The Retired Greyhound Trust - a national charity dedicated to finding homes for ex-racing greyhounds - has announced a new target to place 2,200 greyhounds in homes by the end of the year.
The figure is a 10% increase on the 2,000 greyhounds that were found homes in last year. It would, if achieved, make 2003 the Trust's most successful year to date. To help reach the target, the Trust is calling on all people that are looking for a new pet to widen their horizons and consider a greyhound. "Many people do not think about having a greyhound as a pet - even if they are dog lovers - and some that do mistakenly think that they will take a lot of looking after.
The reality is that they make great pets and their needs are the same as the average breed of dog," comments Ivor Stocker, Director, Retired Greyhound Trust. As racing careers are short - with the majority of greyhounds retiring at the age of three or four - greyhounds can live for up to 10 years in retirement.
They make extremely loyal pets for both individuals and families of all ages, are gentle and adaptable and in terms of exercise will be happy with a couple of short walks a day. Ivor Stocker continues: "There is an ongoing need to find homes.
A 10% increase is a bold target but, as more people become aware of the nature of greyhounds and the work that we do, we think it is achievable."
Those wishing to find out more should contact the Retired Greyhound Trust on 0870 444 0673 or visit www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk