A nonprofit uniquely dedicated to improving Sighthound health through education, outreach programs, and research.


The Greyhound Health Initiative

We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Sighthounds around the world ​by building awareness of ​their unusual ​medical​ characteristics​ ​within​ the​ veterinary​ and adoption communities through our education, outreach and research programs. We hope to promote collaboration, enhance skills, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge for the best Sighthound health and veterinary practices.

Follow us on Facebook for timely updates about what we’re doing, public appearances, medical discussions, and other news. Check out our Membership Page to see why you should join The Greyhound Health Initiative whether you have Greyhounds or Galgos, Wolfhounds or Whippets, or any other breed.

Veterinarians can join a global ListServ dedicated to sighthound medicine by sending a request to GreytVets-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Blood Bank

Just like human doctors, veterinarians have to respond to emergency situations and illnesses where blood products can mean the difference between life and death. The Greyhound Health Initiative Blood Bank is committed to providing the life-saving products veterinarians need while educating both veterinarians and the public on the benefits of transfusion medicine in domestic dogs. It’s true that Greyhouhounds make the best blood donors for a variety of reasons, but any healthy dog over 50 lbs and between 1 and 6 years old is eligible to be a blood donor. Think your pooch has what it takes to be a hero? Click here to find out more!

Veterinarians, need blood products for your clinic? Follow this link to find out how to order.

Adoption groups! Interested in holding a blood drive? If you’re within 3 hours of Columbus, OH, have 6-10 potential donors that can meet every other month, and a location where we can work, then we can come to you! Call us today to discuss the details: 1-800-416-5156 Xt. 1.

The 12th Annual Miss Nellie Auction for
Canine Cancer Research is active now!

Miss Nellie and her brother, Alan, sharing zoomies five months post-amputation.

Now through November 12th we will once again be holding the Miss Nellie Auction to raise money for canine cancer research. Over the last 11 years this online auction has raised over $80,000 for canine cancer research because people like you have donated and bid on items. This year’s auction has over 160 items ranging from coats and collars to works of art and handcrafted items. There’s something for everyone! This is an opportunity for the Sighthound community to raise money in honor of our families impacted by cancer. You can browse the auction using the links below, but you will need to login to an active Facebook account to actually bid, or have a friend bid on items for you. 

Auction page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/499267680556873/
Auction items album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.499280067222301&type=3

The Miss Nellie Auction: Raising money for canine cancer research in the name of one dog to benefit all dogs.

Wags for Wine

Thank you to everyone that came out to support us at our first ever Wags for Wine Event on Nov. 4th, a wine tasting fundraiser benefiting The Greyhound Health Initiative Blood Bank in Dublin, OH. We’d especially like thank Lindsey Wilson of Zoetis and OneHope Wine for making this all possible. You each helped us raise almost $1000, allowing us to keep providing this much-needed service to the veterinary community. Blood donors save lives, and each bottle of wine you bought will help us bring in another blood donor. So, in effect, buying this wine makes you a hero. We bet no one has ever told you that before! Buy wine. Be a hero! 

When the party ended, so did the online wine sales, but you can still support the Blood Bank’s mission here.

Thank you! And see you next year!

How you can participate

Make a Donation

There are many ways you may contribute to GHI.

Become a Member

Membership has many benefits for you and the hounds.

Blood Bank

Learn about our life saving blood program.

Online Auctions

Check out our all new auctions section.

Have questions? Please see our FAQ page. Done that and still have questions or suggestions for us?
Feel free to drop us a line!