Downeast Dog News

Rescue of the Month: Maine Greyhound Placement Service

Finding Loving Homes for Retired Racing Greyhounds
By Susan Spisak | Aug 01, 2018


For 25 years, the Maine Greyhound Placement Service (MGPS) has been dedicated to finding terrific homes for retired racing Greyhounds in Maine and beyond. MGPS was co-founded by Scott Bruns and Mary Towle because they both had adopted a Greyhound and fell in love with the breed. That passion led to volunteering at a Greyhound shelter, and they eventually established their own adoption kennel in Bridgton.

Wanting to help more retired Greyhounds, in 2003 they relocated to a larger facility in Augusta that accommodates 60 dogs. I talked with President and Executive Director Bruns on this rescue that he oversees with the help of a board and many volunteers. He loves what he’s doing after all these years--he said with a laugh, “If I wasn’t satisfied, I wouldn’t be doing it…It’s our 25th year.” He added that interestingly enough, many people who are adopting from them today grew up with a MGPS dog in the family home. “It’s multi-generational now.”

Most of their dogs come from racing tracks in Florida and Alabama--their industry connections want their animals adopted into good homes, and MGPS is happy to oblige. Through their work, they’ve rehomed over 4,000 Greyhounds. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. In 2016, they received the Greyhound Adoption Program of Year or GAPY. (The GAPY is awarded to two organizations annually by the American Greyhound Council, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast.)

Kennel manager Dawn Curtis said they’ve received puppies who’ve had medical needs and couldn’t race. Late last year they took in Lily, a now 9-month-old pup who needed a hind leg amputation--it was done successfully, and she was adopted. And early this year they brought in a puppy named Luna--she was diagnosed with a bone disorder that kept her from a career. She’s now 7-months-old and was adopted by Curtis.

MGPS is not just a large adoption facility--they also have an onsite, fully serviceable veterinary clinic aka The Greyhound Clinic. Bruns indicated that in addition to caring for their dogs awaiting adoption, they offer reasonably priced services for other shelters’ dogs and low-cost spay/neuters (dogs and cats) to the public. And they have boarding services for Greyhounds--he said people will drive for hours to have their pets cared for safely while they’re on vacation.

Not sure about the Greyhound breed? They’re sweet, social, quiet, clean, gentle, and generally an indoor pet. They’re good-natured, intelligent dogs who adapt well. They get along fine with children and other pets and are hypoallergenic and non-barkers. Adopters often note that they seem grateful and reward them with never-ending affection. They do need to be on a “non-retractable” leash when outdoors, should never be tied outside, and require a coat in cooler weather as well as a bi-annual check-ups.

Curtis gave a huge shout out to their board members and added, “We are run completely by volunteers so a huge thanks to everyone for their great care of the Greyhounds. If interested in volunteering, contact her at 207-557-3166. For more on MGPS, visit