Come with us to visit the Greyhound Care Centre in Limerick, a partnership between Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ)/ Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) and the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust. The next chapter in Irish Greyhound Racing, the Care Centre helps ex-racing greyhounds find their new families and their forever homes as pets.
The centre, which is independently run, is funded by RCÉ/GRI through the Greyhound Care Fund. The Greyhound Care Fund, which was established in 2019, is solely dedicated to supporting a range of care and welfare projects for racing greyhounds and is funded from patrons at greyhound stadia and 50% of sponsorship for greyhound racing and match by funding from RCÉ/GRI. The Greyhound Care Centre is overseen by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, the industry charity that facilitates the rehoming of former racing greyhounds as pets.
At the care centre greyhounds are helped make the transition from racing on the track, to being welcomed in a new family on their retirement. Fionnuala introduces us to the day-to-day life in the Care Centre and the process of matching greyhounds with their new families.
William Fitzgerald, Veterinary Director with RCÉ/GRI, explains the importance of the Care Centre to our sport and the greyhounds as this is “the end of their transition from elite athlete to family pet.”
Further information on Greyhound Adoption or the Care Centre can be obtained from the IRGT on irgt.ie or by emailing email@example.com.
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