John A. Hern Jr. founded Greyhound Pets, Inc. in 1985.
John was a Coeur D'Alene Idaho businessman who built a
foundry business and owned Industrial Park real estate. Among John's many and varied
interests, he held greyt admiration for ex-racing greyhounds and became committed to their
care and welfare. As the greyhound racetrack opened in Coeur D'Alene John started a small
side business providing feed and racing equipment to track kennels. He demonstrated his
commitment to the dogs by being instrumental in building a track sponsored Greyhound
Welfare Committee that reviewed track and kennel policies.
|John adopted several greyhounds after Roo
and Babe. Ace was one of his favorites and was the subject of many of John's stories. John
was the executive director of Greyhound Pets, Inc. for many years and oversaw expansion to
include the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern Canada. John's generous bequest to the
organization he founded has provided for GPI's continued prominence in the ex-racing
greyhound rescue effort. The volunteers who continue in the efforts John began, honor his
colorful leadership in finding homes for ex-racers.
John’s love for
the Ex-Racer Greyhound is shown and remembered in “Hern
Greyt Works”, GPI’s completed kennel facility in
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