In the captivating episode of AnimalZone titled "Awesome Greyhounds," viewers are introduced to the remarkable world of greyhounds, the second-fastest land animals on Earth, surpassed only by cheetahs. The episode centers around Awesome Greyhound Adoptions (AGA), a 501C3 non-profit organization founded by Barbara Masi in 2011. AGA's mission is to find loving homes for retired racing greyhounds, repurposing them as pets, therapy dogs, or fully trained service dogs for veterans.
Barbara Masi takes the audience through the unique characteristics of greyhounds and sheds light on how her non-profit positively impacts the lives of these dogs, as well as disabled and suffering veterans. The narrative unfolds at Southtech Academy in Boynton Beach, Florida, where AGA collaborates with the institution to provide training and support for both the greyhounds and the students.
Hounds and Heroes, an organization dedicated to training greyhounds for military veterans, plays a crucial role in this heartwarming tale. Navy and Air Force veterans Tasha and Ross share their personal experiences, detailing how these incredible greyhounds have made a significant impact on their lives and the lives of their fellow veterans.
The episode also features Eileen Turenne from Southtech Academy, discussing how her students achieve full certification and embark on fulfilling careers in the veterinary world. Carolee Ellison's work with the students, the greyhounds, and Hounds and Heroes is highlighted as a triple win, showcasing the positive outcomes for all involved.
"Awesome Greyhounds" not only celebrates the unique qualities of these magnificent dogs but also emphasizes the transformative power of the human-animal bond, showcasing how the collaboration between Awesome Greyhound Adoptions, Hounds and Heroes, and Southtech Academy creates a positive ripple effect benefiting greyhounds, veterans, and students alike.