It all began with a chance encounter. We each met and fell in love with the elegant greyhounds, it changed us, and we've changed others. That's all it takes to make a difference. "Build it and they will come". "Others will feel your passion and make it happen."

Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee became a reality in June 2000 with the passion to make a difference in the lives of x-racing greyhounds. We are a 501 (c)3 non profit, all-volunteer greyhound rescue and adoption group. It is our belief that racing greyhounds should all have a chance to be placed into loving, responsible homes at the end of their careers. Our mission is to inform the public about the retired racers, show them to be the beautiful, gentle animals that they are, and make a difference in the lives of as many retired racers as possible. We believe that racing greyhounds deserve every chance to become a treasured family member at the end of their careers, and will strive to provide the best possible homes for them.

We know we cannot help them all, only the ones we touch as in the “STARFISH STORY”. Our goals are to focus on what OUR group can do to make a difference, not with politics, not with anti-racing lobbying, not with competing with other groups but with devotion to promote adoption into loving forever homes.   GRFT maintains a neutral stance on Greyhound racing.  We neither promote the racing industry nor lobby against it.  Instead we make every effort to work with both the racing industry and other adoption groups for the benefit of the racers.

GRFT strives to focus our efforts on helping retired racers for a simple reason: Greyhounds make wonderful pets. The dogs are easygoing, happy and affectionate. They're smart, learn quickly and adapt easily. Unlike the image many people have, greyhounds are not hyper. As a matter of fact, they're often referred to as 45-mile-an-hour couch potatoes and they don't need big backyards or lots of exercise. GRFT has placed many greyhounds in apartments and condos, with everyone from singles to seniors, to families with and without kids and to families with other/different kinds of pets.

If you are located beyond our area, we will refer you to a group closer to you that can help you and offer better support due to your location. We feel each qualified loving home needs a chance to let a greyhound race into their home and heart and that will be one more deserving greyhound that finds a family of its own.

For information about fostering a greyhound or adopting a greyhound and investing in a great companion contact us at


Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee

P.O. Box 32554
Knoxville, TN  37930-2554