In case you missed the title..
OzGreyhoundSales DOES NOT “support” greyhound adoption!
This might sound a little shocking to you at first. Let me explain…
“Support” in the context we are using it means to:
OzGreyhoundSales is 100% totally and willfully dedicated to promoting and advocating (very loudly) the safe passage of both retired racing greyhounds and also un-raced greyhounds into the loving and caring hands of people that wish to nurture and care for them via adoption and foster programs!
- The Regenus AdiCell arthritis treatment for animals that uses the animals own fat tissue to heal arthritic bones and joints.
- Laser therapy which stimulates healthy cell growth and healing.
- Trigger point therapies and massages
- A Grade premium quality foods which greyhound breeders and trainers spend thousands of dollars a year on, in fact the greyhound racing industry is well known for feeding BARF or other similar mixtures well before the health trend actually kicked off.
- Supplements such as fish oils, electrolytes and other minerals are used quite regularly on greyhounds whereas compared with the regular pet who may never see a vitamin in his entire life.
Education. Educating people from the one time owners right through to the back yard breeders and even families wanting a new pet. If we can educate more people that want to own a dog for the fun of it that they should be inclined to look after the dog after its racing career ends the chances are most people would either be unwilling to go ahead with their new venture or that they would take responsibility of the greyhound after it’s race career.
The same goes with one time or backyard breeders and especially for families on the hunt for a new family pet. I mean it’s still all too common to hear of people that have no idea they can easily and affordable adopt a retired racing greyhound with an excellent story behind them and a great temperament!
Finally, adoption. If we put more effort and time into re-homing greyhounds and finding suitable people and families to adopt them then we could potentially solve two problems at once.
Here is a scary fact seeing as we are talking about canine euthanasia.
We know that in Australia dogs are purchased and then abandoned on a regular basis. Many of those abandoned dogs are then euthanized. That number sits at a whopping 245,783 as per a PIAA (pet industry association paper from 2012).
However we also know that a very large number of the greyhounds that go into adoption programs and are then successfully re-homed stay that way because of the adoptions contracts that some volunteer organizations and adoption programs use as a pre-requisite prior to re-homing.
So would it be too much to ask if we where to discuss the relationship between new dog ownership and greyhound adoption?
To me the relationship is quite clear and strong.
When people want a new dog why can’t we offer them a greyhound?
There are about 450,000 pet dogs purchased each year (again as per PIAA), surely some of those new owners would be interested in a greyhound don’t you think? And with the adoption contracts and home placing that occurs I see no reason for the new owner to then abandon the dog if he or she could simply return it back to the adoption center.
Adoption hurdle overcome
For a long time retired racing greyhounds have under law been required to wear a muzzle in a public place. Although the laws are somewhat different for the states, they are all very similar. This law directly stood in the way and acted as a major hurdle to greyhound retirement programs.
In 2011 the NSW regulation was amended to allow for retired racing greyhounds and pet greyhounds who had successfully completed a re-training program to instead wear a green collar as opposed to the muzzle.
So to all those that are calling the industry folk a bunch of monsters, they need to sit back and have a good hard long think about exactly who is loving, caring, training, re-homing and batting for these animals. If they look closely they just might find its the very same people called monsters.
For more information on adopting a greyhound and or getting the message out please visit:
http://www.gapsa.org.au/ SA (also looks after NT)
http://www.thedogs.com.au/DPage.aspx?spid=130&id=58 NSW (also looks after ACT)
The greyhound racing industry is not going away and it has no reason to, so let’s all try to work together to look after the dogs!