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Dog Track Adoption Article

* ADOW note: 'Shoreline Star' is one of two dog tracks in Connecticut; in addition to exploiting these dogs, they congratulate themselves for having an adoption program that addresses the problem THEY CREATED!

Connecticut Post, 03/06/2005 :


Bridgeport The Pups Without Partners" nonprofit adoption program received a $14,000 donation last week, thanks to a new program called Race For Adoption. Race For Adoption involves purses earned by active racing greyhounds being donated to the program by their owners.

Funding was also derived through donations in the form of shares for the seven designated race dogs currently in action at Wheeling, W. Va., Derby Lane and Jacksonville in Florida and the Southland track in Arkansas.

Larry Birnbaum owns five of the dogs.

"We're extremely thankful to Mr. Birnbaum for leading a visionary group of individuals who got this program started'" said Penny Zwart, coordinator of the Shoreline Star's adoption center. "We'd like to see more owners in the sport follow his example." The Shoreline Star program was selected to receive a $14,000 portion of the total money raised due to its 100 percent success in finding homes for nearly 5,000 retired greyhounds the past 10 years. The Shoreline Star track itself has spent over $750,000 in this endeavor.

A fundraising dinner with a silent auction to benefit Shoreline Star's "Pups Without Partners" program will take place Saturday evening at the West Haven Italian American Club at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $50. For more information call Zwart at 1-888-463-6446, ext. 342.

Greyhound racing in Oregon has come to an end with the closing of the Multnomah Greyhound Park. The Magna Entertainment Corporation of Canada, which also owns Portland Meadows, the state's lone thoroughbred track, decided it would invest all its resources into Portland Meadows, which has been losing money. The corporation owns 10 thoroughbred tracks, two harness tracks and two tracks that run both horses and trotters so its decision to drop the dog track seemed logical. However, to greyhound fans it is upsetting since Multnomah is steeped in history and tradition. A crowd of 35,000 during its inaugural year of 1933 remains the largest single performance total in North America. n In second-round action of the Florida Cup between Dania and Miami Jai Alai last weekend the Miami team of Goikoetxea and Irastorza took a victory in the final game to take a one point lead in the individual standings. However, as a team the Dania players won three of four games and now leads Miami by 19 points as third round action resumed back in Dania last night.

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