Beverly Sebastian

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For the past 16 years, Beverly has served as CEO and president of the National Greyhound Foundation Inc. (NGF), founding and guiding it from a small nonprofit greyhound-adoption organization into a nationwide program. In October 2005, while searching for a way to save thousands of greyhounds that were being killed yearly, Beverly developed a new program called Second Chance at Life: Greyhound Prison Partnership that not only benefits the greyhounds but also helps incarcerated men and women. This training program pairs dogs with prisoners, who help socialize and train the animals so they can be placed with a loving family. This unique prison program is being replicated in correction facilities across the country and gives inmates the chance to learn compassion and lifestyle skills and build self-esteem while saving the life of a retired racing greyhound. This program affects the lives of not only the inmates but of all the staff at the prison. NGF created and operates the only national recidivism database in the country with this human/animal connection program. According to their first report, out of 14 inmates released, only one inmate returned to prison. Before founding the National Greyhound Foundation, Beverly spent 26 years in the movie industry. She was nominated Woman of the Year by the National Greyhound Association in October 2010. The satisfaction from the work she does with the greyhounds comes from the hundreds of letters from inmates telling her how much they appreciate the programs and what they have learned. She is putting together a book of these letters, called “Chronicles From Behind the Razor Wire.” She is currently working on a program called Purple Heart Greyhounds, in which trained therapy dogs work with men and women with post-traumatic stress syndrome.