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Promising year continues for retired Greyhounds

Left to right: John Gilburn, Regional co-ordinator of the Manchester branch of the
Retired Greyhound Trust Andy Sutton, Carole Sutton, Katie Sutton (aged 5),
Lady the 1,000th greyhound re-homed by the Trust in 2001

The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) - a national charity dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds at the end of their racing careers - has reached a major milestone by re-homing 1,000 greyhounds this year.

Lady, a three-year-old bitch, was the 1,000th greyhound to be re-homed and she will spend her retirement with the Sutton family in Cheshire. Carole Sutton commented: "We are delighted with Lady. We were looking to replace our terrier and after we visited the Retired Greyhound Trust's stand at RAF Waddington Air Show in June and discussed the suitability of having a greyhound as a pet we decided that a greyhound would be perfect for us. Lady has settled in well, she is so gentle particularly with our five year-old daughter who adores her."

Lady was re-homed from the Manchester branch of the RGT which is just one of 55 branches across the country. It has been an encouraging year to date for the RGT.

In the period from January to July 2002:

* the number of enquiries made to the Trust increased by a third compared to the same period in 2001

* funds generated are 50 per cent higher than the same period in 2001

* three new branches have opened - Scotland, Sunderland and Melton Mowbray

* 503 people signed up to sponsor the RGT's four nominated sponsor greyhounds - Pauley, Polly, Tess and Tiger Mike Ivor Stocker, Director of the Retired Greyhound Trust commented: "It has been a promising year so far for the charity. We are thrilled to have re-homed our 1,000th greyhound of the year and I would like to thank everyone at the Retired Greyhound Trust for their excellent work. Our awareness campaign, Grace 2002, is helping to increase people's understanding of the need to find more homes for retired greyhounds and encourage people to recognise the gentle nature of greyhounds and their suitability as pets.

"There is, however, an ongoing task to let people know what wonderful pets greyhounds can make. Currently 250 greyhounds are cared for in national RGT kennels and double that - 296 - are on the national RGT waiting list."