A PPCT grant has enabled Greyhound Rescue Wales to save and rehabilitate dogs whose lives were at risk.
Based in South Wales, the greyhound rescue charity steps in when racing dogs are retired or injured on the track.
This means that greyhounds who retire from and/or suffer career ending, dire injuries while racing at the remaining independent track in Wales (Valley Stadium), can be rescued and given the chance of a new life as a family pet.
Hector (main image) came into the care of Greyhound Rescue Wales in July 2019 after a serious fall whilst racing. He required treatment at the track initially and then at the veterinary surgery. Hector needed a plate inserted to stabilise his foreleg fracture. According to the charity, fees for Hector’s treatment were £6,619.22.
Hector’s rescue was part of an initiative the charity set up in 2004 called the Last Hope Fund. The scheme was established after a greyhound ‘Last Hope’ was found on a mountainside in South Wales. The dog had been shot through the head with a bolt gun and had had his ears removed to hinder identification. Greyhound Rescue Wales worked with the police and RSPCA Cymru to identify the greyhound and his owner who was successfully prosecuted.
Collaborating with Hope Rescue to save greyhounds
Another charity that PPCT supports, Hope Rescue, has collaborated closely with GRW for over 16 years. Both based in South Wales, they support each other’s work whenever possible. GRW are part of the “Cross-Rescue Greyhound Partnership” led by Hope Rescue. Volunteers attend as many race meetings as possible to collect greyhounds retired by their trainers. The dogs are accommodated in their rescue centre until they may be transferred to partner rescues.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is also a key partner in this project and has accepted numbers of greyhounds originating from Valley Stadium, as have Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, Forever Hounds Trust and Gables Farm.
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