Greyhound Rescue Wales is the longest established greyhound charity in Wales and the only all Wales charity dedicated to rescuing and re-homing greyhounds and lurchers. GRW is a charitable company limited by guarantee, company number 08411721, and was established in this new form on 2nd June 2013.
Our dogs are given to us directly by their owners or we take them in as strays after they have been abandoned. Our dogs receive all the loving care and veterinary treatment they need for as long as they are with us. All are also neutered, vaccinated, wormed and micro-chipped.
Greyhound Rescue Wales campaigns ceaselessly to spread the message that greyhounds and lurchers make wonderful pets. We are currently working with key partners to make sure that all greyhounds in Wales receive protection in law in the future. Greyhound Rescue Wales is an entirely voluntary organisation so all the funds we raise are put to good use with the lowest possible overheads.
ORIGINS OF GREYHOUND RESCUE WALES
Greyhound Rescue Wales began in 1993 with a small group of people trying to rescue greyhounds and lurchers in the Swansea area. Over the next few years the organisation grew quickly and attracted support from many parts of Wales. Greyhound Rescue Wales became a registered charity in 1996 when it became able to cover the whole of Wales.
Over 1,800 greyhounds and lurchers have since been found permanent homes.
ORGANISATION AND FINANCES
Greyhound Rescue Wales is a membership organisation currently with over 200 members and several hundred more supporters. It is a democratic organisation managed by a board of trustees, the Executive Committee members, who are elected annually at the Annual General meeting of members.
All members and supporters are kept in touch through the twice yearly magazine “Greyhound Express” and can also subscribe to a free monthly e-newsletter. If you would like to receive this e-newsletter please use the ‘Contact Us‘ form to send us your email address.
You can also help the charity by volunteering for some of the important tasks such as raising funds, visiting prospective owners, transporting dogs, fostering dogs etc. We do not employ paid staff so all of this vital work depends on volunteers.
We have to raise all our money ourselves and we make sure it goes a long way. We pride ourselves on our cost-effectiveness and this is only possible because of the dedication of our volunteers.
Our work is focused on rescuing and re-homing greyhounds and lurchers. We also aim to raise awareness that greyhounds make wonderful pets and to achieve proper legislation to protect racing greyhounds in Wales.
All animal lovers will be aware of the plight of the greyhound. Although many owners of racing hounds take their responsibility towards the breed seriously, some are not so thoughtful, and will discard dogs once they are past racing age (typically about three to four). Their placid nature makes them ideal pets for a happy life in retirement.
The greyhound breed has been around for a long time – some sources reckon up to 4,000 years. The noble posture and unmistakable silhouette of the greyhound are thought to have provided inspiration for the dogs of the Pharaohs seen in ancient hieroglyphics.
Sight and flight
Greyhounds are “sight-hounds”, meaning they hunt using their eyes, not snouts. This genetic disposition is what has made them such successful hunting dogs, and though hare coursing is now banned in the UK, lure coursing, in which a fake “hare” is used, continues as a way of training pedigree dogs.
Keep on running
Long legs, a deep chest and a flexible spine allow the greyhound to fully extend its body when running, reaching speeds of up to 40mph. They burn a lot of energy in short bursts, so only need two or three 20-minute walks a day to keep them in shape.
Coats of many colours
Soft, short and smooth, the hair on a greyhound is easy to maintain and they’re less likely to cause allergies. Coats come in many colours – black, white, fawn and brindle (a salt and pepper/ashy appearance) – but there is no breed standard colour.
Meek and mild
Greyhounds have a lovely temperament, are affectionate and will get on well as pets, forming strong bonds within the family and even rubbing along just fine with cats. Despite the “prey drive”, which forces them to chase squirrels, they can be trained to recall.
It may look cruel, but it is advisable to muzzle greyhounds. It was traditionally done to stop them nipping each other after a race, now it’s common practice, not because they are dangerous but becase we are responsible owners.