About Kansas City REGAP
Who Are We?
KC Regap (Kansas City Retired Greyhounds as Pets) is a not for profit 501c3 organization dedicated to finding loving homes for retired greyhounds. Since its inception in 1990 we have placed nearly 5,000 dogs into loving homes in the Kansas City metro area.
Why do we raise funds?
While purebred horses are often housed in exemplary facilities and fed only the best throughout their racing years, the unfortunate reality for greyhounds is far different. Because of poor track standards, many beautiful greyhounds come to us with health issues requiring acute veterinary attention. The token $200 adoption fee charged by KC Regap frequently does not cover the actual cost incurred in bringing these dogs back to health. In addition to spaying and neutering of all dogs prior to adoption, we regularly treat new dogs with gastrointestinal infections, broken legs and tails and open wounds. At one point in the past we had a number of new dogs die within weeks of their arrival from the track from internal bleeding caused by infections. Two of three dogs who arrived from the same track died within weeks of their arrival; a third suffered the same symptoms, but because he was in foster care the illness was caught earlier and he was saved. The cost of his treatment: $2500. He is now a beautiful survivor with no continued health issues, and has lived in his forever home for the past 4 years.
Where do these greyhounds come from?
Greyhounds are notoriously over bred to support the racing industry represented by the National Greyhound Association which is headquartered in nearby Abilene, KS where over 100 greyhound breeding farms exist housing thousands of greyhounds in crates for 20 hours a day.. According to industry breeding reports published in The Greyhound Review, there were 77,852 litters registered by the National Greyhound Association between 1989 and 2000. Multiplied by a conservative average of 6.52 pups per litter, the result shows that over 507,596 greyhounds were born during that twelve-year period. Their lives are difficult from the outset. In order to track the dogs for racing, greyhound puppies are tattooed by three months of age and are individually registered by 18 months. Of those born, only 78% of those puppies were individually registered during the same twelve-year period. Because very few are ever found wandering, the 22% not registered are presumed dead. On average, a revolving baseline of 1,000 dogs is needed to sustain a racetrack operation. In 2000, approximately 26,500 greyhounds entered the racing system, and an equal or greater number of greyhounds, aged between 2 and 5 years old, exited the system. Approximately 13,000 dogs were retired to rescue groups for adoption, leaving approximately 13,500 unaccounted for. This sport has conservatively claimed the lives of more than 1,000,000 greyhounds in its 75-year U.S. history.
What can I do?
Despite their rough life prior to adoption, greyhounds are docile, loving creatures who are more than ready to be welcomed into their new families. You can be a part of the mission of KC Regap, helping to rescue more of these loving animals. Please be a part of our cause by volunteering or with a tax deductible 2010 year end donation.