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Rogan, a 2-year-old greyhound, was adopted by Steve and Odile Scroggin in Madeira, Ohio, from a race track in Birmingham, Ala. with the help of Queen City Greyhound. Nine racetracks around the United States closed in 2009, leaving numerous dogs needing homes.
updated 1/4/2010 3:08:29 PM ET 2010-01-04T20:08:29

Greyhound advocates are scrambling to find homes for hundreds of dogs that will no longer be racing.

Tracks in Wisconsin, Arizona and Massachusetts ended dog racing just last week, bringing to seven the number that pulled the mechanical rabbit in 2009. Two tracks closed in Massachusetts, where voters have outlawed greyhound racing.

Michael McCann, president of The Greyhound Project Inc., is among those who fear that there will be more dogs available than prospective homes.

A Kansas man, Kevin Neuman, recently started the nonprofit greyhoundcentral.org, which he hopes will serve as a clearinghouse for greyhound adoption. Neuman has adopted 11 greyhounds over the past 16 years.

Greyhound lovers say the dogs are calm, easy to care for and make great pets.

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