Retired racing greyhounds make flight to their forever homes

STATE?COLLEGE?- Volunteers from Nittany Greyhounds, a central Pennsylvania-based group dedicated to re-homing retired racing greyhounds, recently awaited the landing of a flight bringing six dogs into the University Park airport in State College from Orlando, Fla. Nittany Greyhounds collaborated with Brave Tide Foundation and God’s Greyts Greyhound Group to coordinate the flight.

Jason Hilt, president of the Boyertown based Brave Tide Foundation, was able to acquire a Piper Cherokee Six airplane with the help of a grant from the Petco Foundation. On Jan. 16, Hilt and his father Dan flew from Pottstown to Orlando Apopka Airport where the dogs boarded the aircraft for their flight.

Nittany Greyhounds, founded in 1997, has relationships with greyhound adoption groups and trainers in Florida and West Virginia. Most of the greyhounds coming into the adoption program come from Florida where the majority of the greyhound racetracks operate.

There are approximately 24 active greyhound tracks in the United States and each year thousands of dogs who are finished their racing careers need adoptive homes.

Plans are ongoing to continue to use air transportation to bring the greyhounds to central Pennsylvania. Greyhounds typically retire from racing between the ages of 2 and 4. The average lifespan for a greyhound is 12 to 14 years.

Volunteers from Nittany Greyhounds holds meet and greets on the second Saturday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Williamsport PetSmart in the TJ Maxx plaza.

For more information, visit er-homes/, or call 814-933-6981. Also visit Nittany Greyhound on Facebook.