Greyhound Adoptions of Florida has directly or indirectly enabled some 5,000 former racing greyhounds to find homes where they are cherished as family members, not money-making commodities. For well over two decades we were Florida's premier greyhound rehoming organization. We were not, are not, nor will we ever be affiliated with the greyhound racing industry.

Our goal now is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society and work to stop animal abuse and neglect. Most especially in these gentle, graceful, magnificent dogs we know so well and love.




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Our History. Greyhound Adoptions of Florida has always been a non-profit organization dedicated to finding responsible, loving homes for retired racing greyhounds. Our primary chapter has been based in Florida, but we have placed dogs in homes in more than a dozen states throughout the U.S. We were one of the first adoptions groups to actively push the “adoptable dog” boundaries. A broken leg on a 2-year old should not bring an automatic death sentence, nor should a 10-year old brood have to live her post-breeding life wasting away in a dirt pen. We made the rights of these forgotten greyhounds part of our mission. And while Florida has the most dog tracks of any state and therefore the most greyhounds in need, GAF has never been allied with the racing industry. We're proud of this record.

Our Future. Grey Haven, our Florida farm and kennel, was the entry point for so many dogs' new lives. Where they learned that human contact was a good thing, where they enjoyed their long delayed puppyhood, where they healed in body and mind, and where they met their new families. Grey Haven's spirit will inspire where we go from here. Because every greyhound, no matter where in the world they live or languish, should have the same opportunities for happy, decent lives.



Board of Directors

Marilyn Varnberg
President, Co-Founder and Treasurer

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After adopting our first greyhound in 1994, Bob Varnberg and I started Greyhound Adoptions of Florida. We knew immediately that we wanted to help these amazing dogs find homes, have a future and give them what they had long been denied. Over the years, GAF grew and became a well-known name in the world of greyhound adoption. Today we have close to 5,000 greyhounds whose new lives we proudly and happily facilitated!

Bob Varnberg & "Angel"

Our farm, Grey Haven, was our headquarters and kennel facility for many years, and also was the site of Freedom's Memorial Garden. Following Bob’s death in 2007, we grew, expanded our areas of adoption and made a name for ourselves while continuing to fight for the best for every greyhound that came into our program. Fighting for every greyhound has always been and will always be our first priority, regardless of where in the world that greyhound might call home.


Russ Anderson
Executive Vice President

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I am retired from careers in industrial engineering, industrial management, U.S. Army Reserves and owner and CEO of a manufacturing company. But more recently I devoted much of my time to my true passion in life: helping to operate Grey Haven, the farm, our adoption kennel and Freedom's Memorial Garden.

While I joined as a GAF board member in 2014, I have been owned by greyhounds since 2000, with Bear as my current 4-legged love as well as our other two girls and Chicote, a Spanish galgo boy who's kept me very busy increasing the height of all our fences.


Joyce Carta
Vice President
Greyt News! Editor

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I have been a member of GAF since February 2000, and joined the board of directors in 2008, following careers in marketing consulting and in the travel industry. I've been owned by greyhounds since 1995, having shared my life with nine so far, the current two being Khepri and Tanis … yes, my dogs get unusual names.

I am editor of GAF's newsletter "Greyt News!" and the political liaison with Florida legislative activities and with Grey2K USA Worldwide.  DO PLEASE get in touch with me, with cute, entertaining and/or heartwarming stories and pictures for "Greyt News!" ... or ... if you would like more information on what they're up to in Tallahassee.


Carol Bellavia
Recording Secretary

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I also proudly serve as President of The Villages Greyhound Club and have been active there since 2010. I was adopted by my first greyhound in 2003, a beautiful red fawn male, Bocce, who went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2014.

Bocce and I participated in many Greyhound events during our time in Colorado before coming to Florida in 2009. I met Marilyn Varnberg and was first introduced to GAF in early 2010. I was so impressed with the work she does, that I knew I wanted to be involved and help as much as I could. I joined the board in 2013.

My second greyhound, Kerri Anne, adopted from GAF, came to our family as a sassy senior to keep Bocce "company." Well that was the idea anyway. We lost Kerri Anne in 2011, her spirit lives on … I’m sure she’s now back to bossing Bocce around.

My current canine love is Zipper; he was a broken leg dog in December 2013 and healed beautifully, joining our family in June 2014. He keeps me on my toes - we walk about seven miles each day. Zipper is my 4-legged assistant with all of our Villages Club Events and is a wonderful ambassador to neighbors who may have never seen a greyhound!


Mary Prather

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I adopted my first greyhound in 2000 from a group in Raleigh, NC. And six months later, I adopted my second greyhound through a common practice known as failed fostering. Early spring of 2001 I was asked to assist in a greyhound underground railroad (GUR) which is a private transport to get a dog from point A to point B, for Greyhound Adoptions of Florida. During that trek, I met Bob Varnberg in Florence, SC. I met Marilyn later that year in Dewey Beach, Delaware after months of weekly phone conversations planning each GUR transport.

For the next five years I was the Florence, SC hub, to either the Wilson, NC or Richmond, VA leg of the monthly GUR’s for GAF. I moved to the Charlotte, NC area late 2005 and became the GAF hotel/stop over for the "new" GUR route.

Seniors and special need pups hold a special place in my heart. Taking on behavioral issues and the needs of an aging dog have been my focus. I have been adopted by 19 1/2 greyhounds (one was a whippet) and currently am in the service of two demanding ladies, Denny and Rita. I have been on the GAF board since 2005 and continue to support the mission of finding a home for every greyhound and finally the end to dog racing.



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Co-Founder and President, Marilyn Varnberg


Greyhound Adoptions
of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 955
Sparr, FL 32192-0955
(352) 812-0200
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