Rest in Peace, Dusty

With great sadness we must inform you that Dusty (Sam Gash) passed away today after suffering a series of seizures that did irreparable damage. Our thoughts are with his family — Lindsay, Doug and Brantley — who opened their home and hearts to him with the full knowledge of his medical issues.

Dusty began his career at Wheeling Downs and shortly thereafter came to Southland, running more than 80 races and earning A and AA ratings with 13 wins, nine second-place and 12 third-place showings.

We extend sincere condolences to his adopters as well as Gail, who fostered the sweet blue fawn over the holidays and championed his adoptability. R.I.P. Dusty.



MSGAO Adds New Manager

We are pleased to announce that Patty Burrell has joined MSGAO in a newly created adoption manager’s position. Patty came highly recommended to

Patty Burrell Joins MSGAO as Manager.

Patty Burrell Joins MSGAO as Manager.

us by West Memphis Animal Shelter, where she has been a long-time volunteer.

Patty is fitting in very well here at MSGAO. Patty moved to Memphis from Seattle, Wash., in 2001. She recently retired from Macy’s, where she was employed more than 25 years. The new position with MSGAO combines her management and animal care experience. As Patty says, “Animals are my passion!”

Please join us in welcoming Patty to the MSGAO Team! That’s Ama with her in the picture.

Patty will be your point of contact at the kennel when Executive Director Vicki Cohen takes a well-deserved, two-month leave of absence beginning Feb. 1. As of February, if you have questions about greyhound care or
adoption, please call Patty directly at the MSGAO phone number:
(870­) 735­-7317 or email her at

Wooftrax Donates to MSGAO!

MSGAO adopters and supporters who signed up for WoofTrax earned the kennel a $10 donation. As of Nov.  13, 2014, MSGAO supporters walked 343 times using the Walk The Dog by WoofTrax app.  The donation from WoofTrax is enough to supply a big box of Milk Bones for the hounds’ after-turnout treat.

We encourage you to walk your dog and track that activity through the app. The donation will grow with more people logging their dog walks using the app.  Remember: It’s good for you, your dog and MSGAO! In the racing world, that’s a trifecta! Learn more at: wooftrax



2015 Starts with Dusty’s Adoption!

You should be as successful with your New Year’s resolutions as MSGAO is for 2015. Drumroll please! Dusty, our long-available seizure IMG951527hound, is adopted! He was adopted today by Lindsay, Doug and Brantley! Congratulations to the happy family!  Read more about Dusty (aka Sam Gash) below!

Our Resolution for 2015: Get Dusty a Home

Ivory and Dusty share a couch.

Ivory and Dusty share a couch.

Dusty (aka Sam Gash) is a special-needs greyhound who has been awaiting a forever home for nearly a year. Our New Year’s resolution is to get this fine boy rehomed.  He visited a foster home for the holidays and proved to be an affable guest.  Now that he’s had a taste of home life, he wants more!

Dusty suffers seizures, which are controlled by medication.  Dusty has been available for adoption way too long considering the sweet hound that he is.   He will be a superior pet to a family that remains diligent in continuing his treatment. Dusty got along well with a beagle and greyhound during his foster visit. Thus he proved his sweet nature and ability to adapt to home life during his holiday foster visit.

His foster mom reports he walks well on a leash and understands “no” regarding the concept of counter-surfing.  While he is reluctant to be crated (and who can blame him!), he will cooperate with encouragement.

Dusty and Roscoe!

Dusty and Roscoe!

Give Dusty a chance and he will reward you with undying affection! Check out Dusty at: Dusty.  He’s also featured on our special-needs greyhound page.


Take me home. I've been patient enough! -- Dusty

Take me home. I’ve been patient enough!
– Dusty


The MSGAO Year in Review

Join us in looking back at 2014, a greyt year for MSGAO!  Click on the link below!  The file will download and then open.  Enjoy!


2014 in Review



Marion Student Donate to MSGAO!

Marion Middle School Student Council members prepare the angel tree. Sixth- and seventh-grade students purchased a $1 angel to color and place on the tree. MMS students raised $300 split between Toys For Tots and Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option. We appreciate the students of Marion Middle School for supporting us this holiday season!  Click on the picture for a larger view.svhool xmas

In case you missed it: Greyhounds Rehomed at Nursing Facility

In 2011, two greyhounds took up residence at the Memphis  Jewish Home.  Click here to view the article.  Running buddies_ Jewish Home’s pet greyhounds bear out findings that dogs are good for well-being – The Commercial Appeal.  The photos were borrowed from The Commercial Appeal website.


Stormy is right at home!

Stormy is right at home!


Stormy and Speedy run through the halls at the Memphis Jewish Home.

Stormy and Speedy run through the halls at the Memphis Jewish Home.




Danny Hoxie is the greyhound wrangler at Memphis Jewish Home.

Danny Hoxie is the greyhound wrangler at Memphis Jewish Home.

Want to Be Santa’s Little Helper?

All the greyhounds in the kennel have been nice, not naughty, so they deserve some special treats for the holidays.  They hope our many friends, adopters and supporters will add MSGAO to their gift-giving lists this holiday season.

Your holiday gift will help the adoptable dogs at the MSGAO kennel move from crate to couch in 2015.   A holiday mailer has gone out (2014 Holiday Letter), but if you are missing from our list of supporters, you can mail a donation to:

Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option
P.O. Box 2088
1550 N. Ingram Blvd.
West Memphis, Arkansas 72301


Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyeux Noël! Buon Natale! Feliz Navidad!
And a Happy Howl-idays to all our fast friends and their loving families!

MSGAO Dog Featured on Celebrating Greyhounds Calendar

Who’s that handsome greyhound staring from the June 2015 page of the Celebrating Greyhounds Desk Calendar? None other than Lazer, who was adopted by Rob and Renee Dingler through MSGAO!  Congratulations to Lazer and

Lazer is a featured dog on the Celebrating Greyhounds desk calendar!

Lazer is a featured dog on the Celebrating Greyhounds desk calendar!

his entire family for earning a treasured spot on the calendar whose sales support greyhound adoption!