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American sprinters Romy and Millie retired from professional racing in 2010 and 2011. Bucking the trend, they moved from Florida to Wolseley.

Romy left racing when she was three years old. Millie was four.

Donna and Harold adopted the "girls" through Hi-Speed Hounds Greyhound Rescue & Adoption Inc., a Winnipeg-based, incorporated, non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

"Greyhounds are such a lovely and loving addition to our household – easygoing, calm and friendly, " says Harold.

Twenty-two greyhound tracks still operate in seven American states. Up to 1,000 dogs are generally required to run a racetrack. Thousands don’t find retirement homes.

Over the past eight years, Hi-Speed Hounds has rescued around 200 greyhounds unneeded by the industry or unable to be placed by American adoption organizations.

Upon acquiring the dogs, Hi-Speed has them spayed or neutered and ensures up-to-date vaccinations and thorough examinations. Before placing them with pre-approved adopters, the organization fosters the dogs in select homes.

Bred for over 4,000 years for collaborative tasks requiring speed (hunting, coursing and racing), greyhounds are cooperative and fast. In six strides, they can sprint from 0 to 45 miles per hour. Only the cheetah is a faster mammal.  

Michaela Lamoureux, president and adoption co-ordinator of Hi-Speed Hounds, says "These are indoor dogs that can only be off-leash in enclosed spaces with high perimeters."

Hi-Speed Hounds gladly accepts monetary donations through the United Way (charitable registration number: 827 150 343 RR0001).

Hi-Speed’s largest annual fundraiser — the Race for Your Heart run — takes place Sun., Sept. 29 at 9 a.m., outside Skinner’s on River Road, Lockport. It’s an official Timex half-marathon road race.

For information, contact Michaela: (204) 219-4029 or ronco1@shaw.ca.

Romy, Millie and other speedy, grey-cious hounds will be quick to thank you.

Gail Perry is a community correspondent for Wolseley.

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