Today Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) in partnership with The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust announced the next chapter in Irish Greyhound racing with the launch of its first dedicated Greyhound Care Centre.
The care centre has been set up to promote and help exracing greyhounds find their forever homes as pets for families across Ireland. The centre, which is independently run is funded by RCÉ through the Greyhound Care Fund. The Greyhound Care Fund, which was established in 2019, is solely dedicated to supporting a range of care and welfare projects for racing greyhounds and is funded from patrons at greyhound stadia and 50% of sponsorship for greyhound racing. The Greyhound Care Centre will be overseen by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, the industry charity that facilitates the rehoming of exracing greyhounds as pets.
Following an open formal tendering process, the contract was awarded to Greyhounds Pets of Ireland, Tipperary, based near The Horse and Jockey.
Chairman of Rásíocht Con Éireann, Frank Nyhan stated ‘the launch of the Greyhound Care Centre is a further element of RCÉ’s ambitious care and welfare programme for the industry. The high standard of the facility will ensure that greyhounds are well prepared for their ‘forever home’ and prospective new owners can see firsthand the suitability of a greyhound in a home setting and the benefits that rehoming a greyhound can bring in its new home. We are delighted with the work of all those involved in rehoming of racing greyhounds, particularly the IRGT, and must acknowledge the tremendous efforts that are made in seeking a forever home for retired greyhounds. Through the IRGT, 1,245 rehomings have been assisted in 2020 to date compared with 812 for the same period in 2019.”. It is the intention of RCÉ to continue to financially support an extensive rehoming programme and we have made provision for same in our 2021 Budget which was recently adopted by the Board of RCÉ’.
At the care centre greyhounds are helped make the transition from racing on the track, to being welcomed in a new family on their retirement. Along with meeting all regulatory and welfare requirements, the facility was chosen as it provides for all the needs of its guests. This includes the development of a socialisation strategy for each greyhound involving handson training and spending time in a realistic home setting, getting used to what their new home will be like.
The facility also for the first time offers a place where families hoping to adopt a greyhound can visit the centre, sit on the couch in the unique visitor room and meet the greyhound that they have been matched with to see what a fantastic addition a greyhound will make to their family. During COVID19 restrictions potential adopters can meet the greyhounds virtually, with a followup visit once restrictions have been lifted.
While potential adopters may not be able to visit in person at the moment, they can still get a flavour of what to expect in this short video.
Visits to the centre will be by appointment only once the completion of necessary application forms and a home check has been carried out.
Further information on Greyhound Adoption or the Care Centre can be obtained from the IRGT on [email protected] or phone 061448089.