Blue Fund for Special Needs Greyhounds
There are many reasons greyhounds are retired from racing. Sometimes they just don’t have what it takes to be a competitive racer, and may be retired at a young age. Some have had a long racing career but as they age, they slow down and are no longer able to keep up with the younger and faster dogs. Like human athletes, some sustain muscle tears or sprains that may impact their speed and ability to outrun the other dogs. Unfortunately, racing greyhounds also have injuries such as broken bones and torn ligaments. For the vast majority of these dogs, it’s the end of their racing career.
There’s nothing to prevent these dogs from making great pets, except that they require money to repair and time to heal. These dogs make a good recovery with proper medical care and enjoy normal running and romping around once they have healed from their injury. It takes time, money and dedicated foster homes to rehabilitate these dogs but it is worth the effort. GPA-Wis is fortunate to have skilled veterinarians to repair these injuries at a reduced cost. Foster homes are always needed to help these dogs recuperate and take them back for cast changes and follow-up x-rays.
GPA-Wis maintains a separate fund for greyhounds that come to us needing exceptional veterinary care. Known as the Blue Fund, it was established in 1997 to memorialize a wonderful greyhound named Blue who died unexpectedly at the age of 7. Silly, friendly and gentle, Blue was loved by all that knew him. His memory, and that of other loving dogs, gives life to greyhounds who might otherwise not get the chance. Since its inception, the Blue Fund allows GPA-Wis to take in injured dogs and pay for their veterinary care and place them in loving adoptive homes.
Funding is always a concern, and we’re appealing to you to help us continue to help these dogs by making a contribution to the Blue Fund. Your donation will help our special needs or emergency medical needs of greyhounds coming into our adoption program.
Helping just one greyhound won’t change the world, but surely the world will change for that greyhound. Thank you for your support.
If you wish to make a donation to the Blue Fund, please send a check to:
GPA-Wisconsin Blue Fund
PO Box 2115
Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2115
We also accept PayPal Donations
If you wish to make a special donation, perhaps in memory of a beloved animal or person, please indicate the animal or person’s name, and the name and address of the person who should receive the memorial card (if paying through PayPal you can include this in the “Message to Seller”). All donations are acknowledged with a card notifying the person in whose name the donation was made