April is National Adopt-A-Greyhound Month, and for the 10th year The Greyhound Project is celebrating with a national public relations campaign promoting greyhound adoption.
Greyhounds are very gentle dogs, but unfortunately the racing industry breeds far too many every year. Tragically, the vast majority of racing greyhounds will never experience a lovely home. According to Greyhounds Australasia, up to 17,000 healthy dogs are killed each year, including 7000 pups and young dogs that never even make it to the track. Furthermore, thousands of dogs are ‘retired’ from racing simply because they’re too slow to win and hence not profitable, and then become at risk of deprivation. It’s a sad fact that only a fraction of the approximately 20,000 greyhounds bred each year are able to be rehomed.
This month, you can make a difference by spreading this message to friends and family, buying merchandise, or even adding a furry friend to your family. While typically called ‘athletes’ and treated as commodities, greyhounds are actually just about as gentle as you can get. They may be bred to race, but they’re capable of so much more.
Unfortunately, myths and misconceptions often deter potential greyhound owners. The most common belief is that greyhounds require lots of exercise, when in fact they love sleeping and are very talented at it – often catching 18 hours of shuteye a day. They’re also built for speed, not endurance, which is why you don’t have to take them on a strenuous hike or 10km run. A short daily walk and some playtime is usually enough to keep them healthy and very happy.
To have nine more myths busted and learn why you should consider adopting a greyhound, visit www.adoptagreyhound.com.au