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.




End Dog Racing
A Winning Strategy
Racing by the Numbers

Greyhound Adoptions of Florida has proudly been an anti-racing adoption group since our inception.

We believe that greyhound racing (tying animal performance to gambling profit) inevitably leads to poor conditions, corner cutting and to neglect that can quickly turn into abuse.

Added to the obvious dangers involved in the activity itself (injuries and deaths) greyhound racing could never be thought of as "dog friendly".


Concerns for animal welfare in greyhound racing is growing

Legal greyhound racing has an 85-year history in Florida. Concerns for animal welfare are far more recent. There were decades in which racing turned a large profit and was an economic boon.

That story started to change in the late-1980s. Now the pendulum has swung fully the other way … the State of Florida now loses money on this activity, which the state actually continues to subsidize. Since 1990, there has been about a 72% drop in live gambling revenues in Florida.

One greyhound dies every three days at Florida racing tracks

Many of the current track owners would love to close their dog racing operations, and as the Florida public becomes more informed about the conditions and abuses and dog fatalities there has been a groundswell of anti-racing sentiment.

In 2013, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring death reporting, and we all came face to face with the fact that every three days a greyhound dies at a Florida track. We did not know the extent of this before … and this made news in every major FL media outlet.

Here’s how we’re working to end dog racing (Click to Tweet)

Florida grassroots activists, along with Grey2K USA Worldwide work to recruit "friendly" legislators who will promote our aims. The number of our legislative allies grows annually, just as does the number of Florida voters who want to see dog racing end. We currently have two major legislative aims:

  • The mandatory reporting of injuries ... Of the five remaining states where dog racing is still legal, only two do not require reporting. The other non-requiring state is Alabama. It has been proven that when injuries must be reported the extent and severity of injuries declines dramatically.
  • Decoupling ... Many track owners would love to get out of this business. It’s not profitable and, quite frankly, these days it’s a public relations black eye.

    However, the way the law is written in Florida, in order for the dog tracks to offer highly profitable table games, such as poker, they must put on a number of “live performances.”

The current state of greyhound racing in Florida

The common sight now is to see dogs running around in front of an empty grandstand risking their lives in order for the indoor patrons to play Texas Hold ‘Em. Decoupling, as the proposal is known, would enable track owners to end dog racing while still offering the highly profitable gambling tables.

For various arcane political, economic and even religious reasons (gambling in any form touches a lot of nerves) what seems so obvious on the surface: “Let the track owners have their poker and let the dogs have their lives” – in practice this becomes a boiling controversy.

How this will be decided: Through legislation

It seems like everyone has some stake in the overall gambling issue … from Gambler’s Anonymous to the Baptist Church to the biggest Kennel Club in the State. Forming alliances to pass law is not only very tricky, but also very time-consuming. There are only 60 days in the Florida Legislative session.

The end of greyhound racing in Florida is near … but we need your help

There are two constituencies in this controversy who have clarity: the group of dog owners, trainers and breeders who seek to protect their livelihoods at all costs and us, the activists who know that dog racing is an abomination and is, to our thinking, morally reprehensible.

These two groups have been at loggerheads and victory will go to the stronger. And this is why we fight every year. And will do so until we see racing end in Florida. And, if we can end it in Florida with 12 of the existing 18 U.S. tracks, we will effectively kill it throughout the country. That day is coming.

    Note: This overview was written by Joyce Carta and does reflect her thoughts and biases.


A Winning Strategy to Help Greyhounds

5/18/16 ... Last week Arizona became the 40th state to prohibit commercial greyhound racing when Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2127 into law. In a statement, the Governor said that dog racing’s time had passed:

“Greyhound racing has run its course in Arizona … it’s heartening that these beautiful greyhounds will soon be off the track and in loving homes.”

The end of dog racing in Arizona is also further proof that our strategy to protect greyhounds is working.

Read the full story here: A winning strategy to help greyhounds.

Dog breed, industry, both in distress.
Please click on the image below to read the article which appeared in The Villages Daily Sun on Sunday, December 13, 2015

Close the Canidrome Vigil
From the 30 October 2015 Close the Canidrome vigil at Janet Swanson’s beautiful home in the Villages. GAF joined with greyhound welfare supports all over the world. They hear us in Macau!

Advance Candlelight Vigil for the Canidrome Dogs

On 25 October 2015 at Board Member Carol Bellavia’s home…a small group but an intensely dedicated group. Greyhound lovers around the world are banding together in vigils seeking to #CloseTheCanidrome in Macau.

Day of Action for Florida's Greyhound's

Ten statewide rallies against dog racing in Florida were held on Saturday, August 22, 2015.  There were more than 50 volunteers protesting at the Naples Fort Myers greyhound racetrack in Bonita Springs alone.

To view more visit: Grey2K USA continues fight to end greyhound racing.

Kinfay Moroti/


Racing by the Numbers

There are currently twelve operational greyhound tracks in Florida,
including tracks with seasonal racing as well as those who conduct year-round live racing.

  • By law, the holders of dog track licenses are required to offer at least 100 live racing performances each year.
  • In 2013, a total of 3,546 greyhound racing performances were held in Florida. (1)
  • It is estimated that 8,000 greyhounds are housed at track kennel compounds across the state. (2)
  • Greyhound racing in the state is regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 
  • In May 2013, GREY2K USA lobbied successfully for an animal welfare rule that contained several greyhound provisions and required that all greyhound deaths that occur at track facilities be reported. (3)
  • Florida remains one of two states, along with Alabama, where greyhound injury reporting is not mandated.
  • In Fiscal Year 2012-2013, the total amount gambled on live racing at Florida dog tracks was $95,377,185. (4)
  • Between 2006 and 2013, the total amount gambled on live racing at Florida dog tracks declined by 51.4%. (5)

For information about the history of greyhound racing plus current information on its demise in the United States, see the High Stakes report by Grey2K USA.

The report was written and designed by Grey2K USA Worldwide, and is the result of 13 years of research and writing.


  1. “Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering 82nd Annual Report Fiscal Year 2012-2013,” Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, January 24, 2014, (accessed February 12, 2014)
  2. Stephanie Tinoco, “Organizations push to pass laws protecting racing greyhounds,” WUFT 5, December 4, 2013, (accessed February 14, 2014)
  3. Fla. Admin. Code R.61D-2.2023.
  4. “Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering 82nd Annual Report Fiscal Year 2012-2013,” Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, January 24, 2014, (accessed February 12, 2014).
  5. “Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering 82nd Annual Report Fiscal Year 2012-2013,” Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, January 24, 2014, (accessed February 12, 2014).

All of the above information has been compiled and published by Grey2K USA Worldwide and used here with their permission and with our gratitude.

See more: Grey2K USA Worldwide:  Take Action


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