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Beat the odds - finding homes for retired racers

Forever Hounds Trust rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for greyhounds abandoned by the racing industry. Our Beat the odds project will help more ex-racers get across the most important finish line of their career – a safe and loving forever home.

December 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: Forever Hounds Trust

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  • Need


    Over 2,000 greyhound litters are registered to race each year in the UK and Ireland. That is over 10,000 dogs entering the racing industry annually.

    Over 1,000 greyhounds last year alone were euthanised on economic or behavioural grounds.

    The vast number of dogs who do make it to make it to the end of their race career at around 3-5 years old means thousands of retired greyhounds face a very uncertain future.

    Many are abandoned, killed or exported to countries with poor welfare standards.


    Forever Hounds Trust offers a crucial lifeline to retired greyhounds.

    This project will fund the rescue, rehabilitation and homing of ex-racers and give them the second chance at life they deserve.

    Many come to us with injuries, or behavioural problems caused by lack of socialisation.

    Our teams work extra hard to provide the special care they need to adjust to life beyond the track and prepare them for their forever homes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide transportation and kennelling space to bring retired racing greyhounds to safety.


    » Work with our nationwide network of volunteers to arrange for the intake and ongoing care of retired greyhounds.
    » Work with other rescues in the UK and Ireland to co-ordinate the intake of retired greyhounds.
    » Continue our core work of providing kennel space to greyhounds in need.

    What success will look like

    At least 12 retired greyhounds will have been brought to safety during 2019.

    Aim 2

    To rehabilitate retired racing greyhounds and prepare them for rehoming.


    » Provide veterinary treatment as required.
    » Our specialist behavioural team will develop a training plan based on each dog’s needs.

    What success will look like

    At least 12 retired greyhounds will undergo sufficient treatment and support to enable them to be successfully homed during 2019.

    Aim 3

    To find safe and loving homes for retired racing greyhounds.


    » Continue our core work of promoting greyhounds as pets and assessing potential home offers.
    » Continue our core work of offering post homing support for the duration of a dog’s life.

    What success will look like

    At least 12 retired greyhounds will be placed in safe and loving homes in 2019.

  • Impact


    As well as providing immediate sanctuary and treatment to retired greyhounds, this project will provide dogs with loving homes and raise awareness of the plight of racing greyhounds.

    We know from our experience of homing over 350 greyhounds and lurchers a year that these dogs make great companions and re-homing brings huge benefits to hounds and humans alike.

    We will share these stories and spread the word about what wonderful pets sighthounds make through all of our communication channels.


    There is a risk that dogs coming into our care have extensive injuries needing a significant part of budgeted funds. We would address this through careful allocation of resources as well as additional fundraising efforts.

    There is a risk that we will rescue a dog who can’t be helped. If severe behavioural issues make a dog unsafe to home despite extensive behavioural work we may decide to euthanise. This difficult decision is undertaken by a qualified, experienced team within the charity.


    Donors to the project will receive a report to tell them how the Beat the odds project has helped retired greyhounds during the period.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Transportation and kennelling Provision of an average length of stay in kennels for 12 dogs, and average transportation costs to b
      £6,500 Veterinary treatment Provision of typical veterinary costs for 12 dogs coming into our care
      £4,000 Behavioural support Provision of 3 hours per week of behavioural support for 6 weeks for 12 dogs.
      £500 Preparation for home Costs of marketing to find new owners, processing of applications, homing packs, leads and harnesses
  • Background


    Forever Hounds Trust operates across much of the country, rescuing, rehabilitating and homing unwanted, retired, abused or abandoned greyhounds and lurchers.

    Many dogs come to us from pounds (where, if unclaimed, they would be euthanised) or Ireland, where the majority of racing greyhounds are bred.


    Each year we find loving homes for around 350 dogs, many of whom come to the charity in desperate need. Retired racing greyhounds are often left with health problems and are not used to life outside a kennel or track.

    Our provision of veterinary care along with behavioural and post-homing support transforms these dogs’ lives, and enables them to go onto happy new lives in permanent homes. The lives of their new owners are typically also transformed!

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over 20 years we have been a lifeline for dogs in need and have found loving forever homes for over 9,000 dogs. We are the leading greyhound rescue charity independent of the racing industry - our independence allows us to champion greyhound welfare.

    Forever Hounds Trust receives no money from the greyhound racing industry and rely wholly on donations and the generosity of our supporters to continue our vital work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Forever Hounds Trusts' Volunteer Team

    Our volunteers co-ordinate the rescue, rehabilitation and homing of dogs - including their transportation, treatment, assessment and home matching.

    Dr Fiona Cooke, Head Of Homing, Kennelling And Welfare

    Fiona oversees the charity’s kennelling and welfare operations.

    Naomi Evetts, Fundraising Manager

    Naomi will oversee this project, including finances, and provide reporting to project donors.