RECENTLY retired greyhound Rosie holds the honour of becoming the 2000th dog to be rehomed by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT) this year – setting a new yearly record for the organisation.
In the year up to November 30 2021, 2,000 greyhounds were rehomed, compared to 1,578 for the same period in 2020, which is an increase of 27 per cent.
Rosie took up residence with her new owners in Limerick in late November.
“GRI, in conjunction with members of the greyhound racing community, has invested significantly on its care and welfare programme during 2021 despite the impact on commercial operations during Covid-19,” explained Frank Nyhan, Chair of the Board of GRI.
He continued, “Our plans for 2022 include a further expansion of the Care Centre/Foster Centre Programme and continuing to financially incentivise the rehoming of greyhounds in Ireland through additional supports though the IRGT.”
Barry Coleman, IRGT Secretary, said: “Retired greyhounds make wonderful pets and loving companions. That’s why the IRGT is actively involved in the promotion of greyhounds as pets and preparation and rehoming of retired Irish greyhounds at home and abroad through our adoption programme. We are eager to help any owner interested in rehoming their retired greyhound or a potential adopter who would love one as a pet.”
“As the IRGT prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its foundation, the Board of Trustees wishes to thank GRI for its ongoing support, which is making a real difference in promoting greater public awareness of the suitability of greyhounds as pets,” he added.