Since 2008, Melissa Pearman has helped find loving homes for retired and unwanted racing Greyhounds as part of rescue group American Greyhound.
“Seeing the dogs transform when they come off the track is amazing. They are skinny, some of them sick, and they don’t know how to play. It’s almost like having a puppy, they are so eager to learn and to please,” she said.
In addition to serving as a board member for American Greyhound, Pearman is in charge of events and volunteers.
“I always had a love for animals and knew I wanted to help. I fell in love with the breed and couldn’t imagine not being involved,” she said.
The not-for-profit group, formed in 2000, is comprised of more than 30 foster homes, and places approximately 175 dogs per year with new families.
“We get dogs from Florida and Alabama, and we will travel wherever needed to get them.”
“We are always looking for foster homes and more volunteers to help with events, fundraising, and transporting the dogs to and from events,” she said.
Pearman has two Greyhounds of her own, and said they do not need as much exercise as the public may believe. “They are very lazy dogs. They don’t need much exercise. Greyhounds are so sweet and docile, and they really do appreciate what you’ve done for them.”
Pearman is currently involved in planning the group’s third annual silent auction, “Winning Hearts, Not Races,” set for Nov. 10 at the Avalon Manor in Hobart.
She is employed as an administrative assistant at Praxair in East Chicago, and is currently studying management at Purdue University Calumet.
A member of Faith Lutheran Church in DeMotte, Pearman lives in Valparaiso with her husband, Eric. The couple is expecting their first child in January.
Information on adoptable Greyhounds can be found at americangreyhound.org.
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