The Kennel Club has stated its concern regarding the plight of retired racing greyhounds and has been supportive of the work of the Greyhound Forum in their extensive work to protect the future of these dogs.
The Greyhound Forum includes animal welfare organisations such as Dogs Trust, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Blue Cross, RSPCA and Wood Green Animal Shelters. Specific ‘breed’ members include Greyhounds In Need, Greyhound Rescue West of England and Greyhound Rescue Wales, and veterinarians are represented by specialists from the Society of Greyhound Veterinarians. Industry organisations on the Forum include the National Greyhound Racing Club and the British Greyhound Racing Board.
The Forum has been proactive in its representations with regard to improving Greyhound welfare within the racing industry, and a primary success has been the wide acceptance, in 2002, of the Greyhound Charter and Code of Best Practice, which was drafted by the welfare groups, and covers the Greyhound from the ‘cradle to the grave’. The Charter is in the process of being updated by the Forum members, and is expected to be accepted as the Code of Practice that underpins the Animal Welfare Bill.
The Kennel Club, through its Charitable Trust (registered charity number 327802), has, over the years given grants to various Greyhound organisations such as Tia Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue, Greyhound Awareness League, Greyhounds in Need, Greyhound Rescue West of England and Give a Greyhound a Home. The grants have helped fund essential kennel building work and maintenance, kennelling costs and the rescue and rehoming of dogs that require care after being abandoned or as a result of the closure of Greyhound tracks.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: ‘The KC’s primary objective is ‘the general improvement of dogs’, which of course encompasses Greyhounds. We are supportive of both the Forum and the individual rescue charities via our Charitable Trust and receive regular updates with regard to the current situation when we attend meetings of the Association of Dogs & Cats Homes of which the Kennel Club is a member.’
Caroline concluded, ‘We will of course continue to fully support the various Greyhound charities in their endeavours and if rescue kennels and organisations need assistance please contact the Kennel Club and we will do all we can to assist.’
Another press announcement highlighting further KC support for Greyhounds will be issued shortly.