ABOUT ARIZONA GREYHOUND RESCUE
In 1992 Joan and Steve Randles wanted to adopt some greyhounds from the Tucson Greyhound Park, but there was no program in place to allow the dogs to be placed when they were no longer viable racing dogs. The Randles were finally able to get the hounds through PACC. With the help of friends, large crates were donated and four hounds came to the Randles' home where they lived in the laundry room until they were placed in homes. In 1994, the Randles incorporated Arizona Greyhound Rescue, and in 1995 received non-profit status.
For the next five years a handful of volunteers placed about five dogs a month in permanent homes. In 1997 Penny Wamboldt took over and started to write a newsletter and planned events around the community. During her tenure 150 greyhounds were placed.
A relationship was established with Tucson Greyhound Park to allow petted out dogs to come into the AGR family. That program continues today.
In 2000, Bob and Mary Mallory oversaw and the group became more organized with volunteers participating in kennel turnout and intake; home inspections; meet-and-greet events at Petco, Petsmart, and Bookman’s; and transporting dogs to and from events.
AGR underwent an extensive strategic plannig process where the mission was expanded to assure the continuation of the organization for many years to come. While AGR's focus will remain greyhounds, it will also include all sighthounds, such as Afghan hounds, Borzoi, Saluki, and Irish Wolfhounds. In addition, a Companion Hound program was added. Some hounds have callings to be service dogs, facility residential dogs, or emotional support dogs. As new hounds come to AGR, they are evaluated to see if they are candidates for the program.
Since its inception, Arizona Greyhound Rescue has grown tremendously. We hope you will grow along with us.
AGR is a proud participant of Guidestar Exchanage, where more information about our 501(c)(3) is available. Please click on the GuideStar logo:
AGR's Current Form 990 can be downloaded here: AGR AZ Form 990