What happens when a
Greyhound retires from racing?
The majority of greyhounds are
retired from the race track by the time they
reach 4-5 years of age, a great deal even earlier
due to injuries or indeed the fact that they
simply don't make the grade and have no interest
in chasing anymore.
These are still young dogs with an
average life span of 12-14 years. 10,000 of these
dogs finish racing each year and probably less
than half are homed. This is where Greyhound
Rescue plays a part.
Through regular slots at country
shows, school and community presentations, TV and
radio publicity we hopefully have raised
awareness of the plight of these dogs once their
racing career has finished. Our greyhounds, plus
our owners and their greyhounds have demonstrated
just how suitable greyhounds are as pets and so
we aim to home as many retired racers as we can
over here in the Channel Islands.
G&M Hickmott 2007©