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Executive Director

Phone: (813) ***-****  
Local Address:  Florida , United States
The Sunburst Project

Employment History

  • Coordinator
    The Northern Consortium

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Adoption Coordinator and Board Member
    Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption
  • Founder
    The Northern Consortium
12 Total References
Web References
The Greyhound Alliance | Press Releases, 4 Sept 2012 [cached]
Contact: Linda Cliffel at 813-468-8771 or
"This is an unprecedented accomplishment," says Linda Cliffel, Executive Director of The Sunburst Project. "This is what can be done when we all work together to take greyhounds from racing to retirement."
Cliffel coordinates with greyhound owners, track owners, greyhound associations, private kennels, haulers and adoption groups to make this work. "We have moved greyhounds for 173 National Greyhound Association registered owners this year," confirms Cliffel.
Contact: Linda Cliffel at 813-468-8771 or
560 Greyhounds Sent to Adoption by The Sunburst Project at Ebro Breaks All Records
Ebro, FL..... A record breaking haul of 60 retired racing greyhounds by The Sunburst Project transported from Ebro to the Midwest on Saturday, March 31st brings the total of greyhounds sent to adoption across this country and in Canada since opening the kennel doors on August 31, 2011 to an unprecedented 560.
"The Sunburst Project has moved retired racers safely and responsibly from the track to shelter at The Sunburst Project Kennel to approved adoption groups in a timely manner. says Linda Cliffel, Executive Director of The Sunburst Project.
"Our success is the culmination of years of establishing and solidifying relationships within the industry and with greyhound welfare groups," says Cliffel who is working to expand the operation to other race tracks and kennels.
The Sunburst Project is largely a volunteer organization and is funded by grants and donations. Contributions can be made by visiting
News Release: December 1, 2011 Contact: Linda Cliffel at 813-468-8771 or
"Since opening the kennel doors three months ago, 255 greyhounds have passed through The Sunburst Project Kennel on their way to adoption groups around the country and Canada," says Linda Cliffel, Co-Director of The Sunburst Project.
Contact: Linda Cliffel at 813-468-8771 or
Contact: Linda Cliffel (813) 468-8771,
100 Panhandle Greyhounds Sent to Adoption in October
"We are very proud that The Sunburst Project has been able to expand its mission in Florida to include Alabama and help when and where it is needed such as this Mobile kennel closing," said Linda Cliffel of The Northern Consortium and Co-Director of The Sunburst Project.
The Sunburst Project, under the umbrella of The Greyhound Alliance, is committed to moving hundreds of retired racing greyhounds from Panhandle tracks to adoption groups throughout the country and Canada. The Sunburst Project and Adoption Kennel at Ebro Greyhound Park funds efforts from donations and grants, and offers expertise and volunteers to insure the care, transportation and adoption of retired greyhounds.
"There's no place like home! says Cliffel. "We are organizing our "Home for the Holidays Haul" now so if your adoption organization can accept greyhounds before the end of the year, please let us know!"
News Release: September 23, 2011 Contact: Linda Cliffel (813) 468-8771, or
"We are looking at more than 400 greyhounds that need to catch a ride ASAP to an adoption organization or a new home," said Linda Cliffel of The Northern Consortium who coordinates shelter, transportation and adoption for Sunburst Project greyhounds.
As of October 1st, over 150 greyhounds will be leaving Jefferson County Kennel Club (JCKC) in Monticello, Florida. Estimates are that between 50 and 100 greyhounds will have run their last race at Ebro Greyhound Park by September 25 with an additional 80 greyhounds already being sheltered at The Sunburst Project Adoption Kennel at Ebro. And, as Pensacola Greyhound Track reduces racing to twice weekly, 100 greyhounds will be retired from the track in addition to the 28 already waiting adoption in the pet kennel there.
"The Sunburst Project has two hauls scheduled to leave the Panhandle on October 8th," according to Cliffel. "If your adoption organization can accept greyhounds on the Oct 8th haul, please let us know!"
News Release: September 14, 2011 Contact: Linda Cliffel (813) 468-8771
Volunteers Help Sunburst Greyhound Adoption Project and Kennel Prepare Panhandle Greyhounds for New Homes
"We could not succeed in our mission to find homes for so many retired greyhounds without the help of dedicated volunteers," said Linda Cliffel of The Northern Consortium, who handles the logistics for this unprecedented effort.
Last weekend, The Project moved 40 greyhounds from The Sunburst Kennel north making stops at adoption groups in St. Louis, Chicago and Wisconsin. And this weekend, The project will transport 10 greyhounds to an adoption group in Richmond Virginia.
"But there is not time to celebrate," said Cliffel, "as we expect seasonal closings in September and October will leave more than 400 greyhounds in need of relocation."
Donations can be made through The Greyhound Alliance at
News Release: September 1, 2011 Contact: Linda Cliffel (813) 468-8771
Adoption Groups and Ebro Greyhound Park to Combine Efforts
"The project is a unique venture to move large numbers of greyhounds from three tracks at once," says Linda Cliffel of The Northern Consortium, an organization that has moved more than 900 Panhandle greyhounds from tracks to homes.
Ebro Greyhound Park, in addition to their own Pet Express Adoption Kennel, has donated the kennel space, now called The Sunburst Kennel, to shelter greyhounds for The Project. The Sunburst Kennel will take in overflow greyhounds from kennels at Pensacola and Monticello as well as Ebro on an as needed basis.
"Based on the present number of greyhounds at our Sunburst Kennel, and those at Pensacola and Monticello kennels, more than 150 greyhounds are available at any given time to move to adoption through The Project," says Cliffel.
"There is no plan," charged Linda ..., 1 Nov 2009 [cached]
"There is no plan," charged Linda Cliffel, adoption coordinator for the Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption Group. "I want the state and the track owners to say that, as of January 1, 2010, somebody will provide food and heat until every dog is gone." The Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption Group rehomed 542 greyhounds during the first 10 months of 2009, Walker reported, but Cliffel expected the Dairyland shutdown would leave another 300 greyhounds--about a third of those kept at the track--in need of placement.
They shipped them there instead of ..., 10 Jan 2010 [cached]
They shipped them there instead of adoption," said Linda Cliffel, adoption coordinator and board member for Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption, a nonprofit that moves greyhounds from tracks to adoption groups.
But Cliffel and Melody Kuether, who is affiliated with several greyhound adoption groups in the state, said the dogs went to tracks instead of adoptive homes because of an agreement between Dairyland management and Dairyland kennel operators.
Cliffel spelled it out: "A huge number are euthanized," she said.
But a manager at Ebro Greyhound Park in Florida, one of the destinations for Dairyland dogs and the one Cliffel is most worried about, said his track has a high adoption rate although he could not provide a specific percentage.
Nevertheless, Cliffel is trying to bring the dogs back to Wisconsin. Four years ago she helped start the "Northern Consortium" to bring Wisconsin dogs back to the state when they retire. This weekend she helped bring 46 dogs to Wisconsin from Florida.
"We have the names of the dogs that went there," she said, "and we will bring them back."
The Northern Consortium ..., 19 Dec 2011 [cached]
The Northern Consortium ("NoCo") was founded five ½ years ago by Linda Cliffel and Barbara Karant, in Chicago, Illinois, in partnership with Ann Bollens, Executive Director of GPA Emerald Coast.
Linda Cliffel Coordinator, The Northern Consortium
The Greyhound Alliance | About The Sunburst Project, 21 May 2012 [cached]
Linda Cliffel, Executive Director, The Sunburst Project
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