Long Stay Niki is Reserved!

We are very please to let you know that our lovely, extra large (36kg – huge for a bitch), 2 toothed fawn girl Niki will be going home very soon. She’s been with us far too long, since August 2012 in fact, but the wait for the right home has proved worth it.

Thursday will see Niki head off, just a few short miles away to live with Johnny an 11 year old lurcher who is a mere 28kg. He likes his ladies big it seems and Niki is as enamoured of Johnny as he is of her. Niki’s new human mum to be is also very much looking forward to Niki joining her family.

Niki testing out the garden in her new home after having an exhausting game of chase with Johnny the lurcher her new "boyfriend" to be.

Niki testing out the garden in her new home after having an exhausting game of chase with Johnny the lurcher her new “boyfriend” to be.

Whilst Niki has finally landed on her paws we still have too many other long stay dogs needing to find their adoptive homes. Jet (arrived May 2012), Willie (arrived September 2012), Robbie (arrived November 2012) and Tipsy (arrived February 2013) are all looking forward to the time they can enjoy a long overdue sofa to call their own. Poor Jet, who is a very loveable boy and not difficult has waited a full 2 years and there’s still no sign of a home offer for him.

Jet black male bed

Jet: Still looking for an adoptive home after a 23 month wait.

If you are considering adoption please do consider all the greyhounds in our care. Whilst we all love having new arrivals come in we most especially love seeing our longer stay greyhounds head off to start new lives in the comfort of loving homes.

Homed Greyhounds:

Banksy, Winston and Dice were homed in March.

Reserved Greyhounds:

Nelson, Bobby, Lottie, Slick and Niki are reserved.

New arrivals:

Rocky is our latest arrival. Photo to follow as soon as possible.

Updated Descriptions:

Nimrod, Comet, Misty, Alfie, Rocky, Lola, Wallace, Anna and Freddie have updated descriptions on site. Please take another look at them along with our other greyhounds and see if we have the perfect pet for you. All available greyhounds can be seen in our Greyhound Needing Homes Gallery. Don’t forget to visit pages 2 and 3 of this gallery as well as page 1.

Nimrod greyhound black male

Our smashing boy Nimrod is in need of a home.

Open Day 2014:

Our 2014 Open day has been set for Sunday 8th June, 11am until 2pm. We hope that you’ll all come along and join the fun to help us raise funds for the greyhounds in our care. Our annual Open Day is our biggest single fundraising event of the year.

So far we have the following confirmed attractions:

Fun races (like Greyhound Relay and Bonio and Spoon), we will have Chris and Marina from K9 Matters in attendance to help with any behaviour queries you may have. We will have Rachel a vet nurse at Ark Veterinary Practice offering canine nail clipping (for a small donation) and general health/dental advice.

There will be refreshments, a plant stall offering young plants right through to fully flowering hanging basket arrangements, a raffle, tombola, home made cakes/jams/pickles etc. Other attractions include our greyhound merchandise stall and alongside that the talented Amy will be offering her hand made greyhound tassels and greyhound ear rings (for people naturally).

We’ll have our local dog warden in attendance offering free microchipping and you can also ask her any legal question about dog ownership that you may have. We have our very own Viv who will be playing some live folk music on her flute while you browse. Quite possibly there will be a whole lot more yet too. We are still planning!

Parking will be on site, courtesy of our landlady and one of her fields.

Please note that we have no facilities to accept credit or debit cards. Any payments for goods or donations on the day will need to be done by either cash or cheque.

Kennel Open Day 2011 - Black Beauty Competition
A date for your diaries: Open Day 2014 will be on Sunday June 8th 11am until 2pm.

Greyhounds in Foster Care:

Bobby, Niki, Jet, Roger, Rosie and Tipsy are in foster care. If one of our foster dogs interests you as a potential new family member then you simply need to call us and we’ll arrange a mutually convenient date and time for you to meet him/her.

Heart Warming Greyhounds Stories That Have Made News:

An ITV article about Greyhounds helping people who have suffered brain damage.

An article from Country Life Magazine.

Reading Education Assistance Dogs – helping children learn to read and this article features Danny the greyhound.

Greyhounds as Therapy Dogs – A Telegraph article highlighting just one of many, many greyhound therapy dogs nationwide.

Greyhound Blood Donors – It’d not just people that greyhounds are good at helping. Pet Blood Bank is a charity we work hand in hand with at Greyhound Lifeline. PBB hist many a session at our kennels where each greyhound who donates blood can save up to four other canine lives of all/any breed. Pet Blood Bank have their own very informative web site as well.

Are we plugging how wonderful greyhounds are? Well maybe, just a little bit, but then that’s because all of us at Greyhound Lifeline love the breed and want to see more of them get adopted into loving homes after racing.

Used Postage Stamp and Ink Cartridge Appeal.

Many of you may already know that the Retired Greyhound Trust collect used postage stamps to raise funds for the greyhounds in their care. For some of you collecting the occasional stamp here and there and finally getting around to posting a collection off may be a bit of a nuisance.

Thanks to the inspiration of Penny and Adrian (who have started the branch collection very nicely) we are now collecting as a kennel too. In due course we’ll arrange for a bulk lot of stamps to reach the RGT and save you the postage cost of sending them yourselves. From as little as one stamp, please bring them in whenever you visit us. We have a collection bag in the kennel kitchen for you to use. All stamps are welcome, but most especially the ones from abroad. Thank you everyone for supporting greyhound welfare Nationwide.

Foster Home Appeal:

We need more foster homes. Ideally we are looking for foster homes within easy traveling distance of Fleet, Wokingham, Alton or Southampton as we have trusted volunteer team members in those areas who would be able to assist with viewings if a trip to the kennels was not possible.

We prefer foster carers who have some experience of dog ownership and training. Homes without cats and young children are especially sought because homes with young children and/or cats or inexperience dog handlers severely restrict our options of the greyhounds we could place with you.

If greyhound fostering is of interest to you, then please visit our fostering information page to see if it could be the route for you.

Lungworm can kill!

Please be aware of Lungworm, it’s a killer that many of you won’t necessarily have heard of. It is spreading fast in the UK and many dogs have already died from it. Don’t panic however as Lungworm is very easy to prevent and equally if diagnosed early it can be treated very successfully too. Late diagnosis of Lungworm does not always have a happy ending however.

The following link will take you to a Lungworm Information site. For preventative treatment of lungworm you will need to contact your vet. Treatment/prevention of  Lungworm is by prescription medication only.

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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