Why do retired racing greyhounds need rehoming?
The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) is the governing body for Greyhound Racing Sport. They are responsible for the welfare of retired racing greyhounds. As part of the regulations for owning a racing greyhound they state:
"When your greyhound’s racing career comes to an end. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that his or her greyhound is cared for once its racing days have finished...
It cannot be stressed enough that the sport of greyhound racing values its reputation for putting greyhound welfare as its highest priority."
If you would like to read more on from the GBGB site, please use: http://www.gbgb.org.uk/buying-greyhounds.aspx
The vast majority of greyhounds retire from racing between three and five years of age, so they are still relatively young dogs with a long life ahead of them. At any one time, the Greyhound Trust Organisation, UK has around 800 greyhounds of all ages and temperaments available for adoption. They are all looking for loving home and to become a cherished family member.
Why choose a retired greyhound?
Greyhounds - retired or non-racers - make excellent pets. They are undemanding, easygoing dogs that do not need a lot of exercise. Most are satisfied with two 20 minutes walks a day. The rest of the time they are perfectly happy to laze around on something comfortable, typically on their backs with their long limbs dangling around in the air.
The added bonus of a retired racer is that they are already house-trained and, on the whole, well-behaved. They walk nicely on their leads, they are accustomed to being handled by many different people throughout their careers and have outgrown their undisciplined puppy stage. They enjoy learning new skills and fall quickly into a routine without much complaint.
The retired racing greyhound charities run personality evaluations to recognise individual characteristics and match them to suitable home environments. Through these assessments, they can provide new owners with practical information about their adopted dog that you would otherwise have learned naturally if homed since a pup. All greyhounds being adopted will be neutered and microchipped by the retirement kennel prior to being rehomed.
Above all else, these graceful creatures are loyal, loving and affectionate. They are fantastic companion dogs who are eager to please and are devoted to their families. Anyone familiar with a greyhound knows they are big softies have huge hearts and are wonderful additions to the family home.
All owners should become familiar with a particular breed's traits and characteristics before selecting them to be their new pet. Ex-racers will be fantastic family friends in a home suitable for them.
Great with children and the elderly
These breeds are gentle by nature and racers have grown to be calm and relaxed when being handled by many different people.
Their careers put them in contact with breeders, trainers, track-hands, veterinarians and kennel attendants which make them great pets for both children and the elderly. They are extremely tolerant and patient in almost all situations.
Greyhounds will generally move around in a slow and steady manner making them more suitable for anyone a little less stable on their feet. They rarely charge around knocking things over and will calmly stand close by waiting for the strokes to be given out.
Even though they are large dogs, retired racing greyhounds are well suited to a new life with children. Most are more likely to pick themselves up and move away from a child they feel uncomfortable around or being teased by.
Of course, all dogs have a limit and parents need to be diligent, especially in the beginning.
I was fretful when I introduced my retired racing greyhound - Tipps - to family & friends children but he after those first few encounters, he became relaxed around them. Toddlers loved him as he was so big. They wanted to climb on to his back like he was a horse and he was extremely accommodating. I still keep an eye on him, but I believe that is a responsibility of all dog owners and not just retired greyhounds owners.
Give a Greyhound a home
Greyhounds are bred in their thousands every year with the hope that they will become winners on the race circuits. However, some do not even make it to the track as they don't show the qualities needed for racing or don't take to the lure. All the greyhounds that either do not race, become injured or are too old to continue racing need a home.
The Retired Greyhound Trust was established in 1975 and have since placed around 85,000 greyhounds into loving happy homes.There are branches all over the UK. You can find out more about adopting a greyhound through via this link - https://www.greyhoundtrust.org.uk/home-a-greyhound.
The Greyhound Lifeline is an independent greyhound welfare and homing charity that is managed completely by unpaid volunteers. Founded in May 2007, they have over 100 registered walkers, fostering families and people performing crucial home checks to ensure that all the greyhounds coming to their kennels find their "lifetime home". They are based near Fleet - if you would like to know more, please click on this link - http://www.greyhoundlifeline.co.uk/
Greyhound Rescue Wales is an organisation based in Wales, dedicated to rescuing and re-homing greyhounds and lurchers. A small group of volunteers started GRW in Swansea in 1993 but with a rapidly growing support network became a registered charity in 1996. Since this time over 1,800 greyhounds and lurchers have found permanent homes. To read more about GRW or find out about adoption, please follow the link - http://greyhoundrescuewales.co.uk/
The Forever Hounds Trust was named 'Animal Charity Team of the Year" by the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes. The charity works with track trainers to rehome ex-racers - some coming from Ireland track grounds, where unfortunately they are subjected to particularly tough conditions. On average, Forever Hounds Trust is placing 500 greyhounds and lurchers into forever homes each year. If you would like to know more about this organisation, please use the link - http://www.foreverhoundstrust.org/