SUBARU OWNERS KATRINA STUMPF AND HER HUSBAND, JASON, KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE OWNED BY DOGS. THEIR PACK INCLUDES TWO GREYHOUNDS, DANA AND CALI; A LAB MIX, SHILOH; AND A DASHUND NAMED DANTE – ON TOP OF THE MORE THAN 40 RETIRED RACING GREYHOUNDS THEY’VE FOSTERED OVER THE YEARS.
Both remain active volunteers with Greyhound Pets of America in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia. “We attend events, festivals, and meet and greets each year along with countless other hardworking volunteers to spread the word about retired racing greyhounds and what wonderful pets they make,” Katrina said. “We are also one of many teams that conduct home visits and education sessions to new adopters.”
Katrina considers her Subaru a “vital tool” in her volunteer work. “We typically drive over 3,000 volunteer miles annually,” Katrina said. “It isn’t uncommon for me to transport three or four greyhounds to and from hauls or events. It is also crucial for carrying all the dog food I need each month.”
“At one time we were members of Virginia Motorsports Club, and we autocrossed both my WRX and Jason’s STi,” she added. “But greyhounds have overtaken our time, and autocrossing has fallen to the wayside.”
Katrina notices a trend among her fellow greyhound owners. “When we started volunteering with the greyhound adoption groups, we realized how many people own greyhounds and Subaru [vehicles]. We fit right in!” she said. “We have also turned other greyhound owners to Subaru.”
To learn more about adopting a retired racing greyhound, visit Greyhound Pets of America at www.greyhoundpets.org.