Their racing days are over – but there’s plenty of life in these old dogs yet...
The Retired Greyhound Trust and Owlerton Stadium are using today’s Yorkshire Greyhound Day to try to find new homes for a selection of special greyhounds.
Owlerton works closely with the Sheffield branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust, in Wortley, to help find loving homes for its retired track stars.
The stadium helps fund the Trust’s farm, which is able to care for more than 20 greyhounds waiting to be adopted.
Since the farm opened in 2006 it has found loving homes for more than 1,700 retired greyhounds.
The farm is one of the largest regional home-finding sanctuaries in the UK and is run by husband and wife team Lynda and Roy Cattlin.
Lynda said: “We currently have nine greyhounds looking for a new family. Greyhounds make great pets as they are very easy to look after.
“Contrary to what people may think, they don’t need a lot of exercise – around two 20-minute walks a day. They are ideal companions for elderly and retired people and they have a loving, placid nature and are incredibly affectionate with big characters.
“The Trust ensures all greyhounds are neutered, flea treated, wormed, vaccinated, and have their teeth cleaned and nails cut before they are adopted.
“We also give adoptees a walking out coat, house collar, muzzle, leather collar and lead set as well as four weeks free pet insurance.” The Trust asks for a donation of £130 to help with the high level of care and cost of maintaining the farm. Homes of potential owners are visited to check they are suitable.
John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton, said: “Greyhound welfare is extremely important to Owlerton and our Trust goes above and beyond in caring and preparing our greyhounds for life after retirement.
“We love to hear about all the rehoming stories and how people have fallen in love with their new pet.
“Because they are short haired they tend to be very clean dogs and don’t require a lot of grooming. The feedback we get from people is that they are very rewarding and great to have them become part of their family.”
* For more information about the Trust, to help give a dog a home or volunteer at the farm email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit Sheffield Retired Greyhounds or call 0114 288 8300.
Demi: “She is a lovely little black bitch. Very friendly, walks excellent on the lead and mixes well with other breeds.”
Dorian: “He is a large fawn dog who is very quiet in his kennels but always happy to see his food and treats. He’ll train very easily and walks nicely on the lead.”
Spirit: “A large black male, likes to play in the garden and would make an excellent family pet. He likes children and playing, he’s full of life.”
George: “A big handsome boy who always catches people’s attention! He loves his food and playing. He’ll easily fit into a new family.”
Betsy: “A beautiful little lady, she has a very cheeky personality. She is full of energy and never stops wagging her tail.”
Kyber: “A big strapping handsome black and white dog that just wants to have a good time. He loves to play, walk and be cuddled. He has a really good temperament, friendly and very attentive.”
Lara: “A beautiful little white and black bitch. She would make a great companion to anybody. All she wants to do is please.”
Tommy: “A very handsome black dog, nervous with new people but once he starts to get to know you, he will show you what a brilliant dog he is. He loves his dinner and going for walks but is just as happy pottering around the garden.”
Dee Dee: “She is full of energy and has a loving nature. She loves people and would do anything for attention and a cuddle. She just can’t wait for her dinner and would never turn down a treat.”