Tribute to “LAST HOPE”
‘Last Hope’ was a racing greyhound who raced at all three of the independent tracks that were operating in Wales at the time, and was also known as ‘Rusty’ and ‘Score’. He was found left for dead on a mountainside in the Rhymney Valley in South Wales. He was discovered lying on rubbish with a hole in his forehead and both ears cut off on 2 May 2004 by a walker and was later humanely destroyed.
But out of such immense cruelty can come some good. Greyhound Rescue Wales set up the ‘Last Hope Fund’ to help and protect other greyhounds from this awful fate.
Each year GRW hold an annual sponsored walk to raise money for the fund. This money has been used to rescue, treat and re-home especially desperate greyhounds or lurchers for whom the only other option would have been euthanasia.
However, with huge growing demand, the annual walks simply aren’t enough. Greyhounds are typically destroyed due to a racing injury or unwanted behaviour. You can appreciate these delightful creatures are still young and playful. Each operation may cost thousands and then you have to factor in the cost of rehabilitation, homing, dressings & follow up consultations and food.