My daughter and I love dogs, and although we are a bit busy to actually own one, we have found a great way of borrowing them now and again! All across the UK (and in many other countries) there are rescue centres for greyhounds that once were racing dogs. We think greyhounds are lovely, elegant animals, and despite their size they are very gentle and affectionate.
The nearest greyhound rescue centre for us is the Greyhound Awareness League, or GAL. Every month they get together for a greyhound walk in a big park, and anyone can come along to join in. There are lots of dogs because many owners have three or four! They also bring all the greyhounds who are looking for homes, so there are always extra dogs if you want to take one for a walk.
Many people think greyhounds need tons of exercise and are always on the move. In fact, they like nothing better than to stretch out upside-down on a comfy sofa and sleep all day! When they are racing, they run super-fast for a few minutes, but then they rest for several days before the next race. They are kept in kennels with hard floors between races, and rarely get a friendly pat or kind word from their owners.
Once racing greyhounds reach the age of four, they become too old to race, and this is why there are so many needing homes. The ones in rescue centres are lucky, as many more are just abandoned or killed.
At the moment there are six greyhounds waiting for homes at GAL, and so many more all across the country. This is Zola, who is four years old and full of life. If you want to find out more, just click on his name.
Boyd is a male greyhound who is very easy-going. His tail is always wagging! Click on his name to find out more about him.
Zak is a handsome blue boy with a white blaze on his chest. He is five years old and a little bit shy. Doesn’t his fur look silky and soft? Click on his name to find out more about him.
There is lots of information about greyhounds on the internet. It’s very important to find out as much as you can about them if you are interested in fostering or adopting one.
If you live in the UK or Europe, here is a good source of information: Greyhound Rescue Groups in the UK.
If you live in the US or Canada, there are lots of greyhound rescue centres there too. Here is an Adopt-a-Greyhound site that will tell you all about greyhounds and the nearest rescue centre where you can see some. If like us you can’t adopt a dog, you can still join in with walks and give support in other ways!