Finding homes for ex-racing dogs

Seeking homes for hounds: Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust members Jayne Pell, from Pinchbeck, Nicola Stacey and Pamela Peters, both from Holbeach, with greyhounds Muppet, Ebony and Freddie. Photo: SG200211-339NG

Seeking homes for hounds: Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust members Jayne Pell, from Pinchbeck, Nicola Stacey and Pamela Peters, both from Holbeach, with greyhounds Muppet, Ebony and Freddie. Photo: SG200211-339NG

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A charity specialising in finding homes for ex-racing greyhounds held an information weekend at Springfields outlet in a bid to persuade Spalding shoppers to consider taking one on as a pet.

Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust has homed 912 dogs since it was formed in 1998 – including 21 so far this year.

Charity chairman Kevin Stow said greyhounds make superb pets and the trust carries out tests – including a cat test – to make sure they are suited to a person’s particular home circumstances.

Several cats who live in homes with greyhounds are volunteered by their owners to test newly arrived dogs to see if they are feline friendly.

If the greyhound seems remotely interested in chasing the cat then they are barred from going to a home where there is a cat.

Mr Stow said greyhounds are friendly and often lazy, sleeping for up to 20 hours a day.

Mr Stow continued: “They are a great breed because they fit into all sorts of home circumstances and don’t need lots of exercise.”

No new homes were volunteered at the weekend but often people seek out the charity at a later date when they lose their own dog