Meet Prison Greyhounds

Many former racing greyhounds have their lives on hold in cages because adoption groups cannot find enough foster homes. Some nonviolent inmates are ready to make amends. Together, we can impact both.

Prison Greyhounds fosters retired racing greyhounds and teaches them basic house manners prior to their adoption into permanent loving homes.  Their inmate-handlers gain job skills, teamwork experience and an opportunity to explore a better way of living before being released into our community. In addition we foster special greyhounds in volunteer homes that have retired because of racing injuries. These dogs often wait the longest in the kennels before an adoption group says “We want that dog!” We take the dogs that some consider “damaged goods” and find them loving, responsible homes by telling their story.website 2

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Prison Greyhounds is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization. We bring up greyhounds from Daytona Beach Kennel Club that are “retired”. These greys are still in the prime of their life. We match them with specially selected inmates within Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Indiana.  A team of two inmate-handlers per dog will train the greys for life outside of a racing kennel. This ensures a more successful adoption. The dogs provide a calming effect on the entire prison population. We provide curriculum, volunteers to coach the inmates and all necessary supplies including dog food, bedding and leashes. We pay all veterinary expenses, including spay / neuter treatment, full dental, all vaccinations and heartworm preventive. We find responsible families that will adopt the greyhounds upon graduation.

We have also created a campaign called A TICKET HOME to raise necessary funding for the transportation of retired greyhounds from the Daytona Beach racetrack to various adoption groups (not just ours) in non-racing states. Often these adoption groups already have responsible adopters waiting for one of these dogs. The challenge is the expense of the long distance delivery from racing kennel to adoption group. Prison Greyhounds believes every former racer deserves  A TICKET HOME. So we found a solution. You can be partner with us in this cause by clicking on our DONATE page.