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#LovedInRetirement – Racegoers raise hundreds of pounds in support of retired greyhounds

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Volunteers at Oxford Stadium whose work helps to find loving homes for greyhounds when they retire from racing presented two cheques thanks to the support of generous racegoers.

Wayne and Liz Mazey handed over £200 each to representatives from Spot On Dundee Retirements and Greyhounds in Need of Loving Homes following a bucket collection at the Cowley venue during a recent race night.

The money will be used to support the stadium’s work in finding greyhounds a home after they have retired from racing. As of 2021, greyhound racing recorded a 94% rehoming rate – this figure was just 20% at the beginning of the millennium.

Wayne thanked racegoers for their generosity and encouraged anyone searching for a new family pet to consider homing a retired greyhound.

“Greyhounds are such loving animals and as a sport we have a responsibility to provide them with an outstanding quality of life before, during and after their racing careers,” said Wayne.

“We’re committed to finding greyhounds attached to Oxford Stadium with an appropriate and loving home when their racing careers end. The generosity of our racegoers makes an important difference and we’re very grateful for their support.

“Spot On Dundee and Greyhounds in Need of Loving Homes are two fantastic causes who we’re more than pleased to support.”

The donation forms part of Oxford Stadium’s Loved In Retirement campaign which aims to shine a light on retired greyhounds and educate people about the key requirements of owning an ex-racing dog.

Since its launch in September 2022, volunteers have independently rehomed several retired greyhounds by parading a ‘Retired Greyhound of the Week’ during weekend race nights and raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Work is underpinned by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain’s Greyhound Retirement Scheme (GRS) which safeguards the future of all racing greyhounds when their careers end via a bond which covers costs associated with homing.

Wayne added: “We’re really pleased with the progress made to not only find retired greyhounds homes, but also educate people about the breed.

“We still meet new racegoers every week who believe greyhounds require the most exercise of any dog breed they could think of. This assumption is far from the reality of owning a retired greyhound.

“In fact, greyhounds are one of the most laid back, chilled, and lazy breeds you could encounter. They require very little exercise and thrive on human companionship. Providing a person can commit the time required to being a responsible owner, greyhounds make fantastic pets.”

If you’re interested in homing a retired greyhound from Oxford, visit the Greyhound Trust’s East Midlands branch website now for further details or indeed contact Wayne or Liz on any race night for more details.

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