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Originally published November 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM | Page modified November 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

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Rest for these retired racers

A group of 30 greyhounds, all retired racers, arrived at Greyhound Pets, Inc. in Woodinville.

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Every couple of months, another group of greyhounds, retired from racing in Florida and Kansas, arrives at Woodinville’s Greyhound Pets. They may be injured, have lost interest in racing, or maybe they’ve just slowed down. Recently, 30 dogs, ages 2 to 10, arrived, the biggest-ever group.

The dogs were muzzled so they wouldn’t accidentally hurt each other, given water and moved to runs where they awaited evaluation and care from volunteers, some of them veterinarians. Teeth clean? Check. Does the dog get along with cats? Check. Has it been neutered and need stitches removed? Any fleas? Any ticks?

After getting a microchip, the dogs are ready for adoption for $250. Some find homes right away. Others wait as long as a year.

President Moira Corrigan says greyhounds were bred with four goals in mind: speed, health, intelligence and sociability. They are quiet, calm and seldom bark, and the extensive handling they get at the racing kennel makes many of them good with other pets, children and adults.

For information about adopting a greyhound, volunteering or donating, go to greyhoundpetsinc.orgor call 877-468-7681.

— Ellen Banner

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