Victory! Arizona Bans Greyhound Racing

Arizona has officially become the 40th state to ban greyhound racing. Greyhounds in the state will no longer have to literally run for their lives.

The state was one of the first to legalize greyhound racing decades ago, but earlier this spring legislators passed a bill to end the practice by the end of the year. This month, Governor Doug Ducey made it official when he signed it.

“Greyhound racing has run its course in Arizona,” said Governor Ducey in a statement. “It’s heartening that these beautiful greyhounds will soon be off the track and in loving homes. For any families looking to adopt a new canine companion this summer, I encourage you to consider one of these gentle and intelligent dogs.”

The bill goes into effect January 1, 2017, but it looks like this abusive industry will come to an end in this state before the end of June. Tuscon Greyhound Park (TGP), the only operational track in the state, has gotten permission to shut racing down early and preparations are being made to rehome the dogs.

Unfortunately, some of them are expected to be moved to tracks in other states, but more than 400 greyhounds will soon be ready and waiting for adoption.

Rescuers began preparing for the track’s imminent closure earlier this spring and have taken a number of steps to start securing placement. In partnership with kennel operators and the National Greyhound Association, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (SA GREYS) started by creating a database and website featuring available dogs that is accessible by rescues who can taken them in. According to the organization, several groups have already moved, or pledged to move, 70 dogs from TGP since April.

Now they’re urging people who want to get involved to become foster parents, or better yet, adopt them and give them forever homes.

“Our ability to take in hounds is directly related to the number of foster homes available and the number of adoptions.  If you have been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the right time to jump into the foster pool, it’s ‘go time,’” said Steve Machtley, president of SA GREYS.

So yesterday was a really big day for me. I left all of my friends at the kennel and went for ride in a car. I was all…

Posted by Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption on Thursday, May 19, 2016

According to Grey2k, which worked on the effort to get this done, the latest ban in Arizona leaves 18 tracks operating in the U.S. in five states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa and West Virginia.

How to Help

For more information about fostering and adopting, check out Arizona Greyhound Rescue, AZ Greyhounds, Greyhounds of the Verde Valley, Greyhound Pets of Arizona and Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.

Also visit Grey2K for updates about legislative efforts that are underway to end greyhound racing in the last remaining states. If you’re in another state or country and interested in adopting, check out their international list of greyhound rescue organizations.

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Nellie K Adaba
Nellie K Adabaabout a year ago


Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

federico bortoletto
federico b1 years ago

Grande notizia!!! Grazie!!!

Philip Watling
Philip Watling1 years ago

Greyhounds are bred to run. If you deny them that then they have a sad life :(

Neville B.
Neville B1 years ago

Dear g m., thanks for the info.

g m.
glenn m1 years ago

excellent news. now all we need is to shut them all down. around the world.,-cruelty-allegations/5024714,-one-year-on/7225966

of course there are many animal cruelty issues legal and illegal but this is a step in the right direction to becoming a more empathetic enlightened moral species. thanks to all the people that have helped to make this so.

carole Fraser
carole Fr,aser1 years ago

These are lovely dogs I really do hope it has been banned. These dogs deserve a better lives in loving homes being well looked after.

Marie W.
Marie W1 years ago

IS the racing really banned?

jill Campbell
jill Campbell1 years ago

Good News!!! This is a great start. Hope this becomes a chain reaction.