Greyhounds are a special kind of dog. Most of them grow up in racing environments, and it can cause a lot of behavior issues you tend not to see in other dogs that are raised in households. Some of them are shy or overwhelmed by other dogs. Many of them are terrified of stairs and can’t figure out how to walk up or down them. Usually they startle easily. They normally require a little bit of extra training when they are adopted.
Nittany Greyhounds is an organization in State College that cares for these very special dogs. The organization picks them up from different racetracks that would otherwise dispose of them and take them back to the shelter. Recently, they had an adoption day at Petco, and Alfred Garcia and I were lucky enough to help out.
We set up a table in Petco, and then assisted at the event by holding the leashes of greyhounds and introducing them to people coming into the store. Most of the dogs were previous adopted dogs that were at the event to show what wonderful pets greyhounds can be. There was only one adoptable dog at the event, as the shelter had a stroke of luck and had two dogs adopted one day beforehand.
Alfred and I really enjoyed our time helping spread the word about the shelter and letting the community know what wonderful companions greyhounds are. Hopefully some of the people who met the dog’s that day are considering greyhound adoption for their next pet.