Look for a new membership structure
and benefits in 2021!

The Greyhound Health Initiative (GHI) has taken the very difficult decision to suspend its membership program, effective immediately. GHI understands that people’s financial priorities lie elsewhere due to the difficult times arising from the COVID-19 global pandemic. Additionally, the scheduled termination of greyhound racing in Florida by Jan. 1, 2021, has been impacted by the pandemic and caused some tracks to close early. The pandemic has also contributed to the closure of greyhound tracks located elsewhere in the U.S. and in other countries. As a result, the future of the retired racing greyhounds’ community is unknown.

GHI will reimburse membership fees paid in 2020, with the exception of those members who have received reimbursement benefits for Aminocaproic Acid or Carboplatin. GHI will start the membership fee reimbursement process on June 8. If you prefer to forgo reimbursement, GHI would be pleased to use these funds to support the work of the GHI Blood Bank which will maintain full operations and standards, and the GHI Management Teams which will be working on research initiatives, website upgrades, and other programs. Please advise us by June 8 if you wish to waive reimbursement. You may reach us at GHI thanks you for your generous support.

GHI is going to take the rest of 2020 to reflect on its mandate and what changes it may need to make to best support retired racing greyhounds and other sighthounds in this time of considerable global change. GHI is committed to helping to improve the health of sighthounds worldwide through education, research, and accessibility of information for owners, adopters as well as those working in the veterinary medicine field. GHI will maintain its current email distribution list and website so that it can send out periodic communications sharing updates and seeking input. As always, GHI respects your feedback and welcomes your suggestions.

Please note that Dr. Guillermo Couto of Couto Veterinary Consulting will continue to be available for consultations if your sighthound is unwell. Discounts for those individuals who were GHI members as of June 1, 2020, will be at the discretion of Dr. Couto. This condition will be applicable for the remainder of 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact us at We hope to see you again in early 2021! Take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your hounds!

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