NE Ohio Greyhound Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to taking in retired racing greyhounds and preparing them for life as cherished pets and providing the highest standards of care for all the dogs in our program – those awaiting adoption and those in our sanctuary.
Our High Standards of Care for the Retired Racing Greyhounds in our Program
Retired racing greyhounds are generally healthy, however, some may have digestive and skin problems, parasites including fleas, ticks, and intestinal worms, ear, dental or urinary tract infections, and may have skin wounds, orthopedic injuries or heart murmurs. These problems are treatable with good quality husbandry and medical intervention and once treated, do not impact on a retired racer’s ability to be wonderful pets and companions.
As soon as the retired racers enter our program they are immediately bathed, and any parasites are removed. They receive top grade veterinary approved flea and tick prevention, and intestinal de-wormers. They are started on a bland diet and slowly transitioned to a high quality food and given nutritional supplements for their skin, digestive system and joints. Shortly after arriving at NEOGR, Inc., the dogs are brought to our vets, for a full physical exam, bloodwork, urinalysis, parasite tests, and any vaccines needed. On physical exam, our vets look for evidence of fleas, ticks, ear or skin infections and checks for problems with the eyes and looks for evidence of dental disease. They listen to the heart for evidence of a murmur and examine legs to look for orthopedic injuries. We test at least one fecal sample to look for intestinal parasites that are infectious to other dogs and people and also run a heartworm test and start them on heartworm prevention if negative, or treat for heartworm infection, if positive.
We draw a blood sample to check their blood cell counts and organ functions and to see if they are affected by tick borne diseases. Exposure to parasites can affect blood counts and we need to make sure that the liver and kidneys are functioning well before placing them under anesthesia for spay/neuter surgeries and dentals. We also do a complete urinalysis to check for infection, crystals, diabetes, and other abnormalities. These lab tests allow us to check for serious, yet asymptomatic, undetected health problems that could make anesthesia more risky and cause a retired racer to become sick at a later time. By doing this lab work, we can be more confident about doing anesthesia, and can also screen for and treat diseases early before they become more serious. Some of the greyhounds that we take in are already altered, but if we need to spay or neuter, we use only anesthesia that is safe for greyhounds and human grade monitoring systems, including EKG, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry to ensure their safety while they are asleep. They also have a tube placed into their throat to assist breathing if needed and an IV catheter where they receive fluids to prevent dehydration and to keep their blood pressure regular during the procedure. We also clean their teeth while they are asleep. If we discover that a retired racer has a medical issue, we preform additional diagnostic tests, treat the problem and do frequent follow-ups with our vets to insure that the greyhound is recovering properly. We also have several board certified specialist vets – including cardiology, internal medicine, ophthalmology – as well as a holistic vet, that we employ for dogs with special needs.
While waiting for their forever homes, the dogs in our program receive regular grooming, which includes frequent nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing. They are kept current on heartworm/intestinal parasite prevention 12 months of the year, and are given exercise and socialization with other dogs and people. We give each of the greyhounds in our care basic training and teach them house manners (stairs, housebreaking, etc.). We firmly believe that providing a stable home environment is best for all newly retired greyhounds.
Our high standards of care go above and beyond the norm, and can be costly but without proper preventive care (thorough physical exam, parasite screening, bloodwork) and without proper anesthesia and intra-operative monitoring, the risks of undiagnosed diseases and surgical complications are very high. Lab work and physical exams help to assure that a dog is healthy upon adoption. If problems are found, early detection of diseases through the health screening saves money for the adopter and prevents unneeded suffering for the retired racers. Giving a newly retired racer individualized care, training and attention makes the adoption process easier on both the dogs and their new families.
We do our best to help greyhounds in a variety of ways. On Friday, January 24th 2014, Dr. Amy Wolfgang came over to draw blood from 11 healthy greyhounds. The blood was sent to Dr. Matthew Breen at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State. Dr. Breen is studying differences in blood between cancer dogs, healthy siblings of cancer dogs and healthy non-siblings of cancer dogs in hopes to get closer to a cure. We are so thrilled that the greyhounds at NE Ohio Greyhound Rescue, Inc. could help in this important endeavor. Special thanks goes out to Dr. Amy and the greyhounds – Stone, Momma Levity, Boo Boo, Bear, Mulberry, Spider, Riker, Ace, Danny, Sparkles, and Shamrock!
Our Special Needs Sanctuary
Senior and Special Needs dogs have a very special place in our hearts. After caring for several “special” greyhounds in the past, we realized that these dogs give to us more than we could ever hope to give back to them. They have taught us patience, kindness and unconditional love and have served as our role models when dealing with pain, disease and aging. They have taught us that obstacles are never insurmountable with a little elbow grease, attitude adjustment, knowledge, insight and creativity.
We have recently created a sanctuary program, taking in seniors and special needs dogs that are not easily adoptable due to advanced age and/or medical issues. These dogs are given the highest standards of care possible. They receive age-appropriate bi-annual blood tests, urinalyses, and vaccinations, fecals and regular wellness exams, and are treated for any/all medical issues. We work with dogs with behavioral issues and do our best reduce the fear and anxiety which underlies much of “bad behavior.” We work with behaviorists, traditionally trained veterinarians and holistic practitioners to give each dog their best chance at a happy life. Sometimes, we are able to find the perfect home for a special needs dog. Those that are not adoptable have a safe and comfortable environment to live out their remaining years and receive all the love and attention they deserve.
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Generous Grant For TWO Of Our Sanctuary Sweethearts For 2015!
What a valuable recognition and validation of the work we do!
Thanks to a $2,500.00 sponsorship grant from the The Greg Biffle Foundation, two of our treasured sanctuary residents, Momma Levity and Andy Panda, had many of their essential needs met and their basic expenses covered throughout 2015. These included food, supplements, treats, wellness exams, heartworm and flea/tick prevention, blood work, and vaccinations if needed – all for the sole purpose of enhancing the quality of their lives.
By their example, both Momma Levity and Andy Panda have brought immeasurable joy and grace into OUR own lives.
Momma Levity reigned as the undisputed queen at our numerous Meet and Greets until she passed away at the age of 13 1/2, sporting her fashionable donation vest which filled quickly with contributions from adults and children alike.
Andy Panda, our first greyhound mix and the paws-onification of all things sweet, loving and gentle, was known throughout the sanctuary for his distinctive coonhound bark. Sadly, he passed away on Valentine’s Day 2015. As one who always shared his good fortune, he passed on his sponsorship to the other senior dogs in our sanctuary.
The Greg Biffle Foundation was started in 2005 by NASCAR racing great Greg and his wide Nicole to create awareness and to serve as advocates for the improved wellbeing of all animals. The Foundation has provided funding to more than 500 shelters and humane groups across the country.
We are exceedingly grateful to the Foundation for electing to fund US for 2015.
Adopters Giving Back
And then … talk about dreams coming true. Partly inspired by the Greg Biffle Foundation Grant, Adopters Louise Lowery Lisac and Chris Lisac recently hosted a “Yappy Hour” gala to commemorate the passing of two of their angel greyhounds, Blue and Curtis. As the 50 invited guests were wined and dined, they graciously honored both dogs through generous financial contributions and the purchase of dog-themed T-shirts and delicious doggie treats. Louse and Chris raised in excess of $1,500, and the grateful recipient of those donations is marvelous Momma Sissy, who, because of this much-appreciated sponsorship, had her day-to-day and routine vet expenses paid for the 2015.
We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the IRS code and all donations and mileage are tax deductible. One hundred percent of all donations are used for the vetting, feeding and welfare of the greyhounds in our care. There are no paid employees. We rely on donations and grants to help pay for the top quality food, supplements, veterinary services and other items needed to run our sanctuary the right way. No dog is ever denied what they need to be as happy and healthy as possible.
To help us help the greyhounds, please consider donating via PayPal or check out all of our fundraisers here.
NE Ohio Greyhound Rescue, Inc. is registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture as an Animal Rescue, and follows all rules and regulations set forth in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code Section 956.06.
We have years of experience caring for dogs, especially greyhounds, but we never stop learning new things. The dogs teach us much about life, love and the keys to what’s really important.
Our Greyhounds Out and About
We do a variety of meet and greets and events throughout the year. We try our best to let the public know just how wonderful greyhounds can be. Sometimes, we get to be a part of very special events, like a fashion photo shoot!
Greyhound Gals Rock the Fashion Runway!
Strutting their stuff as they strolled through 4th Street in downtown Cleveland were our own leggy models, Momma Levity, Momma Pepper and Momma Sissy. Acting as canine arm candy for striking two-legged fashion model, Elanna Bryan, the three greyhounds were perfectly poised as they preened and posed for the camera like seasoned pros. After turning heads and earning praise both for their professionalism and for the wondrous wearables of designers R.J. Luna and Sheware, will 4th Street ever be the same?
Special thanks to Jackie Bertolette for inviting us to participate in the photo shoot and for getting the word out about greyhound adoption. Check out the online catalogue and Momma Levity (featured on page 3)… http://lunadreamwear.com/lookbook.html
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* Special Thanks going out to Stephanie Urquhart, for her never-ending help in constructing and updating this website.