Continued legislative bills submitted in Florida and West Virginia pose the biggest concern
for racing Greyhound retirement in large numbers.
GREYHOUND ADOPTION ACTION ALLIANCE® • COPYRIGHT 2016
Our mission is to work with adoption groups throughout the nation
to achieve a collective effort - an effort to prepare for potential legislation
that will cause the retirement of large numbers of racing Greyhounds.
We remain neutral toward any legislation.
Our only concern is for the Greyhounds
needing adoption in the future.
GREYHOUND ADOPTION ACTION ALLIANCE® • COPYRIGHT 2018
The Greyhound Adoption Action Alliance is in the planning stages to make preparations for the possibility that future legislation will impact Greyhounds. This legislation could render large numbers of Greyhounds needing to be transitioned off racetracks and farms, should several tracks discontinue racing. The Greyhound Adoption Action Alliance leaders are composed of 11 very experienced, independent members with over 200 years combined active adoption experience, who have transitioned more than 29,000 Greyhounds into homes. Our group plans to contact most of the Greyhound adoption groups nationally about how we can all work together to deal with Greyhounds who become available for adoption in the future.
On November 6th 2018 Floridians will vote on a proposed ban on Greyhound Racing in the State. This vote will require a 60% approval rate to pass.
Should passage occur all greyhound racing in Florida would be banned on January 1, 2021. Florida State will also relax the current laws in place requiring greyhound racing to have other gaming such as card rooms, often called “decoupling” in the past. This would go into effect January 1, 2019.
The general consensus is that if the ban was approved, very few if any tracks would take advantage of the ability to stop racing greyhounds on January 1 2019. All Florida greyhound tracks receive massive tax credits for racing greyhounds and not everyone would be willing to give up those credits at least not right away.
Should this Greyhound racing ban take place, the GAAA will do all we can to unite and work with adoption groups nationally to maximize the ability to move greyhounds out of Florida.
To us “It’s all about the Greyhounds”.
In 2017 both Florida and West Virgina will start their legislative session in January and end sometime in March. Any bill approved by the legislature would become law on July 1, 2017. We are not saying it will happen in 2017. It is commonly felt it will happen sometime in the future.
We completely understand that most adoption groups operate at their maximum, but with the looming need we are asking everyone to “think outside the box” on ways and means of accommodating some of the Greyhounds that will need homes pending law changes in Florida and WV.
We ask that you inform your membership as well as the local community of the possible need. We intend to keep all interested groups updated about legislative events.
Your Adoption Group's Fundraising will be important and that is one of the reasons we wanted to start early with planning. When and if things look imminent, your group can check with local boarding kennels to see if they can help; start a dialog with local vets about reduced costs to spay/neuter on a one time basis; contact local dog food stores about assistance and consider “go fund me” posts for financial support to transport, spay/neuter, and house Greyhounds.
Our plan has a 3 stage implementation:
If you would like to join us preparing for the future, please let us know and you will be added to our update list.
We would also like to know about any plans your group is making so we can assess the ability nationally to move Greyhounds out of tracks no longer racing Greyhounds. Please feel free to share your ideas to help as well.
It should be noted that if West Virginia tracks discontinue racing, most of those Greyhounds would continue to race. West Virginia Greyhounds would be sent to other tracks, most likely in Florida. Least qualified Greyhounds in Florida kennels would then be displaced and in need of adoption.
It is thought that decoupling in Florida will not close most of the 12 tracks operating now.
We thank you for your group’s work to adopt Greyhounds!
The Alliance Committee Members include:
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