To say greyhounds are my life is an understatement. From 5am in the morning until 11pm at night, seven days a week, I live and breathe greyhound racing. I am a platinum supporter of the Greyhound Adoption Program, give weekly donations to Greyhound Rescue and I'm currently in the process of running a raffle for Golden Oldies Animal Rescue. However despite all this I'm still not deemed ‘worthy' enough to be a volunteer at an organisation who despises greyhound racing.
To put it simply I was immediately shattered by the following response, “because we have a strong stance against greyhound racing, you can't volunteer with us.” Every week I purposely walk into my local Coles store and buy products to place into this rescue's donation bin and as much as it hurts me to do it, I will not be doing this in the future. To be discriminated against because of my involvement in a sport is downright disgusting.
If I owned a racehorse would I not be allowed to volunteer because of horse racing? Would an elephant, orangutan, gorilla or tiger rescue group refuse my donation because I had visited a zoo? If I have children am I not allowed to help an orphanage? To be labelled as someone not worthy of being a volunteer is degrading and defeating the purpose of the organisation to rescue abandoned and abused animals. For one, I have never abused an animal and two, I have helped re-home so many animals they should be begging for my assistance!
Incorrect reports and statistics that have been published by various media outlets have never been good for greyhound racing and its image. Participants are viewed as heartless creatures that simply get rid of dogs if they aren't good enough. If this is the case across the board, then why is it that I know of so many trainers who have retired greyhounds sitting in their lounge rooms and others who regularly donate their prizemoney to worthy animal causes? It's a tough and exhausting battle that we are struggling to win and despite all the good that's being done, it appears the fight against anti-greyhound racing activists is continuing to go backwards.
For this organisation to be consistent with their decision to exclude me from becoming a volunteer, I urge them to conduct a background check on every single person who donates and offers to volunteer. I'm sure they have taken donations from people who have abused animals, committed a crime and worse. Yet I'm immediately disregarded because of my involvement with greyhound racing.
By refusing the assistance of someone who can raise serious money and help re-home animals, which funnily enough is in their mission statement, this animal welfare organisation has reduced their own credibility more than mine.