The Retired Greyhound Trust has joined forces with the BVNA to help raise awareness of the suitability of greyhounds as pets and boost fundraising efforts for 2012.
The Retired Greyhound Trust has joined forces with the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) to help raise awareness of the suitability of greyhounds as pets and boost fundraising efforts for 2012.
The BVNA has named the Retired Greyhound Trust as its official charity for 2012 in a bid to help raise much-needed funds for homeless greyhounds at the end of their racing careers, and to promote the great work of the trust and its volunteers.
Around 8,000 greyhounds retire from racing each year, most between the ages of three and five. This means that after their racing careers, greyhounds have around seven to ten good years left in them and need to find homes to enjoy a happy life.
BVNA president Claire Fraser said: “We chose the Retired Greyhound Trust because of the great work its volunteers undertake for the welfare of the dogs.
“We are delighted to be able to offer a little help and support to make their lives just a little bit easier throughout 2012.
“Our members know that greyhounds make wonderful pets and we are delighted to have the opportunity to spread the word and tell everyone all about the joys of owning a greyhound.”
After retirement, greyhounds undergo a transformation. They change from being the fastest breed of dog to “couch potatoes“, requiring just two 20 minutes walks a day.
Peter Laurie, chief executive of the trust, said: “I am delighted that we have been invited to partner with an organisation whose members will really care about what we do.”
The Retired Greyhound Trust volunteers will work with BVNA members around the country to provide top tips for charity fundraising and help to maximise any fundraising opportunities. The much-needed funds ensure these dogs are looked after in kennels until a home is found for them with a caring owner or family.