Colorado Greyhound Adoption is a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding permanent loving homes for and promoting the adoption and welfare of retired racing greyhounds as excellent family pets. Our group maintains a racing neutral stance.
Colorado Greyhound Adoption is a non-profit organization 501(c)3 devoted to placing and adopting greyhounds. Based in the metropolitan Denver area, our volunteer base continues to grow as more and more greyhound enthusiasts become involved. Our group is racing neutral.
Colorado Greyhound Adoption was founded in 1997 as an all-volunteer non-profit organization. As a 100% volunteer-run organization, absolutely no donated funds pay salaries or bonuses. While we do have minor administrative costs, such as phone bills, insurance, licensing and such, the vast majority of all donated funds go to expenses related to the dogs themselves, such as veterinary bills and food.
This year CGA celebrates 20 years of giving care to greyhounds. During this time, we have not only completed over 4600 adoptions, but we have also developed a strong community of adopters and volunteers who contribute to the group in many ways. Our volunteer staff consist of board members, adoption counselors, foster homes, meet and greet coordinators, event participants and coordinators, home visit volunteers, procurement (dogs) people, merchandisers for our store, webmaster, Facebook administrators and many, many others, all with a common love of this gentle breed.
We have a very active e-group and Facebook page, which are used for advice, mentoring, sharing stories, and generally building support and camaraderie. We staff 21 Meet & Greets every month to increase awareness with the public and offer social opportunities for our adopters. It is this feeling of a cohesive community that allows us to support our mission with volunteer efforts.
We provide a strong supportive community for our adopters and their pets. We have an e-group, mentors, and many social and educational activities for our member adopters.
We operate using volunteer foster homes. This process not only reduces overhead but provides a transitional home for retired racers to learn the ins and outs for being a forever pet. A retired racer may need to learn maneuvering stairs, walking on hardwood floors, or notifying when it is time to go out. This loving environment gives a wonderful start to their new lives.
We are so grateful to GCA for our pup, Micah! Micah was a "special needs" dog, personality-wise, and CGA took extra care finding her a perfect home. From our home visit, to meeting Micah and her foster family, to following up after the adoption, CGA has been outstanding. Micah has come such a long, long way since we adopted her! She is still, and will likely always be, a shy dog, but she absolutely loves her people and she makes us smile every day. I cannot say enough good things about CGA, or adopting a retired greyhound! --Cindy and Scott Dulaney
Steve and I were introduced to the world of Greyhounds at the 2005 Roofest in Adams County. That is where we fell in love with our first of several greyhounds, Fame, and have never looked back! We have fostered and adopted others since then, and have had our hearts and souls profoundly enlarged along the way. CGA paved the way for all of our fosters and adoptions, and could not have asked for a better experience. Professionally-run, kind, and compassionate, with the greyhound always at the forefront of every decision. We applaud CGA for what they have done for us and the community as a whole. --Edith and Steve Knehans
I have been involved in greyhound adoption with CGA for 18 years. I will never forget the first greyhound I fostered and all of the dogs that have graced my life. Courage, adaptability, and gentleness describe the charactor of these magnificent athletes. CGA volunteers are compassionate and resolute when working to find the greyhounds their perfect human family. I am forever grateful for the wisdom of CGA volunteer organization and the retired racers. --Betty Kaplan
I don't know if words can truly express the love and joy these beautiful creatures give to their humans. We are blessed to have them in our lives. Our two have us smiling and laughing everyday with their personalities. Colorado Greyhound Adoption is the finest Adoption group I know of, I have many friends that are associated with other Adoption groups so I feel I can say that with complete confidence. The love and caring that CGA provides to the Greyhounds and to those who foster and the adopters is beyond reproach. CGA is an awesome group and we are so proud to be part of it. --Maggie and Steve Kennedy
Adam is the missing piece to my little fur family - such a sweet, goofy, playful, and loving boy! He greets me with excitement every time I come in the door, to the point that I'm afraid he will hurt his tail from wagging it so hard! He asks to play tag in the backyard every night when I get home from work, and sprints around so happily. He quickly became my best friend and companion. He is in training to become a therapy dog, and is gentle and responsive to my clients, all of whom love him. He has won over every member of my family, who are now interested in adopting greyhounds too! Adopting him was the best decision, and although I've only known of his existence since March, I can't imagine life without him! And his little feline brother loves him too! --Stephanie Hill
Having a greyhound means you'll always have your best friend with you. --Missy Steinbeck
Originally got a greyhound cuz I knew they were wonderful dogs and would be great when my mother came to live with me (she's 89). I knew I needed something in the house to make her not feel lonely when I had to go to work. I brought Laney downstairs to meet my mom. Mom said "well hello Laney" and laney being the caring girl she is walks over and places her head on my mom's lap. Ever since then my mom has not been lonely. --Jan Traver
"I'd never had a dog. Growing up we had fish and parakeets. I am actually allergic to dogs, which was what first brought my attention to greyhounds. I went to a few Colorado Greyhound Adoption Meet and Greets and was pleased to find out that the short greyhound fur didn't bother my allergies, and I was quickly won over by their gentle, sweet personalities. I filled out the application and met a few wonderful greyhounds up for adoption, but didn't click with any of them. Then I met a little girl named Just Az Carefree. She had had a rough start in life, and CGA had spent a lot of money on getting her healthy again. It was love at first sight for us. That was back in 2006, and she is still my best buddy. We've changed her name to Coffee, and in 2009, we even added a second greyhound to our family. Daytona was supposed to be a foster, but didn't last 15 seconds before we knew he was meant to stay. I thought I was getting a dog. Instead I got a family and a passion for greyhound adoption." ---Susan Henderson, greyhound adopter and foster
"Not only does CGA offers the opportunity to give beautiful and gentle animals such as greyhounds a well deserved home, but it also supports and assists adopters with unparalleled care before, during, and after adoption. From the first moment you connect with CGA to the moment you walk home with an amazing creature that will change your life forever, you can rest assured that the well being of the dog is priority number one in the CGA family. Thank you CGA for all your hard work, and for doing it exclusively for the dogs!" ---Giovanna and Scott Keller, fostered 14 greyhounds
"I imagine there were some eye-rolls when, four years ago, I adopted my second foster. Would I continue to foster? Or was I done because I found my greyhound? This "foster failure" was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. Evie Petunia is my greyhound soul mate, the hound dog love of my life, my partner in crime, and my gateway greyhound. Because of her I will always have a greyhound in my home. But I have continued to foster. As I type this, my 24th foster is snoozing on her dog bed (her front right paw twitching slightly). Adopting Evie Petunia gave one greyhound a forever home. By fostering I can help home more greyhounds than I could ever adopt myself." ---Rachel Jarvis, greyhound owner and foster