Open Day - The Latest!

In spite of the recent weather we are going ahead with our Open Day on Sunday 20th May and it will be held at our kennels after all. We will begin at 11am and finish at 2pm.

We are extremely grateful to St Nicholas’ School, Redfields House, Redfields Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 0RF who have very generously agreed to letting us use their school car park for the duration of our Open Day. Our previously planed on-site parking is currently an unusable muddy bog due to the recent heavy rains.

Limited parking for disabled persons will be  available at the kennels. All other visitors please Park at St Nicholas’ School (address above) and walk the short distance to us. Estimated walk time 10 minutes. It is essential that dog mess is not left on the school site, or indeed our site, so please ensure you have poop bags to hand at all times. Don’t forget of course that you can re-stock with those from us. We sell degradable poop bags in 50’s for just £1 per pack.

We hope you’ll be able to join us and enjoy a fun day out. This event is our biggest  fund raiser of the year and it goes a long way toward supporting the payment of our never ending veterinary and feed bills etc.

Entry and parking is free, but we would really appreciate donations of canned fish in oil, spring water or tomato sauce (no fish in brine please as salt is poisonous to dogs) or canned dog food.

Preparing for the parade
Getting ready for the Homeless Hound Parade 2011

Please can we ask people not to bring dog treats for this event as we are still working our way through the veritable mountain of them collected during our Christmas appeal! Your generosity then absolutely astounded us and we are still grateful, but this time tinned fish and dog food would be much more useful as the greyhounds do love their sardines, tuna and pilchards!

New Arrival:

Lulu who was born in December 2008 is our latest arrival. She’s a tiny little girl with a lovely nature and she has passed our cat test with flying colours too.

Another new arrival is expected in on Saturday.

Homed greyhounds:

Bizzle has been homed.

Reserved Greyhounds:

Harry is reserved.

Looking to adopt a greyhound?

Please visit our Greyhounds Needing Homes Gallery to see details of all our available greyhounds. (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).

Donate a scarf to help a greyhound

Ladies everywhere are urged to clear out their wardrobes as the Retired Greyhound Trust is calling for donated ladies scarves of all types for an exclusive charity sale event at the Spirit of Summer Fair at London’s Olympia on 16th 17th May.

Peter Laurie, the Trust’s Chief Executive, explained:

“The Retired Greyhound Trust is dedicated to finding loving homes for greyhounds when their racing days are over.  Last year we found 4,120 homes for ex-racers thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters. We want to help even more dogs again this year, but we really need your help.

“The Spirit of Summer Fair is a really exciting opportunity for us and we are looking forward to working with The London Ladies Club to raise funds by offering a range of elegant and beautiful scarves for sale, including some unique vintage and collectible designs to suit all styles and budgets.”

One long-standing supporter of the Trust’s work is model, actress and singer Twiggy, who first got involved after helping find homes for brother and sister retired greyhounds Gracie and Joe.  During a recent photo shoot for her ‘Twiggy’ clothing line with M&S, she met Monty, a retired greyhound.

Twiggy said:

“This is such a great cause that is very important to me, which is why I have personally donated a scarf.  I encourage everyone to dig deep into their wardrobes, and their hearts, and send in any fine scarves they can spare to help the Retired Greyhound Trust raise funds to rehome these gorgeous dogs.”

To help support the Trust and donate a fine scarf, please send it by 14th May to: Scarf Appeal, Retired Greyhound Trust, Park House, 1-4 Park Terrace, Worcester Park KT4 7JZ.

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:

Lulu, Abbie and Champ have all passed cat tests and with caution in the early days they would be able to learn to live safely with cats.

Foster Dog Updates:

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.

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.

Dan has recently moved into foster care and he too has turned into a smashing pet. Please give Dan a chance and ask to meet him. He’s one of those dogs who is a bit reticent until he knows you, but the lad has oodles of love and loyalty to give. Think what you could discover about him if you were to give him a chance to know you. Just look at Dan below, what a relaxed boy he is.

Dan on the sofa

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 giving your name and address (including postcode) and details of how much you wish to sponsor either in total 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 lines:

Luxury thick tartan, hooded fleeces are now stocked and available at £22 each and fancy house collars are another recent addition to our merchandise. Wide collars are available at £13 each and the standard width house collars are just £6 each. Please check out our Greyhound Merchandise Page to see other items we stock. Sorry, but we cannot do mail order, items are to be purchased in person only.

Next Canine Blood Donor Day – Sunday June 10th

Our next quarterly Pet Blood Bank blood collection sessio0n is booked for Sunday 10th June. Please call Pet Blood Bank on 01509 232 222 to book an appointment for your dog and save the lives of up to four other dogs! Acceptance criteria apply please read our Canine Blood Donor page for more information.

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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