The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT), established and operated by Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI), has today pledged to maintain and enhance its support to a number of private rehoming agencies across the country.

The IRGT are now actively calling on any private rehoming organisation looking for financial support to rehome retired Irish greyhounds to submit funding proposals, following an appearance at the Joint Committee for Agriculture, Food and the Marine earlier this week.

Between January and June 2019, the IRGT and GRI have together donated over €90,000 to private rehoming agencies in Ireland and elsewhere. The figure for 2018 was almost €140,000.

A partnership initiative, involving the rehoming of retired Irish greyhounds in the United States of America, is now at an advanced stage of discussion between the IRGT and Greyhound Pets of America (GPA). In the event of this initiative coming to fruition it will result in many more retired Irish Greyhounds being rehomed as pets in the U.S.

The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust currently assists the following private Irish rehoming agencies by providing financial assistance towards relevant costs in preparing a greyhound for rehoming:

-          PAWS, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

-          EMOL Rescue, Kildimo, Co. Limerick

-          Clare Greyhound Project, Doolin, Co. Clare

-          Clare Greyhound Sanctuary, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare

-          Great Hounds In Need, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

-          HUG, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry

-          All About Greyhounds, Belfast

-          R.I.G.H.T., Sandymount, Dublin

-          HART, Mallow, Co. Cork

Welfare Manager with Greyhound Racing Ireland, Barry Coleman, commented: “Many of these collaborations began in early 2015. They have led to a significant increase in the number of greyhounds that these agencies have rehomed and a significant decrease in the number of greyhounds being put to sleep. Through its network of international rehoming agencies, the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust also provides rehoming opportunities for some of the retired greyhounds which are in the care of the private greyhound rescues which it supports. We intend to maintain and enhance these partnerships going forward, to ensure that as many retired Irish greyhounds as possible can find loving, forever homes after their racing careers.”

Any funding proposals from interested parties can be submitted to GRI’s Welfare Department by post, or alternatively to via email.

The IRGT are in a position to support private rehoming organisations for their work in rehoming retired greyhounds. In the event that any such organisations are looking for support, they may submit a proposal to the IRGT to contain information such as:

- Name of organisation

- Location

- Background

- Brief history on number of greyhounds rehomed

- How they obtain their greyhounds

- Name of veterinary surgeon(s) used for pre-rehoming procedures

- Financial supports required

The Trustees of the IRGT will then discuss proposals and will revert to the organisations with their decision.

The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust now collaborates with rehoming agencies in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovenia, France, Sweden, U.S. and Canada and are very appreciative of these agencies for the sourcing of suitable homes for retired Irish greyhounds.

The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust continues to source additional rehoming opportunities in Ireland, Europe and U.S. to continue to increase the number of retired greyhounds which it rehomes.

From 2015 to 2018, the IRGT rehomed 2038 retired greyhounds through its rehoming programme and the private greyhound rehoming organisations, who are in receipt of financial and other assistance from the IRGT, rehomed an additional 1575 retired greyhounds. IRGT rehomings have increased year on year over the last number of years, culminating in 1,021 retired greyhounds being rehomed via IRGT assistance in 2018.