September 5, 2012
It's not typically the most thought of dog, but it still serves as man's best friend. A new program is pushing for people to adopt greyhounds.
Greyhounds are extremely friendly, fun and fast dogs.
Betty Piekarewicz has had her greyhound Twigi almost three years now. She says Twigi was going to be put down if someone didn't step up and adopt her.
"Well Twigi is a model and very skinny so that's why we call her Twigi."
Twigi was a trained professional...running races here at the Jefferson County Kennel Club. She seems big to me, but is small compared to other greyhounds, Piekarewicz says...one day while racing, the other dogs pushed twigi into an electric fence. She was electricuted, but survived.
"If I could help one, that would be great and I would love for more people to do the same."
Greyhounds are known as sleek and athletic...sweet and mild natured. A new program called the Sunburst project is trying to push that message and get people to adopt them.
The Sunburst Project has moved 906 greyhounds to adoption organizations in 20 states and parts of Canada since opening the kennel doors on August 31, 2011.
As for Twigi, she's enjoying being at home with Piekarewicz.
"She loves to eat so if I happen to leave the pantry door open she will not steal the whole bag of treats, she will go and get one by one."
"She's a very important part of our family."
If you're interested in adopting a grey hound, you can contact your local animal center or the humane society at 224-9193.