Meet some of the greyhounds in our care and ready for adoption

| March 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

In last months’ article, Kate Barrett told us about volunteering and fundraising for Sheffield Retired Greyhounds. This month, Kate – treasurer of the Trust and local businesswoman – tells us more about a few of the greyhounds currently living at the kennels until forever homes can be found for them.

The majority of the greyhounds that come into the Sheffield Retired Greyhounds scheme have retired from racing on the track at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, Sheffield. We get calls every week from trainers and owners with dogs who have come to the end of their racing careers, wanting to do the responsible thing for them by helping them find forever homes. We keep a list of dogs waiting to come into the scheme and as one dog gets homed, a new dog comes to fill his or her shoes! It’s lovely to see happy dogs going to their new homes, wandering off into the distance wagging their tails at the side of their new owners, and it’s equally lovely to meet the new dogs coming to stay with us – hopefully for only a short time. We aim to rehome each dog as quickly as possible, ensuring we match the right dog to the right family/owner. Some dogs get picked straight away and are only with us a week or so. Others are with us for a long time and sometimes it can be hard to understand why some dogs don’t get picked as quickly as others.

As of mid-March, we have rehomed 25 greyhounds and have interest expressed in a number who could be chosen very soon! Up to 20 greyhounds stay at the farm in the care of the trust at any one time. Please read on and meet just a few of our current residents looking for their forever homes…

Holly

Holly

This is Holly, a beautiful brindle girl. She is four years old with lots of personality! For some reason Holly is still with us after 14 months. When she first came to the kennels she was very bouncy and silly, but has since quietened down a lot. Because Holly has seen friends come and go as they leave for their new homes, we think she is getting a little bit “down in the dumps” and not selling herself in the best way. She is a lovely girl and we are sure she will make the perfect pet! She loves her boyfriend, Speedy, who she shares her kennel with, and they love to play together in the paddock.

Holly would be an ideal “only pet”, or may be able to settle into a home with a male dog. She isn’t suitable for homing with cats or small pets.

Rosie and Scooby

Rosie and Scooby

This is Rosie (left) and Scooby (right).

They have been with us for a few weeks now and have settled in really well. They clearly love each other and as a result we need to home them together.

Unfortunately Scooby and Rosie came to us under sad circumstances and they weren’t in the best of health. At this stage we are not sure of their ages but are trying to find out further information through their ear tattoos (these mean we know they have been racing greyhounds at some time in the past). We were contacted by our headquarters – the Retired Greyhound Trust in London – who asked if we had room to take the dogs as they were in a poor state. This was as a result of being found in a shed after their owner, an old gentleman, sadly died. Apparently no-one knew they were there and they were only found about a week later – malnourished, covered in mange and looking very sorry for themselves.

We are pleased to say that they are now fit and well and ready for rehoming – amazing what a few weeks of TLC can do!

Eily

Eily

Eily is just four years old and has been with us a couple of months. She is a white and brindle girl who has lots of energy and who loves attention and a cuddle! We are keen to find Eily the right home, as she has been out to a home already (which already had another dog) and has come back as she wasn’t getting on with the other dog. She is lovely-natured but is quite dominant with other dogs so we would suggest that she is homed as an “only pet” where she can have all the attention!

Trudy

Trudy

Trudy is a little sweetheart and has been with us for about a month. She has just had her fifth birthday and is a little black and white girl with a white triangle on her nose end! She loves to meet people and her tail never stops wagging! She is very strong so needs a good, strong handler to take her for her daily walks.

Callie

Callie

This is Calli and she has come back to us as a result of a change in circumstances at her previous home. Calli had been living with her previous owner for about three years so she is totally house-trained and will settle very quickly into a new home environment. Even though Calli is the grand age of nine, she acts like a youngster and is full of life! She loves to go for a walk and is very good on the lead.

Fergie

Fergie

And last but certainly not least, this is Fergie. Fergie is a sweet little girl who loves attention and if you come to talk to her she comes up close almost asking for a cuddle (which she loves!). Don’t be fooled by Fergie’s sad look: she never wags her tail either, but she loves people and will make a wonderful pet. She is due a well-deserved retirement after a long racing career – she ran well over 100 races at Sheffield!

If you are interested in any of the above dogs, please get in touch (details below) – or why not come and visit them? There are always plenty of happy faces and wagging tails to greet you!

As mentioned earlier, the majority of the greyhounds in our kennels come to us after their racing career ends, via their racing trainer or owner. However, we do sometimes get greyhounds into the kennels through other circumstances. The start of 2013 has seen this happen twice, which is very rare – in the cases of Rosie, Scooby and Calli above. These cases are thankfully rare and our rehomed greyhounds live out their lives happily with their new owners.

All of our dogs go to their new homes with a lovely waterproof walk-out coat, a lead and collar set, an indoor soft collar and a muzzle. We always suggest you buy a bag of our food too, so that they initially have the food they are used to. This then allows you to introduce any new food to them over a few days so as to avoid tummy upsets. We are always on hand to give advice should you need it. Often when new owners take a greyhound from us it is their first pet, so they need to know there’s someone at the end of the phone to reassure them that all is ok!

The cost of spaying is also something you don’t need to worry about as we get this sorted for you, along with ensuring that the dog’s vaccinations, worm and flea treatments are up to date.

If you are interested in giving a greyhound a home, or would like to visit the farm to take a greyhound for a walk and learn more about the breed, please feel free to give Lynda or Roy a call on 0114 2888 300. We also have kennel or dog sponsorship which you can find out about by visiting our website:

www.sheffieldretiredgreyhounds.co.uk

If there is anything specific you would like us to include in future articles for the Bingley Rural, please drop Kate a line at kate.srgt@aol.co.uk or send her a tweet – @SheffieldRGT – and we will do our best to cover any topics you would like us to cover or answer any questions you may have.

Next month we will tell you more about some of the dogs that have been adopted and how they are settling into their new forever homes.

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