Twiggy appeals for Retired Greyhound Trust

Retired greyhound track dogs need homes desperately

EX-SUPERMODEL Twiggy is backing a campaign by a Scots charity to urgently re-home nearly 1,000 retired greyhounds.

The Retired Greyhound Trust in Berwickshire had a “disappointing” year in 2010 as homing figures for the dogs were down by 500 on the previous year to 4,200.

The charity says it has almost 1,000 dogs in 72 kennels across the country, including 20 at the Berwickshire centre, who are in need of owners.

Twiggy said: “I am devastated to hear about the Retired Greyhound Trust’s struggle with homing figures.

“I would urge anyone who is considering a dog to think greyhounds.

“The sooner the charity can find good homes for those in kennels then the sooner they can free up space for many more who are on the waiting lists.”

The 60s fashion icon added: “Greyhounds make fantastic pets.

“They undergo a transformation when they leave the track.

“They turn from speed machines to docile couch potatoes who love to loll around and get fussed.

“All they want is a loving family or owner to look after them.

“I hope there are families out there who can help.”

Retired Greyhound Trust

Ivor Stocker, from the Retired Greyhound Trust, said: “The homing figures for 2010 are really disappointing for our hard working volunteers and bad news for our greyhounds.

“Greyhounds have very individual personalities and our volunteers, who are based in our 72 kennels across the country, have years of experience homing them.

“They can match the right dog to the right individual or family to ensure everyone loves happily ever after.”

Greyhounds are said to get on well with other dogs and cats and the charity has seen a trend of older and retired people taking in the retired greyhounds.

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  1. This is a great story. I hope we’ll see another with more positive news in the future. Just out of interest’s sake, would any one reading this consider adopting an older dog that has not really been in a domestic environment for most of it’s life?

  2. I do hope the RGT supported by Twiggy have a successful year finding homes for the greyhounds no longer wanted by the racing industry.

    The latest greyhound breeding and homing figures show that over a one period about 10,500 greyhounds bred to meet the demand generated by British tracks simply ‘disappear’, presumed killed.

    Due to a decline in greyhound racing the figure is coming down but we have yet to reach a point where at least half the dogs bred for the track are given a home; a sobering thought when you consider racing first began in Britain back in 1926.

    Anyone who cannot adopt a greyhound can of course still help these beautiful dogs by never watching or betting on greyhound racing.

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