Dogs Trust

Local foster carers needed for leggy lovelies

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe is appealing for doggie foster carers to open up their hearts and homes to care for ex-racing Greyhounds who come into their care once they have hung up their racing boots. 

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe regularly find themselves caring for Greyhounds whose racing careers have ended. They have usually not lived in a home before, so the rehoming centre is looking for Greyhound lovers to care for them temporarily and help them adjust to home life before they trot off to their forever retirement homes. 

The Home from Home fostering scheme launched in 2014 and gives dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes the chance to thrive in a temporary home whilst they wait for their forever family to adopt them. 

Karen Blacker, Home From Home Co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said:

“Greyhounds make wonderful pets, but many of our ex-racers need a little bit of help in getting to know what it’s like to live in a home. Whilst we’re always in need of foster carers, we’re particularly in need of dog lovers who have room on their sofa for a leggy Greyhound!

“We’re looking for people who can help our Greyhounds get used to stairs, toilet train them and get them used to general habits that come with living in a home. Of course, they also wouldn’t say no to a large sofa for them to kick-back and relax on.

“Greyhounds are sensitive creatures but often adjust super quickly and are usually ready to speed off to their forever homes within a few weeks.”

The rehoming centre are also keen to dispel some of the myths associated with Greyhounds.

Karen adds:

“People tend to think Greyhounds needs lots of exercise due to their racing history, but that’s not always the case. Often they like nothing more than cosying up on a comfy bed in a warm home and they are very loyal dogs. We call them the 100mph couch potato as they enjoy a snooze after a session of zooming around!

“People often also think, for example, that Greyhounds can’t live with cats or small animals but that isn’t necessarily the case either, and many Greyhounds do go on to live happily with feline friends.”

A few facts about Greyhounds:

  • The Greyhound originated in Great Britain and is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence.
  • It is the only recognised dog breed mentioned in the Bible.
  • They are believed to be the fastest breed of dog on the planet – they can reach up to 45miles/hour over a short distance!
  • Henry VIII and Queen Victoria were both proud owners of Greyhounds.

Foster carers need to live within an hour of the rehoming centre and Dogs Trust provide everything you need including bedding, food, medication and toys. If you are interested in fostering a Greyhound whilst they wait to find a forever home, please contact Karen Blacker, Home From Home co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, please email [email protected] or call 01271 817717.