Kibble for Thought
CAGR hopes Kibble for Thought will stimulate thinking about the business of greyhound racing and the greyhounds that are born into that business.
KFT 10/7/15 Beloved Companions
Have you ever spent quiet moments observing your canine companions when they are sleeping or playing? During these times have you ever caught yourself smiling with a warm feeling, thinking how lucky you are that they are a part of your life? If so you are not alone. Most of us feel the bond we develop with our dogs is special and can’t be broken. It doesn’t matter if you’ve raised your companions from puppyhood or adopted/rescued from a shelter or organization. Once your lives are joined the bond starts growing. This is true with rescued greyhounds as much as any other breeds or mixes. It’s a natural part of the human canine world.
So why do we avoid thinking about those greyhounds who will never make it out of the racing system? Is it out of sight and out of mind? Have you ever wondered what life was like for your greyhound before being rescued and adopted? Does it matter what their life was like or is that no longer important now that they are with you in a loving home? Your greyhound is one of the lucky ones…thousands of greyhounds are not lucky. Think about it!
As evidenced by our name, Citizens Against Greyhound Racing (CAGR) advocates for the end of greyhound racing and the return of the greyhound to its rightful place as a true companion animal. CAGR utilizes three primary tools in this effort:
Public education is key to ending this cruel form of entertainment. CAGR conducts educational programs in a variety of venues to keep the public informed about adoption and the realities of greyhound racing.
CAGR is responsible for the successful passage of Pennsylvania legislation proactively banning live greyhound racing in 2004 AND 2011 passage of legislation proactively banning the simulcasting of greyhound racing in Pennsylvania.
CAGR collaborates with a number of rescue groups to place adoption in the forefront at all outreach events and educational program presentations. Many of CAGR’s Board Members actively volunteer with rescue/adoption organizations maintaining a hands on commitment to helping the greyhounds. In addition, a “Restricted” fund is maintained to assist greyhounds displaced due to racetrack closings. Fund monies are disbursed to various adoption groups to help with extraordinary expenses.
More is needed
While CAGR and other greyhound and animal welfare groups consistently work to end greyhound racing, it is important for people who share our beliefs to join us and advocate on an individual level. Never underestimate the power of sharing your knowledge about the business of greyhound racing with family, friends and others whose path you may cross. It’s easier than you may think if you arm yourself with a few key facts to share.
If you have any questions on becoming an individual advocate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org