Rescued racers from West Virginia track in need of homes

Over the past few weeks everyone who reads news has learned of the contaminated water that affected 300,000 people in the West Virginia area.

Most people never even imagined what several Northeast greyhound adoption groups were soon to be faced with.

Dogs, like humans, must drink clean fresh water to stay healthy.

At Mardi Gras Greyhound Park, large trucks of water have been brought in to hydrate the racing greyhounds at the track-side kennels. Many adoption groups were asked to make room for the lower grade and already retired greyhounds awaiting adoption.

So that in fact is just what is happening. On Friday morning 30 recently retired greyhounds headed north.

Some went to Long Island, some to Massachusetts, but most came right here to groups in Connecticut. They arrived tired but in good shape after their long journey.

Our group will host seven of the dogs, with five going to Long Island on Saturday. We are stretched to the max here at the kennel, but this is why we do what we do.

None of these dogs are in physical danger of any type; it’s just time for them to move. Trucking water to kennels is hard, back-breaking work, and if we take the dogs who are not running we can help relieve the stress on the kennel folks who are working hard, fighting extreme cold and no fresh water.

Our group is supportive of the racing industry and is thankful for the other groups who are taking most of these dogs. Our group only has room for two, as we just took in some great new dogs from Florida.

We prepare for crisis as if it would happen every day, and the New England area groups all work together with the best interest of the dogs at all times.

Most of these new arrivals are between 2 to 5 years old and will be personality profiled by the receiving groups after their arrival.

Greyhounds by nature are loving, easily adaptable dogs that thrive on attention and want nothing more than love food and a nice comfy bed to sleep in.

“We don’t know who or what color or sex of dogs we will be getting at this point. All we know is they need a home, and we are ready to assist in this matter right now,” said Christine Johnson of Greyhound Rescue & Rehab in Cross River, N.Y.

Greyhound Rescue & Rehab will be receiving three greyhounds off this trip. Right now many adoption groups are overflowing with greyhounds awaiting homes as many issues have hindered swift adoptions. Economic reasons, weather and the holidays have effected adoptions greatly.

One group that is also receiving five greyhounds off this haul just got 10 last weekend.

“We did not know we were going to be needed for these dogs, but that’s what we are here for,” said Lisa Sallie, president of Grateful Greyhounds in Huntington, N.Y.

Rescue Groups

The groups listed below can be contacted for information and adoption inquiries.

• Pups without Partners, West Haven, 203-933-3607

• We Adopt Greyhounds (WAG): Glastonbury,

• Greyhound Rescue & Rehab, Fairfield County,

• Grateful Greyhounds, Long Island and New York City, 516-735-5070,

• Regap of Connecticut, Woodbridge, 203-393-1673,

• CGA, Hartford and New Haven County, 860-836-5049,