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Golfing Greyhounds - Tucson Non-Profits Combat Local Care Center Overcrowding (A1 - Radio Story)

By Kevin Thomas


(Photograph by Kevin Thomas. Nose paintings done by greyhound dogs at the Greyhounds on the Greens event held at the Forty Niner Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, September 9, 2023. The animal artists would move the paint on the canvas, which was inside of a Ziplock bag, by licking peanut butter slathered on the outside of the bag.)


TUCSON, Ariz -- Local non-profit organizations, as well as animal care centers are attempting to increase adoption rates and decrease intake rates at shelters across the state. This occurs as care centers experience overcrowding. Pima County Care Center, as recently as Aug. 30th, took in 300 animals over just three days.

I spoke with the founder of Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, Debra Hankish Hardman, about her work with Greyhounds. I also spoke to Inge Koopman-Leyva, Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, about how overcrowding can affect local care centers.




Below is a short 2-minute radio story created from these interviews.



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