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Greyhound charities helped by new industry fund


Dudley Grant and Sarah Lloyd with Candy, Gem, Snoozy and Jet.


GREYHOUND REHOMERS in Oxford and Wiltshire are among the first to benefit from a new grants fund administered by the British Greyhound Racing Board. £100,000 is available for those charities, organisations and individuals who help find homes for ex-racing greyhounds and are not part of the Retired Greyhound Trust.

Greyhounds-r-us based in Latton, near Swindon and Westarth kennels near Bampton, Oxfordshire both received the maximum grant of £5,000 for new transport vans.

Ruth O’Donovan founder of GRUS (established in 1999) and now a registered charity said: "The funding for the new van has made a real difference. We can now advertise the charity while on the road and use it to transport the dogs to new homes and also ferry about items for sale in car boots or feed and other supplies for the dogs"

GRUS work closely with local stadiums and in May raised £3,000 at a sponsored race night at the Reading track.

O’Donovan said: "It was a great night and one of our major fundraisers of the year. We work with trainers and owners in the area and many are very good. As ever it is the minority that give the sport a bad name and leave their dogs without provision when their racing days are over."

Sarah Lloyd and Dudley Grant run Westarth Kennels from her home near Bampton where the greyhounds from racing kennels are educated in home life and also get to meet the family cats.

She said: "We have homed quite a few with cats but we take a lot of time finding the right home for all our dogs and support our new owners. The new van makes life a lot easier for us and the fund is a great way to help smaller groups that all make a difference in spreading the word about what great pets greyhounds make."

The maximum grant for any single application is £5,000. Applications are welcomed for capital projects that will contribute towards the successful rehoming of greyhounds and not for revenue subsidy.

Lord Lipsey, chairman of the BGRB said: "We have increased funding to the RGT significantly in recent years and tackling welfare and rehoming is one of the main focuses of the sport. I am delighted we are able to help those other organisations that help rehome and spread the word about our wonderful breed in this way."

The RGT is the main national charity working solely with greyhounds with more than 60 branches around the country. It received £1.3 million in 2006 from the sport to help fund kennelling, advertising, vets bills etc and last year rehomed more than 3,000 greyhounds.

To receive application forms contact the BGRB on 0207 2929900