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Greyhound Connection: Way off track

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - They are bred for the short run, but in the long run many greyhounds face a bleak future.

"This breed of dog is used on the race track. At the end of their career, there are thousands of dogs that are released to adoption groups and into shelters, and these dogs need to be placed," Telma Shaw of Greyhound Connection said.

That's where nonprofit groups like Greyhound Connection get involved.

"They are wonderful companions, and they need to be in forever homes and that's what we do. We find them forever homes," Telma said.

Along the way, they dispel a few myths about the breed.

"A lot of people think that the greyhound is a hyperactive dog. The greyhound is known to be a 45 mph couch potato. They sleep about 20 hours a day," Telma said.

Greyhound Connection not only works with race tracks, they also help transition dogs into retirement.

"These dogs have never lived in homes. They've only lived in crates at the track, but they adjust really quickly, as you see," Telma said.

Just ask Kevin Barry. He and his wife have five adopted greyhounds.

"They are a large dog, but they have a way of making themselves very small," he said. "They are very laid back and that's their life. They've earned their retirement."

Yet even in retirement, these greyhounds still retain their sprinting instincts.

"These dogs always have to be on leash. They can never be let off in an unenclosed area. That's the prerequisite we have for our adopters," Telma said.

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