Greyhound coaches support appeal

Olympic and Commonwealth athlete and dog lover Iwan Thomas has lent his support to the hunt for new homes for Retired Greyhound Trust greyhounds in kennels.
Olympic and Commonwealth athlete and dog lover Iwan Thomas has lent his support to the hunt for new homes for Retired Greyhound Trust greyhounds in kennels.

A BERWICKSHIRE charity’s appeal to find loving new homes for its dogs has attracted the backing of an international iconic brand.

Kind-hearted Scotland-based coach operator Greyhound UK has pledged its support to the Retired Greyhound Trust after it announced its homing figures were down and there were 10 dogs that needed homes in its kennels in Eyemouth and 700 dogs in kennels across the country.

Greyhound UK approached the Retired Greyhound Trust when it heard that its homings were 500 down on 2009 figures. The company has now partnered with the charity to raise awareness of the significant numbers of greyhound dogs that are without homes in the UK today.

Greyhound UK recruited Olympic and Commonwealth athlete and dog lover Iwan Thomas to kick off the partnership between the two organisations and start the hunt for new homes for Retired Greyhound Trust greyhounds in kennels.

Iwan said: “I’m a huge dog lover. Greyhounds are wonderful dogs so it’s great to see a company of the stature of Greyhound UK get behind such a worthy charity. I would urge anyone who is considering a dog to think greyhounds – I certainly hope to adopt one in the next few months.”

Ivor Stocker from the Retired Greyhound Trust said: “Despite greyhounds being incredibly loving and easy to look after (two 20 minute walks per day) we still have so many that need homes.

“I hope that by working with the world’s most famous coach brand, Greyhound UK, we can better support our wonderful network of volunteers and encourage more people to consider providing a home for these beautiful dogs,” he added.

Marc Reddy of Greyhound UK, said: “The iconic, sleek, Greyhound logo is one of the most recognised in the world. In the UK, we want to give something back to our four legged friends that have done so much for our business. We are proud to adopt the Retired Greyhound Trust as our official charity partner for 2011.”

To give a loving new home to a greyhound, please telephone 0844 826 8424 or log on to www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk to see some of the dogs that need homes.