At this year’s NGA Fall Meet in October, the racing community will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the American Greyhound Council (AGC) by awarding a special $3,000 grant to one lucky adoption group. Since its creation, the AGC has given more than $2 million in grants to dozens of dedicated adoption organizations.

The names of all adoption groups that have received AGC grants since 1987 and are still in operation will be automatically entered in a special drawing at the Fall Meet. The group whose name is drawn will receive the $3,000 prize–one thousand dollars for each decade of the AGC’s existence. The winner will be notified after the drawing.

In addition to this 30th anniversary grant, the AGC continues to support adoption efforts through its ongoing grant program, and annually gives two special grants of $1,000 each to the winners of the Greyhound Adoption Program of the Year (GAPY) Award.

AGC President Fred Fulchino said, “The combined efforts of the AGC and the hundreds of adoption agencies across the continent over the last three decades have made greyhound adoption one of the great animal welfare success stories of our time. We’re excited to celebrate the incredible strides that have been made. This fun event in the fall will spotlight the wonderful work that’s been accomplished, and contribute further to pet placement of the noblest breed on the earth.”

The AGC was formed in 1987 as a joint effort of the NGA and the AGTOA to address greyhound welfare issues. Since then, the organization has funded and overseen numerous initiatives including racing industry education, greyhound health research, veterinary education and greyhound welfare advocacy but its primary continuing program has been the support and promotion of greyhound adoption.