GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan was founded in October 2000 by individuals who shared frustrations with existing greyhound adoption practices as well as a common vision about greyhound adoption — a vision that would provide more flexibility to potential adopters, one free from racing politics, and one where anyone who owned a greyhound was welcome. Central to the vision of the original founders were 3 principles:
- the organization would be run by a Board of Directors who would be elected periodically
- the organization should be run free from racing politics and
- the membership should have access to the organization’s financial statements.
The By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Michigan, and the Board was seated, in October 2000. GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan worked toward permanent non-profit status beginning in October 2000 and was granted permanent non-profit status in 2001. The founders also wanted clear-cut, written governing policies in addition to the by-laws required for incorporation.
To this date GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan still remains true to its roots. GEM is overseen by a Board of Directors. GEM remains neutral on the topic of greyhound racing. GEM welcomes any and all greyhound owners to join in the pursuit of its mission. GEM regularly reports its financial statements to the membership.
Our mission statement declares our purpose to …
Educate the public and raise awareness about the availability and suitability of retired racing Greyhounds as pets. Find loving and qualified homes for the Greyhounds entrusted to our care. Provide ongoing support to those who adopt Greyhounds from GEM or any other group, and Promote harmony and cooperation between ALL segments of the worldwide Greyhound community.
Finally, GEM offers more flexibility to potential adopters than many other adoption groups. GEM tries to consider each individual application on its own merits.