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February 1989 - Our founder, Dave Houy, vacations in the Florida Keys and first learns about the plight of the racing greyhound. In those early years very few retired racers made it into adoptive homes. They were killed by the tens of thousands when they could no longer run fast enough to make money for their owners.

April 2, 1989 - Unable to shake the image of these wonderful greyhounds and their ultimate fate from his thoughts, Dave drives to Lexington, Kentucky and meets with Dee Fries and adopts Jasmine, the first Michigan Greyhound Connection adoptee.

July 28, 1989 - Jim Ricci, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, learns about Dave and Jasmine and the fate of the thousands of greyhounds who don’t get adopted, writes a full-page article, and includes contact information for Dave. In Dave’s own words “All hell breaks loose”. His phone lines are jammed for weeks and he begins to recruit some of the callers to help him answer calls and process adoption requests and….


August 1989 - Michigan Greyhound Connection becomes the first greyhound adoption group in Michigan. Dave, Howard Smith, and Sue Reigel work furiously to process applications and set basic rules and procedures for the fast growing organization. New adopters are recruited and, under the tutelage of Dee we all learn together how to operate a successful greyhound adoption group. We have good times and bad times, good people and not so good people. Though some mistakes are made, we recover, keep moving forward and manage to place hundreds of greyhounds into loving adoptive homes. We incorporate in 1991.

March 1997 - Dave receives a job offer that is too good to pass up, resigns from the board of Michigan Greyhound Connection and moves to Chicago. With seasoned board members and volunteers in place, Michigan Greyhound Connection continues its mission to place greyhounds and educate the public about the cruelty inherent in greyhound racing.

October 2000 - Susan Bilsky becomes President of the group and, when a vacancy comes up on the board of directors, Dave, now living in Connecticut, is coaxed out of retirement and again offers his greyhound adoption expertise to MGC. Michigan Greyhound Connection continues to do what it does best: educate, advocate and place greyhounds.

August 2003 - Our group is now seventeen years old. We have placed well over 1000 greyhounds into loving homes. Many of the original greyhounds we placed are gone including our first greyhound, Jasmine, who passed away 12/7/2000 at the age of 13. Some of our original adopters no longer have greyhounds but still support our group in whatever capacity they can. Sue Bilsky continues as President and Dave is still on the board. We remain a viable group with seasoned leadership ever more committed to making a difference in the lives of the racing greyhound. Our enthusiasm has not waned and, in fact, we are energized by the dedication and loyalty of our members. Our mission remains the same and we continue to work together toward that golden day when all greyhounds will run for joy and not for their lives.