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. 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. GPA-Houston operates out of The Noble Center in the Spring, Texas.
26214 Oak Ridge Drive
Spring, Texas 77380
Transitioning to Support Mode . . .
UPDATE 7/31/2021: GPA Houston will be transitioning to a non-adoption support role, most likely within the next three months. The final date for closing The Noble Center and being 100% support only will be determined once the last few dogs have been placed in local homes or with reputable greyhound adoption groups. GPA Houston's responsibilities in this support role will include the following:
1) Continued financial and medical support of the permanent fosters currently in the program.
2) Coordinating the pick up of greyhounds or greyhound mixes from area shelters and individual finders and helping with transportation to approved greyhound adoption groups.
3) Continuing emotional support and advice to GPA Houston members regarding the medical, behavioral, and overall well-being of their greyhounds.
4) Providing temporary or permanent foster homes for surrendered GPA Houston hounds. If possible, our goal will be to keep GPA Houston surrenders in our area with approved families. But, to accomplish this, we will need dedicated families willing to take on these surrenders. Potential foster families will be classified by requirement, i.e., needing small dog or cat friendly greyhounds. If no local homes are available on either a temporary or long-term basis, surrenders will be transported to approved greyhound groups.
5) Our 24/7 emergency line and database will remain active. The kennel office phone number will eventually be phased out, leaving the 24/7 number as our main phone contact.
6) Our website will be revised to remove pages regarding adoption, intake, events, and merchandise. The website will continue to provide information including, but not limited to, greyhound health, area veterinarians, hurricane preparedness, and lost greyhounds. In lieu of the monthly newsletter (which will most likely be phased out by the end of this year), we will feature links to current greyhound news and information on the home page of the website. This information may also be posted on Facebook and the Discussion forum.
What exactly does this mean for GPA Houston members and volunteers? You can help by volunteering to be on a waiting list for pick up/transport and temporary/long-term fostering. For example, in this past week alone, we coordinated and participated in the pick up and transport of three greyhounds/mixes from Hempstead, Brazoria County, and Chappell Hill; all three were safely transported to Dallas with the help of several GPA Houston volunteers (see stories below).
If you commit to being on the waiting list, please know that we do not always have advance notice on a pick up, transport, or foster situation. Often, the situation is of an emergency nature, so action must be taken quickly. We will detail how to get on the waiting list as we work through finalizing the transition to support mode.
Even though we will no longer be in the "adoption" business, the work we will still do for greyhounds is important and rewarding. Our priority is, as it always has been, the safety and well-being of greyhounds.
COVID-19 UPDATE 8/31/2021: The Delta variant continues to infect large numbers of citizens, including a large number of children, throughout Texas. As a result, the COVID-19 threat level has been increased to Level 1 Red. Level 1 signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning outbreaks are present and worsening, and public health capacity is strained or exceeded. At this level, unvaccinated residents need to take action to minimize contact with others wherever possible and avoid leaving home except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to mask, physical distance, and avoid all gatherings. Vaccinated individuals follow the latest local public health guidance on whether to also wear a mask while indoors in public places, in crowded outdoor settings, and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
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.
2020 Angel List and Memory Book . . .
GPAH sends its condolences to all families who lost a hound in 2020. At the end of the year, we publish the angel list from that 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 2020 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.