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Vinnie Jones lends support
to Greyhound charity campaign

A new campaign to promote the welfare of retired racing greyhounds has gained support from actor and former footballer Vinnie Jones.

The star is supporting the aims of Grace 2002, a campaign from national charity The Retired Greyhound Trust, and took part in a exclusive photoshoot for the Trust with the campaign’s other star, retired greyhound Grace.

The primary aim of Grace 2002 is to increase the number of former racing greyhounds being found homes as pets and to take the total number which the Trust has rehomed since its launch in 1975 to over 25,000. Typically retiring from racing at around 3 or 4 years of age, greyhounds can live to be 13, providing a family pet for up to 10 years.

The campaign also aims to destroy some of the myths held about greyhounds. Despite popular misconceptions, greyhounds take no more effort to look after than the average breed of dog, are friendly, docile animals and are happy with two 20-minute walks each day.

Ivor Stocker, Director at the Retired Greyhound Trust, said: “It is a coup for us to have obtained Vinnie’s support. We hope that his endorsement, and those we hope to get from other stars, will help people realise just what great pets greyhounds make.” Those wishing to find out more about adopting a greyhound should contact The Retired Greyhound Trust on 0870 444 0673.