Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is now campaigning for change on Greyhound welfare.
In a drop-in session on Tuesday 17 January in Westminster, hosted by MP Angela Smith, member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, and the welfare member of the Greyhound Forum, charities gathered to discuss the needs of racing Greyhounds and what needs to be done to better protect them.
Along with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, others attendees were Retired Greyhound Trust, Forever Hounds Trust, Wood Green, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, the Kennel Club and Greyhounds in Need.
In 2016 alone, Battersea took in 95 unwanted, ex-racing Greyhounds. Battersea’s Director of Operations, Peter Laurie, said: “The current Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010 have delivered some important improvements. However, we believe there’s much more to do. This is why we were so disappointed when the Government’s review last year did not propose additional requirements to address remaining areas of concern.’’
“We’re asking for the 2010 Regulations to be amended to make it mandatory for the industry to publish welfare data relating to injury, euthanasia and rehoming or retirement numbers. These Regulations should also cover trainers’ kennels, which aren’t properly monitored, and yet are where Greyhounds spend 95% of their time.”
“Battersea works closely with other Greyhound welfare charities, and is an active member of the Greyhound Forum. As a result, we’re pleased to take in many ex-racers, who are lovely dogs and make wonderful pets in the right environment. As with all our residents, we’re committed to ensuring they go to the right homes with responsible new owners.”
Current Greyhounds at Battersea searching for their forever homes include Jason, an 18-month-old ex-racer. Friendly and affectionate with both humans and other dogs, he loves to curl up and snooze the day away.
There is also beautiful brown-and-white 18-month-old Blitz and his kennelmate, four-year-old Beauty, who can be rehomed separately or as a pair. Both affectionate and eager for a fuss, these two would enjoy home comforts for the first time.
To enquire about any of the Greyhounds at Battersea or to see other dogs available for rehoming, please visit their website.