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About Greyhound Companions of New Mexico


Greyhound Companions of New Mexico is a certified nonprofit organization founded in 1993 for the purpose of rescuing retired racing greyhounds. We have evolved into a program concerned not only for the welfare of existing greyhounds, but for the future of the many greyhounds being bred for the purpose of racing. We believe it is important to address the whole story about greyhounds, not just find homes for them. Adopting out greyhounds while failing to provide details on their plight is doing a disservice to every greyhound we place and every greyhound destined for the sport of pari-mutuel racing.


It is true that greyhounds can make wonderful companions, but it is remiss to place these unique dogs into homes without properly educating adopters on what to expect from these curious, sometimes frightened and fragile canine athletes. Potential adopters need to know that the greyhound is not a hardy breed and their thin hair and skin makes them susceptible to injuries that would not faze most breeds. Also, old racing injuries can produce discomfort and intermittent or chronic lameness if the dog is subjected to rough play with children or other pets. These are unique dogs requiring well-prepared homes.

Greyhound Companions of New Mexico takes particular interest in abnormalities in the retired racing greyhound resulting from the environment in which they are raised, trained and raced. These abnormalities can take the form of health and/or behavioral problems. Informing adopters of these potential difficulties can mean the difference in a successful placement and one in which the adopter surrenders the greyhound to an animal shelter or other rescue agency. Please refer to Greyhound Behavior & Health section for specific information.

Contact GCNM
If you would like more information about GCNM, adopting greyhounds, or donating to this nonprofit organization, contact us using the information below.

Phone: 505-377-0124
Write to: GCNM, PO Box 22053, Albuquerque, NM 87154-2053


Due to some health issues in my family, we have not been able to do much in the way of rescuing and adopting out many dogs for quite a while. However, we do have an announcement for those of you hoping to adopt a greyhound or a greyhound mix. Here is the information:

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) has launched a NM Chapter. In 16 years, GALT has helped over 2,700 hounds in Texas - and with this expansion into New Mexico, we hope to help find forever homes for so many more. Todd and Diane Howell, of Rio Rancho, are serving to help you get involved with the new chapter!

Involvement options include fostering, adopting, supporting "meet and greets", transport of hounds, home site visits (for fosters and adopters) and of course donations to the organization are always welcome to help cover costs to make our precious greyhound loves available. We are also recruiting area Veterinarians who might be able to offer our 501(c)(3) discounted services (please contact Diane Howell with any interest).

To see available hounds or to read more about GALT, please go to; find us on Facebook at

For more information about the NM Chapter of GALT, please contact Diane at 405-213-7948 / or Todd Howell at 505-604-1198 /

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