The Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest Sponsorship program cares for Senior Greyhounds and Special Needs Greyhounds that have complicated medical conditions. Because these Greyhounds require extra care, their stay in our foster homes may be longer than most. We accept any Greyhound in need, even if the dog was not originally placed by Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest. If a senior aged Greyhound does not find an adoptive home, we will care for that dog for the rest of it’s life in a loving foster home. Every Greyhound in our program is treated with love, caring and the best medical attention available. And, this treatment can be expensive.
There are two ways you can help sponsor a Greyhound. You can provide a one-time Sponsorship Donation of support, or you can have a monthly recurring Sponsorship Donation. Even $10 a month helps us with on-going expenses for a sponsored dog for food, housing and medical care. When you click on the blue Sponsor button in the upper left or below, PayPal will give you an option to check for a recurring donation if you wish to choose that option.
Will you help a senior or special needs greyhound today? These dogs need your help right now:
Your sponsorship donations help support these dogs who need on-going special care and a chance for a stable home and love. If you believe every greyhound should know love regardless of age or illness, please donate today. We currently have 12 dogs in this category.
Meet Freda – she is a one year old pup who will be joining us in early August with the next group of dogs making the journey from Kansas. Freda was a normal healthy dog who, one day ran into either a tree or a fence post while playing out in her run, injuring her front left leg. Due to the nerve damage she sustained, she no longer was able to use her front leg. We had her examined by a vet and it was determined that it was best to amputate her leg as she was causing further damage to her leg by dragging it around. GPA-NW paid for her surgery to help make her more comfortable and adoptable. This is a photo of Freda just 2 days post surgery and as you can see she is recovering well. She is reported to be her happy, goofy self and is getting around very well.
Coordinating with the farm, allowed Freda to have her surgery before the trip to Oregon with her Kansas greyhound buddies. She is currently recuperating on the farm where she was raised until the trip. Please consider a donation to help Freda, we know it takes a bit longer for dogs with injuries like hers to get a new home.
This is Plus. Her foster home had recently reported she started limping. She was very painful upon examination so she was anesthetized for x-rays of her hip and leg. You guessed it, the diagnosis we all dread, Osteosarcoma. The Osteosarcoma became the priority and they did the rear leg amputation since she was already under anesthesia. She had a rough recovery with some bleeding issues and had to go spend the night in the ER where she could be monitored. She is now fostering with board member Becky Magnuson. She is getting stronger and learning to get around on three legs. She has started eating better now that she is off the narcotic pain meds and we think she will do well. She will be 6 in May, which is young for an Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) diagnosis.
Plus’s former foster mom Kathy says this about Plus: I’m super smart and learn commands easily. I already know sit, down, and stay, and am eager to learn anything else you want to teach me if training is accompanied by treats! I’m a great leash walker as long as I don’t see anything exciting like a squirrel or another dog, and I love going for walks. I’m also a great guard dog and will bark at unfamiliar things that I hear and see, which my fellow greyhounds don’t usually do. Sometimes I will even bark at my people if they aren’t giving me what I want. Don’t hold that against me; I just know what I want and am willing to go after it!
This is Angel (brindle) and her friend Gabriel (black) who arrived as 3 ½ month old puppies from a breeding farm in Kansas in 2014. Angel was released to us because she had something wrong with her spine and she would not grow up to be a racer. She was seen by an orthopedic vet who determined she had a congenital birth defect in her spine, her fourth vertebrae is tipped sideways and was causing a narrowing of the spinal canal and the pain she was experiencing. We were referred to a neurologist that confirmed the findings and indicated we needed to protect it as much as possible and allow her to finish growing before determining her treatment options. She is now grown and at reevaluation she was scheduled for a Myelogram CT Scan to determine the best course of treatment. This testing alone cost over $1600 and the surgery that will likely follow will be in the $5000-$6000 range. Angel has had a hard life from a very young age. She has not been allowed to run and play with the other greyhounds and we hope to stabilize her back and give her a better quality of life so she can be a great pet and live pain free. Without the surgery, her prognosis is very guarded, including the possibility of paralysis.
Bella Rebecca is an 8 year old brood mom who arrived with 26 other dogs from Kansas at the beginning of August. Bella Rebecca went in for her exam and senior profile. At the time of exam a lump in one of her mammary glands was found. We did a needle aspirate and it was found to be “Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) – an uncommon form of malignant neoplasm that arises within secretory glands”.
Mikey has been in foster care for a long time. He is a very sweet boy, but he has been having digestive issues. Mikey has undergone lots of medical testing and seems to have a type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He is on a strict diet and has started on Prednisone to help with his internal inflamation. We hope to get Mikey a forever home soon so he can settle in and have less stress which should help with his tummy issues. Mikey does great with other dogs. Mikey needs a special home where he can settle in and relax to minimize his symptoms.
Baby has very red eyes and needs to go to the veterinary opthamologist – she is schduled next week to learn what’s wrong . We are hoping its something simple, but it could be Pannus, an autoimmune disease that effects the eyes and can cause blindness if left untreated. It is treatable with drops so its important to get a diagnosis right away. More news to follow when we have it. UPDATE: April 16 – Baby does have Pannus and treatment has begun to save her sight and make her eyes feel much better. She will need to have medication for hte rest of her life.
Special Needs Greyhounds
Firewater is a 20 month old puppy who came to us from Kansas. It was obvious something was wrong with his right eye, so Firewater was scheduled to see an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist confirmed that Firewater has a birth defect in his right eye – a cataract and floaters caused by a ruptured blood vessel. He was started on an anti-inflammatory medication for his eye. His left eye functions well and provides his vision. Because of his lack of vision on one side, Fire can be a bit wary of things that come up on that side and can easily be startled by other dogs, or people. Firewater also had two seizures in his foster home. Thankfully, his foster mom is well acquainted with how to handle a seizing dog. Firewater has been diagnosed an epileptic and is on an anti-seizure medication. Firewater is looking for a special home who understands his needs. You can help Firewater by clicking on the blue sponsor button.
Senior Greyhounds have been there and done that. When their racing careers are over, they make marvelous companions. Unfortunately, there are many senior Greyhounds retired from breeding, abandoned in shelters, or returned by their adopters for various reasons. It is unfair and extremely sad that, at an elderly age when they should be relaxing and enjoying the golden years of their lives, that they are uprooted by no fault of their own. This is why it is Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest’s policy to accept Greyhounds of all ages and health conditions and place them in homes where they can live out their lives in comfort and with love and care. Due to this policy we have our fair share of seniors constantly, and because we want them to have everything they need to make the best of their golden years we can incur much higher medical and general care expenses. You can help support our seniors by supporting the program with a one time donation or a recurring donation.