Official statement in response to greyhounds allegedly being exported12 May 2016
The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) are aware of reports concerning 24 greyhounds which are allegedly being exported from Ireland to Macau via Manchester airport.
The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT), the national charity dedicated to finding homes for retired racing greyhounds, has expressed its concern for these greyhounds if the reports are accurate.
The RGT strives for a day when all racing greyhounds retire to loving homes and are treated with compassion and kindness.
Lisa Morris – Tomkins, the RGT’s Chief Executive said “As a charity, we take great pride in our commitment to securing safe and loving futures for retired greyhounds. If racing or retired greyhounds are being exported to countries where their welfare is compromised this is unacceptable and we are deeply saddened”.
Lisa continued “We are active members of the UK Greyhound Forum and the International Greyhound Forum and we will continue to work with partners and stakeholders to improve the welfare of greyhounds in wider society”.
Lisa concluded: “We are doing everything that we can to care for and home retired racing greyhounds with the generous donations that we receive, but our kennels are always full and our waiting list filled with hundreds of greyhounds waiting to come into our care.”
“As a charity we always want to do more and we will continue to strive for a day when all retired racing greyhounds have a loving home after racing, but we are in desperate need of homes to come forward. If you are looking for a new family pet, I urge you to consider a retired racing greyhound; their nature and adaptability make them fantastic pets”.
The RGT is the largest greyhound homing charity in the UK and in 2015 it found 3820 homes for retired greyhounds and helped 4800, more than half of those that retired from racing in the UK.
To find out more about adopting a retired greyhound please visit our home a greyhound page.