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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Varnberg & "Angel"
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.
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.
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.
am editor of GAF's newsletter "Greyt News!"
and the political liaison with Florida legislative activities and
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.
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.
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
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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and President, Marilyn Varnberg
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P.O. Box 955
Sparr, FL 32192-0955
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