their many accomplishments.
The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas is a top rate non-profit volunteer organization consisting of volunteers from all industries, so they truly have a very diversified group of volunteers able to leverage business talents to manage this organization efficiently and effectively. I think what I like most is how genuine everyone involved is and they are all truly focused on the welfare of the Greyhound, which is the way it should be.
I love this organization and applaud their mission to make sure no greyhound is ever turned away. I give much of my time and talents to GALT and will continue to do so far into the future. As a volunteer and as an adopter, I'm proud to be associated with them.
It is through Greyhound Adoption League of Texas I am able to channel my passion for greyhounds. These gentle, beautiful and loving dogs never cease to amaze me. The organization excells in providing medical care, foster homes, and love for the greys who have been given up to their care. The screening process to adopt is thorough and great care is given to placing the dogs in their forever families. Even when our foster homes are full and boarding costs become astronomical the same "above and beyond" care is given to each greyhound. Attention to detail is also demonstrated in their adoption packets where a comprehensive medical record is completed for each hound including all care that was given during their time with GALT.
I have never worked with people so passionate about their cause as Greyhound Adoption League of Texas. The professionalism in caring for the hounds far exceeded my expectations when I decided to "help out a little". We are going on our 4th adoption from GALT and have been volunteers since it's beginning. To say we are greytful to them for our fur babies would be a gross understatement.
The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) is hands down the best greyhound rescue organization with which I have worked. I am a small animal veterinarian and have shared my home with rescued greyhounds, worked booths and special events and volunteered my time and services with a number of rescue groups over then last 16 years. I have not ever seen a group work so tirelessly to find homes for every hound. They do more rescues and adoptions and treat more broken legs and heart worm positive dogs and other medical ceases than any other group I've ever had contact with. They truly live their Otto of no grey turned away. They also do amazing fundraising and public awareness, but as you can imagine, there are always bills to pay. And hounds to save. I feel GALT should be recognized for the amazing efforts for the greyhounds.
After many years of donating art to fund-raisers and non-profit events, I had given up even trying. When the representatives of GALT contacted me I was apprehensive but decided to donate one last time. The entire operation went so smoothly and professionally, and I was alerted that all the proceeds from the auction of art went directly to GALT (rather than to offshoot satellite organizations who pulled the event together.) I may not donate art again but would definitely work with and donate money to GALT in the future. A stellar organization.
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
GALT is a world-class canine adoption program. With an average of over fifty greyhounds at any one time, GALT does a splendid job of keeping them in foster homes and matching them with adoptive families. GALT supports it's adopters after the adoption, and does a wonderful job hosting fun events to raise money for the cause. What a group of volunteers! I've adopted from them more than once, and will again and again. No grey turned away!
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.
Each year this group amazes me with their relentless work at rescuing ANY greyhound from ANY state no matter the costs or labor involved. They lead by example; never turning their back on dogs that have been abandoned, abused, starved, old or in need of extremely expensive medical care, from a blind dog to an ailing female with her litter of sick and dying pups. They taught me to do the same(only on a smaller scale) as I was involved, just as a regular citizen, in the removal of 4 greyhounds that were being starved to death. Even though I do not live in Texas, I continue to support them financially and emotionally. They are a shining example of what a volunteer organization can do to change the world and help those who have no voice.
GALT is an amazing organization dedicated to rescuing any and all retired racers. They were the group that came forward to save all the Fort Worth greyhounds that were starved and ill this year. They did so with no consideration of the expense, time and effort it would entail. Instead of saying we cant do it, they said we will find a way and they did with much sucess. I donate money to this group knowing it will be used totally to the benefit of the retired greyhounds: be they unadoptable, sick, abused or old. They are there for these dogs no matter what and I am in awe of how they run their organization.
We first came to know GALT when a friend of ours let us know about a greyhound that needed a new home. We got to know the people running the organization at that time, and now have our second greyhound as a part of our family. The leadership and volunteers of GALT are all around wonderful people, who help greyhounds find their forever homes. The volunteers who foster greyhounds do a wonderful job transitioning the dogs from their life at the racetrack to a life with a family. GALT make sure the dogs are completely healthy, and prepared for home life prior to allowing them to be adopted. The cost to GALT to prepare each animal for adoption is far greater than the adoption fee that they receive from the adopting family, and GALT does a great job raising funds. In the past, we owned restaurants, and partnered with GALT for fundraising activities. The truly wonderful thing about GALT is that they live up to their motto of "No grey turned away." Anytime they are contacted they take in the hound and prep him or her for adoption. GALT is a top-flight organization, and one I'm proud to have helped, and will continue to support them as best I can.
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
When we decided to adopt a greyhound, little did we know we were truly blessed when we met GALT. They're the premier greyhound adoption group in the country and have the most committed and loving volunteers. I have witnessed first-hand that they do whatever it takes (however much it costs) to improve each greyhound's health to 100% normal before they're available for adoption. And they do all this while keeping costs as low as possible. We can't imagine life without our sweet Diva (former racing name, Killer Diva). She is the light of our lives.
GALT is a collection of volunteers who work tirelessly to educate the public about greyhounds and offer fostering and adoption services for these wonderful pets. They have been very helpful in answering questions and providing advice about caring for my dog. Highly recommended!
In 2001, my husband & I adopted our first retired racing Greyhound. At that time, we entered a world of new friends who promoted these dogs with unparalleled enthusiasm. Looking back, I can't imagine what life was like before our involvement in the Greyhound community. Most Greyhound adoption groups are involved in the placement of retired racers, however, in addition to retired racers, GALT also takes in strays, abused and neglected Greyhounds from cruelty seizures. Regardless of condition or age, GALT makes every attempt to evaluate, rehabilitate and find each one a safe, loving home. While we have never adopted a dog through GALT (we live in Florida), we donate to groups across the country who we feel reflect the attitude, professionalism, and efficiency that continue to make a real difference in the lives of not only the dogs, rather, in peoples' lives, as well through public education and outreach. GALT is one such group.
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's members are tireless. They are out in force every weekend trying to educate the public on what greyt dogs they have in need of homes. They put on fabulous, creative fundraisers that really appeal to all dog lovers. They continue to educate their adoptive families afterwards with classes like Greyhound only obedience classes. I look forward to being part of their community at some point in the future!
GALT is a greyt organization that will always help a greyhound in need. They make sure the new greyhound owners are educated on the breed and that the dog makes a smooth transition into the new family. They truly care about the greyhounds.
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.
Adopting a greyhound from GALT, can not only get you a wonderful companion but also a whole new purpose. These dogs have a chance because of the love, passion and energy that the folks at GALT put into every dog. Through their excellent network of medical care, grooming, fostering, training, rescue and TLC, each dog is personally attended to. When you adopt a grey, there is help, advice and support. Before you know it, your fostering and adopting more! So far we have adopted 3 our of the six we fostered:) When you see the amount of heart these folks have you just want to jump in and help too. We work with many charities and GALT is the most well run, effective and genuine that we have had the pleasure of serving.
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.
I will always have a greyhound in my family. Thanks to G.A.L.T. I am blessed with a sweet four legged member of my family. This organization not only rescues retired racers, but as in the case of my adopted greyhound, they are available to rescue any greyhound. My dog's parents were found running loose and the mother dog was pregnant. They not only rescued her but were able to find homes for all her puppies. Most people are not aware of what happens to the retired racers and through G.A.L.T.'s education programs that is being corrected. Thank you G.A.L.T. for all you do for these beautiful sight hounds.