Greyhounds are being used as blood donors, under the pretense of having been rescued from the track. Is it better for the individual dogs to go from a cage at a track, to a cage at a so-called rescue facility and be in a situation where they might have to share a cage with another dog, having to fight for their food and space, sleeping in their feces, having little exercise, etc. Is it better to have a good quality of life or quantity?
It appears that having a “non-profit” business, supplying blood to vets, is very lucrative. For example, Hemopet, in Garden Grove, California, has grown over the years to warehouse hundreds of greyhound dogs, who have been given to the organization by trainers and others, dogs who are no longer money makers. They go under the radar as to who is giving them away. Hemopet gets the dogs free, bleeds them for months and years, and then when they can no longer give blood, the dogs are put up for adoption.
See 2009 Non-profit Tax Return for Hemopet – (you need to register on www.Guidestar.com in order read 990 Tax Return)
As you can see, a non-profit does not mean that you cannot make a large salary, as a managing employee of the organization, with benefits, over $100,000. Not having the details of the tax return, we can only surmise that the President of Hemopet, Dr. Jean Dodds, DMV, is receiving these funds.
Major problems with Hemopet:
Dog cages – two dogs per cage
designed for one dog, with one raised area for sleeping
even the greyhound tracks do not have shared cages
space for movement, sleeping, excretions, is limited with two dogs in a cage
below is a photo of two dogs in a cage ( photo with blue cage sides) – you can see the dog bowl on the raised area in the back of the cage – what you see is the cage size
the cages are lined up, as they are at the tracks
how is this condition better for the dogs
State inspectors are influenced by the reputation of Dr. Dodds and are therefore not inspecting the Hemopet facility or they are overlooking the conditions.
We are in the process of determining the California minimum size of a cage ALLOWED for one dog. With the raised sleeping platform, we assume the cages are too small for two dogs.
The description below, on the Hemopet web site, of the cage, is a complete lie.