NOTICE: Changes due to Coronavirus outbreak in our area
UPDATE 10/25/2020: The Noble Center remains closed at this time to the general public but will begin re-opening slowly to limited access by volunteers and applicants/adopters on a case-by-case basis through December 31, 2020. We plan to schedule two 1st office visit or adoption appointments on Saturdays but will continue to conduct these appointments outside, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, appointments may be held inside The Noble Center for groups of four or less. For any appointment, whether inside or outside, we will adhere to strict guidelines of social distancing and the wearing of masks. There are no restrictions at this time on home visits, which are being done either in-person or virtually depending on the applicant's home location. We appreciate our essential volunteers for all their hard work during this pandemic. Continuing our mission has been challenging, but we strive to do our best each day for the benefit of the hounds in our program.
If you have any questions, please call the kennel office at 832-813-8419 or email us. Thank you again for your understanding, and please stay safe.
Greyhound Pets of America – Houston (GPA-Houston) is the Houston chapter of Greyhound Pets of America (GPA), a national non-profit organization. GPA was founded in 1987 and, together with its nearly 40 nationwide chapters, has adopted over 100,000 greyhounds to homes throughout the country. GPA-Houston is dedicated to finding responsible and loving homes for retired racing greyhounds, to educating the public on the suitability and availability of greyhounds as pets, and to acquainting them on how this beautiful and noble breed makes an excellent and loving pet. GPA-Houston operates out of The Noble Center in the Spring/Woodlands area.
Since there is never a lack of dogs waiting for adoption, potential adopters have the opportunity to meet and get to know several dogs. Through our extensive adoption process, it is our goal to find the perfect match for both pet and owner. Except for three kennel employees, we are an all-volunteer organization with over 500 members in the Houston metropolitan area. GPA-Houston is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, and our Federal Tax Identification Number is 76-0210038.
"Farewell to 2020" online Facebook auction!
To say that 2020 has been a year unlike any other would be an understatement!
For GPA Houston and its mission of finding forever homes for retired racing greyhounds, the challenges of shutdowns, social distancing, and veterinary clinic treatment changes have made getting the kennel hounds ready for adoption a monumental task. As if COVID-19 wasn't enough, the end of greyhound racing in Florida on December 31st 2020 means a potential sudden influx of hundreds, possibly thousands, of retired racers into US adoption programs at the first of the year. Helping our current hounds and having the ability to take in future hounds obviously takes money, money that has been harder to raise because of the pandemic. This year through September 30th, we have spent over $49,000 in veterinary and medication costs alone.
So, let's have some fun and try to forget, if just for a moment, how hard this year has been by checking out our "Farewell to 2020" online Facebook auction. This auction benefits the GPA Houston kennel and permanent foster hounds! Our motto . . . stay home and bid safe!
Bidding begins on Sunday, November 1st at 10am CST and will end at 8:00 pm CST on Sunday, November 8th. To see the auction items and bid, open the album on the Photos or Media tab; then click on an image to bring up the information about that item and add your bid.
2019 Angel List and Memory Book
GPAH sends its condolences to all familes who lost a hound in 2019. Every January, we post an angel list from the past year. This posting sometimes reminds us that a page in the Memory Book would be the perfect way to honor the memory of a greyhound angel. To see the 2019 Angel List, please click here.
GPAH has created a memory album for all greyhound angels. The original Memory Book can be viewed at the kennel office, but an online version can be found here.
If you have an angel for whom you would like a special memorial page created, please contact us for details on what is needed.
Greyhounds have a huge impact in their adopters' lives, and it shows in these lovely memorials.