Web Master's note:
I'm sorry to announce this news:

Colorado House Joint Resolution HJR02-1015 which would have declared every March 15th as, Colorado Greyhound Adoption Day, did not pass and officially "died" in the Colorado State Senate on May 8th, 2002.

Recycled Racers thanks everyone involved who worked on this resolution.

Below is the text of the resolution.

 Second Regular Session
Sixty-third General Assembly



Colorado State Representative Mark Cloer (R)
Colorado State Representative Michael Garcia (D)
Colorado State Representative Jim Snook (R)



Colorado State Senator Doug Lamborn (R)




     WHEREAS, The Greyhound dog is one of the oldest currently existing breeds; and

     WHEREAS, The origin of the Greyhound is deeply rooted in ancient history, with dogs looking similar to today's Greyhound being depicted more than 4,000 years ago on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs; and

     WHEREAS, The Arabs so admired the physical attributes and speed of the Greyhound that it was the only animal permitted to share their tents and ride atop their camels; and

     WHEREAS, The Greyhound arrived in Europe 3,500 years ago, and in 1014 A.D., King Canute of England enacted the Forest Laws, which stated that only noblemen could own and hunt with Greyhounds; and

     WHEREAS, Queen Elizabeth I abolished the Forest Laws in the 1500's and later initiated the first formal rules of Greyhound coursing (the pursuit of hares); and

     WHEREAS, In the late 1800's, farmers imported Greyhounds to the United States to help control jackrabbit populations, and because of their speed and natural instincts, Greyhounds soon became the focus of popular neighborhood competitions - the first organized Greyhound racing events; and

     WHEREAS, Greyhound racing as we know it today began in 1912 with Owen Patrick Smith's invention of a mechanical lure that could circle a track, with the first track opening in 1919 in Emeryville, California; and

     WHEREAS, Greyhounds have an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years but are retired from racing between 2 to 5 years of age with many good years left to live; and

     WHEREAS, There are numerous available Greyhounds waiting each year to be adopted when they are retired from racing; and

     WHEREAS, The Greyhound's devotion to people is legendary, and retired Greyhounds seem especially loyal to their owners as they now experience the constant love and attention of a family of their own and they thrive on this love and return it tenfold; now, therefore,

     Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-third General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

     That the General Assembly hereby declares March 15 as Colorado Greyhound Adoption Day.

     Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Resolution be sent to each Greyhound adoption organization in Colorado.

If you would like to download a copy of House Joint Resolution HJR02-1015 from the Colorado General Assembly web site then click here.

HJR02-1015, was passed by the Colorado House of Representatives on 2/20/2002 and went to the Colorado State Senate on 2/21/2002.  On the last day (May 8, 2002) of the Second Regular Session of the Sixty-third General Assembly, 17 Bills and 10 Joint Resolutions (one of which was HJR02-1015) did not receive final action and died "sine die" in the Colorado State Senate.

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