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Displaced greyhounds will soon need new homes

Displaced greyhounds soon needing new homes
Displaced greyhounds soon needing new homes
Posted at 5:18 AM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 16:33:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Floridians voted to put a stop to Greyhound Racing, but now many of those Greyhounds will be displaced.

WTXL's Jada Williams was live Monday morning with a look at where many of those Greyhounds will likely end up.

Greyhound dogs displaced due to the end of Greyhound racing here in Florida likely won't end up in places like the Humane Society or Animal Shelter.

Instead, those dogs will go to adoptions groups specifically for Greyhounds.

This midterm election, Florida voters approved Amendment 13, which puts a stop to greyhound dog racing, but the effects won't be extremely swift.

There's a 26-month phase out period. Tracks can decide to stop racing between January 2019 and 2020.

Greyhound adoption saw record numbers after other states ended the sport.

Now here in Florida, thousands of those dogs will soon be looking for a new home. 

"We may see some, you know, a little bit of an increase in the amount of Greyhounds for adoption, but it's going to be fazed out. It'll be over a period of time, and we know the adoption groups have been preparing for this," said Kate MacFall, Humane Society of United States Director. "Adoption groups all over this county, and even into Canada, preparing for this time, and will likely absorb the dogs. Like has happened when this has passed in other states." 

There are even some greyhounds that have already retired racing currently up for adoption.

While many think that these racing dogs need a lot of space to run around, it's not imperative.

If you would like to find out how to adopt a greyhound, you can find more information at greyhoundpetsfl.org/ and humanesociety.org/.