I never questioned whether I’m doing the right thing by taking in an unwanted racing greyhound. How could saving a life not be good?
But having been in touch with a number of trainers regularly throughout the past 5 years, I realised that I also make it okay for the trainer or breeder who surrendered the greyhound to breed more without even feeling guilty. I often move one adult greyhound out of a breeding kennel just to return next week and find the same kennel now houses a litter of 6 greyhound puppies.
The industry knows already that it breeds too many to ever rehome and it also cannot predict which litter will turn out to be profitable champions. Wastage is a real issue in both greyhound and horse racing. So having someone who takes in any greyhound regardless of colour, sex, age, health or behaviour issues (unlike GAP and other ‘rescue groups’) is definitely a massive benefit for the trainers and breeders.
But once you start rescuing, it is impossible to stop and turn your back on the thousands of greyhounds (and other animals) in need. So while rescuing a greyhounds also means serving the industry, it is a necessary evil I have to accept.
But what I cannot accept is ‘rescue groups’ who don’t speak up for greyhounds and play nice with the industry in a naive attempt to save them all. We cannot save them all; we never have and never will.
If a trainer or breeder does not surrender a greyhound to you because you are anti racing, the death of this greyhound is on the trainer or breeder, not you.
The best thing ANYONE can do to help greyhounds worldwide as well as the poor Galgos in Spain is to speak up against the cruelty.
You don’t need money or a lot of time to do it. Share information online from reputable organisations or ask your local rescue group to help out at awareness events. Many will have flyers or brochures you can leave behind at cafes, shops, vets etc.
You can write to your local government and educate your work colleagues. Schools are often interested in guest speakers to teach the kids something outside of the curriculum too.
The more noise there is about the dark side of racing, the more you are helping thousands of dogs and horses every year.