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Second Chance Greyhounds Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Fostering hope in both humans and Greyhounds through rehabilitative training founded in compassion, patience, and kindness.

Results: To date we have adopted over 500 Greyhounds into wonderful homes in over 25 states.

Target demographics: Responsible adults over the age of 21.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 or so Greyhounds

Geographic areas served: Mostly the Southeast, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina, although we have adopted Greyhounds in over 13 states. If the situation is conducive for the adoption we will consider outlying states.

Programs: Greyhound adoption and prison training program

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted a greyhound from them. They did a terrific job with matching the perfect dog for our family's personality. We have had him for just over 2 months now and has been an awesome addition to our family. They have been very prompt at answering any questions we have had about our greyhound. Overall, a great agency

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Greyhounds does more than just rescue retired racing greyhounnds. Through a prison program it gives inmates vauable training, love and affection, purpose in life, hope for the future, a daily schedule to look forward to, using their brains for positive thoughts and actions and making them a good and productive person. This prison program is a win win for the inmate and the greyhounds being trained.

1 Patricia B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've fostered with other Greyhound groups, and must say our experience with Second Chance Greyhounds has been nothing but positive. We regret that distance has been a hinderance to participating more in SCG's efforts, and we regret that our impact is less than we would like. Distance aside, it's always been evident that Patti Peterson is a personable and ambitious coordinator to a like-minded and dedicated group who completely shares her values. Patti and the others work non-stop and tirelessly with almost daily scheduled events - either in the form of fundraising, or promoting public awareness about retired racing Greyhounds. As always, the mission focuses on the dog's welfare as the primary priority. The time and money that goes into the re-homing of just one retired racer is enormous, and we consider SCG to be outstanding - one that provides an invaluable service to this noble breed.

1 Deanna R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted a greyhound through Second Chance Greyhounds Inc. i have found everyone in the organization helpful, supportive, informative and willing to do what it takes to make our adoption a success. Bev Barker did my phone interview and discussed which specific dog would meet my needs. During my home inspection, the volunteer gave me ideas how my home fitted the needs of the dog best- such as where crate placement would be best, feeding routines, potty areas outside and more. I quickly learned that I was approved for adoption of Bryn and started following the suggestions given to me by Patti on supplies needed before the dog arrived. This organization even assigned another adoptive owner to be my "greyt buddy"-- Holly contacts me frequently to see how things are going, to answer my endless questions and to offer support and encouragement. What I love most about this organization are two things-- dogs go through basic obedience training with a female prisoner (so they help people and animals) and this group does several activities together. In two weeks I am attending a day at the race track and kennels where our dogs ran-- seeing the kennels, talking with the owner and seeing exactly how my dog lived for most of her first four years. I cannot say enough good things about this organization and have already recommended them to two other interested greyhound owners.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family went on a group visit to Birmingham Greyhound Race Track to tour the racing and adoption kennels. My husband and I fell in love with one of the greys up for adoption through second chance. We contacted the group to express our interest. They were so accomodating, especially because they are located in Douglasville, GA and we lived in Canal Fulton, OH. They conducted a phone interview, talked with our vet and references, and did a picture visit of our home. We were approved and they coordinated the pick up of our beautiful girl. They were outstanding! Their prision training program for these dogs to help with the acclimation process of home life is phenomenal. Once the adoption is complete they provide you with a group message board and a "greyt buddy", you are never alone or forgotten. This group is so amazing that when we decided to adopt a second greyhound we called second chance. There are groups in Ohio but when you deal with perfection nothing else compares. They helped us find the perfect companion for our family and we drove down to Georgia to bring our handsome boy home. While we were in Georgia we were able to attend some of the group's functions and felt like we truly belonged. These people are the best, we were really welcomed and accepted with open arms. We continue to support this group from afar by volunteering and contributing as we are able. The admiration we feel for the people associated with this group is immeasurable. They gave us the opportunity to love and care for two of the most amazing dogs we have ever met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'd been interested in greyhounds for years and had attended events with other groups, but never felt it was the right fit. When I found Second Chance on the web I was immediately intrigued by the partnership with the prisons and the training that the dogs get before being adopted. I attended an event and was impressed by how helpful and welcoming everyone from the group was. I adopted a dog from the group a few months later. Every time I had a question they were generous with answering it and making me feel good about the situation. I've since become involved as a volunteer. My hope is that I can help others have the same great experience that I have had. I can't recommend Second Chance Greyhounds highly enough - the dogs are wonderful and so are the amazing people who give generously to the group and the pups.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Greyhounds focuses on finding the right home for these retired greyhounds. They use the prison program to give both the dogs and inmates a new lease on life. I can't say enough about the great people associated with this organization and there focus on helping the greyhounds.

4 Beverly B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Greyhounds is a very "different" adoption organization. After a very negative experience with another large adoption organization, I started researching various greyhound adoption groups. I am so happy that I found Second Chance Greyhounds! I have adopted three hounds from them who all graduated from their prison training program. The program makes the transition from the dogs life as a racer, to a new life as a family pet so much easier!
Once I adopted my two hounds, I began volunteering with this wonderful group. I help with adoptions, fostering, updating the available dogs blogs, and post adoption support. This organization is like no other. Once you adopt one of their hounds, you become one of the family. I am very proud to be involved in this wonderful organization. The work they do, finding forever homes for these magnificent dogs, makes such a difference not only in life of the dog, but in the lives of the people who adopt them. It's a family. The Second Chance Greyhound Family!!

4 Camille B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance Greyhounds is an amazing organization placing retired racers with families. The dogs go through a prison training program to learn basic obedience. Adopters find this valuable in bonding and transitioning their dog to pet life. The group does a great job helping adopters find the right fit for them.

I've adopted two wonderful hounds who happen to be brothers from Second Chance. We volunteer at as many Meet and Greet events as possible to let the public meet greyhounds and see their gentle nature.

SCG has many volunteer options available, such as fostering, public education, and fund raising.