Greyhound adoption, support, and community in Canada's national capital region.

The Greyhound Supporters of the National Capital Region (GSNCR) was established in the summer of 2005. We are a “not-for-profit” group comprised of individuals interested in the health and welfare of retired racing greyhounds.


  • Facilitate the adoption of retired racing greyhounds into loving homes and provide on-going support to the local greyhound community.
  • Raise public awareness about retired racing greyhounds; and
  • Raise funds for and/or participate in greyhound-related causes established to improve the health and physical well being of retired racing greyhounds globally.

The group also sponsors several annual events, the proceeds of which will assist activities dedicated to the health and welfare of racing greyhounds.  All activities, including fund-raising activities, will be mentioned and coordinated through this web site. Do visit us periodically to see what is being planned.

Would you like to get involved? If yes, please contact Laura Simmermon at 613-986-8097 or via e-mail at info@gsncr.ca.

Historical Perspective:

Greyhound racing with an artificial lure began on September 11, 1879 at Hendon, England. Six dogs raced over a 400-yard straight course, chasing an artificial hare riding on “an apparatus like a skate on wheels” along a single track, according to a newspaper account of the day. During the early 1920s, modern Greyhound racing was introduced into the United States and introduced into United Kingdom and Ireland in 1926.

Currently in the United States there are approximately 1,500 breeding farms in 43 states that produce racing Greyhounds. Most breeding farms can be found in Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma and over 26,464 pups were registered in 2000. There are 40 racing tracks in 12 states with the state of Florida having the highest number of tracks at 14. Greyhound racing also occurs in Canada, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, China (only in Macau), Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Pakistan and Vietnam.

It is from this environment that the adoption and welfare of the retired racing greyhound became a priority.

Greyhound adoption groups began to establish themselves during the 1980’s in the United States and there are currently more than 288 such groups in the United States alone, about a dozen in Canada and over twenty in various other countries around the world. The work of each of these adoption groups is important, and most of them depend upon donations and volunteers to accomplish their goals.

All of the services that each of these adoption groups provide are important, and without exception, all of them depend upon donations and volunteers to accomplish their goals.

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