It seems that life at our kennels will remain problematic a little longer. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first and then we can concentrate on the good news.
The Bad News:
More heavy rain has seen another greyhound have to move out of the kennels and into foster care. Whilst 2 others have moved into different kennels on site.
Due to lack of kennel space we are not currently in a position to take in any additional greyhounds for re-homing. For those greyhounds and owners/trainers patiently waiting we apologise. We are however looking forward to making the acquaintance of quite a few new arrivals very soon though.
Roger is not currently available for adoption as we are waiting for a referral to a specialist eye vet. In himself Roger is very well and he’s definitely happy living in his foster home. However until we know more about Roger’s eye problem(s) and the treatment he may need we cannot actively home him.
The Good News:
We have found a company to replace our roof and weather permitting they should be able to complete the job by 7th/8th February. The work is actually in progress!
Both Bobby (3 legs) and Bobby (4 legs) have been adopted. Bobby 3 legs went home last Sunday and he has settled very happily with his new mum. Bobby (4 legs) didn’t go very far, but he was formally adopted today by our very own Lucy who has been fostering him recently anyway. Well done to both the Bobby dogs, we wish them both a long and very happy future.
The roofing problem has had a positive side effect even though things would have been much more straight forward without all the leaks. The positive side of the crisis is that never before have we seen so many of our greyhounds happily settled into foster care.
In all cases foster care has brought about extremely positive results and really given us a much greater insight into each dog’s character. Tipsy for example, who was a bit hyperactive and quite stressy in kennels has settled in her foster home to become a calm and all round well behaved little girl. We are waiting for a foster report on her which should come through before too long.
Timid Rosie too has a glowing foster report along with the most gorgeous photo which shows Rosie being the little snuggle bunny that she really is. Of course we’ll ignore the fact that it looks as though “mum” has lost her sofa to Rosie. We’re sure that mum really wanted to sit on the floor, it is the best place for getting a shoulder cuddle from a greyhound after all!
Both Bobby dogs (see above) earned an adoptive home after foster care as has Lance/Lurch who should be formally adopted on Thursday.
Piper, who only went into foster care as of yesterday evening as an emergency has already won friends in her foster family just by being called “the daftest grey I’ve ever had here”! The mind boggles and we look forward to Piper’s foster report coming in soon as well.
The lovely Nelson too is in foster care and he’s sharing his home nicely with a cat as well as another greyhound boy. Nelson is a bit wary of sudden movements and loud noises. In a home with a cat, but without young children he’d soon adjust and be happy. He’s already very loving.
All our greyhounds for adoption can all be found in our Greyhounds For Adoption Gallery.
Piper (now Pippa), Lance (now Lurch), Bobby (3 legs) and Bobby (4 legs) have been adopted.
Lucy is reserved.
Greyhounds in foster care:
Niki, Jet, Banksy, Winston, Roger, Tipsy and Nelson 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.
New On Site:
Penny has written a new Greyhound Blog for you. We hope you enjoy reading it.
Postage Stamp 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?