Your Aug. 18 story about greyhounds and adoption was helpful in letting the public know about how wonderful greyhounds are as pets. However, the adoption volunteer quoted in the article got her numbers wrong.
In fact, more than 23,000 greyhounds each year are either placed in adoptive homes or returned to the farm as pets or breeders. That is more than 90 percent of all greyhounds registered to race in the U.S. Greyhound racing and adoption groups around the country are working together to reach the goal of 100 percent placement of all adoptable greyhounds in the near future.
Despite the mistake, we applaud and appreciate the dedicated volunteers who work to place retired greyhounds in loving homes. We are proud to work with so many of these fine organizations to ensure the health, welfare and safety of racing greyhounds as they transition from the track to beloved "couch potato" status.
Gary Guccione, Communications coordinator
American Greyhound Council, Abilene, Kan.