‘Rescue’ group turns down potential adopter for supporting racing

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A UK greyhound re-homing organisation has come under fire from the public and greyhound racing participants after denying someone the opportunity to adopt a retired racer, based on their views of the industry.

A London man, known only as Richard, tweeted a response he received from the Kent Greyhound Rescue on Monday evening after he expressed an interest in adopting one of its ex-racing dogs.

“Thinking of adopting a greyhound, so filled in a form with a charity,” Richard said.

“When asked why I was keen on a greyhound specifically, I said that as a fan of the sport I was aware of how many retired dogs are desperate for homes.”

Nothing could have prepared the trading technology worker for the letter he received back from the group which he described on Twitter as ‘mental’.

“You may wish to consider rehoming directly from the Retired Greyhound Trust because they will sit better with your enjoyment of greyhound racing,” the letter read.

“Our dogs come to us via the dog pound where they have been sent to be killed by their trainer or owner, when they are no longer wanted – they make no effort to rehome them and we bear the full cost of rehabilitating them ready for rehoming.

“Whilst we understand everyone has the right to go to the (sic) race meetings it would be unfair on our dogs to be rehomed to that situation where their owner (sic) supports the industry that failed to support the dog.”

Richard expressed his displeasure with the situation, believing the KGR was going against what should be its main priority.

“What’s the logic? I am baffled. My passing interest in the sport doesn’t make me part of the problem…

“I’m furious that a charity that should have the dogs’ best interests at heart should let that anger blind them to such an extent.

“I was interested in that place specifically because they had a number of dogs listed as ‘cat workable’ but I’m sure I’ll have some luck elsewhere too.”

Participants have taken to social media to slam the ‘rescue’ group for putting its views of greyhound racing above actually finding homes for its dogs.

“I cannot believe what I’ve just read,” one person said,” This proves they don’t care about the dogs in need of homes half as much as they do their stupid agendas. Disgraceful.”

Others are now calling for the Greyhound Board of Great Britain to investigate the statements made by the Kent Greyhound Rescue, which claimed ‘We deal day in, day out with the residue of dogs the GBGB are not interested in – most of which are not even on their statistics.”

“This would [be] a good time for GBGB to come forward,” one Facebook used said,

“I also think it’s important to make sure funding goes to the right places.”

“Currently there are quite a few anti-racing groups who are getting [British Greyhound Racing Fund] funding.”

The Kent Greyhound Rescue lists itself on its website as a ‘registered charity run by a very dedicated group of volunteers who passionately believe in helping the dogs find loving homes’.

They claim to re-home approximately 150 dogs each year, but not all of their adoptions are greyhounds. They also re-home lurchers (sighthound x terrier), whippets and galgos.

KGR stated they receive no funding from the racing industry and rely solely on public donations, which totalled £64,603 for the 2016 financial year. This equates to AU$112,302.

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  1. What’s with all the “rescue” in passive aggressive " " ?

    They are a real rescue who also have a strong (quite rightly) anti racing stance.

    If they want to find loving, ethical homes who don’t support the deadly greyhound racing industry- homes where they won’t enjoy watching/betting on the races which kill over 400 dogs a year at the track alone- then good on them.

    Also why should they jeopardize their successful rescue operation by alienating their volunteers, fosterers, fundraisers and donors who share their views.

    Total non story from one disgruntled entitled man who didn’t like being politely turned away

  2. More lies from the antis and caged northwest shocking some one who supports greyhound racing can not take the dog all UK pro racers are on to this on our groups

  3. Why would any decent rescue trust someone who supports an industry that kills thousands of dogs every year, to adopt one of their dogs that has just almost lost his/her life! Greyhounds often come from a licensed greyhound track and fall into hands that race them again, but on an unregulated track, which is even worst with many of these dogs ending up in bin bags. Therefore ANY responsible rescue would safeguard the dogs future by sending them to a responsible home that can be trusted 100% not to race them again.

  4. I can’t believe what I just read,is this for real? Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t the antis favourite lament,’ rescues are bursting at the seams with greyhounds used and discarded by the racing industry’?? If that’s the case,then why would you turn someone down simply because they had a passing interest in greyhound racing? They have deprived a dog of a potentially good home,just because of their agenda and personal opinion. Just because you have an interest in racing,be it horse or greyhound,does that mean you’re not fit to own a dog? Wow, idiots, selfish ****dy idiots! I knew that there was such a thing as ‘racism’ but now it looks like we have something equally as distasteful called ‘raceism’.

  5. Rita- no one would go and get an old or abandoned dog from a rescue group and then race it on an unlicensed track ( just where are they located- could you be more specific and name some or perhaps you could ring the authorities about them - if they exist) - and the reason is - they would have no chance of winning a race.
    Why would anyone go to a rescue place where you do actually have to pay for the dog when if they wanted to race an old or not so good one - they could go down to any track and ask and they would be inundated with offers of free ones. If dogs have been abandoned or sent to a shelter or rescue group they would have absolutely no chance of winning a race otherwise they would not be there.
    Talk about conspiracy theories.

  6. Deborah… I have been resisting the temptation to comment on this topic because it’s impossible to convert a brainwashed Marxist failed university student who knows nothing about that of which they speak. Did i mention stupid and dare i say it boring because for years i have believed that only boring people get bored… maybe it is me they’re driving me to distraction.
    I should pick another topic.

  7. I know how you feel Jett but sometimes you just cannot let such ignorance go and sadly some of these activists whilst lacking in common sense are very persistent - I feel it is my duty to educate them at least to some degree and I am not prepared to let people who have no understanding of the industry demonise the good people I know and have known for a very long time.
    I can remember - a long time ago - when the activists were considered harmless nutters - of course we now know they are far more dangerous than that and they need to be taken to task- for far too long they have sprouted rubbish without being held to account.

  8. I was turned down from a local rescue because they didn’t like the fact that I raw feed my dogs. I didn’t get all butt hurt and cry about it. It’s actually a good thing I was turned down, because a few months later I got a neglected dog from a previous owner. (skinny, matted hair, depressed)

    I don’t know why people feel like they are entitled to have pets. It’s a privilege, not a right. The rescue group turned me down to adopt one of THEIR dogs. They had every right to do so, just like this rescue group had every right to turn that guy down. Sorry, the world does not revolve around what you want. Please get over yourself.

  9. Dogs need food, a bit of exercise, a place to rest and to be treated decently. They do not care if the blanket they lie on is a cheap one or an expensive one- they don’t care if their owner is fat or not very beautiful or clever as long as they are good to them.
    Some of these rescue groups are getting a bit precious - given the thousands of dogs requiring homes surely anyone who is decent deserves a go.
    The RSPCA do house inspections- seriously does a dog care whether it is a caravan with a good person and old rug, a pat and a walk. What they need Laura Ashley bedrooms do they and people with the right political views? I don’t think so.

  10. Whateverbro.
    Your local rescuer turned you down because you feed your dogs raw meat???
    Why didn’t you report them for animal cruelty or is your political agenda more important?
    You people really are a bunch of misguided fools and i think the public have woken up.