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Uri Geller backs target
to re-home 2,000 Greyhounds this year

Celebrity 'paranormalist' and greyhound lover Uri Geller has urged people to support a new target for charity The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) - to find new homes for 2,000 ex-racing greyhounds by the end of the year.

Geller, who himself has a pet greyhound JonJon, has asked that people who are thinking of having a dog as a pet consider taking a greyhound into their home.

Uri Geller comments: "Go for it. You will fall in love with the dog in a matter of 24 hours. A greyhound will bring so much warmth into your family. If you are an animal lover then do give everything that you can to help the Trust."

The RGT has already re-homed over 1,000 greyhounds since January 2002, and is hoping that momentum will increase in the latter part of the year to reach a goal of 2,000.

Typically retiring from racing at around three or four years of age, greyhounds can live to be 13, making for a long-term pet. 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.

"JonJon, our greyhound, immediately adapted himself to a family environment," Uri Geller continues. "They are the most loving breed of all dogs." Geller, recently a contestant on ITV1's reality game show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, also owns a dobermann, a chihuahua, and a wire fox terrier. He also explained how greyhounds have a particularly close relationship with their owners and how astute they are in knowing what is happening in the home - for example, when they are to be taken for a walk - even if their routine differs from day to day.

"Every dog owner will tell you that there is telepathy between humans and animals. There is a bond. We can't measure the extra-sensory perception waves of a dog yet but one day there will be a mechanism - and you will be amazed to find that dogs would have a very high frequency of ESP."

Those wishing to find out more about adopting a greyhound should call The Retired Greyhound Trust on 0870 444 0673.