A race night at Shawfield Greyhound Stadium has raised £3,645 for the Glasgow branch of leading dog charity the Retired Greyhound Trust.
Held last Saturday, the event - a first for the greyhound track - featured excellent racing and had the support of TV personality and Radio Scotland presenter, Tam Cowan, who presented the trophies and prizes.
Every race was sponsored with over 22 companies and individuals connected with the sport providing their support, including Betfair, the Racing Post, the National Greyhound Racing Club, B&E Engineers and bookmakers George Shaw and Billy King. In addition a raffle, donation boxes and individual dog sponsorship boosted the total funds raised.
The Glasgow Retired Greyhound Trust, located close to Shawfield Greyhound Stadium, was set up in May 2002 and it helps meet the ongoing need to find homes for these dogs once their racing days have ended. As racing careers are short - with the majority of greyhounds retiring at the age of three or four - greyhounds can live for up to 10 years in retirement. Contrary to popular perceptions, their needs are the same as the average breed.
Carol Herald, co-ordinator of the Glasgow Retired Greyhound Trust, commented: "We are thrilled with the success of the fundraising evening and would like to thank all those individuals and companies who supported us so generously. The funds raised will contribute towards the welfare and upkeep of greyhounds in our care whilst we find them suitable homes."
Ivor Stocker, Director of the Retired Greyhound Trust added: "The evening went tremendously well and we are delighted with the support greyhound racing devotees have extended to the care of ex-racing greyhounds." Those wishing to find out more about the Retired Greyhound Trust or providing a home for a greyhound should contact the Retired Greyhound Trust on 0870-444 0673 or visit the website at www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk