Thousands of greyhounds need homes like Florida Bans Racing - New York Times

Not all dogs are stopped racing.

"When the ban takes place, it will not all be pets," said Dennis Tyler, the co-chair of the Greyhound Adoption Action Alliance, a group of 12 adoption agencies. "I assume that 1500 to 2000 will race somewhere else."

But for those who are available, some owners of a greyhound in Florida are already climbing up, at least to provide foster families.

Gene Majka adopted a greyhound that had run in Iowa about three years ago as a companion after the death of his husband. He fell in love with Hughey, whom he described as £ 70 silent sweetness. Mr Majka – and Hughey – stood on street corners in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors held signs in support of Amendment 13.

"I told everyone what great dogs they are," said Mr Majka, a retired professor of nursing. "We have to do what we can to ensure that these dogs find loving homes."

For people outside of Florida who are interested in adoption, Mr. Tyler proposed to contact local greyhound adoptive groups. He prepared to contact every adoption group across the country to prepare for the "last push" by the end of 2020, he said.

But until then, he added: "Most big numbers will keep on racing."

The jobs in Florida remained partly because of the state laws that require them to continue racing to preserve their lucrative gambling activities. In Florida, only existing "parimutuel" facilities such as dog tracks and horse trails could obtain licenses for the use of card rooms and slots.

A 2015 report from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Grey2K found more than 11,000 greyhound injuries and more than 900 deaths between 2008 and 2015. Some are found dead in their cages, others sustain serious injuries while racing or are electrocuted while chasing a mechanical rabbit around the track. Nearly 500 greyhounds died in Florida since the state began tracking deaths in 2013.