News from the Kennels

Please would you all help raise awareness that greyhounds make wonderful pets. Perhaps you could post a link to our home page on your own Facebook or Twitter page etc, perhaps mention greyhounds in conversation to friends or colleagues? Homing enquiries are a little slow at the moment, although they are still coming in and many greyhounds are still waiting for homing places. We cannot help more until our existing residents get themselves adopted.

We are happy to email out our homing posters to you. Simply print them at home and display them. Pet shops, community notice boards, your car window are all possible locations for posters. Just contact Greyhound Lifeline if you’d like a poster emailed to you.

We have a serious overdose of lovely boy greyhounds looking for homes. Just four girls reside in our kennels, all the others are boys! Boys make just as good pets and companions as the girls. Please consider a boy for adoption, there are lots to choose from. Check out our Dog or Bitch page for more information.

Homed greyhounds:

Alfie and Imi have been homed.

Reserved Greyhounds:

Turbo is reserved.

New Greyhound Arrivals:

Ash, Cody, Ginny and Lucy are our latest arrivals. Information about them along with details of all our other available greyhounds can be found in our Greyhounds Needing Homes Gallery. (Please note that there are 3 pages to this gallery, so if you don’t find your perfect greyhound for you on page 1, please keep looking as he/she may be on page 2 or 3).

Updated Greyhound Descriptions:

Lucy, Ash, Cody, Ginny and Jake have updated descriptions.

New Information Page:

We have published a new information page on site and it is all about heart murmurs.

Occasionally we have greyhounds looking for homes that get diagnosed with heart murmurs. We need to stress that greyhounds are no more prone to heart murmurs than any other breed, although their hearts are actually a little different to the hearts of other, non-athletic breeds.

In our experience the diagnosis of a heart murmur can put people off of adopting an individual. We have only two greyhounds currently that have heart murmurs and they are Abbie and Jake.

We pride ourselves on being as honest and open as possible with our descriptions and therefore we do advise of health issues whenever we are aware of them.

Our thanks go to Katherine Howie VN VTS(ECC)  for all her hard work and research in putting this page together for us.

New Greyhound Blog:

Paul has a new entry in his Greyhound Blog. He and his family have been busy doing some greyhound P.R. work.

We Still Need Foster Homes – Can you help?

If you think you might be able to foster a greyhound then please read our Greyhound Fostering Information page.

Cat Test Passes:

Bizzle, Abbie, Champ, Alfie, Phoebe, Jack and Harry have all passed cat tests and with caution in the early days they would be able to learn to live safely with cats. Phoebe is actually cat safe rather than a simple cat test pass.

Foster Dog Updates:

Jack has settled happily into foster care with Lucy. She is one of our most experienced foster carers and Jack is proving to be a wonderful dog and a very good influence on Lucy’s own dogs too we’re told.

Jack greyhound front view
The stunningly handsome Jack

Tara has turned into a real lady in a home environment. She’s living in a busy home with other dogs/bitches (including a small terrier). Clean, quiet, able to be left and sociable with children and other dogs. Why she is still waiting for her home, we don’t actually know.

Turbo has recently gone into foster care and his foster family have decided to join our Club FF (Failed Fosterers). Obviously Turbo made the decision to stay just where he was and subsequently won the hearts of his foster family.

Abbie remains the perfect foster dog. We don’t understand why this gentle and perfectly behaved girl has not been snapped up already. Abbie has passed our cat test.

Phoebe is doing well in her foster home and she is cat safe (a term we very rarely use) and able to be left with canine company. A loving girl just waiting for a home with another dog where she can get plenty of all breed socialising and exercise every day.

phoebe greyhound
Phoebe in her foster home

Sponsored Walk:

The Isle of Wight Branch of the RGT are holding their annual sponsored walk to raise funds for the RGT on Sunday 22nd April along the Southsea sea front. The walk begins at 2pm from the Eastney Swimming pool and the distance is approximately 6 miles. Representatives from Greyhound Lifeline are very welcome to join in (and having gone before it is a lovely day out with lots of greyhounds and owners in attendance).

To obtain a sponsor form and/or further information please call Sue from the Isle of Wight RGT on 01983 300332 or 07933 785696 or call Bill on 02392 786132. Any well behaved dog of any breed is welcome to take part.

Sponsored Slim:

Fiona Selby is aiming to lose 2 stone in weight and has offered to raise sponsorship for Greyhound Lifeline through her efforts. Her local Weigh Watchers group in Northamptonshire will verify whether or not she succeeds and/or how much she manages to lose.

If you’d like to offer Fiona some incentive to succeed and help raise funds for us at the same time then please email us at enquiries@greyhoundlifeline.co.uk giving your name and address (including postcode) and details of how much you wish to sponsor either in total or per pound weight lost (bearing in mind that there will be up to 28 pounds lost) and we’ll fill in the form for you.

Those of you who pay UK tax please let us know whether you agree or not to us claiming Gift Aid on on your sponsorship to increase the amount we receive at no additional cost to you.

New Greyhound Merchandise line:

We now stock some lovely, patterned house collars. The wide ones sell at £13 each and the narrow ones at £6 each. We hope to have some sample photos on site for you shortly.

Annual Kennel Open Day

Our Open day is coming soon. Please make a note in your diaries and come along and join us. Sunday 20th May is the date, 11am until 2pm is the time. We hope to see you there.

Entry and parking will be free, although a donation of canned dog food or fish (tuna, sardines, pilchards etc) in oil, spring water or tomato sauce would be most welcome. Absolutely no fish in brine though please as salt is poisonous to dogs!

More information about events and stalls will be published nearer the day.

Fundraise for us using eBay

You can now sell items on ebay and choose to donate between 10% and 100% of your sale price to Greyhound Lifeline. If you are an ebay member you could also simply donate by using your Paypal account. For ebay members only please visit their Sell for Charity page and enter “Greyhound Lifeline” in the Charity name area.

If you are a UK tax payer please also tick the Gift Aid box. Please read ebay’s terms and conditions carefully as we cannot be held responsible for any problems you may encounter. Could you sell your unwanted items and help us to buy food, provide veterinary care and generally look after the greyhounds in our care at the same time?

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