Arizona Greyhound Rescue DBA Arizona Heartfelt Hounds (AHH) is among the many small businesses and non-profits impacted by the novel Coronavirus. We are located in Tucson Arizona but adopt dogs throughout Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Western Colorado, and New Mexico.
While we have worked hard at maintaining a program of financial stability, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly hurt our efforts. Our donations have slowed to a trickle, we are not able to have planned fundraising events, and our ability to show our adoptable dogs in public to potential adopters is non-existent. Additionally, AHH is an all-volunteer organization, and our volunteer base has been severely impacted by pandemic-related financial and health concerns.
AHH has made a commitment to do our part as an National Greyhound Association (NGA) approved group and bring adoptable retiring racers to Arizona from racing states. Florida has been our biggest concern because that state has voted to end wagering on live racing this year, which means hundreds of greyhounds have and will need homes. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the greyhound racing tracks’ timetable for hundreds of racers to leave Florida. And the racetrack in Mobile, Alabama has closed and is not reopening. That means 500 greyhounds have been moved to the adoption kennel, which is located at the Mobile track. These dogs will be looking for forever homes too when plans to move them to other NGA approved adoption groups are finalized. Some of them will come to AHH.
By this time in 2019, we had only taken in 4 hounds. This is compared to a total of 9 dogs in the first 4 months of 2020. This is a more than double the number of dogs needing forever homes over the same period. In all of 2019, we welcomed a total of 20 dogs to our family and placed all of them in their forever homes. In May, we are scheduled to receive 7 to 10 more greyhounds. And in 2020, we anticipate up to an additional 28 dogs by the end of the year. These dogs will all need spay/neuter surgeries, medical care, healing time, and training. We use small, local business to provide this care which amounts to $1,000 to $1,500 per dog.
Our top priority at Arizona Heartfelt Hounds is doing what is best for retired racing greyhounds and other sighthounds and the people who love them. We will continue with our mission through this difficult time just as we have done over the last 28 years. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to assist us in that endeavor until the pandemic is over and we can resume our normal programs and fundraising.