About - Greyhound Welfare
The Home Office acknowledges
the National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) as the registration, judicial
and disciplinary body for the 30+ major racecourses in the UK. Greyhounds
racing on NGRC tracks are identified by an ear tattoo, must be registered
with the NGRC and kennelled with a registered NGRC trainer or owner/trainer.
Many owners make provision
for their dogs for life and will take them to live at home when their
racing days are over. The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT), formed in 1974
to assist owners who were in genuine difficulty, constantly reminds owners
that their greyhound is their own responsibility. The RGT homes a small
proportion of the dogs registered to race under NGRC rules and now encourages
all NGRC tracks to have their own 'home finding' schemes. They cannot
assist dogs that have not been registered with the NGRC. The person running
the 'home finding' scheme can be contacted via the racing manager at any
given track. There is no record of the number of racing dogs that are
humanely destroyed or sold through track sales to various destinations,
including areas with independent tracks.
In addition to the
NGRC tracks, there are over fifty Independent tracks, (commonly known
as 'flapping tracks') where racing is licenced with the local authority,
but the tracks are not bound by NGRC rules. Neither is there a requirement
for a veterinary surgeon to be present. The tracks are owned by private
individuals or business consortia. Greyhounds racing on these tracks are
almost always tattooed, but can live at home with the owner.
unlike other breeds registered with the Kennel Club, do not have the benefit
of a nationally organised or financially supported rescue work. In addition
to the large charities such as National Canine Defence League (NCDL),
Battersea Dogs' Home, Wood Green, The Royal Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) etc, which take as many strays and unwanted
dogs as accommodation allows, there are now several 'greyhound rescue'
groups operating in different areas of the country.