Wounded Athlete Fund
We have a special fund set up exclusively to take care of dogs that are retired from racing due to injuries that need expensive treatment. We call it our Wounded Athlete Fund. It was the idea of one of our volunteers, Carl Doby. Carl pet sits greyhounds in the Charlotte area and gives all of the proceeds to this fund. If you want more info on his greyhound sitting services email Carl.
A broken right hock is the main serious injury that we see. Some dogs may only require setting and splinting while many others require surgery with expensive external fixation or a plate and pins. Some require a specialist and rehab. Greyhounds with broken hocks typically cost us $750 to $3000 each depending on the extent of the break. In most cases, when we agree to take an injured greyhound we aren't able to assess the extent of its injury until it arrives and is examined by one of our vets. We have to have enough money in our fund to treat the dog no matter what type of break it has before we agree to take it.
Sadly adoption groups do have to turn badly injured dogs away because of the lack of funds to treat them. We believe the Wounded Athlete Fund is very important and periodically will hold fund raisers and auctions to rebuild it. Just treating one dog can drain it and keep us from helping another injured dog until we bring the funds back up. We don't want to have to turn away any greyhound because we don't have the money to provide the treatment he needs.
We appreciate any help you can give. We accept checks written out to Greyhound Crossroads (please specify Wounded Athlete Fund). Checks can be mailed to Wounded Athlete Fund, 540 Blue Heron Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146 We also welcome Paypal donations. Thank You!