Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue Foundation is a registered charitable organization that believes every greyhound deserves a home.
Our mandate is to find responsible, loving, permanent homes for racing greyhounds when they retire; to look out for the welfare of all greyhounds; and to educate people about the unique and desirable qualities that make greyhounds suitable as companion animals. We believe in a nonpartisan approach to greyhound adoption and are willing to work with other greyhound and animal rescue groups to attain our goals.
Although the majority of our greyhounds are retired racers from the United States, we are committed to helping all greyhounds in need, including retired brood moms, those who are injured or in ill health, those not fast enough to race, seniors, those born and bred in Alberta; in other words, any greyhound in need.
Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue Foundation is an all-volunteer organization.
Our group welcomes and encourages an active, organized volunteer base of greyhound lovers who share our vision of finding loving, responsible, permanent homes for greyhounds. A countless number of our volunteers help with transporting greyhounds from the United States and caring for the greyhounds in their own homes while the greyhounds await adoption. Other volunteers contribute time as adoption representatives, fundraisers or event organizers. Many more help spread the word about greyhounds by increasing public awareness at “Meet and Greets” and other forums. We are very proud of the work we do and the many volunteer hours it takes to provide homes for these gentle creatures. Our volunteers generously donate their time and talents to help over 135 greyhounds find homes every year. We quote the number of dogs we place only to give you a sense of our pride in our work. We aren't into "quantity", only quality homes for our greyhounds. Click here for more information on how to volunteer.
Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue provides shelter, food and medical care to greyhounds awaiting adoption.
Chinook Winds’ greyhounds are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, given care for their teeth, de-wormed and treated for parasites, and given any other medical or dental care he or she might need. Each dog is then placed in a greyhound-experienced foster home where he or she is evaluated to determine the type of home that will be best for placement. It is through this program that each adopted greyhound joins his or her new family in the best possible condition.
Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue strives for the best possible placement for each and every greyhound in our program.
Our adoption representatives work closely with each prospective greyhound owner, matching them with a greyhound whose personality is most ideally suited to his or her new home situation to ensure a lifelong, rewarding relationship. Our group is one of the few who utilize foster homes for assessment and evaluation rather than simply as a stop off point between arrival and adoption. Our goal is to ensure that every greyhound is placed in a loving home where he or she will be safe and secure for the rest of his or her life.
Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue offers a network of support and services for greyhound adopters.
When you adopt a greyhound from us, you receive an extensive adoption packet which includes the Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue Foundation Owner’s Manual, along with so much more that will aid you in helping your new greyhound transition to your home as comfortably and effortlessly as possible. We also provide lifelong support to our adoptive families, as well as assistance to ANY greyhound or greyhound adoptive family, if requested. Just give us a call or e-mail us.
Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue relies on fundraising and donations to cover operating expenses.
Our programs depend on donations to accomplish our mission. All funds go directly to our programs.
Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue Foundation was founded in memory of John Hern, Jr.
John worked tirelessly for 19 years on behalf of ex-racing greyhounds, and greyhound proponents who would later become Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue volunteers worked right alongside him, adopting over 400 dogs to families in Western Canada. In his lifetime, John placed over 4,200 retired racing greyhounds across the Pacific Northwest U.S.A. and Canada. Sadly, the greyhounds lost a strong voice with John's untimely death in November 2003.
Chinook Winds Greyhound Rescue Foundation was established to keep John's vision alive and to proudly follow in his footsteps. We look forward to introducing you to the amazing world of retired racing greyhounds!