Project information

Support for Senior Hounds

RGT cares for over 100 greyhounds aged 10+, many of which have complex needs or ongoing medical issues. The project helps us care for these dogs & to keep them healthy, warm & comfortable in their golden years while we work to find them permanent homes. We never give up trying to home these dogs.

The project is ongoing

Charity information: Retired Greyhound Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    Older greyhounds come into the care of RGT for a number of reasons. Some will be returned after family break ups or the death of an owner, or they may have lived in racing kennels their whole lives. Older hounds often have more complex needs than younger dogs & are less suited to life in kennels. It is harder to find loving homes for these dogs as the public are more reluctant to take on a dog which may only have a few years to live or which may require unforeseen or costly veterinary treatment

    Solution

    As they are harder to home, many of these older hounds will live out their days in our care. This project allows us to care for them on a long-term basis & ensure they receive appropriate veterinary care & medication. Where possible, it also allows us to place them in suitable, long-term foster homes rather than kennels, which is not only better for their health but also allows them to experience the home comforts they deserve & to have a good quality of life in their retirement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide long term care for greyhounds over the age of 10

    Activities

    » Ensure older hounds receive necessary veterinary treatment and medication, to ensure they can live comfortably and enjoy their retirement
    » Where possible, place older hounds in suitable long-term foster homes to allow them to experience the comforts of a loving family & home life

    Success will be increasing the number of greyhounds over the age of 10 in long-term foster homes.


    Aim 2

    To find permanent, loving homes for greyhounds over the age of 10

    Activities

    » Ensure older hounds receive necessary veterinary treatment and medication, to ensure they can live comfortably and enjoy their retirement
    » Run a communications campaign to promote greyhounds over the age of 10 as suitable pets.

    Success will be increasing the number of greyhounds over the age of 10 in permanent adoptive homes.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will improve the welfare of the 100+ greyhounds aged 10+ in our care & will increase public awareness about the suitability of senior greyhounds as pets, thus increasing the number of older hounds finding permanent, loving homes in the future.

    We will demonstrate success by monitoring the number of greyhounds aged 10+ that have moved into long-term foster care or permanent homes. Success will be seeing an increase in this number.

    Risk

    There is a risk that we will have an influx of greyhounds aged 10+ entering our care at once (e.g. if a trainer gives up their licence). We have procedures in place for such a situation & will utilise relationships with other greyhound and dog charities and a network of emergency short term foster carers to ensure all of the dogs are adequately cared for while we work on a longer term strategy.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a quarterly email report on the project detailing successes of older greyhounds who have moved into long-term foster or permanent homes, or who have accessed veterinary treatment to assist them to enjoy life & be comfortable while we continue to work to find them a permanent home

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £39,500 Kennelling/shelter The cost of kennelling 100 greyhounds for a year
      £17,500 Veterinary care The average cost of veterinary treatment for 100 greyhounds over a year
      £3,500 Marketing The budget for marketing older greyhounds as pets
  • Background

    Location

    The project is nationwide and will benefit greyhounds across England, Scotland and Wales.

    Beneficiaries

    Greyhounds over the age of 10 will benefit from the project and will enjoy higher welfare standards and the chance to experience home comforts in their golden years.

    Families who adopt a senior dog will benefit from the company of their new pet and a sense of immense pride and satisfaction in knowing that they have improved the life of a greyhound over the age of 10.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are Britain’s largest greyhound charity and have been working with the breed for 40 years. We understand greyhounds’ needs and have a large, suitability-assessed network of foster carers and adopters we can call upon to help us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jo - Welfare Manager

    Jo will identify, monitor and review dogs suitable for the scheme and find them suitable foster carers / homes

    Sam & Lucy - Communications Team

    Sam and Lucy will lead on the communications campaign and keeping donors updated as to the success of the project

    Lisa - Chief Executive

    Lisa will oversee the project

    1000 + Volunteers & 60,000 Dedicated Supporters

    Our thousand volunteers will care for the dogs and our supporters will help us promote our message and donate to our cause