All businesses have to compete for revenue, and in these times of global financial crisis gambling venues are finding it tough. Greyhound racing in America is starting to lose out to casinos, football, horse racing and slot machines and poker within their own racing stadia.

photo revealed today that:

“The number of greyhounds registered in the racing industry has dropped from a high of 39,139 in 1993 to 20,227 in 2007. 2008 is on track to drop below 20,000, according to a National Greyhound Association registry.

With fewer greyhounds being bred for racing, that should be good news for those worried about the fate of the dogs. But a weak economy and increased gaming competition are putting a squeeze on the industry, which means even fewer dogs are needed.

Consumer spending on greyhound racing has fallen from $697 million in 1990 to an estimated $305 million in 2006, according to Christiansen Capital Advisors, a consulting agency that analyzes the gambling and entertainment industries. During the same period, casino spending grew from almost $2 billion to $34 billion.

“In Florida, the retirees and vacationers are going to the race track but they’re not betting on the dogs, they’re playing poker,” Horan says.”

However a poor economy is also affecting the greyhond rescue groups:

“Although the number of adopted greyhounds has steadily risen – about 26,500 were adopted in 2007, compared to about 20,000 in 2005, according to the NGA – some adoption groups are faltering with the weak economy as well. Several rescue farms near tracks have shut down, says Joan Buck, who oversees Queen City Greyhounds’ local adoptions.”

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Cincinnati greyhound rescue Queen City Greyhounds, has taken in 34 dogs from the states tracks. reports:


Through Queen City Greyhounds, Mark Wells and his mom, Ellen, foster Dixie, a former racer known as Death Star

“On Nov. 4, Massachusetts residents voted to ban dog racing by 2010. The Woodlands Dog Track in Kansas City, Kan., closed in September, and in October, Queen City Greyhounds took its largest group of dogs – nine animals.

But for these greyhounds – which have been deemed too slow, old, sick or injured to race – there’s a lot to learn, and unlearn, on the journey from the regimented life of racing to the less restricted, yet unfamiliar, life of a pet.

Michael and Carole Walsh’s home often serves as Queen City Greyhounds’ intake area.After being bathed and microchipped, each dog is placed with a foster to see how it adjusts to life in a family and a home.

Unfamiliar surfaces are always a challenge for the dogs. It took Boomer Tempo about a week to master the slippery laminate floor in foster handler Karen Hammerling’s kitchen. Death Star – a retired racer from a “Star Wars”-themed litter – is recuperating from a broken back leg and is afraid to attempt the steps in first-time foster Ellen Wells’ Hamilton home.

Although some dogs have families waiting for them, most have to wait for an adoption to be approved, and sometimes families aren’t prepared to meet a greyhound’s specific needs.”

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