Rescue Home takes care of a special breed of dog that is alien to ‘normal life’

Greyhound Rescue Wales rehabilitates and repatriates retired racing greyhounds and lurchers who are often strangers to domestic life and ‘don’t know what to do with toys’

Former racing greyhounds often need to learn how to behave at home

Greyhound racing has long been considered a controversial and inhumane industry.

Greyhound Rescue Wales in Ammanford is a charity that experiences the direct consequences of the sport.

The shelter has been operating since 1993, run by a small group of people with a passion for rescuing greyhounds and lurchers, reports Wales Online.

Greyhounds often start racing at 18 months and sometimes don’t reach “retirement” age until they are four or five years old.

When they are no longer needed in the industry, they regularly end up in rescue centers looking for a forever home.

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Nicola Jones is dedicated to helping these beautiful dogs


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Rehoming manager Nicola Jones, who has worked there since 2015, says a domesticated lifestyle is generally alien to these racing dogs.

“Some of them don’t know what to do with toys,” she said.

For this reason, volunteers at the center work hard to ensure that the comforts of home are not alien to them when they are adopted.

The center has a ‘welcome space’ that teaches them to relax on the couch and gets them used to the sights and sounds of what they can experience in a home environment.

Bear is one of the supported rescue dogs


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There is a “kennel kitchen” with signs on the walls showing a detailed breakdown of their meal times, health needs and “enrichment activity”, which gives them time twice a day to run freely in a large, secure field.

There is also a safe space where potential adopters who already have pets or young children can introduce them to each other to test how well they get along.

“It’s a lovely place, we have a small number of dogs and it’s not like your usual rescue centre, it’s more of a relaxed atmosphere. We have a good ratio of staff and volunteers to dogs, which means they’re all getting a lot of attention,” Nicola said.

Kennels are a safe and comfortable space for them


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Greyhounds are part of the sighthound family, which also includes whippets, lurchers, Italian greyhounds, and salukis.

The breed is generally perceived as difficult to train, needs lots of exercise and acts aggressively.

But in reality, staff say this is a “really sweet and loving” breed that will gladly offer a paw or lay down in exchange for a treat.

Nicola and her team helped debunk five common greyhound misconceptions to show the nation how loving and special they are.

Greyhound Rescue Wales thinks of every little detail


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Five Greyhound Myths

They need a lot of exercise

Greyhounds are actually built for speed, not endurance.

The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) writes: “They are not overly energetic and they love to sleep. On the rare occasion when they are full of energy, these guys would rather eat or play than join you on a strenuous hike or a 10 km race.

“Greys are made for speed, not endurance. A daily walk and some time to play in the garden is usually enough to keep them happy and healthy.”

They are hyperactive

Greyhounds are sometimes affectionately referred to as a lazy breed, but like any dog, they love to play.

The NAWT writes: “When a greyhound lets his human or animal friends know he’s ready to have some fun, it usually ends in what’s called ‘zoomies’ – running around in circles – a hilarious display of joy and contagious it may only last 10 minutes before it’s time for another nap.”

Surprisingly Greyhounds Really Are Trainer Potatoes


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They must be aggressive because they wear muzzles

Rather the opposite. Greyhounds are gentle and affectionate by nature. The reason you can see them wearing muzzles in public is for an entirely different reason.

The NAWT writes: “You see many greyhounds wearing muzzles in public spaces. This is usually a precautionary measure due to their natural hunting instinct. As many dog ​​lovers know, a muzzle is not not necessarily mean that the dog is in any way aggressive or a threat to you or other animals.

“If you see a greyhound with a muzzle on, try not to judge! There’s probably a big hound behind that muzzle.”

They are not cuddly

Greyhounds are dog-loving by nature and make amazing pets.

The NAWT writes: “One of the best things about big dogs is that there’s more to love. They might have 90% legs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t snuggle. as well as the next dog.

“Greyhounds are incredibly tactile and most will love to fuss as much as any breed.”

They are like any other dog breed


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They are suitable for outdoors

They are actually one of the most sensitive breeds to cold conditions.

The NAWT writes: “With little body fat, thin skin and very thin coats, greyhounds are particularly susceptible to cold. Access to a warm, dry and safe place is vital at all times and a coat in wintry weather colder is a must.”

To find out more about Greyhound Rescue Wales or donate to the charity, visit their website.

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