“Next to my family, it is my greatest love,” Holder said. “These dogs are really extra special. They go into somebody’s home, and they are treated like a king or queen.”
Phillips currently has four greyhounds. She adopted her first one 13 years ago. Oliver has three and adopted her first in 1999; and Holder, the president and founder of Homes for Hounds, has a kennel that holds up to 16 greyhounds at a time.
Phillips decided to adopt a greyhound as a companion for her English pointer. Homes for Hounds was present at her first Azalea Festival, so she spent some time with the greyhounds. One 10-year-old girl stood out to her.
“Something about her just really spoke to me,” Phillips said. “I just was hooked, so I adopted her. The following year, I adopted my second greyhound, and I was off and running.”
Phillips has adopted 12 over the years.
She decided to start volunteering for Homes for Hounds about 10 years ago with the goal of finding good homes for greyhounds.
As a volunteer, she attends adoption events and tell people that greyhounds make wonderful pets.
Phillips also walk her dogs around town and talks to people about them.
Oliver has had five greyhounds over the years.
She began volunteering in 1999 or 2000 “because the dogs needed a voice.”
Oliver works to spread the word about them, and will attend adoption events if she can.
She works to “get the word out that they are really good dogs,” she said. “The more we can place in homes the better because they’re wonderful pets.”
Holder founded Homes for Hounds in 1992 after adopting her first in 1988.
“I just fell in love with them,” Holder said. “You’ll never find a more loving dog.”
Holder spends time with them every day.
The nonprofit acquires the greyhounds once they retire from racing.
Holder used to receive greyhounds from Multnomah Greyhound Park out of the Portland area. Now that the Multnomah track has closed, she works with a farm in Miami.
One of the women Holder used to work with from the Multnomah track now works in Florida, and asked Holder to help.
The farm will contact Holder when they are driving west, and will ask her how many greyhounds she wants. Holder will tell the farm how many boys and girls she can take.
Holder then keeps them in a kennel until they are adopted.
To adopt one of the greyhounds, people need to fill out an application that is available on the organization’s website: www. homes4hounds.com.
Then, a volunteer from Homes for Hounds will do a home screening to find a good match, Phillips said.
To choose one of the hounds, people can either attend one of the adoption events, which are listed on the nonprofit’s website, or visit the kennel in Waldport.
Phillips, Oliver and Holder described greyhounds as low-key dogs who do not need a lot of exercise.
“They make really good pets,” Oliver said. “I love them to pieces.”